Wilderness Magashi

Wilderness Magashi

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#2 of 3 campsites in Akagera National Park
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Magashi is situated in the productive and diverse north-eastern corner of Akagera National Park, overlooking beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga. Akagera comprises some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains – and is home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles as well as well as the rare sitatunga.
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Akagera National Park, Akagera National Park Rwanda
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Kigali Intl. Airport
78.9 km
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Marc S wrote a review Mar 2020
Brussels, Belgium
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 2 nights and enjoyed it a lot. Fans of Wilderness and knowing this is a new and highly recommended lodge, our expectations were perhaps a bit too high. The main area could benefit from some additional daily cleaning. At times, staff as not coordinated and different staff members repeated questions. Service can be improved upon. I am normally not that picky but given the promise and Wilderness reputation, it may need a bit fo attention. Otherwise only praise for staff, food and drinks, safaris and boat trips. The tents are extremely comfortable and similar to other Wilderness properties. The location is superb within a private concession in the Northern part of the Akagera National Park. Good animal viewings (esp birds) and camare availability. Wifi only in rooms and that is good. Heli landing spot and the Akagara Aviation folks do a great job in getting you quickly to/from Kigali airport. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 09 Mar 2020
Dear Marcinbrussels, Thank you for the review and for your great comments we will be sure to address this with all the staff as we take our service levels very seriously. We greatly appreciate your input and will address these immediately. We are delighted to see that you enjoyed our new camp and look forward to welcoming you back to Wilderness Safaris soon. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris
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KentuckyGirlAtHeart wrote a review Aug 2021
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of three, including our 16-year-old daughter, stayed at the Magashi Camp for two nights while on a visit to Akagera National Park. The camp is about one hour by car from the main entrance of the park. The drive to the camp, while a bit bumpy, is wonderful for seeing wildlife. We saw giraffes, zebras, impala and others within the first 20 minutes.

The camp itself is a bit of paradise snuggled amidst the park concession. The main lodge is open and airy, with plenty of comfortable covered seating and a deck area overlooking the lake. Lunch and dinner are served in the open air area and breakfast is served in the covered area. All meals were quite good and more than enough food is provided. There is also an area with a fire pit to sit and chat before or after dinner if you so desire. Hippos are all around and add to the atmosphere. Other wildlife may venture near the camp and the staff will let you know if there is a need for caution.

The tents were spacious and had just about any amenity one could think of. Due to the electricity coming from solar power, the lights were a bit dim, but not horrible. The beds were comfortable and had plenty of blankets for those cool nights. A hot water bottle will be placed in the bed each night during turndown service. It is a lovely touch.

The camp has its own tour guides, and they work to make sure you have a nice mix of ventures into the park. We had an early morning game drive, a late afternoon game drive as well as an afternoon boat cruise on the lake, and there are other options available for longer stays. Jaco was our assigned guide for our time there and he was quite knowledgeable about the park and the wildlife as well as being entertaining and easy going.

Manager Tataum and her staff pay attention to all of the little details. Everyone was friendly, always smiling and happy to chat. I hesitate to name anyone in particular should I miss someone, but everyone was fun, friendly and made sure we wanted for nothing.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Marketing at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 13 Dec 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review, we are thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your time with us and glad we were able to exceed your expectations. We will be sure to pass along your praises to the wonderful Tataum and all the great staff in camp. We hope that you will visit us again soon. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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Lore S wrote a review Dec 2020
Cordoba, Argentina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The amenities are very modern and stylish. We were lucky on our game drives, seeing all the big 5 within 1 day. Very professional guide with lots of knowledge and patience. The service of the staff were on a high standard and well coordinated within the lodge itself.

However, the agency Thousand Hills who promoted the package and lodge was not clear about the activities and the included services, also with the communication with us and the price variances, therefore we only got to know the details on the spot...not what you would expect from the travel agency itself for high end tourism...
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Marketing at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 05 Jan 2021
Dear LoreS728, Thank you for the feedback. Together with our partners Thousand Hills Africa we strive to continue improving the pre travel communication. Since you visiting Magashi on a special package, some information might have been left out for which we apologise. We hope you will visit us again for a longer stay Wilderness Safaris
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desertduo1 wrote a review Nov 2021
Palm Springs, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
While it took a long time to get to the camp from Kigali, including an hour drive on some bumpy dirt roads, all that faded as soon as we drove up to the staff singing to welcome us to their camp. Tatum was there to greet us and show us around and to get us familiar with the property. The "tents" can be a long walk but they are spaced for privacy, they all face the lake and you are greeted every morning by the hippos in the water. The food was always amazing, with plenty of choices at each meal. Fidel, Charles, Rachel, and Iesha are there to see that you never want for anything during your stay and after day one, know your special needs. I can't say enough about the level of service you get at Magashi. If you are lucky enough to get Innocence as your guide, you will not be disappointed with any of your drives. Got to see more than we expected, including the Big Five and a juvenile of each species. Thanks for everything guys and I hope we left you with some fun memories as well. Michael, Ray, Faye, and Pam.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Marketing at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 13 Dec 2021
Thank you for the fabulous review, we are thrilled to read about all your happy memories and glad that our amazing Rwandan staff was one of your highlights. Teeming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lion, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino, which were reintroduced in 2017. Magashi – the only exclusive-use area in Akagera – also harbours a good density of leopard. We hope you will be back soon. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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MistyNodine wrote a review Oct 2021
Austin, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Magashi was an excellent lodge. They were very responsive to our wants. The Wilderness lodges have been really good, in general. The food was delicious. As far as I know, Magashi is the only classic Safari-style camp in Rwanda. Like all Wilderness camps, it runs on a strict schedule and delivers a consistently good Safari experience.

Our tent was one of the furthest from the lodge, which we really appreciated. The views over the water were lovely and the Hippo chorus was pretty much always present. The tents were very comfortable.

The guide we had, Luke, was really knowledgeable. He also did a great job of managing the fact that we had different interests than the other couple in the car. He went out of his way to take us out on an early afternoon Safari specifically for birds, in between the normal game drives. We had both boat and driving excursions. Being out on the boat on Lake Rwanyakazinga was very relaxing.

