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at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park
comprises approximately 2.3 % of the country of Rwanda and is different in mood
to the breezy cultivated hills that characterize the majority of Rwanda. Dominated scenically by the labyrinth of
swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the
most remote source of the Nile, this is archetypal African savannah landscape. It represents the confluence of several vegetation
zones and as a result exhibits an unusually high diversity of associated
animals, plants, and scenery comprised of lakes, swamps, savannah, plains, and
dry forest. It is approximately 386
square miles in size, and is home to more than 540 bird species, including the
endemic shoebill and papyris gonolek, which draw visitors from around the world
to marvel at these great birds.
Akagera is Rwanda’s big game country. Herds of elephant, waterbuck, topi, and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while lucky visitors might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena and lion. Giraffe and zebra can be found through the savannah and highlands, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the chestnut-coated impala, but also roan antelope, the diminutive oribi and secretive bushbuck, as well as the ungainly tsessebe and the world's largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland.