Magashi Camp, Rwanda
Lying in the north-east of Akagera National Park and on the banks of stunning Lake Rwanyakazinga, Magashi Camp is a stylish tented escape among prime wilderness. Situated in its own 6,500-hectare private concession (the only exclusive-use area in Akagera), the national park’s array of African plains, lakes, marshland and woodland will have a far more secluded feel to them on your daily game drives, where it’s just you and Akagera’s wildlife. There are only six tents for guests, heightening the sense of intimacy with Africa’s outdoors and its incredible animals. Open-sided rooms and communal areas, along with a spacious viewing deck (complete with open fire pit for post-safari chats at dusk), mean lake views come uninterrupted during your entire stay. It’s beautifully rustic throughout, with traditional Rwandan Imigongo art and craftsmanship influencing the design, while a giant albizia tree lording over the heart of the camp is a potent reminder that nature is never too far away at Magashi.
With only six spacious and airy tents, seclusion is guaranteed among one of Rwanda’s finest wildernesses. All of them sit facing Lake Rwanyakazinga with their own deck, far enough away from one another and encased in lush foliage to ensure privacy. Inside, there’s comfy king-size beds (you’ll get a great night’s sleep, despite the grunting hippos) and plush rugs adorning the wood timber flooring, authentic Rwandan art and eco-friendly Africology bath products included in every stone-floored en-suite.
At Magashi, you’ll eat fresh, local and healthy. Rwandan coffee, wild honey and freshly baked bread is a great way to wake up here – not to mention the stunning morning lakeside views – and the expertly crafted three-course dinners are delicious as well as dashing on the eye. We’re well-accustomed to not feeling hungry on safari but at Magashi you certainly won’t be going thirsty, either, with an impressive selection of cocktails at your fingertips you can enjoy out in the African bush or on the decking as a sundowner next to the lake.
Magashi doubles as a wildlife hide a lot of the time, but the best animal encounters are to be found out in the wilds of Akagera National Park. Daily game drives from Magashi allow you the chance to see the Big Five – Akagera’s the only place you can see them – as well as other impressive creatures like buffalos, hyenas and jackals. Remember to look up, too, for Akagera’s plethora of bird-life, including crowned cranes, herons and egrets. Night drives give you an alternative glimpse of this wonderfully wild land and its nocturnal life, including leopards, civets and bush babies, while boat trips on Lake Rwanyakazinga cruise past hippos, Nile crocodiles and waterbirds. Walking safaris are also available, to add a raw edge to your bush experience, as well as help you get under the skin of the landscape’s flora, as well as its fauna.
Magashi features a small swimming pool, perfect for (literally) soaking up lakeside scenery, while sun loungers are great for relaxing on in between game drives. If you want your downtime to be a little more energetic, locally made fabric bags in every room contain a yoga mat, skipping rope and resistance band for independent exercise.
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