Marriott announces plans for the first safari lodge in Africa

Marriott International has signed a deal with Baraka Lodges to enter the African safari market.

The JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will be located within the Mara National Reserve, one of the continent’s most renowned wildlife conservation and wilderness areas.

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The elegant retreat, which will welcome guests in 2023, will provide discerning travelers with an unparalleled setting.

JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge’s location, overlooking the famed banks of the River Talek and on the outskirts of the reserve, will provide guests with a distinctively elevated camp from which to explore the Masai Mara National Reserve, its stunning vistas, abundant wildlife, and endless plains.

The new lodge’s plans call for 20 private tents, including a presidential canvas-topped pavilion and two interconnecting canopied suites, ideal for families, each with a private terrace overlooking the river.

The JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge - Junior suite tent bedroom
credit: news.marriott.com

There will be a restaurant, lounge bar, spa, and a large outdoor terrace with fire pits where traditional Masai dance performances will take place in the evening.

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“As a brand rooted in mindfulness, we cannot think of a more perfect retreat for the mind, body, and soul than the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will offer guests a luxurious backdrop to make once-in-a-lifetime memories as they connect with nature and wildlife as never before. We are thrilled that the JW Marriott brand will be welcoming adventure travellers, including families, to this breath-taking part of the world.”

Bruce Rohr, vice president and brand leader, JW Marriott

The preservation of the land and its inhabitants will be central to the JW Marriott Masai Mara.

The safari lodge plans to employ up to 50 Masai community members and will provide extensive learning opportunities for guests looking to immerse themselves in the destination.

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