Akagera National park is home to a remarkable 520 species of birds of which 100 cannot be found anywhere else in Rwanda. In the papyrus swamps, the highlights are the threatened papyrus gonolek and the pre-historic looking shoebill stork, but many other species that are endemic to the park can also be found in the various habitats – forests, savannah montane. Many eagles, raptors and other birds of prey can frequently be seen soaring through the sky. In addition, several migrant species can be found here in the different seasons. Birding can be done on guided nature walks, or on boat cruise on Lake Ihema which give the opportunity to see water birds like African fish eagles, crowned cranes, open-billed storks herons, egrets and cormorants.

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