Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the Tanzania border. Although founded in 1934, much of the park was subsequently re-allocated as farmland and by 1997 the park was reduced in size from more than 965 square miles (nearly 10% of the surface area of Rwanda) to its current extent of 433 square miles. Since 2010, a joint venture with African Parks has seen Akagera well on the road to its former glory.
The park is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary, feeding into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands make for breathtaking scenery. Akagera National Park has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.