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Akagera National Park

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Understand[edit]

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.

Get In[edit]

Many tour companies run from Kigali and offer various levels of service and quality. There are one day trips, overnight trips, or multifamily options.

By Car[edit]

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.

Drivers

  • Santos: +250 785490045. Offers driver service to Akagera for $150-200. To Volcanoes NP for $300+/-. City tours $100. He can also help arrange a car rental. Great English and French.
  • Cadeau: +250 785384051. Works with Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel. Can help organize cars and drivers. Great source of local information.

By Bus[edit]

There are public busses that pass near the park on NR3 and NR5. They cost around 5000RWF from Kigali.

Fees[edit]

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

Get Around[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

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

Do[edit][add listing]

Boat Tours $35

Eat[edit][add listing]

It's a good idea to bring a pack lunch. You are not allowed to get out of the vehicle while on Safari.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Akagera Rhino Lodge is located just outside the park. 3000rwf Moto ride from the road to the lodge- the road is "rough". 1000rwf Moto ride to the park entrance.
  • Akagera Game Lodge is an upscale location inside the park. And so subject to the additional $50 per person per night fee.
  • Ruzizi Tented Lodge $325 per person for a single. $235 per person for a double room. Includes all meals.

Get Out[edit]

If you are not returning to Kigali you can catch a bus going towards Tanzania from anywhere along the NR5.


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