Magashi

Magashi
Akagera, Rwanda

Named after the peninsula on which it stands, the camp looks out over the lake. Magashi is the only private access area in Akagera. Wilderness Safaris Magashi Camp is situated in the productive and phenomenally diverse north-eastern corner of Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, overlooking beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa, and is home to an impressive array of predators and plains game, as well as more than 520 bird species.

Accommodation

6 one-bedroom tents

Facilities

Pool in main area
Dining and Bar
Fire deck 

Activities

Day and night game drives
Guided nature walks
Boating
Birding
Fishing on a catch-and-release basis
Citizen science conservation projects
Olympus Photo Hub experience 

Sustainable Focuses

Clean Energy
  • In keeping with their objective of reducing energy consumption and fuel use at all the camps, Magashi is 100% solar powered, with electricity and hot water provided via solar panels and inverters. 

Community
  • One-third of Magashi staff are employed from neighbouring communities in all Rwandan areas of operation. Magashi also supports community co-operatives that make lunch bags for guests, kitenge beeswax wraps and candles, and carved wooden rhinos for gifting to guests.

  • Staff are hired from neighbouring communities and undergo continual training and upskilling workshops. Two Children in the Wilderness Eco-Clubs have been established at Akayange Primary School near the North Gate of Akagera, attended by some 60 future conservation leaders. 

Conservation
  • The core purpose here is to help conserve Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem, and enable Akagera National Park to become economically self-sufficient for the first time. 

Fair Food
  • More than just a movement to introduce a larger variety of plant based dishes into their menus, and prioritising fish and chicken over red meat, they also prioritise legumes, grains and other plants over animal protein in the majority of DumaTau’s menus. 
Natural Design
  • The camp decor is an homage to Rwandan culture, with the interior design featuring an array of locally made artefacts, including decorative screens in the main area made from locally sourced bamboo and imigongo-painted tiles around the bar. The lamps in the lounge are inspired by the igisingo, a historical royal headdress, and the lights in the dining area by the traditional ishabure skirt. The wooden chandeliers above the bar area are reminiscent of the horns of the culturally significant ceremonial East African long-horned ankole cattle.

Waste Control
  • Waste water (sewage and grey water) is treated in an Above Ground Sewerage Plant, ensuring that the water is clean before being allowed to enter the natural environment.

Water Management
  • In order to reduce the use of bottled water, reverse osmosis filtration is done on site to provide guests with high-quality drinking water.

Climate

Magashi witnesses rainy weather from March to May and September through December, with regular rainfall leaving the air clear and thus providing better photographic opportunities. The dry seasons (from June to August and January to February) offers exceptional game viewing.

Good to Know

Magashi has been established in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board and African Parks, demonstrating their commitment to pioneering sustainable and authentic ecotourism in Rwanda. Magashi is a proudly zero-plastic camp.

FOOD & WINE

The holistic approach to reducing their foodprint means sourcing indigenous ingredients, supporting local communities and farms, and reducing their food waste substantially through innovative menus using root to stem dishes and upcycling ingredients.

Directions

Kigali International Airport is the main entry point into Rwanda. The road transfer to Magashi takes approximately two-and-a-half hours from Kigali to the northern gate of Akagera National Park. This is followed by a game drive from the gate to the camp (duration between 45 and 120 minutes, depending on wildlife sightings and photographic opportunities).

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