Birds and Bison in the fields near the mountains

Day Visitors

Spend the day on the southern plains teeming with herds, or watch hippo and crocodile in the waterways.

Experience Akagera

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.

Dirt road through the Akagera National Park with mountains in the distance

Take a Day to Explore

Akagera is a self-drive park, so visitors can explore at their own pace in their own vehicles, from 6am to 6pm daily.

Game Drive with view of Giraffes in the distance

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. Overnight guests can book drives at Reception.

Boat excursion on Lake Ihema with tourist to see sites on the lake.

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.

Fisherman casting nets into Lake Ihema


Spend a relaxing day fishing on the shores of Lake Shakani, then cook your catch over an open fire at the campsite.

Park officials views elephants in th distance

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).

Workers walking the fence in Akagera National Park

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).

Woman adding honey in a jar from the main canister.

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.