MAGASHI CAMP GUIDE FOR AKAGERA - RWANDA
Magashi Camp Overview & Where Is It Located?Tucked away in a picturesque corner in the northeast of Akagera National Park is the premier Magashi Camp. Choose this stayover for your luxury safari vacation in Africa, and you will be immersed in a gorgeous slice of paradise with the Lake Rwanyakazinga shimmering in front of you, cradled within gently rolling hills.
Magashi Camp itself is constructed out of naturally-occurring materials such as treated timber, canvas, and poles intended to minimize the carbon footprint on this delicate ecosystem. Solar panels have been installed to generate electricity for the camp though generators are also present for uninterrupted power supply on cloudy or rainy days. Eco-travelers are pleased to learn about the other efforts adopted by the management (Wilderness Safaris) to preserve the pristine environs of Akagera Park. The water supply is sourced from a borehole and purified using natural systems. You can spend time in the open-sided canvas-topped lounge-cum-bar with a deck in front adorned with the ethnic ‘imigongo’ murals for which Rwanda is so famous. Plush sofas and other hand-crafted knick-knacks liven up the elegant spaces while the pool is a lovely addition for taking a dip or sunbathing.
- Lakeside location in the remote northeastern region of Akagera National Park
- Constructed out of naturally-occurring materials
- Low carbon footprint. Eco camp with electricity generated using solar panels
- Magashi has a swimming pool. Water sourced from a borehole using purified natural system
- Adorned with the ethnic ‘imigongo’ murals
What To Expect At Magashi Camp Accommodation?
- Premier Safari Tier 1 Experience. Total of 8 tented rooms, 3 with a large double bed and 5 with twin beds
- Minimum age for kids is 6 years and each tented room can have a maximum of 1 extra bed
- The rooms have a view of the lake. Semi-permanent rooms with roll-up canvas walls and ceiling, flooring is wooden
- Ensuite bathroom with shower, bathrobes, slippers, and high quality toiletries
- Indoor and outdoor seating arrangements
Enjoy the leisurely walk along raised wooden walkways surrounded by the lush greenery of Akagera Park to reach your room. Built with loving care by the local artisans and members of the community, the tents have open sides with roll-up canvas walls that you can drop when you need privacy. At other times, revel in the sights and sounds of the Akagera with views of the lake from the deck outside. Diaphanous mosquito netting surrounds the large bed while faux fur and area rugs grace the wooden flooring.
You will have a small seating arrangement where you can put up your feet and enjoy the tranquil beauty of Akagera National Park. The open racks are perfect for unpacking for your safari trip, and although there is no air conditioning, a pedestal fan keeps the interiors ventilated. Drinking water is placed in the tented rooms in refillable glass bottles. Other amenities include tea and coffee making supplies, electronic safe for storing valuables, journal table and chair, and a minibar. You can spend time on the wraparound wooden deck outside that has lightweight rattan furniture. The ensuite bathroom is at the back and is constructed out of wall tiling and stone floors. Expect to see a separate shower area and a single vanity. High-grade toiletries, a vanity kit, eco-friendly detergent, bathrobes, and slippers are placed for your use.
Things To Do (Activities & Tour Attractions) & Why Visit Magashi Camp On Akagera Safari?
- Important Birding Area with around 520 bird species
- Walking safaris to sight flora and small creatures like insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals
- Night game drives to view nocturnal wildlife
- Boating tours to spot crocodiles, hippos, avian life including the rare shoebill stork
- Game drives to view various wildlife including new introductions like black rhinos and lions
In addition to exciting day and night game drives, you could also go on walking safaris to experience the smaller jewels of the African bush via sight, sound, texture and smell encounters. A night game drive is perfect for spotting species that only come out in the cover of darkness to hunt and feed. Smaller animals like the porcupine, honey badger, white-tailed mongoose, and various reptiles and amphibians are best seen during twilight. Touring Akagera Park’s water bodies by boat is another exciting excursion that treats to views of enormous crocodiles and pods of hippos along with the whimsical shoebill stork.
How Is The Dining At Magashi Camp?
- Indoor and outdoor dining options
- Campfires lit in the evening for lively conversations and sundowners
- Bar located in the lounge area
- Local and international gourmet cuisine available
- Meals cooked using organic ingredients sourced from local farms
Pros & Cons At Magashi Camp In Akagera
What We Like About Magashi Camp
- Away from the crowds of Akagera. The location of the camp is remote and exclusive to Magashi only.
- Small, intimate luxury camp with only 8 tented rooms providing the boutique vacation experience with low footfall and personalized service.
- Follows eco-friendly principles, built using sustainable materials harvested from Akagera Park and has solar panels installed to generate power for lighting and heating water.
- Has a fabulous view overlooking the scenic Lake Rwanyakazinga, and is tucked away amidst lush greenery for the perfect African holiday ambiance, ideal for guests who prefer a hybrid lodge-tent style accommodation with a pool.
- Provides unique safari activities such as night game drives and walking tours so guests can enjoy an up-close-and-personal wildlife viewing experience.
Things To Note When Staying At Magashi Camp
- Not entirely eco-friendly, supplements solar panels with a generator for days when it is raining, or the sky is cloudy.
- Has a limited number of rooms and can get booked quickly in the prime holiday season in Akagera National Park, guests wishing to stay here may want to inform the tour consultant at AfricanMecca at least 12 to 18 months in advance.
- Rooms are accessed by walking over a raised pathway, may not be suitable for guests with mobility challenges.
- Has a swimming pool which is more appropriate for a hotel rather than a safari stayover, guests desiring the authentic camping experience may prefer the absence of such add-ons.
- Children aged 6 years and above are welcome; however, the camp requires families with children to book a minimum of 3 tents so the vehicle for game drives can be allocated on sole use.
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