Spend the day on the southern plains teeming with herds, or watch hippos and crocodiles in the waterways.
Akagera is close to Kigali, making it a convenient and beautiful park to visit. enter through the southern Giraffe gate or Mutumba gate and enjoy a self-drive, or take advantage of one or more of the activities, all of which take place in the south of the park.
Take a Day to Explore
Akagera is a self-drive park, so day visitors can explore at their own pace in their own vehicles, from 6:00 to 18:00 daily.
Guided Game Drives
Self-drivers can be accompanied by a Community Guide on a game drive. At Karenge in the north, guides are available on request and at extra cost; other overnight guests can book drives led by freelance guides at Reception.
Boat Excursions on Lake Ihema
A boat trip on Lake Ihema is wildlife and bird viewing from a different point of view. Trips are scheduled at 7.30am, 9am, 3pm and 4.30pm. Private trips can also be arranged at other times.
Spend a relaxing day fishing from the shores of Lake Shakani, then cook your catch over an open fire at the campsite. Note that guests need to bring their own equipment.
Behind the Scenes
For more insight into Akagera, take a tour of Park Headquarters, meet the people and learn about their incredible conservation work. This activity is ideal for educational groups, or special interest travellers but open to all (minimum numbers apply).
Walk the Line
Spend the morning with a fence attendant who walks the 120km fence line daily. This 7km walk follows the fence outside the park into the hills, ending on a ridge with spectacular views all around (approx. 2hrs).
Community Cultural Experiences
In collaboration with the community and Akagera, Community Freelance Guides share some cultural experiences, such as visiting a dairy farm – to learn about traditions around cattle and milk in the Eastern Province – a banana-beer maker or a honey cooperative. Revenue is shared with the community members visited.