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      Akagera National Park

      Rwanda’s Only Big Five Park

      The 100 000-hectare (247,105 acres) Akagera National Park is situated in eastern Rwanda, bordering Tanzania. It is central Africa’s largest protected wetland, and Rwanda’s only Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo) park. It comprises some of the most scenic savanna in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains. These diverse ecosystems are home to 12,000 large mammals including buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, spotted hyena, zebra, topi, roan, eland and more. 482 bird species are also found at Akagera, among them the rare shoebill stork. The park is also recognized as a conservation success story, making a comeback from the Rwandan Civil War in the 1990’s, when much of the land was reallocated to farmland. Since 2010, however, the park has undergone a complete transformation in which poaching has been eliminated and wildlife is thriving. Lions were reintroduced in 2015 after a 20-year absence, and 18 eastern black rhinos were reintroduced in 2017. Travelers wishing to pair a gorilla tracking experience with a classic savanna safari can create a single-country program with Akagera.

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