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Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park : is relatively warm and low-lying plains of Akagera comprise of savannah woodland, wetland and a dozen lakes. It 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, it has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa. The largely open expanse is ideal for game viewing, visitors can also encounter buffalo, elephant, antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboons, monkeys, an incredible over 490 bird species, plus much more. A boat trip on Lake Ihema is also a highlight of any visit to Akagera, with its large pods of hippos, Nile crocodiles and abundant water birds on the Island in the middle of the lake.

Activities include:

Birding

Akagera National Park is a popular destination for the birders. The park is a home of more than 500 bird species including the migratory birds. Birds in the park include; weaver birds, kingfishers, shoebill stork, swamp fly catcher, red faced barbets, papyrus gonolex, grey crowned crane, African Wattled Plover, Squacco Herons, the Great Snipe, Armot Chat, and Lesser Kesterel among others. Visit Akagera National Park and enjoy your adventurous trip.

Fishing

Spot fishing in Akagera National Park can be done either on Lake Ihema or shakani. Most popular fish caught is Tilapia and catfish and you can roast or cook your fish and enjoy your delicious meal. Tourists can as well participate in fishing tournament that can help you learn different angles. There are also some fishing tournaments that take place in the park every now and then and you could participate if there is one going at that time of the visit.

Game drives

Game drive in Akagera National Park is done in early morning and afternoon. During the wondrous activity tourists can view various animals such as hyenas, leopards, lions, elephants, zebras, rhinos, wild dogs, impalas, baboons, buffalos, giraffes, antelopes, monkeys,  topis, vervets, and the bush babies which are normally spotted during the night. Travelers on a full day game drive can get a chance of viewing both nocturnal and diurnal animals. Game drives through Akagera National Park are more less like unpacking a gift with each gaming holds different wonders as nature uncovers its secret basket full of marvels. These Game drives are mostly done during day and night depending on the Clients interests. While on any Game drive you are accompanied by a trained Guide who is well vast with the flora and fauna around the park. You are advised to stay within the vehicle unless the park guide notices it is safe to get out since some if the animals are dangerous and can easily attack you. Game drives are quite interesting, so you can take some snack or lunch from the lodge since some game drives may seem too long.

Boat cruise

Boat cruise at Akagera National Park is majorly done on Lake Ihema which gives you a chance to enjoy the lake breeze that relaxes your minds and gives you the best memories ever. During the activity you will view the hippos, water birds and other aquatic animals on the fringes of the Lake. You can as well watch other animals trying to drink water on the lake fringes.    

Nature walks

Akagera National Park has various scenic sights that can be well appreciated up close. with guided nature walks, you are given a chance to view different things closely compared to when having a game drive. while on a guided nature walk, an opportunity is granted to see the exotic plants, colorful butterfly species, the still water in some lakes, the water birds, the smaller animals, insects and many more.

 

How to get to Akagera national park

The main entry point into Rwanda is Kigali International Airport. It is located in the North Eastern region of Rwanda and about 110 km from Kigali capital city of Rwanda, which is about two and half hour drive. Cars are most favorably used means of transport to the park and 4X4 safari vehicles are recommended since there might be a few bumpy spots along the way.

Where to stay

There is a wide range of accommodations found inside and just around the park for all kind of tourists depending on their one’s budget. You can book your accommodation through our company and early bookings are advised.

Ruzizi Tented Camp: It is one of the national park lodges found in the eastern region of Rwanda near the border of Tanzania. It is 3 hours’ drive from the capital city Kigali and 5 hours from volcanoes national, the only home to the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Akagera Game Lodge: Akagera game lodge is situated in the far eastern province about 2 hours’ drive from Kigali along the southern entrance to the Akagera national park. The surrounding area is rich with countless number of big game and other wildlife on the open savannah.

Dereva Hotel: It provides a thrillingly unique experiences with unrivalled comfort in the eastern province of Rwanda conveniently located in Rwamagana district approximately 50-minute drive from Kigali city and 40-minute drive to Akagera national park.

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