Wilderness to open savannah camp in Rwanda

Wilderness Safaris will be expanding its ecotourism footprint in Rwanda by opening a new camp in Akagera National Park in mid-December 2018. In partnership with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and conservation group African Parks, the six-tended camp, called Magashi, will be situated in the north-eastern part of Akagera overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga.

The long-term funding support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to African Parks for the protection and development of Akagera has made this further investment by Wilderness possible.

“This new Classic Camp will not only offer our guests an extraordinary savannah experience, but one that is strongly rooted in a core purpose – to help conserve Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem and species like shoebill and black rhino,” said Grant Woodrow, Wilderness Safaris Chief Operations Officer.

The 100-000-hectare Akagera National Park is situated in eastern Rwanda, bordering Tanzania and has been managed by African Parks in partnership with RDP since 2010. In the last eight years, poaching has essentially been eliminated and wildlife is now thriving with lions reintroduced in 2015 after a 20-year absence, and black rhino in 2017.

The camp will be set on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga – home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some large crocodiles and the secretive sitatunga and shoebill stork. On game drives, walks and boating trips, guests may encounter buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, spotted hyaena, zebra, topi, roan, eland and more. The park also boasts almost 500 species of birds.

“There is no doubt that to date the overwhelming focus on gorillas has caused many travellers to miss beautifully scenic and productive savannahs of Rwanda. Now, with the launch of Magashi, our guests will have the ideal opportunity to combine an extraordinary gorilla experience at Volcanoes National Park whilst staying at Bisate Lodge, with a spectacular savannah safari at Akagera. Add to this the prospect of viewing chimps and other primates of the forests in the western side of the country and Rwanda offers a complete standalone high-end safari experience,’ added Woodrow.