Akagera Budget Safari
In Rwanda and looking for what to do on a budget? The 2 days Akagera budget safari would probably be one of them. This is a budget African safari tour in Rwanda whose focus is the big game.
About the 2 day Akagera Budget Safari Tour
Akagera budget safari tour is a short budget safari in Rwanda. The 2 day Akagera budget safari takes you to Akagera National Park. This is a budget African wildlife safari in Rwanda for those interested in the big game.
The 2 days Akagera National Park budget safari offers you the ultimate game experience. You will have great game drives in the Akagera national park.
The Akagera national park is the only Savannah park in Rwanda. It is the only place to have game drives in the custom made vehicles in Rwanda.
This Rwanda National park hosts some big mammals. The most sought after being Lions, Buffaloes bd the Giraffes. We also have Zebras, Elephants, the elusive leopard, eland and Hippos. All this and many more will provide for great photographic moments.
The park has in the recent past made great strides in conservation. they have engaged the community through community tours. With re-introduction of Lions you have numbers of the Big five increasing by the day.
The 2 day Akagera budget safari will begin and ends in Kigali. The Akagera budget safari in Rwanda is for those that are not staying for long in Rwanda. This is a cheap safari in Rwanda for those on budget.
The highlights of the 2 Day Akagera National Park Budget Safari
The highlights of this 2 day Akagera budget tour includes:
- Big game tracking
- Big cat tours
- Superb game drives
- Wonderful landscape
Your 2 Day Akagera National Park budget safari itinerary is below:
Detailed Akagera National Park Budget Safari
Day 1: Kigali – Akagera National Park
Our Rwanda safari guide will meet you on arrival. This will be at Kigali International Airport. This will be followed by a briefing on the 2-day Akagera budget safari. It is time for departure to Akagera National Park.
Your drive will head to Eastern Rwanda. This is approximately two and a half hours drive. 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.
Enjoy a transfer to your camp to check in for lunch. Enjoy some short rest before embarking on an afternoon canoe ride on Lake Ihema. This will reward you with views of water loving animals and birds. They include hippos and out-sized crocodiles.
Birds here include the papyrus gonolek, shoebill stork and African fish eagle. You will also be on the lookout for wildlife drinking water along the lake shores.
Return back to your Akagera budget accommodation in the evening. This will be in time for dinner and overnight.
About Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Although founded in 1934, much of the park was re-allocated as farms. By 1997 the park was reduced in size from more than 2,500 sq km to its current extent of 1,122 sq km. Since 2010, a joint venture with African Parks has seen Akagera return to its former glory.
It is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary. This river feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema.
The park has forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands. They combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity. Akagera forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
Akagera is home to many large plains game species. This includes those restricted to the papyrus swamps. They include the Sitatunga and the sought-after Shoebill Stork.
Notable plains game includes elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Of the larger predators, leopard, hyena, side-striped jackal and lion are here. The lions were re-introduced just recently.
Birding safaris are popular amongst regular visitors to Akagera. The immense variety and plenty of bird species will not fail to impress. There are vast concentrations of waterfowl to the myriad of savanna species.
There is never a dull moment in Akagera, with more than 500 species recorded in Akagera. Serious birders can seek out several endemic species as well as rare gems. Here you can see the near threatened papyrus gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri). This is restricted to papyrus swamps. There is the localised red-faced barbet and the sought-after swamp flycatcher (Muscicapa boehmi).
Day 2: Akagera National Park – Kigali
Start your day on Akagera budget safari with an early breakfast. you will then go out for an early morning game drive. 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.
You will return to 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.
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2 Day Akagera Budget Safari Tour Costs:
What is included in the 2 Day Akagera National Park Budget Safari cost?
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Meals on full board basis while on this Rwanda budget safari
- Boat ride on lake Iheme
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
2 Day Akagera National Park Budget Safari Tour cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 2 Day Akagera National Park Budget Safari in Rwanda
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes