[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1668178159912{background-image: url(https://universalventuresrwanda.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/akagera-zebras.jpg?id=2495) !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 NATIONAL PARK” 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=”modern” color=”green” spacing=”” alignment=”center” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”Akagera National Park” tab_id=”a”][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=”Overview of Akagera National Park” 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 is characterised by sweeping grasslands and rugged acacia woodland, interspersed with a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile. This breath-taking landscape is an exhilarating change from the magnificent rainforests that dominate most of Rwanda.

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Akagera provides a real eye opener to the wonders of the flora and fauna of the African bushland, with herds of elephant and buffalo emerging from the woodland to drink at the lakes. An observant visitor may also spot a stealthy leopard, hyena or pride of lions resting in the cool shade provided by the feral acacia trees. Akagera National Park is almost bursting with more then a dozen species of antelope, most commonly the handsome, regal impala, but also oribi, bushbuck, tsessebe and the world’s largest antelope, the striking Cape eland are resident within the park.

Activities in The Park

Game Drives in Akagera National Park:

A game drive is like unwrapping a present – each game drive hold new surprises as nature reveals its treasures in the form of scenic wonders, Wildlife such as Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes such Topi or Elands, Burchell Zebras, Maasai Giraffes, Savannah Birds, Monkeys, Leopards, Civets, Hyenas, Lions, Serval Cats, Rhinos, and more.

Game drives mean that you are accompanied by a Guide who is knowledgeable about the flora and fauna found in the park. While on game drives one should stay within the vehicle unless the park guide sees it as safe to get out and take a look around. For longer game drives take a snack or lunch from the lodge and in our case, we will an ample supply of drinking water for you.

Nocturnal / Night Game Drives in Akagera National Park:

Night Game Drives are most exciting as you venture out with spotlights to see the creatures of the night found in Akagera National Park. A nocturnal drive through Akagera Park is quite different from the day – at night there is a good opportunity to see the predators on the prowl looking for dinner.

You might see a few leopards, serval cats, civets, lions, hyenas all out during the night. One drives quite slow during the nocturnal drive in order not to miss wildlife. even nocturnal birds and bush babies their large eyes. A nocturnal drive is about 2 hours in length and gives you a different perspective of Akagera National Park at night.

Boat Safaris on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park:

Boating Safaris are normally the highlight of a visit to a park in East Africa and so it it is with a boating safari on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park. Lake Ihema has one of the largest concentration of hippos in East Africa and it certainly is a sight to behold and so are the very large crocodiles that you will find along the shores of the lake.

There are also countless of water birds you will find while on a boating safari on Lake Ihema and hopefully, you will spot a Shoebill Stork. Other animals such as Elephants find their way to the lake to water and to bathe and you have the opportunity to get closer to them than you would in a vehicle on a game drive.

Birding in Akagera National Park:

Akagera National Park is one place that is not to be missed by Birders along with Nyungwe Forest National Park.  There are over 520 species of bird species that are found in Akagera National Park.

Birders who come to Akagera National Park are impressed  by what they find, in particular the variety of birds and abundance of birds found in the park, ranging from water to forest and including Savannah and migratory bird species – many of them endemic to the park – plus extremely rare species are also as for example the threatened papyrus gonolek which you will find in the papyrus swamps s. the localized red-faced barbes, the flycatcher, and one can be pretty sure that one just might spot the elusive shoebill stork while birding in Akagera National Park. The park is simply a birders paradise.

 Fishing on Lake Shakani – Akagera National Park:

One thing that might be a bit out of the ordinary is fishing along the shores of Lake Shakani – you will hear the snorts of Hippos and the cry of water birds and hopefully, the only other noise will be the sound of a fish on your line.

Fishing anywhere is enjoyable – at Akagera you have the added pleasure of being in the African Wildwildlife in the distance – hippos – and water birds all around you. You might visit Akagera National Park while a fishing tournament is on – which would put you into the good company of fellow anglers.

