Akagera National Park

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Akagera National Park

The Akagera National park derives its name from the Akagera river located inside the park. The park is 1,112 square meters big and was gazetted in 1934 and opened up for tourism in 1997.

Akagera National park lays in the savannah, woodland, wetland and surrounded by a dozen lakes and swamps. This is where the park derives its beauty and uniqueness from exceptional levels of biodeversity.

What to do or Attractions in Akagera National Park

  • Wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, bushbabies, duikers, vervet monkeys, blue monkey, Topi, Zebra, Waterbuck, Roan Antelope and Eland. giraffe, baboons
  • Game Drives
  • Hiking and Guided Nature Walks. …
  • Community Cultural Experiences
  • Birdlife like Red-winged francolin, Blue-shouldered robin-chat, Ring-necked francolin, Amur falcon, Beaudouin’s snake eagle, Booted eagle, Brown-chested Lapwing, Cabanis’s bunting, Shelley’s francolin, Carruthers’s cisticola
  • Cultural encounters of the Rwandese people
  • Fishing trips
  • Boat rides on Akagera river

How to get there/ reach Volcanoes N.P

By Road

This is the most common type of transportation to the park and it will take you approximately 2.5 hrs from Kigali city. We recommend you use a 4×4 Vehicle and this ranges from Us dollars $200-$350 per day minus drivers’ allowance.


You can reach the park through chartered flights by helicopter by Akagera Aviation and it will take you approximately 22 minutes to reach Akagera National Park.

Best time to Visit

We recommend the dry months of December- January and June-August where there is a high volume of wildlife in the reserveAlthough you can visit in other months when it’s a wet season April and November with low numbers of wildlife.


  • Game drives
  • Boat rides
  • Birdwatching
  • Community and cultural encounters
  • Fishing

Where to stay in Akagera N.P

Lodges; Magashi camp, Ruzizi Tented camp, Akagera Game Lodge, Akagera Rhino Lodge

For your planning purposes, you can visit the park for a day or multiple days depending on your budget.

We recommend that you combine this tour with other classical places in Rwanda like Akagera N.P for other wildlife and boat rides, Nyungwe N.P for chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk.

Lastly, the Kigali city tour where you will visit the genocide grounds and participate in Kitzina ceremonies.

In conclusion, Volcanoes N.P being the first and primary area for gorilla trekking in Rwanda means you will never be disappointed when you add it to your safari while in Rwanda.

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