Safari Overview

At the extreme Eastern border of Rwanda is the only country’s savannah National park – Akagera National Park.

Whether it’s a pre or post – conference trip, or weekend gate-away, Adventure Consults’ 3-day short trip to Akagera, takes you to the the vast plains, lush Valleys and the pristine Lake Ihema as you look out for the Big five and other amazing wildlife in the park.

The trip starts and ends in Kigali. No limited number of participants and starts on any day of your choice. Contact us.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali City Tour- drive to Akagera National Park – evening game drive.
Day 2: Morning Game Drive – Afternoon boat cruise.
Day 3: Morning Game drive – Return to Kigali.

Detailed Safari Itinerary.

Day 2: Kigali City Tour- drive to Akagera National Park. Approx. 3 hours.

Adventure Consults guide will meet you at the hotel or residence, briefing on your safari and start for Akagera National Park. Early departure (between 0700 – 0830 hours) is recommended to enable you have more time in the park.

You have an option for a Tour of Kigali if not done before. Kigali is popular for its rich history and culture.

Kigali’s highlight is the Genocide Memorial. This Site is one of the places that commemorate the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. It has become a center of education, peacebuilding and honoring of the memory of more than one million Rwandans who were killed during the Genocide. The three permanent exhibitions and burial gardens form part of a meaningful tribute to those who perished and provide a powerful educational tool for all.

The exhibition is shocking, provoking and attempts to piece together the causes and events of the three-month genocide which destroyed Rwanda in 1994.  Thousands of first-hand accounts are documented, and personal film footage and photography are showcased, illustrating the collection of events in a simple and striking way. No doubt, 99.9% of the Rwandan population were affected by the horrific violence of the genocide, a dark past that makes the present friendliness and goodwill of the country’s locals more inspiring.

Have a cup of coffee and start for Akagera National Park. Lunch en-route with stops at places of interest for scenic viewing and photography, proceed to the lodge arriving late afternoon – lunch.

At 1122 square Kilometers, Akagera is not only the largest National Park in Rwanda but also the largest Protected Wetland in Central Africa. It is the only refuge to savannah-adapted species in this country. Akagera National Park sits on the furthest Eastern border of the country, where the typically hilly countryside gives way to the savannas of the Great Rift Valley. Dominated by savannah grassland, woodland, Lakes, forest, swamps and marshland, the area boasts a huge compliment of nature and wildlife that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. The Protected Area is a unique natural habitat and home to big game such as Lions, Hippos, Masai giraffes, African bush elephants, Zebras, Cape Buffaloes, Common elands, Topis and a plethora of Bird species.

Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon/evening, head out for an afternoon game drive in search for the Big five.

Meals and Overnight accommodation included.
Standard inclusions: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
Some lodges include drinks but excludes premium/imported wines and spirits.
Standard exclusions: All drinks.

Day 3: Game Drive and Afternoon boat ride (Akagera National Park)

Our private game drive excursion will take you to an exploration of the park’s plains, hills and end towards the lake side. You will be rewarded with lots of game, Birds, and amazing scenery.

Lunch at the lodge.  Afternoon is scheduled for a 3pm private boat ride along the shores of Lake Ihema. Rwanda’s second largest lake offers opportunities for wildlife viewing at very close range. The motorized luxury small boats get close to the lake shores for the best Birding experiences.

While on a boat trip in Akagera National Park, both small and big animals come close to you as they bask by shores, drink and cool off. The best way to get close to the Nile crocodiles and large pods of hippos is by taking a boat ride on Lake Ihema.

Meals and Overnight accommodation included.
Standard inclusions: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
Some lodges include drinks but excludes premium/imported wines and spirits.
Standard exclusions: All drinks.

Day 3: Akagera National Park – Kigali. Approx. 3 hours drive.

You may have a morning game drive, or simply relax at the lodge before checking out and head back to Kigali.

Later trace your footsteps and drive back to Kigali, drop off at your residence, hotel or at Kigali international airport.

If flying out today, not that check-in time for international flights out of Kigali international airport is normally 3 hours in advance. Ensure your flight is anytime later but not earlier than 1300 hours.

Lodge options in Akagera National Park.

Adventure Consults’ Rwanda trips include accommodation and meals. The recommended options are simply a guide, so please let us know if you are looking for a specific property that may not be listed here. Available options range from high-end, midrange to budget. All facilities include Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Standard and extra inclusions differ depending on the hotel chosen.

  • Magashi Luxury Camp
  • Ruzizi Tented Lodge
  • Mantis Akagera Game Lodge
  • Akagera Safari Camp
  • Karenge Bush Camp