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Akagera National Park: Known for its big five game viewing and beautiful scenery.

Be mesmerized by the untouched faces of Akagera National Park which is one of the best Rwanda places to visit if you want to see the big five. Located in the South of Rwanda adjacent to the border with Tanzania, this park offers some of the most beautiful scenes, coming in the form of the extensive Savannah, hills, to the relatively calm water body in the form of lakes. Experience the real wild adventure pleasure of going on a safari trip to catch a glimpse of the majestic lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and even the buffalo. Akagera has a lush landscape for those interested in natural beauty, wildlife, and splendid views of a natural cool environment that cannot be explained. Quoted highlights will afford you an opportunity to engage in game drives, boat safaris, and bird-watching tours in this fascinating African wilderness area.

Itinerary

This itinerary offers a comprehensive experience of Akagera National Park’s diverse wildlife and scenic beauty, ensuring a memorable and enriching visit.

Day 1: Arrival and Afternoon Game Drive

Arrive in Kigali and transfer to Akagera National Park, a picturesque 2.5-hour drive. Upon arrival, check in at your lodge or camp and enjoy a leisurely lunch. In the late afternoon, embark on your first game drive, where you can spot elephants, giraffes, zebras, and various antelope species, all set against the stunning landscapes of savannah, lakes, and rolling hills. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2: Full-Day Safari and Boat Safari

Start the day with an early morning game drive to witness the park’s wildlife during the prime viewing hours. Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. Spend the rest of the morning exploring different areas of the park, including the northern sector, which is rich in wildlife. After lunch and a short rest at the lodge, head out for an afternoon boat safari on Lake Ihema. Enjoy sightings of hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species, as well as elephants and buffaloes coming to drink. Return to the lodge for dinner and another overnight stay.

Day 3: Morning Game Drive and Departure

Opt for a final early morning game drive to catch any wildlife you might have missed. Return to the lodge for breakfast and check out. Before leaving the park, take a short visit to the park’s visitor center for some educational insights about Akagera’s conservation efforts. Enjoy a packed lunch or a meal at a nearby restaurant before transferring back to Kigali, or continue to your next destination.

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Important Information

Packing Tips:

  • Light, breathable clothing for daytime.
  • Warm layers for early mornings and evenings.
  • Binoculars and a good camera.
  • Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent.

Additional Notes:

  • Make sure to carry enough water and snacks.
  • Always follow the guide’s instructions and respect wildlife.
  • Consider a guided safari for a more informative experience.

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