Top Activities To Do In Akagera National Park

top activities to do in akagera national park


Akagera National Park was upgraded as a protected area in 1934 and derived its name from the famous river that cuts through Akagera national park. Akagera national park is set in the northeastern part of Rwanda and it borders Tanzania. Akagera national park protects a variety of mammals including all the famous Big 5 animals, bird species, and primates surviving in the diverse vegetations of the Park. Visiting Akagera national park gives you a greater opportunity to discover hidden treasures in the park through the top tourist activities to do in Akagera National Park.


Things to do at Akagera National Park?


Game Drives in Akagera national park?

Game drives in Akagera National Park can be done all day long but the best time to do a game drive is in the morning and evening providing that gives you an opportunity to sight great wildlife species. On your game drive travelers are driven following marked trails via the open savannah plains and woodlands searching for a variety of mammals and bird species, your experienced driver-guide will take you throughout the game drive as you look out where these animals spend their quality time during the day. You will have a chance to spot all the Big 5 animals such as Cape Buffaloes, Lion, African Elephant, Rhinos, and Leopards. Akagera national park also protects other animals like Defassa Waterbuck, Eland, Semi-Aquatic Sitatunga, Giraffes, Topis, Oribis, and Bohor Reedbucks.


Akagera National park’s night game drives are another famous option to encounter other nocturnal wildlife species surviving in the park, Akagera national park's night game drives give you a chance to view nocturnal animals such as bushbabies, several cats, civets, and leopards. Travelers are always escorted by an experienced park ranger and your driver-guide as you search for the nocturnal animals with the help of strong flashlights.


Nature walks at Akagera National Park? 

Akagera National park guided nature walk is another unique way to discover the park’s attractions that offer travelers an opportunity to encounter wildlife up-close on foot, guided nature is done by an experienced park ranger who will guide your walk through the open savannah plains while searching for wildlife species. On your nature walk, you will see all the missed attractions including many butterfly species and small insects that you may miss while in a vehicle.


Bird watching in Akagera National Park?

Akagera National Park offers over 520 bird species which makes it among the greatest birding destination in East Africa, Akagera National Park is a diverse habitat presenting a safe place housing both resident and migratory bird species that range from forests, savannah plains, and hills. Akagera national park accommodates various endemics and rare bird species such as the threatened papyrus gonolek, Lesser Kesterel, Red-faced barbets, Armot Chat, the Great Snipe, the rare shoebill, and Swamp Fly Catchers.


Fishing at Akagera National Park?

Fishing at Akagera National park is done at Lake Ihema and Shakani offering a thrilling experience, during your fishing sport you will enjoy many bird species singing in the forest, see hippos float in the water, the catches during your fishing moment can either be roasted or grilled for everyone to enjoy the fresh fish from Rwanda’s freshwaters.


Boat cruise Safari at Akagera National Park?

Akagera National Park boat safari is a highlight kind of safari being done on Lake Ihema with a high concentration of hippos in East Africa, travelers can experience big herds of elephants, families of warthogs, buffalos, large groups of hippos, and endless crocodiles basking on the Lakeshores and many water birds such as the rare shoebill stork. Akagera national park boat cruise on Lake Ihema offers a spectacular view of the beautiful natural Akagera National Park and life in a local fishing village that is set along the lake bank.


How to access Akagera National Park?

Akagera national park is located just 500 meters from Kigali international Airport, you will turn left as you head to the east of Rwamagana and just continue through Rwamagana up to the roundabout in Kayonza. From the Kayonza roundabout then just turn right and move for about 15 km to Kabarondo then you will proceed to Akagera National Park's main gate. The drive to Akagera National Park from Kigali takes approximately two to three hours if traveling in a private vehicle or a private safari vehicle and 2 to 4 hours by the use of public means.


Accommodation facilities in Akagera National Park?

Akagera National Park accommodation facilities range from budget lodges to mid-range lodges, and luxury lodges. Budget option lodges include Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Mid-range option lodges include Karenge Bush Camp, and Luxury option lodges include Akagera Game Lodge.


When is the best time to visit Akagera National Park?

 Akagera national park can be visited throughout the year but is best visited during the dry season due to the fact that Akagera National park can be receiving no or little rainfall. Because during the rainy seasons it becomes hard to have a game drive through this national park for wildlife viewing because the heavy rains make all the trails too muddy and slippery as well very hard to view wildlife species compared to the dry season. The best time to enjoy your wildlife safari to Akagera National Park is during the months June to September and from December to February yearly also from March to early May can fairly be dryer.


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