Budget Akagera Tour
About the 3 Day Budget Akagera National Park Safari
This is a 3 day budget Akagera National Park safari. It is a cheap African wildlife tour in Rwanda. 3 day budget Akagera National Park safari starts and ends in Kigali. This Rwanda budget safari tour takes you to Akagera National Park.
The park is a beautiful savannah plain. It also has woodlands with sprawling lakes and wetlands. Akagera National Park is one of African’s most diverse game reserves. This is scenic park in terms of landscape. It is least affected by mass tourism. One is able to drive for hours without another car in sight. When on budget Akagera National Park safari, you only have beautiful wildlife.
There are 2 game drives on the 3 day budget Akagera National Park safari. This offers great game sightings including elephants, buffalos and spotted hyenas. You may also see leopards, giraffes, impala, monkeys, mongooses and genets. The park also has serval cats, baboons, and bush babies among others. There is a relaxing afternoon boat ride when on this budget safari.
This is on Lake Ihema and is ideal for great wildlife sightings. Here you will see lots of hippos, Nile crocodiles, lizards, and lots of birds.
Highlights of the 3 Day Budget Akagera National Park Safari
- Beautiful landscape and topography
- Amazing people
- Great game drives
- Nature walk
- Canoe ride on lake Ihema
3 Day Budget Akagera National Park Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali – Akagera National Park
You’re to be met on arrival at the airport by Rwanda safari guide. You will be briefed on this budget Akagera National Park safari. This will be followed by a departure to Akagera National Park. Your drive will head to Eastern Rwanda.
There will be a lot to watch out for on the way. This includes the beautiful landscapes of Rwanda. This is a hilly country hence the name ‘Land of a Thousand hills’. You will enjoy a nature walk upon arrival at Akagera National Park. You’ll be transferred to Akagera budget accommodation in time for lunch.
You will embark on an afternoon game drive at 1600hrs. This will reward you with views of lots of wildlife. They include elephants, impala, black-tailed mongoose, hippos and oribi. You may also see the bushbuck, antelope, zebra, cape eland, giraffe and buffalo.
There are primates too which include the olive baboon, vervet monkey and bush baby. Return to your budget accommodation in Akagera for dinner and overnight.
About Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park lies along Rwanda’s eastern boundary with Tanzania and is named for the Kagera river that runs its length. The park is Rwanda’s version of the much-visited savanna wildlife reserves of Tanzania and Kenya. Akagera is quite distinct from the rest of the country’s reserves, lying at a relatively low altitude and with rolling grassland plains with broadleafed and Acacia woodlands through its middle region. The western side of the reserve is marked by a low-lying mountain range, whilst the eastern section is defined by substantial wetland and a series of lakes and papyrus swamps.
In terms of wildlife, Akagera simply cannot compare with East Africa’s game-rich ecosystems and this is mostly to do with poaching, which has greatly reduced wildlife populations in the recent past. Returning refugees have settled in much of the northern part of the region and this has put pressure on the wildlife and this human presence resulted in much of the northern and western parts of the park (as well as the adjoining Mutara Wildlife Reserve) being de-gazetted in 1997. In spite of this concession to local inhabitants, the lakes within the park are often used to water domestic cattle and the long-horned Ankole breed of cattle are the most common large mammal in Akagera.
Apart from the negative impact of encroaching human presence, the park is still worth a visit. There are still plenty of wild animals to be seen, with elephant, zabra, buffalo, giraffe, various species of antelope, crocodile and very high concentrations of hippo. The fate of the park’s few remaining lions is uncertain and while leopards are certainly around, you are not likely to see anything but their tracks, although the locals do see them regularly. Bird life in Akagera is however outstanding, with 550 species recorded with many rare specials, including a good density or raptors and good numbers of large waterbirds around the lakes.
Day 2: Akagera – Rusumo Water Falls – Akagera
Start your budget Akagera National Park safari with an early breakfast. This will be followed by a transfer to Rusumo waterfall. You will pass via the Imigongo traditional handcraft makers.
It is time to sample Mother Nature’s wonderful scene. This beauty of the waterfall is worth the visit. You will return to your lodge for lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon you have a boat riding in Ihema Lake.
You will visit Nyirabiyoro historical island. This is home to many crocodiles, hippos and other species of rare birds. Your dinner and overnight will be at your budget accommodation in Akagera.
Day 3: Akagera National Park – Kigali
Your budget Akagera National Park safari day will begin with an early breakfast. You will then venture out on a morning game drive. You will make circuit which takes you to different lakes. Expect to see buffaloes and elephants drinking from the water ponds.
There are other species of birds like Egyptian goose and fish eager. You will have a stop for a picnic lunch in the park. This will be followed by a game drive to the hills. Expect to see impalas, zebras, bush bucks, water bucks and topis. There are also oribis, baboons, giraffes, cape elands and so many others.
You will drive to the beautiful bushy rolling hills up to the north exit of the park. Later drive back to Kigali where you will arrive in the afternoon. Upon arrival you shall have a transfer to the airport. You may also be dropped off at your budget Kigali Hotel.
the lodge for lunch and check out. You will drive back to Kigali to be dropped off at your preferred Kigali budget hotel.
If you are leaving Rwanda then enjoy a transfer to the airport. This will be in time for departure flight.
End of 3 Day Budget Akagera National Park Safari
3 Day Budget Akagera National Park Safari Costs:
What is included in the 3 Day Budget Akagera National Park Safari cost?
- Accommodation in safari lodge in Akagera National Park on full board basis
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Meals on full board basis while on 3 Day Budget Akagera National Park Safari
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
3 Day Budget Akagera National Park Safari cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 3 Day Budget Akagera National Park Safari
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes