[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1667821063787{background-image: url(https://universalventuresrwanda.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/akagera-tours.jpg?id=2494) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”120px”][vc_custom_heading text=”AKAGERA GAME DRIVE” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23ffffff” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”180px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1564950861006{margin-top: -90px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”white” spacing=”” alignment=”center” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”Akagera Game Drive” tab_id=”game-drives-in-rwanda”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Akagera Game Drive Experience” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%230a0a0a” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Akagera Game Drive; These is the main attraction to the park and you can be part of an organized safari with a drier and a guide or you can get more adventurous and then drive yourself in your own vehicle. The EAC /Rwandan registered cars at $7 and $25 for the foreign registered cars plus double for the safari vehicles or the buses. By driving yourself, it will be more fun but you will not know where to look for the animals from and this might be more annoying.

The game drives in Akagera have three sessions that is the morning half day game drive, the afternoon game drive and a night game drive. The morning game drive starts from 6:30 am to 11:30 am then the afternoon 12 pm to 5pm then the night drives start from 5:30 pm and end at around 8pm to 8:30 pm.

Wildlife-viewing/Game drives are best suited to be conducted very early in the morning at 06:00am with 99 % chances to see zebras, buffalos and elephants. Visitors must stay in game drive vehicles to avoid risk of attack from fierce animals.

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Lucky visitors can encounter leopards; hippos in a rush to hide are worth watching. Across the roadside plains of savannah when the sun is rising are the attractive views of antelopes including impala, elands. Surrounding the lakes are bright green acacia woodlands teemed with a variety of the last existing species of eland, the biggest antelope in African, giraffes, elephants, buffalos, topis, reedbucks, waterbucks and the beautiful zebras. This outstanding wilderness offers unmatched African safari experience in a life time. Spot the Big Five animals in Akagera National Park with Universal Ventures Rwanda.

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There are a number of activities that are carried out in the park for instance birding, nature walks, boat cruise, sport, fishing, cultural encounters among other activities that will enable you to have an amazing experience in the park as you get the chance to see the different species in the park. But among the different activities in the park, the game drives will enable you have a bigger range of the park where you will see a number of different animal species because you will drive all around the park which is not the case for some of the different activities that incline you to one area.
Below are the types of Game drives that are being carried out in the Akagera National Park:
  • Morning game drive

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During the morning game drives, you will get the chance to see a number of herbivores in the park can be seen for instance the zebras, impalas, topis, bushbucks, elephants, rhinos, giraffes among other herbivores in the park during the morning game drives you will also have the chance to see a number of bird species during the drives near the swamps lake like Lake Ihema, lake Shakani, where you will see different bird species like African fish Eagle, the open billed stork, and more.
  • Nocturnal game drives

During the nocturnal game drives, you will get the chance to see a number of that you missed seeing during the morning game drives because some of the animal species go into hiding or rest during the morning since they spend their night hunting for prey. The nocturnal games drives have two shifts like the morning game drives in order to allow a number of tourists to participate in the amazing adventure of watching the park coming to life when it gets dark.
  • Night Game drives

During the night game drives, you will see a number of carnivores in the park especially the big cats like lions and the leopards catching their prey for dinner; other animals that can be seen are the impalas, topis, bushbucks which are mainly the target prey for the big cats. Interesting about the drives, they are carried out at night when the animals are resting and here you can see many animals in the park s compared to the morning game drives and with the help of a spotlight, you are able to see clearly the animals in the park. If you’re interested in hiring a well conversant guide in the park to give you more information about the animal species at only a small fee of 40usd.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Game Drive Tours” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%230a0a0a” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Accommodations” tab_id=”accommodations”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Accommodations in Akagera” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%230a0a0a” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]For the expensive adventure, you can try out Ruzizi Tented Lodge and the park has got the best accommodation and as the name says it all, you will sleep in the safari tents and these are so stylish and are situated in a stunning setting on the lakes in the park.

Overlooking Ihema Crater Lake, Akagera Game lodge is the true definition of paradise within the vast open savannah. About 60 self contained rooms are found here, all crafted with a unique design and style and comfort being on the top list you will find here. in addition, there are camping sites in Akagera National Park[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Accommodations in Volcanoes National Park” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%230a0a0a” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”]

[/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Getting There” tab_id=”getting-to-akagera”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Where to Go for a Game Drive?” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%230a0a0a” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Akagera National Park Located in northeastern Rwanda along the country’s border with Tanzania, the park was founded in 1934. From Kigali to akagera is 2½ hours drive and a 4WD with high clearance is essential for driving inside the park. A vast network of dirt roads are there to explore on your own or with a guide.

There are no domestic flights to Akagera, but Akagera Aviation offers charter helicopter transfers to anywhere in the country. The flight from Kigali to Akagera NP takes 22 minutes.[/vc_column_text][vc_gmaps link=”#E-8_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”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Travel Advice” tab_id=”446c1-5301″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Getting Visa to Rwanda” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%230a0a0a” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Visit the Rwanda Directorate general of Immigration and Emigration : https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=28 which takes you to a visa application form which picks your personal information.

Depending on your travel plans, choose the best visa choice available;
– Single entry visa – allows entry in Rwanda alone for 30 days – 50 USD
– Transit Visa for 3 days – only you in the country for only 3 days – 50USD
– East African Tourists Visa – Allows you to cross to all East African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda – 100 USD

The supporting document to attach is your tour Itinerary if traveling to visit rwanda, Invitation letter, other document with respect to your travel intentions or your flight details in PDF format. You MUST ATTACH documentation at this stage or the visa request will not be processed.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Akagera Entrance Fee” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%230a0a0a” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The Entrance Fees and Costs

In case you are planning to have a safari in Akagera, below is what you need to know about the park fees and prices. The park entrance fees are $50 per day per person. The guides both freelance and park guides for the self-drive game drives charge $25 for a half day safari game drive and $ 40 for the full day game drives. It’s also advisable to get a guide while carrying out a game drive since they are always knowledgeable of where the animals are.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Enquire” tab_id=”enquire”][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1674483350060{background-color: #005b06 !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Contact Us to book a trip” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%230a0a0a” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”]

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