How to Get to Akagera National Park
How to Get to Akagera National Park; Akagera national park is the home of Rwanda’s big five animals and a number of attractions that will make your Rwanda tour memorable. The park has a number of attractions that will enable you to have an amazing experience in the park. There are a number of activities that can be carried out in the park to ensure you have an amazing experience. Some of the activities that can be carried out in the park include the following;
Boat cruises: The boat cruise in Akagera National Park will give you exceptional views where you will have the chance to see exceptional views like sunsets during the evening boat cruise. You can also see a number of different bird species along the shores of the lakes, for instance, the African kingfisher, the cormorants, the long-tailed lapwings among other bird species. Animal species that can be seen include; Uganda kobs, impalas, topis, zebras among other animals in the park.
Sportfishing: Sportfishing in the park can be carried out on lake Shakani and Lake Ihema, where you will have the chance to catch different types of fish, for example, catfish, mudfish, Nile tilapia Nile Perch and a number of other fish species. With sport fishing in the park, you will have the chance to one of the fish species caught which is quite different in other areas where sport fishing is carried out where they don’t get to keep the fish caught because sport fishing involves the practice of catch and release. During sport fishing, you will have a chance to see other attractions like the game animals, for instance, the impalas, topis, elephants that come by the lakes to quench their thirst.
There are a number of other interesting activities that can be carried out in the park to ensure that you have an amazing experience while in the park. However for you to participate in the activities, you will have to access the park which is quite easy because of the good transport system and the available means as explained below;
How to Get to Akagera National Park
Located in the southern part of Rwanda along the international border with Tanzania, Akagera national park will give you the best adventure while you carry out your Rwanda tour, for a tourist interested in visiting akagera national park, they will have the opportunity to access the park by either air or road. It is important to remember that the park is 98 kilometers from Kigali city and this will enable you to reach in the shortest time possible of 2 hours and 30 minutes without any complications.
BY AIR: For tourists traveling from countries outside Rwanda, they can access the country by air with different flights that fly in the Kigali international airport and also Rwandair operates in a number of given European countries and many more. After landing at the Kigali international airport, you will be picked by a representative of your tour company who will then drive you to akagera national park. From the Kigali international you will go through different towns to reach the park, for instance, Rwamagana, Kayonza, Kabarondo town from there you will head to Rwinkwanvu town which is nearest to the park which will take you only a few minutes.
BY ROAD: By road, tourists can access the park from the neighboring countries by using the borders from different countries for instance in Uganda you can use the cyanika border which links Uganda to Rwanda. From the border, you will travel for about 4 hours to access the park but despite the long hours, you will have a chance to see beautiful views within the country, for instance, the 1000 hills, different local communities and a number of other eye-catching attractions.
From Tanzania you can access the country by using the Rusumo border and from Congo, you can access Rwanda by using the Goma town the same route used to access Virunga National Park. Therefore you can use visit Virunga National Park and visit the Senkwenkwe gorilla orphanage or participate in gorilla trekking where you will visit one of the Congo gorilla families and then, later on, visit Akagera national park and carry out the game drives where you would see the big five animals, participate in the boat cruise on lake Ihema and many more other attractions. Although using the borders might take a long time to reach the Park, they offer amazing views to make your tour in Rwanda memorable.