Swamps and lakes characterise the Akagera which lies on the border with Tanzania at low altitude. This part of Rwanda could hardly be any different to the verdant green hills so common accross the rest of the country. The river Akagera meanders through the marshes and bodies of water forming this remotest source of the Nile and create an arche typical African landscape of tanged acacia woodland interspersed with open savannah
Although the wildlife is not on the scale of some of Africa's bigger parks like the Masaai Mara, the Serengeti or the Okavango Delta, there is a good variety of good game.
The marshes play host to some of the densest concentrations of water birds including the endangered and exquisite papyrus gonolek. This is also a known site for the sought after shoebill stork and fish eagles are seen and heard over the whole area. Hippos are present in relatively large numbers, while crocodiles of great size sunbathe regularly on the banks of the river.
Elephants and buffalo roam in relatively big herds, while spotted hyena, leopard and lion are spotted by the lucky visitors usually lurking in the wooded area. Giraffe and Zebra are mostly commonly seen on the open grasslands and there are a slightly more a dozen antelope species in the park including the pretty chestnut-coated impala. Shy bushbuck lurk in the bushes and oribi is a distinctive sight alongside the tessebe and the cape eland.