Packing guide for your safari adventure in Akagera national park : Akagera National Park Rwanda is found in North Eastern Rwanda, at the country’s border with Tanzania. It is dominated by swamps and small lakes with flow in the wake of River Kagera. The network of water sources and unique landscape together create very spectacular scenery. It is quite a remarkable eco-system. The Park was obviously named after River Kagera that feeds different water bodies including Lake Ihema. Surrounded by cultivated hills, that are so much a part of Rwanda scenery, the scenery of Akagera national Park is quite simply beautiful. The landscape is low, composed of wide plains dominated by grass, cactus-like Euphorbia candelabra shrub and both thick and thin forests although it does carry on with the general rugged terrain that is so characteristic of Rwanda. Akagera National Park offers a truly exceptional birdlife and wildlife experience. It is the only Big-5 reserve in Rwanda and is also home to the rare swamp-dwelling Sitatunga, the rare Shoebill stork, the endangered papyrus Gonolek and the much sought-after Red-faced Barbet. With over 500 recorded bird species, Akagera is one of the best birding destination in the world with the largest registered number of species per unit area. The Park has marvelous diversity of dwells, including lakes, marshes, savannah, mountains, and woodland, and is the largest preserved wetland in central Africa.

Akagera National Park, exploring not only its breathtaking vistas and remarkable fauna but also the essential parking equipment necessary to navigate and enjoy this captivating destination to the fullest.

Strong walking shoes or boots

Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes or boots with good ankle support are essential for exploring Akagera diverse terrain. Choose footwear that is suitable for walking on uneven ground and provides traction on sandy or muddy trails 3. Hat and Sunglasses

Hat and sunglasses

Protect yourself from the sun’s rays by packing a wide-brimmed hat or safari hat to shield your face and neck from direct sunlight. Sunglasses are also essential to reduce glare and protect your eyes during game drives and boat safaris on Lake Ihema.

Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

Pack high sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn, even on overcast days when UV rays can still be strong. Additionally carry insect repellent containing to ward off mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects, especially during the wet season.


Capture the incredible wildlife sightings and breathtaking landscapes of Akagera national park by bringing a camera with a zoom lens or a smartphone with a good camera. Don’t forget to pack extra batteries, memory cards, or portable chargers to ensure you never miss a photo opportunity during your safari.


Enhance your wildlife viewing experience by packing a pair of lightweight, compact binoculars. Binoculars allow you to spot distant animals and birds with greater clarity, making them an invaluable tool during game drives and boat safaris

Waterproof backpack

Carry your essentials such as water bottles, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and camera gear in a waterproof backpack or daypack. This ensures your belongings stay dry and protected, especially during boat safaris and nature walks.

First-Aid Kit

First-aid kit containing essentials such as adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and anti-diarrheal medication.

Enough water bottle and snacks

Stay hydrated throughout your safari adventure by bringing a reusable water bottle filled with purified or bottled water, especially during hot weather and physical activities. Pack energy-boosting snacks such as nuts, granola bars, dried fruits, and trail mix to keep you fueled during game drives and outdoor excursions.

Best time to go for a Rwanda safari in Akagera national park 

 Packing guide for your safari adventure in Akagera national park
Giraffes in Akagera National Park

To enjoy your Rwanda safari in Akagera National Park, the dry season which runs from June, July, August and September as well as December to mid-February is the perfect and the prime time to visit Akagera national park. During these months, rainfall is minimal, and the vegetation becomes sparse, making it easier to spot wildlife congregating around water sources. African elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, and various antelope species are commonly sighted during game drives, while predators like lions and leopards are also more active as they hunt for prey. Additionally, the dry season offers comfortable temperatures and clear skies, providing ideal conditions for outdoor activities such as game drives, bird watching, and guided walks.

Getting to Akagera national park

The distance from Kigali to Akagera national park is about 108 kilometers and the park can be accessed by either road a short flight. By road it takes about 2 hours. And 30 minutes’ drive from Kigali the capital city vial the town of Rwamagana to the southern gate of the park. You can as well travel to Akagera National Park by flight. This offers unique experience, flight from Kigali international airport takes about 15 minutes to land at the Magashi Tented Camp helipad, making it convenient for visitors staying at the camp. Akagera Aviation has daily scheduled flight to Akagera national park in the morning and evening. You can book the flight through a tour operator to have all arranged for you, including transfers at the airport and at the park to your hotel

Accommodation in Akagera National Park

Within Akagera National Park you will surely find a place for everyone to stay. The available accommodations here range from the luxury facilities, mid-range facilities and also budge accommodation facilities such as Mantis Akagera Game lodge, Rusizi Tented Camp, Akagera Game lodge, Akagera guide’s house, Akagera Transit lodge, Akagera Neighbors and Rutet Eco- lodge among others

By packing these essential items for your Rwanda safari adventure in Akagera national park, you’ll be well-equipped to immerse yourself fully in the wonders of the wilderness and create lasting memories of your time in this captivating destination. Travel with Achieves Global Safaris and immersed yourself in to the wilderness.

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