As with all of the camps we visited on this trip, Their Covid protocols were solid. The staff was vaccinated and also wore masks consistently.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The Covid tester that came to us here struggled to get our tests processed. I recommend working...
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Marketing at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 13 Dec 2021
Thank you for your beautiful review, we are thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your time with us and glad we were able to exceed your expectations. We will be sure to pass along your praises Luke. We hope that you will visit us again soon. Bush regards, Wilderness Safaris
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Huntsy wrote a review Jan 2024
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been on a number of safaris before (Kenya and Tanzania) and Wilderness Magashi offers something a little bit different. The main one being the location next to the lake which gave fabulous views and the chance to do a boat safari and see the animals from a different perspective.
The tents (more like rooms) are spacious and pretty well appointed for safari lodging. Each tent is situated on a deck (accessed by a decked walkway) above the edge of the lake and its grasses and you can see the hippos that frequent the area (all felt safe) and hence the title of my review. It was fantastic hearing them at night as they went about their business.
We thought the food and service in the camp was very good. The camp staff and guides were all very helpful and knowledgeable about the animals.
Compared to other safaris we have been on, we didn't see as many animals (particularly the big cats). I thought this was down the quite dense woodland and bush but the guides put it down to the weather being unseasonably warm and the animals sheltering from it. On the other hand, it was very quiet and we saw loads of crocs, hippos and elephants and also a few rhinos. We were able to spend about 30 minutes with one rhino and no other vehicle came past in that time.
The camp itself is on a private conservancy and the game viewing is a mix of in the conservancy and the public National Park.
The boat safari was very memorable and the staff had sorted out sundowners to have at the end of the boat trip after which we were driven back to the camp.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Wilderness Destinations, Other at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 14 Jan 2024
Dear Huntsy Thank you for sharing your experience at Wilderness Magashi! It sounds like you had a unique and memorable safari adventure, especially with the camp's stunning location next to the lake. The opportunity to observe wildlife from a different perspective during the boat safari must have added an extra layer of excitement. It's great to hear that the accommodations were spacious and well-appointed, providing a comfortable setting for your safari experience. The fact that the tents are situated on a deck above the lake, offering views of the hippos and their nightly activities, sounds like a truly immersive experience. Your positive comments about the food, service, and knowledgeable camp staff and guides highlight the overall quality of your stay. Even though you didn't encounter as many big cats, the variety of other wildlife, including crocs, hippos, elephants, and rhinos, seems to have made up for it. The quietness of the surroundings and the ability to spend quality time observing the animals, like the thirty minutes with a rhino, undoubtedly made the experience intimate and special. Warm regards Wilderness Destinations
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iELM wrote a review May 2021
Antwerp, Belgium
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Situated in the northern part of Akagashi National Park, Magashi Camp offers superb game drives during the day and night. Also wild game spotting by boat on Lake Rwanyakazinga offers incredible views of the animals near the shore. The tented camp lies right next to the lake where hippo spotting was one of our favorite activities. Sleeping in the tent with the hippos making a lot of noise during the night time is an incredible experience. Jaco runs this camp exquisitely and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Our guide Innocent was simply amazing and giving nice comments and background information on all sorts of animals. He even recognizes the birds simply by their song. Thanks to him we spotted the big five. Also a big applause for the head chef Eric and his kitchen team for all the wonderful meals they prepared. A big thumbs up.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Marketing at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 13 Dec 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us, and your time spent with Jaco and Innocent. Our kitchen team is brilliant and we will be sure to share your kind words with them. We hope that you will visit us again soon. Kind regards, Wilderness Safaris
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TJP wrote a review Sept 2022
Bedfordshire
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 2 nights (wish it was longer).....it is just stunning.
Never stayed anywhere quite like it, set in a very special National Park the tents are really fab they are set on the lake with views to die for, you can sit out on your wood deck watching life on the lake & listening to the hippos, the tents are totally luxury, beds comfy. Staff are professional, attentive & friendly nothing is too much trouble, Charles the barman makes the best cocktails & his bush bar is great, food is excellent & the safaris both on land and on the lake was the ultimate experience we saw so much big 5, saw 3 sightings of Leopards....it was my first safari & I have been very lucky to experience this.
Special mention goes to our guide Alphonse who is so knowledgeable & passionate about the animals & he really looks after you.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Marketing at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 07 Dec 2022
Dear TracyN44 Thank you for your amazing review, and recommendation. We are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you have many great photos of all your memories. We will also be sure to pass along your high praises to Charles, Alphonse and the rest of the wonderful staff in camp. Akagera National park is a real gem of Africa and we are glad to be able to highlight this less frequented area with all our guests at Magashi. Teeming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lion, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino, which was reintroduced in 2017. Magashi - – the only exclusive-use area in Akagera – also harbours a good density of leopard We hope you will visit us again soon. Kind regards, The Wilderness Magashi Team
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joeStlouis_usa wrote a review Nov 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff at magashi have simply ‘got it’.
The game viewing is incredible...nonstop game from land and water. Exceptional guides....both were superlative.
Staff was always available , attentive without being overbearing.
The amenities were perfect,...great rooms,beds, showers and common spaces.
Cant imagine a better staff and facility.
Thanks to all at this wonderful retreat.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Marketing at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 08 Dec 2020
Dear Joe, Thank you for the fabulous review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and your time spent with all our amazing staff. We hope you will visit us again soon. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris
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Debbie O wrote a review Feb 2022
Los Angeles, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This unique property on the edge of a lake in a very special African Park is a jewel. The luxury tents overlooking the lake are incredibly comfortable, with attention to detail. The food is excellent, as is the quiet, genuine service. Our safari guide made the trip - teaching us and spotting and tracking all the animals in the park - elephants, hippos, rhinos, lions, buffalo, zebra, impala, giraffe, crocodile - even a honey badger, a rare sighting indeed. If you are fortunate enough to get to visit Rwanda, do not miss this wonderful park and lodge.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Marketing at Wilderness Magashi
Responded 02 Mar 2022
Thank you Debbie O for your amazing review, and recommendation. We are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you have many great photos of all your memories. Akagera National park is a real gem of Africa and we are glad to be able to highlight this less frequented area with all our guests at Magashi. Teeming with plains game, Akagera now also boasts a healthy population of lion, which were reintroduced into the park in 2015 after a 20-year absence, as well as black rhino, which was reintroduced in 2017. Magashi - – the only exclusive-use area in Akagera – also harbours a good density of leopard We hope you will visit us again soon. Kind regards, Wilderness Safaris
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Ali asked a question Apr 2022
New York City, New York
What time is checkout?
Answer from Joan K
Wyncote, Pennsylvania452 contributions648 helpful votes
Generally around 11 so they can prepare for incoming guests They will probably be happy to give you lunch Beyond that I doubt they will let you stay in the room longer
Answer from Wilderness
Johannesburg, South Africa126 contributions1 helpful vote
Hello Sara, Booking conditions and cancellation policies are not my forte but have been updated recently to accomodate changes that have been caused by the recent pandemic. For more information please contact our enquiries department on the Wilderness Safaris website and they will be able to give you all the details. Thank you Tenneil Zondagh
Margy M wrote a tip Jan 2024
Victoria, Canada92 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Opt for a light early breakfast to maximize your time watching wildlife"
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VTwelltravelled wrote a tip Mar 2022
Middlebury, Vermont562 contributions405 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all rooms are basically the same though room 2 is a bit closer to the lake"
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MistyNodine wrote a tip Oct 2021
Austin, Texas5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Covid tester that came to us here struggled to get our tests processed. I recommend working around using them if possible."
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Frankkwik wrote a tip Mar 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a safari camp with six luxury tents, all rooms are great"
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Donna C wrote a tip Aug 2019
Franz Josef, New Zealand88 contributions51 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are good."
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8
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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