1 Day Akagera Wildlife safari

1 Day Akagera Wildlife safari

1 day Akagera wildlife Safari

This 1 day Akagera wildlife safari 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.

Akagera National park

Akagera national park is located in Eastern Rwanda on the border with Tanzania. African parks is currently managing this park and has done a great job with the conservation. In the past there were lots of conflict between people and the park but this was solved by fencing off part of the park and the introduction of community tours where visitors are encouraged to visit the communities and benefit accordingly. Akagera national park is a the only Savannah park in Rwanda and is home to several mammal species including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Kobs, Zebras, Bushbucks, Waterbucks and most recently Black Rhinos have been introduces from South Africa, making Akagera national park officially a big 5 park like it was many years ago. It is also home to numerous bird species in the several habitats which include woodland, swamps, lakes and Savannah.

Day tour to Akagera national park for a Wildlife Safari

Today 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.

What to do in Akagera National Park

All game viewing circuit is restricted to one main road which runs northwards beginning at the headquarters of the park found at Lake Ihema.  This road runs close to most of the lakes in the park, or it may be reached by a short junction.  North of Lake Hago, the road separates into 2 major branches, one going west to the green Mutumba hills. on the other hand the possibility for game drives is restricted because this park may only be reached near to Lake Ihema or at the Akagera Game Lodge.  You may drive from the gate at the park entrance up to Mutumba Hills in the distant north and also return in only a half day’s drive. To continue further north it requires the best time of the day, with an option of using the one way exit route that is north of the stunning Lake Rwanyakizinga taking you to the main tarmac road all the way  up to the border with Uganda. on the other hand, the tracks found in the far-way north are pretty vague, and necessitate that you are accompanied  by a safari guide.  Head back to the main road, and you could leave the safari guide at Kabarondo or Kayonza junctions from there he will return to the park headquarters using a motorbike.

Starting at the park entrance gate, a rising and falling road goes through the dense scrub going for over 5km to the stunning Lake Ihema.  It is found on a damp mosquito infested island near the eastern shore of the renowned Lake Ihema.  Additional information regarding the biodiversity of the wonderful Akagera national park may be got from the park headquarters.

Akagera supports the large game within Rwanda! Herds of elephants plus buffaloes are seen coming from the woodland to drink at the different lakes, and lucky visitors may even see a lion or even a spotted hyena.

Giraffes plus zebras walk through its savannah, and over 12 species of antelope live inside the park, especially the good looking chestnut-coated impala, however also the very small oribi plus secretive bushbucks, in addition to the awkward tsessebe plus the cape eland which is the largest antelope in the world can all be seen here.

Camping next to the beautiful lakes in Akagera is a truly magical

Groups of about 50 hippos grunt and play in the water all day long as the giant crocodiles soak in the sun with their huge jaws threateningly open. Amazingly, the air is frayed by the high dueting fish eagles, revealing their status as the greatest monarchs of waterways of Africa. There are great numbers of water birds that usually live on the water line of the various lakes, as the linking swamps are the home of the exquisite yet in danger of extinction papyrus gonolek, plus the majestic shoebill stork which is Africa’s most sought after bird.

Akagera wildlife

Tour includes

  • Ground transport per 4WD
  • Bottled water
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drive
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance

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