Business Daily (Kenya) - - BDLIFE OUTDOORS -

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.

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