Magashi Camp in Akagera national park
Magashi Camp is one of the luxury accommodation facilities that is situated inside Akagera national park. Magashi is a safari camp located on the northeastern side of the park; and constructed on the shores of the lake; overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga. The location of this lodge gives guests a breathtaking view of the park and the lake.
Guests having a stay at Magashi Camp will always spot some of the park animals in the neighborhood such as sitatungas, impalas, elands, giraffes, zebras, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, and much more. Magashi Camp is open throughout the year and it offers activities such as sportfishing, guided game drives, boat trips, bird watching, guided nature walks night game drives, as well as cultural tours.
Magashi Camp has 6 air tented suites with each decorated according to the local Rwandan tradition. The rooms at this Safari Camp feature a desk, clothes rack, safe, drinking water and some of the property amenities include free high-speed internet, pool, bar, shuttle bus service, airport transportation, baggage storage, and a restaurant with well-experienced chefs who prepare local and international foods.
Activities that can be done while staying at Magashi Camp
Guests staying at Magashi Camp can take park in the game drives that are conducted in Akagera national park. The game drives in Akagera national park are done in the morning and evening hours and are the best way to explore the parks’ wildlife. Akagera national park is home to over 8000 different large mammals so this would be the perfect opportunity for you to explore most of these animals.
The game drives in Akagera national park are best done in comfortable safari vehicles with a help of a ranger guide who takes you through the best game trucks to spot animals such as lions, buffaloes, impalas, zebras, rhinos, giraffes, cape elands, bushbucks, klipspringers, water backs, roan antelopes, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, and spotted hyenas to mention but a few.
Tourists staying at Magashi Camp can decide to have a boat cruise at Lake Ihema which is located within Akagera national park. The boat cruise on Lake Ihema does give visitors opportunities to spot the huge populations of crocodiles and hippos, the water birds such as grey craned cranes, open billed stork, African fish eagle, cormorants, marabou stork, and egrets among others. The boat cruises are done in the morning or evening hours and they do last 2-3 hours.
Guests staying at Magashi Camp and interested in birding can organize a birding activity with an armed ranger guide to take them around the lodge or inside Akagera national park. The birding exercise will give you an opportunity to spot over 400 bird species that have been so far recorded in this park such as crowned lapwing, lilac-breasted roller, red-billed fire finch, helmeted guinea fowl, grey-backed fiscal, cattle egret, common squacco heron, long-tailed cormorant, little bee-eater, lesser striped swallow, marabou stork, saddle-billed stork, long created eagle, cardinal woodpecker, African darter, hamerkop, white-browed coucal, black-headed weaver, white-backed vultures, and woodland kingfisher among others.
Guests staying at Magashi Camp can spare some of their free time and have nature walks around the lodge or inside Akagera national park. The nature walks must be guided by the armed ranger guides who take you through different walking trails while protecting you from dangerous wild animals. The nature walks will give you an opportunity to spot different animals grazing or resting in the park, different bird species, water bodies, and different vegetation types.
Guests having a stay at Magashi Camp can get some time and take a visit to one of the communities living around the park. A visit to these communities will give you an opportunity to interact with the local people, witness do day to day activities, watch them prepare foods and drinks, taste some of their foods, be part of ceremonies if any, visit and support the arts and craft shops, and lastly get entertained by the traditional local dancers.