Magashi Safari Camp in Akagera National Park, Rwanda.
Magashi Safari Camp is a luxury accommodation facility that is located in the north-eastern part of Akagera National Park in Rwanda. The luxurious safari camp is being managed by Wilderness Safaris and was officially opened in May 2019. It overlooks Lake Rwanyakazinga offering breath-taking views and is a great spot for one to chill and relax. The new luxurious safari camp aims at providing its guests with high-end accommodation in a scenic safari area.
Magashi Safari Camp in Akagera national park in Rwanda, is constructed on the shores overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga offering guests breath-taking views of the national park. Visitors staying at the lodge can enjoy stunning views of wildlife around the lake. The camp provides guests with an intimate scenery set on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga, which is the home to one of the highest hippo populations in Africa.
The establishment of Magashi Safari Camp can be attributed to the financial support from the Howard.G. Buffet Foundation in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and African Parks, a non-profit conservation agency that manages other national parks on the African continent.
Magashi Camp has six airy tented suites, with the main guest areas having been designed to take full advantage of the beautiful wilderness surroundings and quite, uninterrupted views over the lake. The interior of the camp is designed and decorated using locally made artifacts and crafts, clearing depicting the unique Rwandan culture.
Visitors staying at the Magashi safari camp have a great opportunity to view large crocodiles in Lake Rwanyakazinga, as well as Sitatunga and the rare shoebill stork within its wetlands. Magashi camp offers its guests exception game-viewing, including big cats like the leopard and lion, wild game like buffaloes, zebras, Defassa waterbuck, impala, eland, Masai giraffe and topi among others.
Aside from offering visitors luxurious accommodation and a wide range of exciting safari activities, the camp provides its guests with ultra-light footprint. The entire safari camp is 100% solar powered and uses recyclable plastics. This forms part of the facility’s practice of sustainable tourism, with its 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation. With these practices in place, Magashi camp has proved to be a fantastic inclusion to high-end Rwanda safari experience.
Guided nature walks.
Visitors in Akagera can embark on hiking adventures and guided nature walks in the national park. Hiking and natures walks in the park give visitors an opportunity to view a variety of flora and fauna species including plant, tree, insect, butterfly and bird species.
Launch Trips or rather Boat trips/cruises in Akagera National Park, give visitors the chance to explore the beautiful crystal lakes like Lake Rwanyakazinga, which is situated just next to Magashi camp. However, most boat cruises in Akagera are carried out on Lake Ihema where you will get to see lots of hippos and crocodiles. Boat trips in the park are scheduled four times a day at exactly 7:30am, 9am, 3pm and 4:30pm. However, there are also unscheduled boat trips available in the park for visitors who wish to take private tours.
Game drive in Akagera National Park.
Visitors staying at the Magashi safari Camp can take part in a guided game drive in Akagera National Park. Game drives in Akagera national park are the ideal way for visitors to explore this beautiful, rich and vast national park. The national park sits on a 1,122 square kilometer piece of land, and has over 8,000 large wildlife animals including elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalos, including over 500 species of birds like the spectacular shoebill stork and rare red-faced barbet to mention but a few. Travelers visiting the national park can view a variety of wildlife like; the Burchell’s zebra, giraffes, antelopes, impala, topi, Sitatunga, jackals, and hyenas among others.
The national park offers its visitors both day and night game drives, with morning game drives starting as early as 6am and night game drives that commence at 6pm in the evening. Night game drives in the park take between 1-2 hours and cost USD 40 dollars per person. Day guided game drives cost USD 30 per visitor and are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon.
Other activities that visitors staying at the camp can take part in are; Behind the scenes Akagera tour, walk the line experience, bird watching, community visits, swimming at the Lodge’s pool, spa treatment and fitness activities at the lodge’s well equipped gym.
Visitors planning to spend a night in this amazing and luxurious accommodation facility will have to travel to Akagera national park, which is located about 2½ hours’ drive from Kigali city, Rwanda’s capital.