Akagera National Park
Although this is the largest national park in Rwanda, it is still relatively new in the safari world. Twenty years ago, this park was on the verge of being lost forever as its fragile ecosystem suffered from the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. There was no – or very little – protection or conservation-focus on the park. That has changed dramatically and today, the park is almost recognizable – in the best way possible. Incredible teams like African Parks have taken control of the park and are constantly monitoring and working on ways to improve the ecosystem and biodiversity. In fact, recently southern white rhinos were successfully translocated from Phinda Reserve in South Africa. Although only a couple of years into the project and monitored constantly, the project was incredibly successful and they are thriving in Akagera National Park. This was the largest single translocation to date. Although in terms of game viewing, this park is not comparable with the likes of other East African destinations (like the Masai Mara or the Serengeti for example), however, this rhino project just goes to show that there is hope and optimism for Akagera National Park.