Experience a classic African Safari in beautiful Akagera National Park. With Lake Ihema in the background and cooler temperatures, this is a safari experience unlike any of Rwanda’s neighbors.
Akagera is located approximately 110 km from Kigali. The majority of the way is paved, and the last 28km are on a dirt road, therefore it is recommended to have a 4×4. For self-drive safaris, there is no need to book. Cars are available for hire, there is one 7-seater game viewing vehicle which can be hired out for either a half or full day, all which includes the vehicle, driver and guide.
Although Akagera Game Lodge has a good location from which to explore Akagera National Park, it seems to have been built for practicality rather than aesthetics, and is sorely lacking in character. It also feels quite dated and in need of an upgrade. That said, the service is friendly and the tropical gardens are expansive. If you are looking for somewhere family-friendly with a few more facilities than your average safari lodge, then it may be worth considering.
Guides are available for hire from the reception and can join visitors on their self-drives. Booking a guide a head of time is not necessary, unless for special groups such as school trips. An information center to assist with activities is also available.
Akagera National Park also offers boat safaris on Lake Ihema. Boat safaris take one hour at any time of the day. This may change as scheduled boat trips are being implemented, so it’s best to check beforehand.