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3 Days Akagera Safari – Rwanda Wildlife Safari To Akagera National Park

3 Days Akagera Safari in Rwanda Akagera National Park – Overview

3 days Akagera Safari in Rwanda Wildlife Safari in Akagera National Park is a perfect short three days Rwanda wildlife safari, taking you for a rewarding wildlife viewing tour in Akagera Park – Rwanda’s biggest and only savanna park.

This 3 days Akagera Safari in Rwanda Akagera National Park will give you enough time to explore the park and you will be impressed by the huge diversity of wildlife and amazing scenery.

Akagera boasts over 13,000 wild animals, including the ‘Big 5’ – lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, and leopards- as well as almost 500 bird species, including the iconic shoebills. Its Savannah plains are dotted with swamps and lakes, as well.

You will do game drives on open Savannah and a boat cruise on Lake Ihema, a habitat to huge crocodiles, hippos, and prolific birdlife. After the safari in Akagera drive back to Kigali to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

You book or customize this 3 days Akagera Safari Rwanda wildlife safari in Akagera National Park and enjoy a wonderful trip with a variety of wildlife.

3 Days Akagera Safari in Rwanda Wildlife Safari – Prime Safari Activities

  • Safari game drive in Akagera National Park
  • A boat safari on a papyrus-lined lake Ihema in Akagera
  • Exclusive night game drive (Optional)
  • Visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum
  • Scenic drive through Rwanda’s beautiful countryside

3 Days Akagera Safari in Rwanda Wildlife Safari – Featured Safari Destinations

Day 1 & 2: Akagera National Park

Day 3: Gisozi/Kigali Genocide Memorial

3 Days Akagera Safari in Rwanda Wildlife Safari – Highlights

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda at Kigali International Airport & drive to Akagera National Park

Day 2: Enjoy a game drive in the Savannah & afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema

Day 3: Transfer back to Kigali, visit the Gisozi genocide memorial & depart

3 Days Akagera Safari in Rwanda Wildlife Safari – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive In Rwanda At Kigali International Airport & Drive To Akagera National Park

Your 3 days Akagera Safari in Rwanda Wildlife Safari starts as soon as you land at Kigali International Airport.

You’ll be welcomed to Rwanda by your safari driver guide. And after helping you load your luggage into our clean comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle, you’ll be taken on a 2 ½-hour drive east.

You pass through amazing countryside landscapes including the areas of Rwamagana where you have chances of encountering the famous long-horned cows, known as lnyambo, before arriving at your lodge in Akagera National Park.

Akagera, Rwanda’s only savanna park, and its wildlife were nearly decimated in the 1990s and early 2000s in the aftermath of the Rwandan civil war and genocide.

In 2008, the Rwandan government brought African Parks on board, and together they have achieved an extraordinary rehabilitation of the area.  Black rhinos and lions have been reintroduced, making Akagera the only “big five” park in the country.

The populations of many other species, large and small, are booming. Akagera River runs along the eastern edge of the park and feeds the Akagera series of lakes and marshes that make up central Africa’s largest protected wetland.

Tonight you will relax and have dinner as you prepare for an amazing safari tomorrow.

The highlight of the Day: – Driving through the amazing countryside landscapes


Luxury: – Ruzizi Tented Lodge/Magashi Camp

Midrange: – Akagera Game Lodge

Budget: – Dereva Hotel

Meal Plan: – Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx.  135km/2 ½ hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Transfer to Akagera

Optional Activities:-

  • Night game drive
  • Sunset boat cruise in Akagera

Day 2: Enjoy A Game Drive In The Savannah & Afternoon Boat Cruise On Lake Ihema

The second day of your 3 days Akagera Safari in Rwanda Akagera National Park commences at 06.00 with breakfast at the lodge.

Thereafter, go for a 3 to 4-hour safari game drive in the Akagera Park Savannah as the sun comes up. This is the best time of day to see predators, and the sun rising over the plains is an unforgettable sight.

Look out for Rhinos, Lions, Leopards, Cape Buffaloes, Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Hyenas, Oribi, Warthogs, Hippos, Olive Baboons, Topi, Impalas, Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Reedbucks, Elands, Roan antelopes, Klipspringers, and more.

You then return to the lodge for relaxation and a good lunch. After your meal, take a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Ihema to see many hippos and large crocodiles.

Spot elephants and buffalos, as they gather at the lakeshore to drink and observe plenty of waterbirds; there are almost 500 bird species around the lake.

Some of the top birds you can search for today are the Shoebills, Papyrus Gonoleks, Red-Faced Barbets, and Swamp Flycatchers. Retire for dinner, and overnight.

The highlight of the Day: – Morning game drive in Akagera


Luxury: – Ruzizi Tented Lodge/Magashi Camp

Midrange: – Akagera Game Lodge

Budget: – Dereva Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Game drive
  • Boat cruise

Optional Activity: – Sportfishing

Day 3: Transfer Back To Kigali. Visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial & Tour Kigali City

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast today before embarking on a drive back to Kigali. The journey back to Kigali gives you the chance to absorb the beauty of the surroundings as you leave Akagera.

Please discuss the drive with your guide beforehand so you can enjoy the trip at your own pace – perhaps including a stop for coffee or lunch before arriving in Kigali.

Upon arrival, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum, built on the burial site of the victims of the 1994 Rwanda genocide – one of the most brutal genocides in the history of mankind.

The center opened on the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and was built on a site where more than 250,000 people are buried.

After the memorial tour, you can take a city drive to explore other interesting attractions in the city such as local markets, art galleries, and craft centers.

Thereafter, you’ll be driven to the airport for your return flight home at the end of the remarkable 3 days Akagera Safari in Rwanda.

The highlight of the Day: – Kigali Genocide Memorial tour

Meal Plan: – Breakfast

Drive Distance & Time: – 135km/2 ½ hour

Activities & Services: –

  • Drive back to Kigali
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial tour
  • Drop-off at the airport

End of The 3 Days Akagera Safari – Rwanda Wildlife Safari in Akagera National Park

Safari Inclusions

  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages/drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kigali (Arranged on request)

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