Rwanda on the Rise: Wilderness Safaris to Open New Camp in December

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Rwanda has emerged as one of the hottest African destinations for luxury travelers. Renowned hospitality and conservation companies like One&Only, Singita, and Wilderness Safaris have been expanding their operations in the small, land-locked country famous for its endangered mountain gorilla population in the high-altitude cloud forests in Volcanoes National Park. 

Until recently, the tourism focus has been on gorillas. But in the latest news, Wilderness Safaris has announced the launch of a new camp in Akagera National Park in mid-December 2018. The Magashi Camp is situated in the north-eastern part of Akagera, overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga. Not far from the country’s eastern border with Tanzania, this setting (grassy plains, woodlands) is completely different from Volcanoes National Park—thus allowing guests to pair a savannah safari with a gorilla experience while staying at Bisate Lodge. Opened in 2017, the buzzed-about Bisate Lodge is part of one of Wilderness Safaris’ largest conservation efforts: a reforestation program in partnership with Tuzamurane Cooperative. The two sister properties will enable guests to enhance their Rwanda trip by experiencing vastly different landscapes and ecosystems. 

Wilderness Safaris has partnered with the Rwanda Development Board and conservation group African Parks to open the Magashi Camp, which will have six tents on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga, known for high densities of hippos. Safari game drives from the camp will allow guests to spy a number of species including buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, spotted hyaena, and zebra.

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First founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris has a reputation as one of Africa's top ecotourism operators today. 

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