Stay at the Magashi Camp
Lions wake you during the night, two distant roars reminders of where you are. There are other sounds, grazers nearby and the odd elephant using its trunk as a trumpet. When dawn arrives you’re drinking coffee on the deck, wondering just how close the animals came in the night. It’s wild Africa. It’s a big-game safari. And you feel so alive.A traditional safari camp in a surprising location, Magashi is the only place we recommend to stay in Akagera National Park. Canvas suites enable a deep connection with nature - elephants, black rhinos and buffalos can be seen and heard directly from your bed. We also love how the stylish African touches help to create something that’s very comfortable and intimate.
Overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga, Magashi is located in the quiet northeast corner of Akagera. Quiet in terms of other tourists, but noisy in terms of wildlife. This is a wonderfully diverse area for big game sightings. Magashi is an upcoming safari destination. Wildlife was decimated during the civil war in the 1990s but thanks to groundbreaking conservation efforts, the big five and a lot more have returned.
The big tents are connected by wooden walkways, raised on platforms with views over the lake. They are seriously stylish, with creative African touches rather than colonial relics. Opened in 2019, Magashi only has six suites and it’s run by the same people as Bisate Lodge.
Who is it for
Anyone who wants to add big-game safari to their gorilla trekking. Akagera’s other accommodation is substandard, but Magashi rivals some of the best camps in Tanzania and Kenya.
Amenities & Activities
Being on the lakeshore means a boat safari is an obvious part of your itinerary. Game drives will bring closeups with the biggest animals - you can see lions and rhinos as easily here as you can in Kenya. Walks are another option and we love that you can spend a day with local conservationists, a very unique safari perspective.