Nearby National Parks

Akagera NP

Akagera NP 🇷🇼

The lake environment of Akagera National Park in northeastern Rwanda is magnificent and its campsites with electric fences are unique in central Africa.

The park’s specials in terms of fauna are the zebra, the giraffe and the rare roan antelope. Lions were introduced in 2015 and had their first offspring in 2016 while black rhinos returned in 2017 restoring the Akagera’s “Big Five” status. There are also elephants, leopards, hippos, buffalos, eleven species of antelope and almost 500 different bird species. Akagera’s wildlife is on the rise under the management of an international non-profit conservation organisation, African Parks, who are responsible for the total management of Akagera.

The park’s former reputation for “vegetarian safaris” is a matter of the past and it can surprise you in a most positive way. Along with the park’s successful conservation story, the diversity in wildlife and environments – a string of lakes to the east and rolling grassland hills to the west – make Akagera well worth visiting.

ACTIVITIES IN AKAGERA

Go beyond the classic savannah safari! 1-hour boat trip pricing begins with USD 35 pp for the scheduled morning trip, includes a sunset option at USD 45 and offers you a chance to hire the entire 11-person boat for USD 180.

The 2.5-hour night drive in a specialised park vehicle and with a spotlight in the guide’s hands will cost you USD 40. Fishing with your own gear goes for USD 25 per day.

Ultimately, take part in the 1.5-hour Behind the Scenes Tour for USD 25 and get to know the fascinating work of African Parks, an international nonprofit that manages Akagera in partnership with Rwanda’s government. Children receive reduced rates.

+250 786 182 871
akagera@africanparks.org
www.akagera.org

ACCOMMODATION IN AKAGERA

Ruzizi Tented Lodge & Karenge Bush Camp

photo by Scott Ramsay

Ruzizi Tented Lodge is nestled in the riverine forest on the edge of Akagera’s largest lake, Ihema. Ruzizi offers nine comfortable tents, ensuite bathrooms with solar hot water, breakfast with the hippos and a three-course dinner under the stars. Take your time and experience the activities Akagera offers including boat safaris and night drives.

Karenge Bush Camp, a four-hour game drive through the park, is down-to-earth and back to basics offering spectacular views, hearty home-cooked meals, simple tents, bucket bathrooms with a view and easy access to some of Akagera’s best wildlife-viewing. The camp’s simplicity allows you to get close to nature but leave a light footprint.

Combine Ruzizi Tented Lodge and Karenge Bush Camp for a complete Akagera experience. 100% of the profits from every stay go back into the management of the park, helping to fund law enforcement activities, community engagement programmes and conservation initiatives. Resident low season rates start from just $150 pppn sharing, full board.

+250 787 113 300
ruzizi@africanparks.org
www.ruzizilodge.com

Queen Elizabeth NP

Queen Elizabeth NP 🇺🇬

This park is a wonderful addition to a Gorilla Highlands holiday, popular due to abundant wildlife thriving in its diverse ecosystem of sprawling savanna, humid forests and sparkling lakes. Rare tree-climbing lions live in the Ishasha sector, the part closest to our region, and there are many other species: antelopes, buffalos, crocodiles, elephants, hippos, leopards, primates and more.

Some of the attractions:

• Kazinga Channel launch trip with plentiful birds and other animals visible from the boat
• chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge
• equator circles at the northern tip of the park

ACCOMMODATION IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NP

Enjojo Lodge

Situated just opposite Katookye Gate, Enjojo Lodge is the ideal point of departure for your safaris in the Ishasha sector, which is renowned for its tree-climbing lions.

Set on the edge of a lush acacia forest and with wide views of the savannah grasslands, Enjojo Lodge is a feast for the eyes. The restaurant, built in authentic safari style, serves tasty international as well as local dishes. It overlooks a waterhole that is regularly frequented by elephants and other fascinating wildlife.

Scattered around the reception area are 8 luxurious and beautifully decorated double, twin and family cottages, all en-suite with hot and cold water. Catering for all budgets (from USD 10 to USD 140 pp), Enjojo Lodge also offers glamping accommodation in Serengeti tents (both en-suite and non en-suite) as well as bamboo huts, located on a well-equipped, spacious and clean camping site.

Activities like game drives, walking safaris, bicycle trips and visits to the local communities can be arranged.

+256 758 880 521
info@enjojolodge.com
www.enjojolodge.com

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Situated besides the Ntungwe river within the Ishasha sector this eco friendly wilderness camp offers the ideal combi- nation of luxury in a bush environment. Renowned for its excellent game viewing opportunities including the lions in the trees, elephants, buffalos, leopards, hyenas and many antelope varieties, there is much to offer at this location for bird enthusiasts too. Ten spacious en suite framed, canvas safari styled rooms under the shady riverine trees overlook the river where animals can often be seen enjoying the cooling water.

Rates dependent upon season and resident status – doubles/twins from USD 170-360, singles from USD 200-470 on FB basis with house drinks included. Meals are top quality and special arrangements for intimate dinners, bush breakfasts and sundowners can be made.

Unlimited hot beverages are available all day on a self-serve basis and are delivered to your room with early morning wake up calls upon request. An open fire area is provided in the evenings where guests can relax and enjoy the “safari” environment.
+256 772 721 155, + 256 414 321 479
reservations@ugandaexclusivecamps.com 60 www.ugandaexclusivecamps.com

Nyungwe NP

Nyungwe NP 🇷🇼

chimp tracking in Nyungwe NP; photo by Marcus Westberg

Chimp tracking (the chimpanzee population is over 500) and the 160m/525ft canopy walk are the two activities people most associate with Nyungwe, and birders count it as Rwanda’s top destination.

But there’s more:

• black and white colobus monkey tracking
• Kamiranzovu Marsh Trail: a lovely waterfall plus huge diversity of fauna and flora around Nyungwe’s biggest swamp
• Congo-Nile Divide Trail: wilderness adventure of 3-5 days (not the same as the Congo Nile Trail from p6)

ACCOMMODATION IN NYUNGWE

Gisakura Guest House

On the western edge of Nyungwe, Gisakura Guest House offers pleasant rooms for USD 30-45. We offer a variety of hot meals, snacks, sandwiches, coffee and desserts; many of those options also vegetarian or gluten free.
+250 788 675 051, +250 788 530 716
ghnyungwe@yahoo.com
www.gisakuraguesthouse.rw

Kahuzi-Biega NP

Kahuzi-Biega NP 🇨🇩

Kahuzi-Biega Grauer’s gorilla tracking; photo by Marcus Westberg

Named after two dormant volcanoes, this park near Bukavu (p27) is known worldwide for Grauer’s or eastern lowland gorillas. Three habituated groups reside in the highland sector of the park that also protects over 1,100 plant species and 350 species of birds.

Other activities:

• trekking Mt Kahuzi (3,300 m/ 10,827ft)
• hiking to Tshibati Falls near Lwiro (p41)
• several nature trails