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Wildlife in Akagera

Back in 2015 seven lions were reintroduced to Akagera National Park, Rwanda from South Africa. Over the last three years, 15 cubs were born and the park has actually a population of 22 lions. In 2017 Eighteen endangered Eastern black rhinoceroses were successfully translocated and released into Akagera National Park in Rwanda from South Africa, by the Goverment of Rwanda and Non-profit organization, African Parks.

Nearly 200 of Rwanda’s bird species are also found within the park including 29 endemics, as well as giant forest hog, warthog, bush pig, forest elephant, buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck, black-fronted duiker, spotted hyena, civet, genet, mongoose and tree hyrax.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Accommodations in Akagera 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”]

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Where to Go for a Game Drive?

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.

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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

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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.

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    YC K
    YC K
    So fantastic journey. We've used a Toyota Land-cruiser Prado with open roof. We had a very good experience with very kind and experienced guide. He knows the Akagera NP condition, geography and historic, so we've been heard that very abundant information from the guide, Bosco.He's very kind and provided well service during the journey.Additionally, the total price including the fuel, car and driver(without extra guide) were somehow reasonable. We didn't hire an extra guide because Bosco, the driver, had many experiences as Akagra NP guide.But I suggest the owner of this company that has to listen carefully voices of customers.
    Andre M
    Andre M
    Gorillas at Volcanoes Simply a spectacular day that will always be one of lifes highlights. Beautiful scenery, amazing experience with education and excitement. Gorilla Trekking is an absolute must do.
    Peter F
    Peter F
    A great way to see Kigali. An excellent way to see the key landmarks in Kigali. We had a knowledgable guide, and excellent driver.Not cheap, but well worth the expense.
    Leie av bil Vi leide to 4x4 - biler i 17 dager. Emmanuel møtte oss ved flyplassen og vi inspiserte bilene. Vi gikk gjennom kontrakten sammen og betalte med bankkort. Det var noen småting med bilene, men de fungerte godt. Vi hadde også et lite uhell med den ene bilen, men det ble ordnet av selskapets mekaniker, og løst på en god måte. Emmanuel var lett å komme i kontakt med, og vi opplever at kontrakten ble holdt fra begge sider. Vi betalte 90 USD per bil, per døgn, noe som er samme pris som vi har leid for tidligere. Bilene var også av en bedre kvalitet enn vi har opplevd tidligere. Jeg kan anbefale å bruke dette firmaet da de virker seriøse og ordentlige.
    Gallivanting Wellness
    Gallivanting Wellness
    A thorough tour, that's not rushed I truly enjoyed my experience with John and Scovia. John was the lead guide and so knowledgeable about his homeland and just an awesome personality. He answered my questions and was always willing to help with pictures. This tour did not feel like a school field trip. It felt like I was taking a walk with friends and learning during the walk. I would definitely book my future tours with Universal. Oh and for lunch a buffet is included, which is a nice touch for a hungry traveler.
    Willie P
    Willie P
    Cost, reasonable. Value, priceless! It was an incredible day! My guide, John Bosco, was knowledgeable, engaging, and accommodating to my every interest and need. I found the tour to be worth the money, and gave me an experience that I couldn’t have had otherwise.
    Aleksandrs V
    Aleksandrs V
    Best experience to do at least once a life + great service with knowledgeable guide driver Boska & his clean 4x4 Toyota Nice service, pick up by your guide driver with 4x4 car from your house door and approx 2 hours driving to the National park with stop at coffee shop / souvenir shop where u can enjoy amazing coffee and purchase it, as well as to buy some crafted products. National park and Safari itself is amazing experience you have to do at least once in a life. Our guide Boska very knowledgeable, he explained different types of fauna flora , and described behavior of animals. He knows not only about his country but also aware about other countries. He is super nice guide and if he will guide you be sure your trip will be unforgettable.
    Jasna V
    Jasna V
    Perfect service Emmanuel made sure we arrived safely at the hotel, and back to the airport. Great service, very flexible, friendly and he has done so much more to help us with the covid measures (and having the result in time!). He keeps in touch with you and makes you feel relaxed

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