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Akagera National Park – Day Trip Safari

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8 Hours
Availability : Jan 18’ - Dec 20’
YAMBI Guesthouse
Akagera National Park
Min Age : 3+
Max People : 20

Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania and 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.

The early morning safari ensures that you get to be on the game drive as the animals start stirring. You need to be at Akagera Game Reserve no later than 07:00 am. The safari is led by an experienced guide who will share exciting inside stories and facts about your surroundings, easily rousing your inner wild side.

Tour Details

Akagera is home to many large plains game species as well as species restricted to the papyrus swamps such as the Sitatunga and the sought-after Shoebill Stork. Notable plains game include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives.

Of the larger predators  leopard, hyena,  side-striped jackal and lion, which was re-introduced last year are  present. Plans are underway for the reintroduction of the black rhino too, and this will restore Akagera’s ‘Big 5’ status

Departure & Return Location

YAMBI Hotel (Google Map)

Departure Time

5:00 AM, Kigali time

Price Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Packed Breakfast
  • Transport (Kigali, game drive in Akagera Park and back to Kigali)
  • Parking Fees

Price Excludes

  • Park Entry fees ($40 per person)
  • Personal expenses
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Accommodation (hotel, camping)

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Water
What to Expect

Notable plains game include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives.

Of the larger predators  leopard, hyena,  side-striped jackal and lion, which was re-introduced last year are  present. Plans are underway for the reintroduction of the black rhino too, and this will restore Akagera’s ‘Big 5’ status

Due to its wide variety of habitats, Akagera is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species. The rare and elusive shoebill shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers.

Boat Trips & Fishing

If you are looking for a variation on the usual safari experience, a boat trip on Lake Ihema will not disappoint. Drift along the forest-fringed lake edge, past huddles of hippo and basking crocodiles. For the serious birder a boat trip is a must. Trips are scheduled 4 times per day at 7.30am, 9am, 3.30pm and 5pm. Non-scheduled, private, trips can also be arranged at other times.

 

  • Elephants
  • Hippos & Crocodiles (Lake Ihema)
  • Camping (Lake Ihema)
  • Giraffe, Zebra, Antelope, Impala
  • Lions (if you are lucky)
  • Buffalos, Rhinos
Itinerary

5:00 AMDepart from Kigali to Akagera Park

We’ll meet at 5 a.m. at our hotel in Kigali then we’ll drive for 2 hours to the Akagera Park.

7:00 AM.Arrival in Akagera Park

Pay entry fees ($35) upon arrival and move on your safari adventure!

7:30 AMSafari Game Drive

Our tour guide will take you into the park to observe the elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and the beautiful birds and lakes!

3:00 PMEnd of tour (no accommodation)

Take a break before heading to back to the hotel or airport

3:30 PMTransfer to Kigali (Hotel or Airport)

2h30 drive back to the capital city, Kigali

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