Akagera National Park is a protected area in eastern Rwanda covering 1,122 km² along the international border with Tanzania. It was founded in 1934 and includes savannah, montane and swamp habitats. The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into Lake Ihema and several smaller lakes. The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps make up over a third of the park, which is the largest protected wetland in Eastern-Central Africa.
Day 1: Arrive Kigali, Rwanda
Arrive in Kigali International Airport, Rwanda. VIP Meet and greet Assistance. Once you have completed Customs & Immigration formalities, you are met by our representative and transferred to your accommodation.
Day 2: Kigali (City Tour, Art, Fashion & Adventure dining)
Start your guided City tour, Fashion, Visit Inema Art and Choose Kigali Art Gallery
Rwanda is bursting with creativity, with vibrant art galleries and fashion houses throughout the city. When you’re with Choose Kigali, you’re now one of us, getting exclusive access to Rwanda’s best artists, designers, photographers, and creators. This tour will bring you to not only see the best of Rwandan creativity, but you’ll really get to know the creators behind the work. Stops can include Inema Art Center and among other creative outlets.
The contemporary art galleries were established by Emmanuel NKURANGA, a self-taught painter and a mixed-media expressionist. He is co-founder and owner of Inema Arts Center in Kigali, Rwanda, and founder of Choose Kigali. Through his work, Nkuranga leads the country’s growing creative industry. After completing a High Diploma in Computer Studies (bachelors equivalent) at the Kigali Institute for Science and Technology in 2009, Nkuranga found a passion for art.When Nkuranga started his career in art in 2009, Rwandans didn’t consider art a serious economic pursuit. Nkuranga combined his strong business acumen with his artistic talent and took bold risks to ignite the contemporary art movement in Rwanda. These risks showed up not only on the canvas, but in envisioning how the power of art could propel Rwanda into the global creative world. Today, Nkuranga is largely credited for creating Rwanda’s thriving contemporary art industry. Nkuranga has a deep rolodex of clients, and his work has been shown around the world, from Nike Graphic Studio in Portland, OR to the Charlie Dutton Gallery in the UK. He has been an artist in residence and guest lecturer in undergraduate and graduate courses at Michigan State University, University of Virginia, and Scranton University.He was featured painting with H.E. President Paul Kagame and journalist Peter Greenberg in the documentary The Royal Tour: Rwanda aired on PBS.
After the experience, have dinner at Choose Kigali
Alongside our gallery, Choose Kigali hosts Guests Chefs ’featuring a seasonal multi-course set menu, a dining experience in an art gallery environment.
Day 3: Kigali /Akagera National Park (Game drives Viewing)
6:00am: Pick up at the hotel by our professional driver guide and proceed to Akagera National Park. Upon arrival at the park Headquarters, you will have a briefing at the park headquarters and embark on a game drive viewing in the park.
You will have a chance to see elephants, zebras, buffalos, Antelopes, Lions, Giraffe and others
Day 4: Akagera National Park (Boat cruise & Game drives Viewing
After breakfast, you will enjoy a boat trip on the beautiful Lake Ihema. You will sail along the water edge which is covered with several trees, drifting passed herds of hippos and crocodiles in the water and on the shore. For those interested in birds, you will have a chance to see a variety of bird species. Lining the lakes are some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds, while the connecting marshes are the haunt of the endangered and exquisite papyrus gonolek, and the bizarre shoebill stork – the latter perhaps the most eagerly sought of all African birds. Have lunch at the lodge
Evening embark in the park for another game drive viewing
Day 5: Akagera – Kigali- Depart
Early morning game drives, followed by breakfast. You will be assisted with check out. Transfer to Kigali for Lunch. Have some time to do last minute shopping in some craft centers, local market for viewing and purchasing souvenirs. Transfer to the Airport for your departure flight.
Your incredible journey comes to an end.
- VIP Meet and greet at the airport on arrival by our representative
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Sightseeing customized to your interests with one of our artist
- Accommodations as agreed
- Akagera National Park entry & Levy fees
- All entrance fees, taxes and service charges for included accommodation
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Local bottled water during sightseeing
- 24/7 ground assistance
- Emergency Medical Evacuation
- All flights unless listed above under Included Services or International
- Air Optional enhancements including sightseeing and room upgrades
- Passport fees, visa and immunization costs
- Local airport departure taxes where applicable
- Personal charges such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls or room service
- Early check-in or late check-out from hotels (unless specified in the itinerary)
- Gratuities, unless otherwise noted
VERY IMPORTANT:- all arriving passengers will be tested upon arrival at Kigali International Airport and wait for results at respective Hotels