Overview: Akagera Sunset Boat Safari
Sunset boat cruises are offered daily out on to Lake Ihema, one of the largest lakes in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park.
This one-hour boat safari is led by an experienced guide, who’ll take you out across the lake, to meander along the forest-fringed shores in the hope of spotting some of the 480 bird species identified in Akagera national park. Akagera counts some rare and unique birdlife, including the iconic African fish eagle and large flocks of crowned cranes, along with the Carruther’s Cisticola, endemic to the wider Lake Victoria area, and of course the extraordinary shoebill stork. The latter is very much a birder's bucket list species, and exceptionally rarely seen anywhere around the lake (your best chance is deep in the papyrus swamps at the far northern end of the park - but do not hold your breath).
Many hippos and crocodiles are also resident in Lake Ihema, plus you have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife on the lake shores – often herds of buffalo wander down to the lakeshores, and individual topi make use of the nearby anthills to stand sentry.
Preparation for your sunset cruise:Your main guide will drive you to the jetty to meet an Akagera park guide, who will accompany you for the duration of the cruise. The guide will give you a safety briefing prior to getting on the water, and full instruction throughout. Your guide will also have a cooler box with drinking water.
It is possible to book your own private trip – chat to us for more details.
Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.
- Start location
- Any of Expert Africa's camps in the vicinity of Akagera National Park
- End location
- Back at your safari camp
- Meals included
- No meals included
- Half day - one hour on the water
- Maximum group size
- Usually 10 people - depends on boat size
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