It covered over 2500km² in 1934 preserved to protect animals and vegetation, it was later reduced in size to 50% in 1997 making its total area to be 1122km² and this was due to the relocating of refugees return I g in the country after the civil strife of the genocide against the Tutsi which harmed the conservation area by poaching and cultivation.
This is because grasses are thin and that eases spotting of different species and they are clearly seen.
It has various primates species found within this park such as vervet monkeys, olive baboons and nocturnal bush babies.
There are various activities done at the park, spotting of different species, boat rides, camping at the park, birding, game rides and spot fishing.
The park had 3 camping sites which include; shakani campsite, muyumba campsite and mutumba Akagera camp site that offer overnight stays and offer other basic resources like toilets among others.
There are also accommodations of 3 star hotels which include Akagera game lodge and Ruzizi tented