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Are you having a short stay in Kigali and are interested in seeing the big 5 animals, this 1 Day Akagera National Park Safari from Kigali is the best trip to book. Akagera national park is the only game Park in Rwanda where you can do wildlife viewing to see the Big 5 animals. The Park is located in the Eastern region and gives you the opportunity to spot the Big Five wildlife in Rwanda. Buffaloes and elephants are most common, but leopards are observed with increasing frequency on night game drives, and lion and black rhino’s population is growing. Other wildlife that you can film include includes Maasai giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, warthog, olive baboon, vervet monkey, hippo, impala, Defassa waterbuck, bushbuck, common duiker, eland, topi, Bohor reedbuck, oribi, roan antelope, klipspringer and the secretive semi-aquatic sitatunga. Spotted hyena, genet, civet, white-tailed mongoose, bush baby, elephant-shrew and various species of owl and nightjar are often seen on night drives which you can opt to have night productions as well. There are about 500 bird species, you will have a great safari in Akagera National Park.
On the 1 Day Akagera National Park Safari from Kigali you will leave Kigali at about 5 am for a day trip to Akagera national park, which is about 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Kigali. Arrive at the park from the southern gate to the park reception for a short briefing about the park. Most of your day will spent in the northern sector of the park which host many wildlife because of the landscape and vegetation. The Akagera game drive can last about 6 hours depending on the animal sightings and interest.
The tour guide will advise on lunch packages – where you will be able to purchase lunch or carry packed lunch. You will then proceed with your game drive and exit via the northern gate later that evening.
1 Day Akagera National Park Safari from Kigali includes
Ground transport per 4WD
Park entrance fees
Service of an English-speaking driver guide
All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
Tips to porters and driver/ guide
What to see on a 1 Day Akagera National Park Safari from Kigali?
Boat cruise on Lake Ihema
The cost of a scheduled boat cruise on Lake Ihema is USD35 per person for day trip for one hours, USD45 per person for Sunset cruise for one hour, you will be able to see its large pods of hippos, Nile crocodiles and abundant water birds on the island in the middle of the lake. Contact us to plan your visit to Akagera National Park for unforgettable wildlife experiences and exceptional cruising worth in Akagera National Park
Game drives/ Wildlife Viewing.
Doing game drives and wildlife viewing is one of the highlights of African safari experiences. Akagera National Park is once again home to the Big Five, following the reintroduction of seven lions in 2015 – which bred successfully and doubled in number within a year as well as 18 Eastern black rhinos in 2017. Other animals found in Akagera include Leopard, hyena and side-striped jackal make up the larger predators in the park. Notable plains game include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Primates can also be seen in the Park such as olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bush babies often seen on night game drives. For day game drives, you only need to have Paid Park entrance fees of USD100 per person (Foreign Non- Residents) but you will pay extra charge if you hire the Park ranger, Park Vehicles and guides for game drives. Night game drives cost USD40 per person.
Akagera National Park is an important ornithological site with 525 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. The range restricted Red-faced barbet is probably the most sought-after bird and should be easy to find around Akagera game Lodge and Muyumbu campsite. Other range restricted species and highlights include Northern Brown-throated Weaver; Papyrus Gonolek; White-Winged Swamp Warbler; Carruthers’s Cisticola, White-collared Oliveback, and Grey-crowned Cranes. The park is also home to good populations of raptors and large numbers of waterbirds. For those interested in birding, you will only pay Park entrance fees and extra Charge in case you need a Park guide. Akagera is one of the best birding destinations in Rwanda.
Cultural and community Experiences
Community encounter with the locals is one of the highlights of an African adventure, you will also have a cultural experience of the traditions and cultures of the local people, Learn about milking cows and traditions around cattle and milk on a farm in the Eastern Province; or spend time with banana beer and honey artisans to see how local products are made. All revenues generated by these visits are shared with members of the communities you visit. The community experience costs USD30 per person for minimum of 3 people, it is a half day activity.
Fishing is done at Lake Shakani and you can have a fishing experience with the local fishermen, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of various birds and hippos, the catches during fishing can be roasted for you to enjoy the fresh fish from Rwanda. You also enjoy the stories of the locals, experience their lifestyle. The fishing experience costs USD25 per person and you should have your own equipment or you can hire.
What is the cost of transportation to Akagera National Park?
Akagera national park is located in the north Eastern region of Rwanda about 110 Kilometers from Kigali the capital of Rwanda, which is approximately 3hour drive. It is beautiful park with lush green scenery and lots of wildlife and birds to see. We do provide 4×4 Vehicles with open roof, having professional driver guide and drinking water for your great game safari in Akagera National Park. The transportation cost is inclusive of Vehicle hire which ranges from USD100-250 per day depending on your choice of Vehicle, Fuel for the round trip, and Driver guide allowance of USD50 per day.
What is the cost of accommodation in Akagera National Park
Lodges in Akagera National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options, Luxury options include Akagera Game Lodge, Akagera Rhino Lodge and Ruzizi Tented Camp. The prices range from USD200 to USD300 per person per night. Great and best time ever during your stay during your stay in this park. They have great hospitality, clean rooms, VIP rooms and all have put in place the set SOPs for prevention of the spread of the corona virus and all are ensuring safety and health of their clients.
The Midrange lodge options at Akagera National Park include Magashi camp, Dereva Hotel and Akagera Bush Lodge range from USD100-150 per person per night. For budge travelers the options are many from basic accommodation to camping range from USD50-100 per person per night.
Why book a 1 Day Akagera National Park Safari from Kigali with Eco Adventure Safaris
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