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Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park

A family of lions from South Africa is settling in well, and breeding successfully, and 18 eastern black rhinos have also been reintroduced.

Visitors can also encounter buffalo, elephant, antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboons, monkeys, an incredible 525 bird species, plus much more. A boat trip on Lake Ihema is also a highlight of any visit to Akagera, with its large pods of hippos, Nile crocodiles and abundant waterbirds on the island in the middle of the lake

The only way to explore the park is by vehicle, whether through a tour operator or self drive. The National Park also has a vehicle to hire, with individual spaces available on night drives.
It is recommended to take up the services of a guide, which can be booked through the park. Sleeping within the park is possible, at various lodges, a bush camp in the north at select periods, or camping in specific sites.

Activities at Akagera National Park

Boat Trips
If you are looking for a variation on the usual safari experience, a boat trip on Lake Ihema will not disappoint. Drift along the forest-fringed lake edge, past huddles of hippo and basking crocodiles. For the serious birder a boat trip is a must. Trips are scheduled four times per day at 7.30am, 9am, 3pm and 4.30pm. Non-scheduled, private, trips can also be arranged at other times.
Lake Shakani is the site of sports fishing in the park; spend a relaxing day fishing off the lake shore and then cook your catch over an open fire at the campsite. Own equipment is required.
Behind the Scenes
For more insight into Akagera, including conservation developments within the park, take a ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ tour of the park headquarters and meet some of the people integral to the management of the park. This activity is open to anyone (with minimum numbers applying) but designed for educational groups, or special interest travellers.
Night Drive
A sunset departure for a guided night drive adventure is an ideal way to end your day. Night drives show a different side to the park and are your best chance of seeing the nocturnal wildlife, often the most sought after sightings! Night drives are operated by the park’s safari vehicle which can take a maximum of seven guests.
Walk the Line
Spend the morning in the shoes of a fence attendant who walk a section of the 120 km fence line on a daily basis. This walk, starting at the park entrance, takes you 7km into the hills, following the fence on the outside of the park. The walk, which is guided by a community freelance guide, is approximately two hours and ends at the top of the ridge with spectacular views in all directions.
Community Cultural Experiences
In collaboration with the community and the park, the Community Freelance Guides have developed some cultural experiences to share with park guests. Visit a farm for milking and learn about the culture and traditions around cattle and milk in the Eastern province. Or, visit a banana-beer maker, or honey cooperative and see how these products are made locally. Revenue is shared with the community members visited. The park is open from 06h00 to 18h00 for day visitors. Fees for day visitors are: Rwandan nationals: US$7.5 Rwandan residents: US$35 International visitors: US$50 Vehicle fees: Rwandan registered vehicle: 10,000 RWF Rwandan registered bus: 20,000 RWF Other fees apply for non-EAC registered vehicles
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