2 Days Akagera National Park Safari


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2 days Akagera safari takes to the only Savannah national park in Rwanda for an amazing encounter with Africa’s big five mammals. Akagera National Park covers an area of 1112 square kilometers. It was established in 1934 by the Belgium government to protect the park animals and the entire Eco-system.  The park was named after River Akagera which flows through the park. The river feeds Lake Ihema, Lake Victoria and other smaller water bodies. Akagera National park was once larger than it is now. Our 2 Days Akagera wildlife safari starts from Kigali city and takes you to see  a much improved national park.  The safari involves game drives and a boat cruise along Lake Ihema. By the end of the 2 days, expect to have seen zebras, lions, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, leopards, elephants, spotted hyenas, warthogs, crocodiles, eland, topis, reedbuck, impalas, baboons, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, black-tailed mongoose, bush pigs and buffaloes among other mammals.

The 2 Days safari in Akagera National Park includes: –

  1. Game drives
  2. A boat cruise along Lake Ihema
  3. Transportation in a stand 4×4 safaris Car
  4. A Full-time English-Speaking driver Guide
  5. Accommodation for one night
  6. Airport transfer
  7. Meals and water throughout the 2 days
  8. Park Entrance fees
  9. All activities included in the itinerary
  10. Government taxes

The 2 days Rwanda wildlife safari excludes: –

  1. Medical and Personal insurance.
  2. Air tickets and Visa fees.
  3. Shopping expenses.
  4. Tips for hotel staff and park Guides.
  5. All expenditures that may be considered personal like those on alcoholic drinks, cigars, accommodation in Kigali, telephone calls and laundry.
  • Day 1: Pickup from Kigali – Transfer to Akagera – Game Drive and afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 2: Longer game drive – Departure to Kigali

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Day 1 Pickup from Kigali and Transfer to Akagera – Morning Game drive – Afternoon boat ride

Wake up early from your hotel or residence in Kigali and have breakfast as you wait for a driver from Excellent African Safaris. The driver will brief you about the tour and let you know what to expect. After the briefing, the driver will start the 2-hour journey to Akagera National Park. Expect to pass through beautiful countryside with amazing hills. Once you arrive at the southern gate of the park, the driver will take you for hotel check-in and registration from the park offices. You will then proceed for the morning game drive with your Guide. You should expect to see Zebras, Masai Giraffe, leopards, elephants, lions, buffaloes, rhinos and antelopes. The game drive will not be so long because you need to get back to your hotel for lunch as you prepare for the afternoon boat cruise.

The boat cruise on Lake Ihema is excellent for viewing birds, crocodiles, hippos and also land animals drinking on the shores. Among the bird species to look out for are the Shoebill Stork, kingfishers, fish eagles and cormorants. The boat cruise lasts between 2 to 3 hours after which you will be taken back to your hotel for relaxation, refreshment and dinner.

Dinner and overnight will be at Ruzizi tented camp (Luxury), Akagera game Lodge (Mid-range), Dereva Hotel (Budget) or Akagezi Lodge (Budget).

Day 2 Second Game drive – Departure to Kigali

Wake up early, shower and take breakfast. The Driver will pick you up early from your Lodge and then embark on the game drive viewing. The game drive on day 2 will be much longer since there will be more time and no activity in the afternoon. It starts from the southern gate of the park all the way to the northern section of the park. This could go on for 6 hours with most of the time spent at the Kilala plains, the Mutumba hills, the “hippo beach”, the vast swamps and along the lake Ihema. This particular area has the greatest concentration of wildlife. In case you missed any of the animals on the first day, this is the time to see them. Expect to see lions, buffaloes, Kobs, hippos, Giraffes, Elephants and all kinds of antelopes with the help of the park Guide.

Akagera National Park is one of the best birding destinations in Rwanda. Over 500 species have been recorded in the park including lesser kestrel, papyrus gonoleks and shoebill stork. The scenery in the park is great and we know you will enjoy the African wilderness, the savannah grasslands, woodlands, bushes and acacia thickets. After seeing most of the park animals, you will head back to back to Kigali, the driver may make short stops at the Imigongo traditional handcraft makers and the Rusumo waterfall. Expect to reach Kigali late in the afternoon or evening depending whether you have a flight or not.

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