Our 1 Day Akagera National Park Safari takes you to Rwanda’s only Savannah national park for a true wildlife safari and an opportunity to spot the big five mammals. Akagera National Park is found in the Eastern province of Rwanda in a District called Kayonza which is located at the border with Tanzania. The park is named after river Akagera and covers an area which is 1,075 square kilometers in size. The park is close to the capital Kigali and provides an opportunity to spot Africa’s big five mammals in a short time while visiting Rwanda’s capital for a conference or business. Akagera National Park consists of lakes, rivers, forested zones, woodlands and vast Savannah plains.
Day 1: Kigali – Transfer to Akagera National Park – Game Drive – Boat ride – Return to Kigali.
The journey to Akagera from Kigali starts at 5 am and takes two and a half hours. Our Driver will meet you at your hotel or a specific location after taking your breakfast. There will be a briefing before you start the journey through amazing Rwanda countryside. Arrival time is 9am. On reaching the park, you will register and be joined by a park Guide who is familiar with the terrain and best areas for wildlife viewing. This game drive will take you through vast Savannah plains, woodlands and lake shores to look for Zebras, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Lions, black-tailed Mongoose, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, colobus monkeys and bush babies (evening). Expect to spend about 4 hours on the game. You will have picnic lunch or head to Akagera game lodge where most tourist have their lunch.
The afternoon boat cruise at Lake Ihema takes you to see hippos, crocodiles and countless water birds. Lake Ihema is the largest lake in the park and is found in the southern sector. The lake feeds several other water bodies within and outside the park. Lake Ihema covers an area equivalent to 90 square kilometers. The Eastern shores help define the border between Rwanda and Tanzania. As already noted, Lake Ihema is home to crocodiles, hippopotamus and several bird species – including lbis, herons, plovers, sandpipers, Hawks and others already mentioned. The boat ride takes about two hours. After the boat cruise, it is time to start the journey back to Kigali. You will reach the capital late in the evening.
End of the 1 Day Akagera National Park Safari.
The 1 Day Akagera National Park Safari includes;
- A game drive
- Boat cruise at Lake Ihema
- Park entrance
- Transportation in an air-conditioned 4X4 vehicle with a pop-up roof
- An English or French Speaking Guide if required
- Lunch and bottled drinking water throughout the safari
- Park entrance fees
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Pickup and drop-off in Kigali
- Government taxes
The Safari Excludes
- Air tickets and Visa
- Tips for the Guides
- Alcoholic drinks and cigarettes
- Medical Insurance
- Accommodation the night before the safari and after the tour.