What should my 'Fitness Level' be to join the Trail?
If you are at a moderate fitness level, exercising at least 3 times per week (jogging/running/cycling/hiking), you should be in good stead to manage the Trail (carrying your backpack) and it’s undulating terrain. The region is at 1300m above sea level, and each day you will walk approx. 10km (6.2 mi). During the Trail you will also encounter some steep inclines. There is distance to cover, but the group will set it’s own pace. The primary objective is to engage with wild space and not to ‘conquer’ the Trail.
Is there a participant 'Age Restriction/Limit'?
Participants must be 16 years or older. Persons over 65 years of age will be required to provide a Doctor’s letter confirming that they are fit enough to undertake the Trail.
What 'Wildlife' can I expect to see on Trail de Akagera?
It is highly likely that we will encounter the following; Masai Giraffe, Plains Zebra, Topi, Defassa Waterbuck, Impala, Cape Buffalo, Oribi, Bohor Reedbuck, Klipspringer, Warthog, Bush Pig, Common Duiker, Roan Antelope, Eland, Hippo, Crocodile and Olive Baboon. More than 480 bird species have also been identified in Akagera. Other iconic large mammals such as Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Elephant are encountered much less frequently. A Wilderness Primitive Trail is not an efficient way of viewing all the iconic mammal species (Big 5). Therefore, these species are not the main focus of our excursion. Our focus is on purposefully engaging with wild spaces, becoming ‘participants’ (man in Nature) and deep ecology which explores biological relationships as opposed to individual species.
What are the 'Average Temperatures' in Akagera National Park?
During Akagera National Park’s Trail season (August, September & October), the climate is usually moderate to warm, with average temperatures of minimum 14 Degrees Celsius (57 Degrees Fahrenheit), and maximum 27 Degrees Celsius (81 Degrees Fahrenheit).
It is advised to take warm clothing for the nights and early mornings.
What 'Equipment' is included, and what do I need to bring with me on Trail?
Excluded Equipment – you need to bring the following with you:
Backpack (size between 40 and 60 litres), sleeping bag, pillow (small/blow-up), quick-dry towel, personal toiletries and clothing, insect repellent, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, sandals, binoculars (personal equipment), light-weight poncho.
Included Equipment – we will provide you with the following:
Ground sheet, sleeping mattress, head torch, cutlery, cooking pot, bowl, mug, dry bags, water bottles, Kelly Kettles, mosquito net (& pegs), bivvie bag, toilet paper & matches.
How often will I have access to 'Drinking Water' on Trail?
Every evening and morning of the Trail you will have access to clean drinking water, at which time each participant will be able to fill their water bottles.
I see 'Meals' are provided while on the Primitive Trail; what can I expect?
We cater three meals/participant/day while out on Trail. The following are examples of what type of food/meals you can expect:
- Breakfast – oats, muesli bars, Futurelife.
- Lunch – crackers, tuna sachets, cream cheese wedges, dehydrated soup meals.
- Supper – noodles & soup, dehydrated meals such as Chilli Con Carne, Beef & Barley Stew, Mushroom Risotto, Vegetable Dhal.
- Snacks – trail mix & dried fruit.
Is Akagera National Park considered a 'Malaria Area'?
Yes, Akagera National Park is situated within a malaria area and precautions against malaria, as well as certain other vaccinations, are advised.
If I make a booking and then need to cancel/postpone it, what are your 'Terms and Conditions'?
Our Terms and Conditions vary depending on when you inform us of your wish to cancel/postpone your booking, and the reason for cancellation/postponement (i.e. if the reason is Covid-19 Related).
Click here to view our full Terms and Conditions document.
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