TENTED CAMPS PUT KENYA ON LEISURE TRAVEL MAP
Eight luxurious lodges, mostly tented camps, in Maasai Mara and Laikipia have put Kenya in the global leisure map. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler, a luxury travel magazine, favoured hotels in the wilderness rather than big-brand names. They picked Sanctuary Olonana, Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp, Angama Mara, Richard’s River Camp, andbeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, Governors’ Camp Collection, all in Maasai Mara as top resorts and safari camps in Africa.
Others are Sirikoi Lodge in Lewa Conservancy, a luxury lodge built in the wild to make the most of ‘armchair’ game viewing.
Wildlife conservancies are turning in the best spot for setting up hotels in Kenya which mainly attract foreign leisure travellers and rich Kenyans.
A number of tented camps in Maasai Mara, Amboseli and Laikipia were among Kenya’s top taxpayers who de ied low tourism season and harsh economic times to post annual turnovers of between Sh350 million and Sh1 billion.
Increased spending on leisure travel by international travellers and a few wealthy Kenyans is rapidly enriching investors in high-end safari camps, earning them billions of shillings in annual revenue, according to a recently published Kenya Revenue Authority taxpayers’ report.
Sirikoi Tented Camp, Ol Seki, Ol Tukai Lodge, Ol Pejeta, Atua Enkop Africa and Tilikwani Mara Camp were hotels in the billionaire’s list alongside top schools and high-net-worth individuals such as businessman Naushad Merali, the Sameer Investments chairman and Bharat Thakrar, the Scangroup chief executive.
ANGAMA MARA was one one of the hotels picked as top resorts and safari camps in Africa.