Akagera park entrance fees
Akagera park entrance fees : Akagera National Park in Rwanda is by far the largest national park in the country. The national park covers an area of 1,122 square kilometers. The national park is located in the north eastern part of Rwanda. The national park is comprised of swamps, savannah, woodland and lakes, offering visitors the typical East African safari.
This national park is extremely diverse with a wide variety of wildlife and bird species. It was first gazetted as a national park in 1934 by the Belgian colonial government, thus making the national park one of the oldest on the African Continent.
Akagera national park is currently being managed by African Parks, a non- government organization that is responsible for managing over 15 national parks in Africa. Wildlife in the national park includes lions, buffaloes, the African Bush Elephants, Impala, black eastern Rhinos, Oribis, Eland, Topi, zebras, Giraffes, Leopards, and Hyenas among others. This national park is truly a wildlife paradise.
Entry fees in Akagera National Park in Rwanda are really affordable and pocket friendly for any visitors travelling to the national park. The park entrance fees change every 5 years and affect visitors of all ages.
Visitors aged 13 years and above are considered as adults, while visitors aged 12 years and below are regarded as children. However, children aged 5 years and below are not charged entry fees into the national park.
Akagera park entrance fees are charged basing on per person/ per vehicle, per day basis. These park entrance rates are set for three types of visitors and they include; International Visitor, Rwandan/EAC Citizen, and Rwanda/EAC Resident. Akagera Park entrance fees are as follows;
Akagera Entry Fee/ Self-drive Permit.
Rwandan/EAC Resident are charged USD 35 or RWF 6,500, and their children between 6 to 12 years of age get to pay USD 20 or an equivalent of RWF 3,500.
An International Visitor is charged USD 50 or RWF 6,500 and children between 6 to 12 years of age are charged USD 30 dollars or an equivalent of RWF 3,500.
A Rwandan/EAC registered vehicle or Minibus entering Akagera National Park is charged USD 12 dollars or an equivalent of RWF 10,000.
A Rwandan/EAC registered Omnibus/ bus/ overlander is charged USD 24 or an equivalent of RWF 20,000.
A foreign registered vehicle/ Minibus is charged USD 40 dollars, while a foreign registered Omnibus/ bus/ overlander is charged USD 100.
Guides Fees (Park and Community Freelance):
Hiring a guide for self-drive game drives will cost USD 25 per guide for half a day.
Hiring a guide for self-drive game drives will cost USD 40 dollars per guide for a full day.
Activities in Akagera National Park:
Night game drives in Akagera national park (operated by Akagera Management Company) cost USD 40 dollars and USD 25 dollars for children aged 6 to 12 years of age.
Fishing activities in Akagera cost USD 25 dollars, and USD 15 dollars for children aged 6-12 years. However, visitors will have to carry their own fishing equipment.
Boat trips in Akagera scheduled for morning/day cost USD 35 dollars, and USD 20 for children aged 6 to 12 years. However, this price is charged per person for a maximum of 11 people and it lasts for only an hour.
Boat trips scheduled for evenings/sunset cost USD 45 dollars per person, and children aged 6-12 years are charged USD 30 dollars. Only a maximum of 11 people are allowed per boat and the boat trip lasts for one hour.
Private boat trips in Akagera are non-scheduled and cost USD 180 dollars for a maximum of 11 persons and also take an hour. Children aged 12 years and below are not charged for this.
Camping in Akagera costs USD 25 dollars per person per night, and USD 15 dollars for children aged between 6 to 12 years.
Behind the scenes tour in Akagera costs USD 25 dollars per person for a minimum of four people and USD 15 dollars for children aged 6-12 years. A group rate for a maximum of 8 persons costs USD 180 dollars. This tour lasts for a maximum of one and half hours.
Day game drives (operated by AMC) costs USD 180 dollars for a maximum of 7 people for half a day, and last a maximum of 5 hours. The same drive will cost USD 26 dollars per person and this fee covers expenses such as the safari vehicle, driver and guide.
Full day game drives in Akagera cost USD 40 dollars per person or USD 280 for a maximum of 7 people, and covers for the vehicle, driver and guide.
Visitors who wish to do walk the Line activity will be charged USD 30 dollars per person, and USD 20 dollars for children aged 6 to 12 years of age. This walk covers a 7km radius and takes approximately 2 hours.
Community Cultural Experiences in Akagera national park cost USD 30 dollars per person for a minimum of 3 people, and children aged between 6-12 years are charged USD 20 dollars. This activity last half a day.
Other Fees payable in Akagera National park include:
Visitors hiring a tent will be charged USD 20 dollars per 6 people.
Recovery fees in Akagera national park cost USD 70 dollars and is inclusive of breakdown or assistance from the park.
Visitors who break any of the set rules and regulations in Akagera national park are charged fines costing USD 150 dollars.
Commercial filming and photography in Akagera costs USD 250 per day, and visitors are advised to contact the park for all filming.
Annual Pass in Akagera National Park:
Rwandan/EAC Citizen is charged RWF 95,000 for a single annual pass, RWF 115,000 for a Couples pass, and RWF 150,000 for a family pass.
Rwandan/EAC Residents are charged USD 250 for a single pass, USD 400 for a couple’s pass, and USD 600 for a family pass.
It is important for visitors to note the following when planning a trip to Akagera National Park;
- Boat trips in Akagera are scheduled at the following times;
- 7:30-8:30 am
- 9:00-10:00 am
- 3:00-4:00 pm
- 4:30-6:00 pm (sunset boat trip).
Private boat trips can be organized and are charged at a flat rate for the boat, not per person. These should be booked at non-scheduled times starting between 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
- Entry fees inclusive of a self-drive game viewing is payable by all day visitors, or per night for overnight visitors staying inside the park; for example, for 1 night in the park (and the 2 days either side) the fee is payable once, and for 2 nights it is payable twice. However, entry fees are capped at 3 nights, meaning visitors staying in Akagera longer than 3 nights will only be required to pay the entry fees for 3 nights up to a maximum of one week. Visitors staying outside Akagera national park are considered day visitors and hence will be required to pay the entry fee for each day they enter the park.
- Children aged 5 years and below enter the park for free and no entry or activity fee is charged on them.
- Night game drives in Akagera begin at exactly 5:30 pm and end around 8-8:30pm.
- Game drives operated by AMC (Akagera Management Company) include the vehicle, driver and a guide. Pick-up and drop off locations are within the south of the national park only.
- Half day game drives operated by AMC are from 6:30 am to 11:30 am in the morning and 12-5 pm in the afternoon. Full day drives are from 6:30 am to 5pm.
- Annual Passes to Akagera national park give visitors unlimited access to the park and includes entry permits and vehicle fees. However, the annual passes do not cover for the park activities carried out in the park; although visitors with annual passes are given a 10% discount on park activities.
- Tent hire in Akagera does not include any bedding or camping equipment, hence visitors are advised to pack their own beddings and necessary camping equipment.
Tourists visiting Akagera national park are advised to put into consideration all the above facts when planning for a trip to the national park. Do not miss this great opportunity to visit the only refugee for savannah wildlife in Rwanda.
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