Akagera National Park
Akagera is a national park on the North Eastern side of Rwanda, bordering Tanzania. It is know for it's varied terrain: hills, savannahs, marshes, and woodlands. The park is home to many species of animals such as giraffes, zibras, lions, and the rare shoebill stork.
Many tour companies run from Kigali and offer various levels of service and quality. There are one day trips, overnight trips, or multifamily options.
Private drivers can be arranged by most hotels costing $150-200 for a day trip. Car rentals (without a driver) cost around $100 per day, but note that gas prices are around $4/gallon.
There are public busses that pass near the park on NR3 and NR5. They cost around 5000RWF from Kigali.
Entrance:$50 per person per night (January 2019). The period is not 24 hours (like in Tanzania), but rather your ticket is good until 6pm the following day.
Guide: $40 per group
Car: There is a $10 per vehicle fee
You are advised to be accompanied by a guide, which costs $40 per day, per group. Guides can be picked up day of at the South Entrance which opens at 6am.
If you wish to rent a car/driver/guide at the South Entrance the cost for all three is $280 per day. That does not include the $50 per person entrance fee.
Akagera is home to the rare Shoebill Stork. But in many years of work, guides say they have seen very few.
100 elephants,22 lions, 50 leopard, over 2000 zebra, around 70 giraffe
Boat Tours $35
It's a good idea to bring a pack lunch. You are not allowed to get out of the vehicle while on Safari.
If you are not returning to Kigali you can catch a bus going towards Tanzania from anywhere along the NR5.