Akagera National Park

Akagera national park is located in the North-Eastern region of Rwanda, about 110 km from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, which is about a 2-hour drive.

The relatively warm and low-lying plains of Akagera comprise savannah, woodland, wetland and a dozen lakes. In partnership with African Parks, we aim to transform the National Park into a world-class location to experience a safari.

The largely open expanse is ideal for game viewing, and we are taking steps to ensure the Big Five roam the park in more significant numbers with time. A family of lions from South Africa is settling in well and breeding successfully, and 18 eastern black rhinos have also been reintroduced. Visitors can also encounter buffalo, elephant, antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboons, monkeys, an incredible 490 bird species.

A boat trip on Lake Ihema is also a highlight of any visit to Akagera, with its large pods of hippos, Nile crocodiles and abundant waterbirds on the island in the middle of the lake.

What to Do:

  • Game drive – The savannah stretches of the park offers a thrilling game drive experience
  • Birdwatching – The park is home to more than 500 bird species like papyrus gonolek, Red-Faced Barbets, Great Snipe, Raptors, the rare Shoebill stork and Lesser Kestrel.
  • Boat trips – an exciting boat cruise on Lake Ihema
  • Sportfishing – at Lake Ihema and Shakani, giving you an inspiring experience.

Getting There:

The park is located in the North East region of Rwanda, 110 km from Kigali. The drive takes about 2½ hours. The park is typically visited by road transport. There are no domestic scheduled flights to park; however, Akagera Aviation offers charter helicopter transfers.

Best Time to Visit:

The park can be visited throughout the year. However, the dry season from June to September is crucial for watching wildlife in the park.