Situated in the incredibly diverse northeastern corner of Akagera National Park and managed by the highly reputable Wilderness Safaris, Magashi Camp overlooks the beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga in Rwanda . The lake is home to one of Africa's highest hippo densities, some huge crocodiles, the secretive sitatunga (or marshbuck) and the shoebill stork. Akagera National Park, covering 100,000 hectares, has been managed by African Parks since 2010 and comprises some the most scenic savannah in East Africa: open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains.
Due to the great work of African Parks, Akagera National Park has undergone an incredible transformation in the last eight years: poaching has been eliminated and wildlife is now thriving. African Parks reintroduced lions in 2015 after a 20-year absence and reintroduced the black rhinoceros in 2017. Magashi Camp is the only private access area in Akagera.
If you are travelling from the UK or mainland Europe there are various flight options: RwandAir flies directly to Kigali from London Gatwick three times a week alternatively Kenya Airways fly via Nairobi, KLM via Amsterdam and Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, all from London Heathrow. Other airlines serving Kigali include Fly Dubai and Qatar Airlines.
Magashi Camp is a 2-hour road transfer from Kigali Airport.
Six spacious and airy guest tents offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga while Magashi’s main area comprises a luxurious lounge, dining and bar area, wine cellar and pool as well an expansive viewing deck and convivial fire pit. The architecture and interiors pay homage to traditional Rwandan culture.
Guests will be able to take part in a variety of expertly guided safari activities. As well as extensive wildlife, Akagera National Park boasts almost 500 species of birds including the spectacular shoebill with its implausibly massive bill and the near-endemic red-faced barbet.
Explore the savannah in open 4x4 vehicles. Each guest is assured an outside seat as each vehicle accommodates a maximum of 7 guests.
As Magashi is the only private access area in Akagera, night game drives are offered which are exclusive.
Year-round game walks are offers, weather permitting.
Boating in eight-seater swamp cruisers is offered. This is an excellent way to view water birds and many other aquatic animals seen on and around Lake Rwanyakazinga.
Fishing on Lake Rwanyakazinga is available on a catch-and-release basis all year round. Magashi Camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels however netting is not permitted.
Akagera National Park is renowned as one of the best birding areas in the world with more than 500 species recorded here.
Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, visiting Rwanda to trek the mountain gorilla is best during the drier season from June to September. This is also the optimum time for chimpanzee trekking . Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.