Lonely Planet Writer

Lions to be reintroduced to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park

Later this week, for the first time in 15 years, Akagera National Park in Rwanda will be home to lions.

Giraffes in the Akagera National Park. Rwanda.
Giraffes in the Akagera National Park. Rwanda. Image by Abhishek Singh / CC BY-SA 2.0

Seven of the big cats are being moved from South Africa by African Parks, an organisation that runs various reserves across the continent. The trip will be by truck and plane, and should take more than 24 hours. That last lions in Akagera were poisoned by cattle herders when the park was left unmanaged following Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. The lions will be in quarantine for a couple of weeks before they are released into the wilds of the national park. Read more: allafrica.com