Akagera National Park
Topi in Akagera National Park © Braunov
Akagera National Park lies on the border with Tanzania and encompasses savannah, mountain and swamp ecoregions across its 463 square miles (1,200 sq km) of territory. Named after the Akagera River that flows through it, the park is made up of forests, swamps, volcanic mountains, and vast savannah plains. The plains are the most popular for safaris, with an abundance of big game including lions, leopard, elephants, zebra, buffalo, giraffe and a huge variety of antelope. Camping alongside the lakes is a good way to spot birds such as fish eagles, papyrus gonolek and the elusive shoebill stork.