AKagera National Park-Capital of Big five in Rwanda
Akagera National Park is a protected area located in eastern Rwanda stretching over an area of 1,122 square kilometers along the international border with Tanzania. it was named after the Akagera River, which flows along its eastern boundary. The park is known for its diverse landscapes, which include savannas, wetlands, lakes, and woodlands.
Akagera is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including mammals, birds, and reptiles elephants, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, and makes the park best for wildlife safaris in Rwanda
Car Rental to Explore Akagera National Park?
Wildlife Safari to Rwanda takes you to Akagera National Park which is known as the home for the Big five watching and rewarding the ultimate Safari experience with Experienced Safari guide of 4×4 Africa.
We offer reliable 4×4 landcruisers with camping gears or with pop up roof for game viewing in the magical wilderness of Akagera . Dont miss to explore Akagera national Park with us on Rwanda Safaris with great chance to extend the self drive experience to Volcanoes National Park & Lake kivu in the northern part of Rwanda.
Safari activities in Akagera National Park
Akagera national park is home to a variety of wildlife including the four of the “Big Five” African mammals, namely elephants, buffaloes, lions, and leopards. Lions were restocked to the park in 2011 as per the press release by African parks, making it a notable destination for Wildlife enthusiasts.
Game Drive in AKagera
key aspect to make the Akagera Wildlife Safari a memorable one is the Game drives in the open Safari landcruiser jeep with knowledgeable Tour guide of 4×4 Africa the top reliable Safari operator in Rwanda. Visitors can go on guided safari drives to explore the park and observe a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and even predators like lions and leopards. other primates to be spotted include the baboons, Vervet monkeys, blue monkeys and bush babies who are often seen on night drives.
Apart from Wildlife watching in Akagera, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 500 bird species recorded. Some of the notable birds include the African fish eagle, shoebill stork, papyrus gonolek, and various species of kingfishers and herons. Birding in Akagera National Park is possible on Self drive or guided tour to Rwanda with birds to be spotted including fish eagles, Cattle Egret, Hamerkop, Sacred and Hadada Ibis, Augur Buzzard, Long-crested Eagle, and Pied Crow. Black-headed and Viellot’s Black Weavers, Grey-backed Fiscals, Fan-tailed Widowbird and Caruther’s Cisticola.
Birding in Akagera National Park
Nature Walks in Akagera
Guided nature walks offer a different perspective of the park, allowing visitors to get closer to the flora and fauna. It’s an opportunity to learn about the smaller creatures, plants, and ecosystems that might be missed during a game drive.
Akagera national park is surrounded by different communities that you can visit to enjoy and experience local culture and traditions. Dont miss the cultural experience around the Surroundings of the park are communities with their own unique cultures. Visitors have the opportunity to engage in cultural experiences, including village visits and interactions with local residents
Akagera Cultural Experience
Where to stay? Accommodations in Akagera
Akagera National park offers basic camping for self drive Safaris and a range of lodging option with a chance to stay in close proximity to the natural surrounding, including
- Akagera game lodge
- Ruzizi Tented Lodge
- Magashi Camp
- Akagera Rhino lodge
- Karenga Bush lodge.
When to go? Best Time to visit
The land of thousand hills is among the vast open lands for travel throughout the year and we do run Rwanda Wildlife Safaris to explore the magical Akagera . The best time to visit Akagera National park is during the dry season which is in the months of June to September and then mid-December to mid-February. Dont miss combing Nyungwe forest national Park for chimpanzee watching
How to access Akagera National park?
Akagera National Park is relatively easily accessible from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda since it takes just 2-3-hour drive from Kigali. Before visiting Akagera National Park, it’s recommended to checkout if your rented jeep is 4×4 to enable you explore the park on your Safari.
The scenic drive to the park from Kigali takes about 3 hours considering the speed limit of 60 Km/hr. 4×4 Africa offers the best car rental Rwanda services on both Self drive or guided ( Car Rental with Driver ). Check on your Rwanda Travel guide