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Travel to enjoy guided game safaris in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. Perched in south eastern Rwanda, Akagera National Park is Rwanda’s only game park, home to the big five game and the best place for game viewing experiences. Driving through the open savannahs of the park while overlooking the endless hills of Rwanda in the opposite is a magical experience you ought to enjoy. Rwanda’s game safaris in Akagera National Park are normally done as a complement to mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park and chimpanzee trekking and colbus monkey trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Cost of Game safaris in Rwanda
Travelers dong game safaris in Akagera National Park are ought to pay park entrance fees costing $ 50 for foreign adult non-residents and $30 for foreign children. Adult East African residents pay $35 while East African kids pay $20. The park entrance fee is inclusive of self-drive in the park valid for 24 hours. Travelers with extended time in the park will be asked to renew their entrance permits for the other 24 hours. The vehicle entrance fees to Akagera National park are $12 for Rwandan /EAC for registered small and mini bus vehicles equivalent to 10,000 RWF and $24 for over lander vehicles. Foreign registered vehicles are charged $40 while over lander cars cost $100.
Guided game viewing in the Park
If you want a guided game drive with the park ranger, it costs $25 half day and $40 for a full day. Guided game drives is the best option for viewing numerous wild animals grazing, browsing and hunting in the open savannahs. Park rangers help you spot different animals such as Giraffes, Topis, bushbucks, duikers, Oribis, Bohor reedbuck, Zebras, buffalos, Klipspringer, Impalas, buffalos, Elephants, Sitatunga, lions, leopards, hippos and rhinos among others.
Time for Game viewing
Game viewing is best done in the early morning and evening hours to catch-up with wild animals feeding before retiring for day and night rest respectively. Morning game drives start at 7:00am while the evening game drives are done at 4:00pm. Also, night game drives are conducted to allow travelers see nocturnal animals like bush babies. Travelers are advised to keep with in the vehicles for safety reasons
Best season for game viewing in Rwanda
Game viewing is best done in the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During this time, there are fewer rains, which make game viewing and photography quite easier. Also, wild animals tend to gather at water points for drinking water, which make their viewing easier. On the other hand, wet season in the months of March, April, May, October and November are good too. The vegetation is so green and the scenery so beautiful.
Other tourist activities in Akagera National Park
Besides game viewing, travelers to Akagera National Park have a variety of other tourist activities to do and see. These include:
• Bird watching
• Boat ride/cruise on Lake Ihema
• Fishing at Lake Shakani
• Nature Walks
Other tourist activities in Rwanda
If you have extended time, explore Rwanda’s other treasures located in different corners of the country. The popular things to see and do in Rwanda besides game viewing include:
1. Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
2. Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest
3. Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes Par
4. Golden Monkey trekking
5. Twin Lakes Exploration
6. Visiting the Musanze caves
7. Ibyiwacu Community tour
8. Kigali City tour
9. Volcano Climbing (Mt Karisimb and Mt Bisoke)
Its undeniable that game viewing is a must do on your Rwanda safari. Contact Africa Adventure Safaris, book a game safari to Akagera National Park for a memorable wildlife experience.