One Day Akagera National Park Safari
About Akagera National Park
1 Day Akagera National Park Safari from Kigali trip will give you a classic African safari outlook of Rwanda – the land of “a thousand Hills.” Akagera National Park is a mixture of Savannah and forested areas giving you varied sights of Rwanda. On your trip look out for mostly the big mammals.
Area: 1,200 km²
Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The park is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
WHAT TO Expect on your 1 day AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK Safari
Your driver/guide guide will meet you at your hotel in Kigali at 5.30am and give you a short briefing before you drive to the Eastern part of the country to the Akagera National Park. Arriving in the Akagera National Park (125 km/2.5 hrs) you proceed on a morning game viewing drive in this African Savannah park. Plenty of animals can be seen, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and also many other mammal species. Known as one of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa, the game drive in Akagera provides you with the opportunity to also view gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies. Dominated by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering Akagera River, the most remote source of River Nile, Akagera National Park (1,075 km²) is archetypal African savannah; tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland but above all, Akagera is big game country! Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes; lucky visitors might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena, even a stray lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala and the world’s largest antelope, the statuesque Cape Eland. Alongside the picturesque lakes, pods of 50+ hippopotamus grunt and splutter throughout the day, while out sized crocodiles soak up the sun with their vast jaws menacingly agape. And lining the lakes; some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds, amongst the parks over 500 recorded species. In the late afternoon, exit with more game viewing en-route and drive back to Kigali
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You will find splendid open Savanna Plains, broad-leaved forests and pleasant hills, candelabra Euphoria Trees, Lakes teaming with crocodiles and the large concentration of hippos. Maasai Giraffes, Burchell Zebras, Elephants, Buffaloes, various species of Antelopes such as the Defassa Waterbuck, Topi, roan antelopes, the large Eland Antelopes, Bohor Reedbuck, Oribi, Common Duiker, Klipspringer and the semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelopes and the Lions and Rhinos are back in Akagera National Park.
Birders will find Akagera National Park a natural treasure trove with over 520 species represented here with over 100 species of birds not found elsewhere in Rwanda.
You can find 44 species of Raptors, Papyrus Gonolek, Shoebill Storks and a lot of Migrant birds, among them, are the Lesser Kesterel, Great Snipe.
Game drives mean that you are accompanied by a Guide who is knowledgeable about the flora and fauna found in the park.
While on game drives one should stay within the vehicle unless the park guide sees it as safe to get out and take a look around.
For longer game drives take a snack or lunch from the lodge and in our case, we will an ample supply of drinking water for you.
Guided Nature Walks including Birding Walks can also be taken at Akagera National Park – Rwanda.
In partnership between the park and the local communities, the freelance community guides have also organized for some interesting safaris as well as cultural adventures for park visitors to participate in. there are also 4 choices; the Heritage which is the culture of cattle, the local production that’s beers and the bees, arts and crafts as well as the celebration which is food and festivities.
You can try your hans at each and everything form milking a cow to making the Imigongo paintings, sampling of honey on the comb, helping in preparing a local meal, engaging in a traditional Rwandan dance
Boating Safaris are normally the highlight of a visit to a park in East Africa and so it it is with a boating safari on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park.
Lake Ihema has one of the largest concentration of hippos in East Africa and it certainly is a sight to behold and so are the very large crocodiles that you will find along the shores of the lake.
There are also countless of water birds you will find while on a boating safari on Lake Ihema and hopefully, you will spot a Shoebill Stork.
Exploring the beauty in Akagera National Park
Day tour to AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Early morning we leave Kigali at about 5 am for a day trip to Akagera national park, which is about 2.5 hours away from Kigali. Akagera national park is majorly a Savannah park with Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, and recently introduced Lions. We shall take a game drive in search of these mammals. The game drive can last about 4 hours depending on the animal sightings and interest.
Have lunch at Akagera game lodge or a picnic lunch in case you packed before your last game drive on your way out of the park arriving in Kigali later that evening.
Hotels & Lodges in Pictures
- Entrance fees
- National Park fees
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional) Additional info Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum drinking age is 18 years
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity
Local Operator Information
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee
What to bring
- Sun hut