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May 2019Wilderness Safaris has officially opened its new camp, Magashi, overlooking scenic Lake Rwanyakazinga in the north-east of Rwanda’s wildlife-rich Akagera National Park. Launched in partnership with conservation non-profit African Parks and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), both which manage the national park, Magashi offers life-changing journeys to this remarkable location – journeys that are strongly rooted in a shared core purpose: to help conserve Rwanda’s last protected savannah ecosystem and threatened species like the East African subspecies of black rhino and rare shoebill stork.

“We are thrilled with our elegant new camp, which is looking incredible thanks to the collective efforts of our Rwanda team and lead designers, Caline Williams-Wynn and Nilfah Adams from Artichoke. Our Magashi team has already started to work their magic and exceed our guests’ expectations, and we are looking forward to sharing the area’s wonders with many more guests in the future”, commented Ingrid Baas, Wilderness Safaris Rwanda General Manager.

Comprising a traditional East African “safari under canvas” feel, Magashi’s six airy tented suites and main guest areas have been designed to take full advantage of the beautiful wilderness surrounds and tranquil, uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga. Paying homage to Rwandan culture through locally-inspired interior design and architecture, Magashi truly celebrates the country’s inspiring renaissance – a huge part of which has seen the reinvention of traditional textiles and ceremonies in a modern context.

“Akagera has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past nine years, through which it has emerged as one of Africa’s greatest conservation success stories. Our partnership with the RDB has seen poaching essentially eliminated, wildlife recovered including bringing back lions and rhinos to the park, and tourism is helping Akagera become 80% self-financing, which also supports local communities”, said Jes Gruner, Park Manager of Akagera National Park. “Together with Wilderness Safaris we hope to further realise the enormous potential of Akagera, which is why we are delighted to see the exquisite Magashi Camp open its doors, and we look forward to welcoming its guests to the park to experience this extraordinary tale of restoration first-hand”.

“It has been very rewarding to watch the camp come to life through the craftsmanship of our local Rwandan artists, overseen by Artichoke’s expertise”, Ingrid added. “In addition to offering appropriately luxurious accommodation, warm local hospitality and a range of exciting safari activities, we are very proud of the camp’s ultra-light footprint; what’s more, it is 100% solar powered and completely single-use plastic free. This forms part of our 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation, which is at the heart of our Magashi offering”.

Situated in north-eastern Akagera, Magashi offers exceptional game-viewing, including thrilling leopard and lion sightings and a range of plains game, from buffalo and hippo to zebra, Defassa waterbuck, impala, eland, Masai giraffe and topi; Akagera’s almost 500 bird species include lifers such as the papyrus gonolek. Guests will be able to explore the concession on expertly-guided day and night game drives, boating trips and walks. In 2015, African Parks reintroduced lions to the park after a 20-year absence, and reintroduced the black rhinoceros in 2017, making this Rwanda’s only home to Africa’s iconic savannah megafauna.

“Akagera provides one of the most scenic and biodiverse savannah experiences in East Africa, and we are confident that in addition to offering our guests a life-changing journey with purpose, Magashi will help drive sustainable ecotourism to the Park, positively contributing to conservation and the empowerment of our neighbouring communities”, Ingrid concluded.

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Notes to Editor

About Wilderness Safaris: www.wilderness-safaris.com  

  • Wilderness Safaris is Africa’s leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism operator, specialising in memorable wildlife experiences in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa. In this way it offers its guests private access to almost three million hectares of Africa’s finest wildlife reserves, while remaining fiercely committed to protecting our planet’s precious natural and cultural resources.
  • Wilderness Safaris operates camps and safaris in some of Africa’s best wildlife and wilderness reserves across six countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Wilderness Safaris is deeply committed to its 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation. It firmly believes that its single most important achievement to date is to have built a sustainable business model that does not compromise environmental principles and which provides jobs, training, skills, careers, adjusted horizons, hope and a realistic alternative to less sustainable development.
  • Recognising that conservation is as much about people as about the environment, the company has pursued important goals through its Children in the Wilderness programme, as well as through the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, which have helped change the face of nature-based tourism in Africa.
  • Wilderness Safaris is part of Wilderness Holdings, a group of responsible ecotourism companies that together use responsible tourism to build sustainable conservation economies in Africa.

About African Parks: www.africanparks.org

  • African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities.
  • With the largest counter-poaching force and the most amount of area under protection for any one NGO in Africa, African Parks manages 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries covering 10.5 million hectares in Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia.
  • For more information visit www.africanparks.org, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook 

About the Rwanda Development Board (RDB): www.rdb.rw

  • In 2010, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) invited African Parks to help professionalize park management of Akagera, and signed a long-term agreement with African Parks, establishing the Akagera Management Company (AMC) to jointly manage the park. RDB works to transform Rwanda into a dynamic hub for business, investment and innovation, and to fast-track economic development by enabling private sector growth.

About the Akagera Management Company:

  • The Akagera Management Company (AMC) was established in 2010 and is the joint venture vehicle of the public-private partnership between the RDB and African Parks that is responsible for fully managing Akagera National Park. In 2010 African Parks concluded an agreement with the Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Development Board, for the management of Akagera National Park.
  • For more information visit www.africanparks.org/the-parks/akagera, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook