With this 3-day Akagera Safari tour, you’ll visit one of Rwanda’s most well-known wildlife conservation areas for one of the best game drives in all of East Africa. The Akagera National Park is situated on the eastern side of Rwanda, not far from the Tanzanian border. About 433 square miles make up its surface. Rwanda’s sole Savannah Park, Akagera, was established in 1934. The park is named after the Kagera River, which supplies Lake Ihema and other water features in the park before discharging the majority of its watershed’s load into Lake Victoria. Akagera National Park is made up of vast papyrus swamps, woods, Savannah, undulating plains, and water bodies. All of the big five mammal species, including lions, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, and rhinos, can be found in Akagera. It also has giraffes, warthogs, hippos, zebras, and many types of antelope.
Regrettably, the 1994 genocide in Rwanda caused the park to lose a lot of its biodiversity. After the conflict, thousands of displaced people encroached on the park’s territory and began hunting the animals for sustenance or to drive out the predators. Farmers who believed the lions to be a threat to their domestic animals murdered all 300 of the park’s lions. One of the greatest wild dog populations in Africa once existed in Akagera. The majority of them were removed because the Belgian government viewed them as pests. In Rwanda, wild dogs vanished by 1984. There were similar tragic finishes for many other species, but the new Rwandan administration is adamant about bringing the park back to its former splendor and making it a top-notch safari destination.
African Park Networks and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) have a 20-year agreement in place to jointly manage the park. Moreover, the park’s security was strengthened, lodges were constructed, and tourism was heavily promoted on a local and international level. As the majority of the animals have been returned into the park, their numbers have progressively increased to the point that travelers are now considering Rwanda as a convenient safari location to see Africa’s famed mammal.
Three game drives and a boat ride on Lake Ihema are included in our 3-day Akagera Wildlife Safari package. Since that Akagera National Park is approximately three hours’ drive from the capital, safaris there are highly convenient. When visiting Akagera National Park, it is vital to travel with a park ranger. They are knowledgeable about the park and can guide you to the best viewing areas. Check out our 1-day wildlife safari in Akagera or the 2-day Akagera Wildlife trip package if you’re looking for a shorter safari.
You will be picked up in the morning from the airport or your hotel in Kigali by a guide from Dav Safaris. Following a briefing on the tour, you will have a tour of Kigali, visiting its markets, the museum dedicated to the genocide there, the former presidential palace, a few art galleries, and other notable sites. You will depart for Akagera national park after finishing the city tour. It takes 2 to 3 hours to travel reach Akagera National Park.
You will make a quick stop in the Nyakarambi village on the way to the park to learn about the cow dung artwork created by the Kakira women’s cooperative. Since Prince Kakira began the practice, many tourists have been captivated by their distinctive method of decorating homes with cow 3 Days tour of Akagera National Park dung. Cow excrement is first dried before being combined with various natural colors (including plants). The result is an eye-catching combination of red and white artwork.
When you get to the park, you’ll go through the gate and get all the clearances you need before going to the visitors’ center. You will travel to your accommodation from the center after that. You will get ready to go on a boat tour of Lake Ihema after checking into the hotel. Crocodiles, hippos, and other creatures that come to the lake to bathe or drink can be seen throughout the boat ride. Watch out for waterbucks and the elusive Sitatunga (swamp antelope).
Dinner and overnight stay at Akagera Game Lodge or the luxurious Ruzizi Tented Camp (Mid-range)
While you wait for the driver or guide to pick you up, get up early and have breakfast. Games drives are the focus of the day. The ideal locations for game drives will be selected by our Guide, who will be accompanied by a knowledgeable park guide. While exploring the park’s terrain, which includes wetlands, riverine forests Hippos, Impala, warthogs, Topi, Zebras, spotted hyenas, giraffes, buffaloes, crocodiles, elephants, and birds should be on your radar during the early game drive. Finding lions, rhinos, and other elusive animals will be made easier with the help of the park guide. Savanna plains, and woodland forests, you will go to several locations within the park.
To give you the chance to experience the extraordinary sense of dining outside in the African wild, lunch will be a picnic in the wide Savannah plains. The driver will return you to your hotel after lunch so you can unwind and swim in the hotel pool. Before the evening game drive, you have the option to go on another afternoon game drive or go out particularly to look for birds. Around 500 species of birds, including the Papyrus Gonolek and Shoebill storks, have been identified in Akagera, one of Rwanda’s finest birding locations. The huge marshes in the park are the ideal places to see the birds.
The purpose of the night game drive is to let you see nocturnal creatures like owls, primates, and hyenas.
Wake up at your convenience, eat breakfast, and get ready for one final game drive across the park in case you didn’t see any animals. In order to take you to another area of the park for further wildlife encounters, our guide/driver will meet with the park guide there. Once this game drive is over, it’s time to begin the trip back to Kigali. We eat lunch while returning to Kigali. This is the day to do the Kigali city tour and the cow dung drawings at the Nyakarambi village if you somehow missed them on the first day. Please be aware that a safari in Rwanda, and specifically the Akagera national park, can be coupled with activities such as hiking volcanoes, seeing golden monkeys, biking the Congo Nile Trail, seeing gorillas at the Volcanoes National Park, and going on chimpanzee treks in the Nyungwe forest.
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