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Game Drives In Akagera National Park

Safari game drives are the main tourist activity in Akagera National Park that should not be missed by an traveler planning his/her travel to Rwanda.

Both day and night games are done Akagera where visitors have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Games drives in the Akagera National Park are best done in a 4×4 safari jeep.

The wildlife in Akagera National Park have increased over time and the recent population census estimated that the National Park is now a home to over 8000 large mammals.

Lions, rhinos have been recently introduced into the park. There are over 120 elephants and 3000 buffaloes. Lions are remarkably relaxed, but sightings are hit-and-miss.

The harbors a variety of plains animals, including Burchell’s zebras and Masai giraffes. Akagera host 11 antelope species and the most commonly seen within the park are the gracious impalas, but of particular interest are the big herds of topi.

Defassa waterbucks are commonly seen near the lakes and bushbuck is a widespread resident in the woodland areas.

The shy sitatunga antelopes are known to inhabit the swamps. All these can be see on a game drive on a Guided day game drives.

Day game drives operated by Akagera Management Company (AMC) cost;

  • Half day game drive (5hrs) cost US$180
  • Full day game drive  cost US$280

Game drives operated by AMC include the vehicle, driver and a guide.

Pick-up and drop-off locations are within the south of the park only.

Half day drives are from 6.30am – 11.30am in the morning and 12 – 5pm in the afternoon.

Full day drives are from 6.30am – 5pm.

Self-drive game drive fees ( including Park and Community Freelance guide)

  • Per guide /half day cost US$25
  • Per guide / full day cost US$40

The most exciting drives are from the south of the park to the north in a day and these offers great opportunities to view a variety of animals as well as the most spectacular views from the top of the mountain across lake Ihema towards Tanzania.

Night Game Drives in Akagera National Park

When dusk comes all the daylight wildlife heads off to bed somewhere and a whole new cast of seldom seen creatures emerge from the gloom.

Akagera National Park night game drives gives visitors on Rwanda wildlife safaris a chance to see some of these rare creatures including leopards and hyenas.

Night game drives (2.5 hours  operated by Akagera Management Company (AMC) cost;
  • US$40 adults
  • US$ 35 children

The fees are per person and excludes park entry fees

Night drives begin at 5.30pm and end around 8 – 8.30pm.

You will be picked up and dropped off at your accommodation facility within the park.

Only available in the south of the park.

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