1 Day Trip to Akagera National Park

Elephants in Akagera

Elephants in Akagera

After an earlier morning breakfast at around 5:30AM, our English / French speaking guide will meet you at your hotel or elsewhere in Kigali – short briefing and drive to the Eastern part of this country to the Akagera National Park. Arriving in the Akagera National Park (125 km/2.5 hrs) we proceed on a morning game viewing drive in this African savannah park.
Plenty of animals can be seen, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and also many other mammal species. Known as one of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa, the game drive in Akagera provides you with the opportunity to also view gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies.
Dominated by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering Akagera River, the most remote source of River Nile, Akagera National Park (1,075 km²) is archetypal African savannah; tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland but above all, Akagera is big game country! Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes; lucky visitors might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena, even a stray lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala and the world’s largest antelope, the statuesque Cape Eland. Alongside the picturesque lakes, pods of 50+ hippopotami grunt and splutter throughout the day, while outsized crocodiles soak up the sun with their vast jaws menacingly agape. And lining the lakes; some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds, amongst the parks over 500 recorded species.
In the late afternoon, exit with more game viewing en-route and drive back to Kigali for an evening reach.
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