The Akanyaru river magnificently rises on the Rwanda and Burundi western higlands along the boarder of the two countries, the lowers stretches od this river comprise of wetlands, the river basin covers an area of 2,650 kilometers squared.
The Akanyaru river is the main tributary of the Nyabarongo river it flows east and then to the north before joining river Nyabarongo. The Akanyaru River all starts on Burundi with Mugere River with an elevation of 2,450 meters above sea level.
The surrounding villages depend on the Akanyaru river through fishing and cultivating, it’s sad that the marsh vegetation and swamps at the Akanyaru river are being destroyed through the use of poor farming methods.howecer, residents have been advised to use better farming methods in order to main sustainability for the next generations to come.
Akanyaru river is endowed with birdlife in it’s marshland vegetation boasting with Rich biodiversity, the number of bird species said to have been recorded is 54 species some of the examples of birds found here are; papyrus Gonolek, papyrus yellow warbler, Malagasy pond heron, great snipe, lesser flamingoes, pallied harrier, lesser krestel and many more the most commonly seen animal here is the Sitatunga antelope always roaming about the swamps. The river has been recorded as one of the most important bird areas.
Tourists can engage in fishing from the Akanyaru river or at the swamps the river is endowed with many fish species you can go out fishing and later enjoy the catch from you respective hotel.
Boat cruising can also be endowed as you enjoy striking views from the stretching hills and low valleys with aquatic birds to be seen.
Tourists can also engage in cultural tours and visit the locals and learn how they have survived using the rivers resources for years. There are also hand made crafts from the rivers resources like papyrus tourists can buy to take back home this will contribute to the community earnings.
Akanyaru river rainfall different from wetlands and rivers upper stream, the wetlands receive an annual rainfall of 800 milliliters per year and the upper stream area received an annual rainfall of 1,209 millimeters.
The Akanyaru can be reached from Rwanda or Burundi depending on which country the tourists is in.
There are also accommodation units where tourists can sleep in it good and comfortable rooms having warm welcoming staffs that will make you feel home away from home.
River Akanyaru can be visited all year round and this can be a one day tour for unforgettable birding experience.