Sir Richard Branson hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta at his newest luxury pad in the Maasai Mara. The Mahari Mzuri Safari Camp was officially opened this past weekend with the blessing of Maasai elders. Although the tented safari lodge has been operation since 2003, Branson officially launched the camp and invited Maasai elders to bless the establishment, which comes six years after Branson became a recognized tribal Maasai Elder.
“It was an honour and so much fun to participate in the ceremony. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the official opening of Mahali Mzuri and I’m thrilled that so many of the local community have made it here today to observe and take part in what was a beautifully traditional and fitting way of launching our new safari camp,” said Branson on the camp’s blog.
Mahali Mzuri, within Motorongi Conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem, joins Virgin Limited Edition – spread across eight exotic locations around the world, designed to offer high-end luxury holidays, serenity and unique retreats.
“I’ve recently been pleased to add my voice to supporters of the tourism industry in Kenya and we see this opening as a symbol of our confidence in its long term future,” added Branson.
Joining Branson and the President at the opening were Cabinet Secretaries of Tourism and Transport & Infrastructure, Hon. Phyllis Kandie and Hon. Michael Kamau.
“We are extremely delighted to welcome Mahali Mzuri into the staple of great tourism establishments in Kenya. This new camp is a testimony of how international investors like Sir Richard Branson continue to have faith in Kenya,” said Hon. Phyllis Kandie.
Mahali Mzuri is situated within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem of Kenya, about 240km due west of Nairobi. Mahali Mzuri consists of 12 sleeper tents named after the 12 Maasai tribes in the conservancy.
The luxury tents can cater for a maximum of 24 guests at any one time. Rates start from USD $590 per person per night (based on double occupancy) and are fully inclusive of all meals, drinks & daily game drives as well as unlimited access to the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.
Mahali Mzuri is a joint partnership between Sir Richard Branson and the Gehlot family, who run the Intex Group of companies in Kenya. Members of the Gehlot family joined Sir Richard Branson for the opening ceremony.