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Wilderness Magashi Camp

Conservation-forward, memorable, intimate

Akagera National Park, Kayonza, Rwanda

+267 392-6886

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At a Glance

Rwanda's first safari-centric property is located on a private concession of Akagera National Park and offers both land- and water-based safaris in a stylish, secluded setting.

Indagare Loves

  • The six tented suites overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga and the surrounding rolling hills
  • The high population density of leopards and exclusive access to Akagera National Park
  • The convivial, warm atmosphere fostered by the staff and expert safari guides
  • The chance to pair gorilla trekking with safari for a jam-packed Rwanda itinerary

Review

Magashi is a spectacular solution to Rwanda's growing need for a luxury safari lodge and a country-wide travel circuit. With six tented suites perched right at the water's edge of Lake Rwanyakazinga, Wilderness Magashi brings a fresh, high-design hotel to Akagera National Park.

With an emphasis on collaboration with local communities and conservation education, Magashi not only serves its guests, but also its surroundings: the property is even working to introduce black rhinoceroses to the concession. The game-viewing here feels special, and Magashi also offers night game drives, which are ideal for viewing the nocturnal leopard population.

The lodge's public spaces and tents are separated by elevated, wooden walkways, giving guests enough distance to feel secluded, and enough proximity to feel connected. There's a small, lakeside pool for tanning and a quick dip, as well as a lovely fire pit for sundowners and post-dinner cocktails. The interiors are inspired by, and decorated with, local Rwandan furnishings, and there's a rich sense of place beyond the sweeping, panoramic views overlooking the lake. Magashi serves both traditional Rwandan cuisine and typical resort fare with accompanying storytelling and singing from the staff, creating an intimate shared experience with guests.

Who Should Stay

Safari-lovers looking for a rewarding game-viewing experience in Rwanda. Magashi is an excellent property to visit before or after gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda.

Impact

Indagare Impact hotels have been carefully vetted according to our Impact Hotel Criteria.

When a guest arrives at a Wilderness lodge, it becomes clear that they are but half of the clientele, while the wilderness itself is the other. There’s of course no concession on hospitality, but the purpose of the safari is more than just tourism. Every Wilderness lodge funnels up into a strictly monitored overall conservation plan that enacts meaningful, enduring initiatives for not just ecosystems and wildlife, but for people and local communities as well. Wilderness champions Children in the Wilderness, an education initiative, and the Wilderness Trust, an independent, dedicated fundraising arm created to extend the reach and capacity to support deserving conservation initiatives. In relation to operational impacts, Wilderness aims to reduce their carbon footprint by investing heavily in renewable energy and technology, and each camp is operated and monitored against very strict internal standards.

Written by Avery Carmichael

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