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1 Day Akagera National Park Tour 

The 1 day Akagera national park tour is  a classic Rwanda wildlife safari trip that will leave you amazed with the beauty of Rwanda. Visit Akagera National Park and experience the beautiful Savannah and lash green forested areas giving you varied sights of Rwanda. In the one day Akagera trip expect to see the big 5.

Akagera National Park

Akagera national park is situated in the Eastern part of Rwanda bordering Tanzania and 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.
African parks a non profit organisation dedicated to nature conservation is currently managing this park and has solved lots of conflict between people and the park by fencing off part of the park and also introduced community tours and encouraged visitors to visit the communities and benefit accordingly.

The drive takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the for the game of about 5 to 6 hours before you depart back to Kigali. You will enjoy the beauty of this Savannah park with Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Lions, leopard and Rhinos were recently introduced into the park, 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.

Detailed 1 Day Akagera National Park Tour

DAY 1:Transfer to Akagera National Park 

Welcome to the ultimate guide to the 1 Day Akagera National Park Tour! In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the amazing adventure you can experience in one day in Akagera National Park safari, Rwanda’s only savanna park. This guide is optimized for tourists so that you can easily find all the information you need to plan your trip to Akagera National Park.

Akagera National Park is a unique destination in Rwanda, known for its diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. The park covers over 1,200 square kilometers and is home to over 80 species of mammals, including lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hippos, and more than 500 bird species.

With our 1 Day Akagera National Park Tour, you will get a chance to experience the park’s highlights in just one day. Here’s what you can expect on this tour:

1 Day Akagera Tour Itinerary:

  • Pick up from Kigali
  • Transfer to Akagera National Park
  • Game drive
  • Lunch
  • Boat ride
  • Return to Kigali

On this 1 Day Akagera national park tour, we shall set off from Kigali in the morning at about 5:00 am to the Eastern province of Kayonza, where Akagera park is located. The journey is about 2 hours from Kigali city. This day trip to Akagera National Park will reward you with a classical feel of a true African safari in Rwanda

Game Drive:
The game drive is the main attraction of the tour, and it is designed to give you the best chance to see as many animals as possible. You will be driven through the park in a 4×4 vehicle with an experienced guide who will help you spot the wildlife. You will have the opportunity to see animals like giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras, buffalos, and many more. The game drive will last for about 4-5 hours, depending on the animal sightings.

Lunch: After the game drive, you will have a delicious lunch at the park’s restaurant. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes, including local and international cuisine. You will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery while you savor your meal.

Boat Ride: After lunch, you will take a boat ride on Lake Ihema, the second-largest lake in Rwanda. The boat ride is an excellent opportunity to see water-loving animals such as hippos and crocodiles, and a variety of bird species. The boat ride will last for about 1 hour.

Return to Kigali:
After the boat ride, you will leave the park and head back to Kigali, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or preferred location.

What to Bring on the Akagera Wildlife Safari:

  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera

The 1 Day Akagera National Park Tour is the perfect way to experience Rwanda’s wildlife and landscapes in just one day. You will see a variety of animals, enjoy a delicious lunch, and take a boat ride on Lake Ihema. With this guide, you have all the information you need to plan your trip to Akagera National Park. Book your tour now and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Number of People Price per Person
1 $385
2 $235
3 $195
4 $175
5+ Contact us for a custom quote

Note: The prices above are subject to change depending on the season and availability. The tour includes transportation from Kigali, park entry fees, game drive, lunch, and a boat ride. Any additional activities or expenses not listed here will be at the participant’s expense. Contact us to book your tour or for any additional information.

Hotels and lodges

The quality of a hotel determines how memorable or enjoyable a safari is. While in Akagera, you will need a hotel that is good but affordable. Akagera National Park has fewer accommodation facilities than the volcanoes or Nyungwe National Park.

Despite a shortage in accommodation facilities, there are good ones offering quality services. Back packers and those who are more adventurous can choose to sleep in one of the camping sites and enjoy the African wilderness at a cheap cost. Basic camping is less comfortable but can be fun especially if you are a group of friends. Just imagine partying, drinking and eating roasted meat in the African wilderness.

There are 3 main campsites within the park and cost between $20 to $50. They are all equipped with firewood. If you want to go for a long call, you will have to use the pit latrine. Beware of baboons. They are a real menace and will try to bully you or want to steal some of your supplies. We can help you book these lodges if you instruct us to do so. They include:

Ruzizi tented lodge

This lodge was built by the park management in 2013 along the shores of Lake Ihema. The lodge was built to address the initial shortage of good accommodation facilities in the park. It has 20 self-contained tents that are linked using boardwalks. The lodge is built with local material and designs to give travelers the feeling of being out in the African wild. It is a perfect lodge for those who want a peaceful and quiet atmosphere that allows one to feel close to nature.

Each of the tents has a private bathroom and shower. There is constant power supply and security is excellent. Because it is owned by the park management, residents get a chance to visit parts of the park which others may not be able to access.

Akagera Game lodge

This is the oldest lodge in the park. There was a time when it was the only one tourists could go to while visiting the park. They became lazy and the quality of services reduced as there was no competition. Things have changed now with the coming in of competitors. The lodge owners woke up and improved facilities.

Everything was revamped and Akagera Game lodge is one of the best in the park. The lodge offers great views of Lake Ihema. The rooms are simple but well furnished. There is a large swimming pool, restaurant, tennis court, curio bar and other amenities. Power supply is constant, Wi-Fi is free and Television is set in each room.  Akagera Game lodge is perfect for those who want a quality lodge but that is affordable. It is the perfect lodge for the mid-range traveler.

Dereva Hotel

This hotel is located outside the park along the route to Kigali. It offers budget facilities but which are of good quality. The rooms are categorized into two – Queen Size and Twin depending on what the traveler wants. All rooms are self-contained with a bathroom, warm water, DSTV, a phone and free internet. One can visit the dining halls for excellent meals, then go to the bar or just relax at the cozy lounge area. The hotel also has meeting rooms that can accommodate between 20 to 200 participants.

Tour Inclusives

  • Akagera National Park entry fees
  • All activities on the itinerary
  • A professional English speaking driver/guide
  • Transportation to and within Akagera National game park
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Drinking water(On all days)

Tour Excludes

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline; at least US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Meals

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