Mahali Mzuri, a new minimal-footprint safari camp
Mahali Mzuri, a Kenyan Safari Camp located in the Motorogi Conservancy within the Maasai Mara ecosystem is the latest addition to the Virgin Limited Edition suite that is Sir Richard Branson’s collection of exotic retreats. A private island, a mountain retreat, a game reserve, a catamaran- all unique and operating with the sole aim of creating amazing experiences. The latest addition, scheduled to open in 2013, is located just north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where strict limits on the number of guests and game vehicles in the area, ensures a minimal footprint for this eco-luxury safari.
Located in the path of the annual migration, Mahali Mzuri also hosts an abundance of resident wildlife, year round both near the camp and within short trips by vehicle.
The eco-friendly retreat will include 12 luxury canvas tents perched on platforms, each with a bedroom, sitting room, in-suite bathroom and a terrace with sweeping views of the landscape and its intriguing wildlife – think lions, giraffes and wildebeests. The lavish camp will offer daily game drives and guided walks in the Motorogi and Olare Orok Conservancies, plus the opportunity to visit the local village to learn more about the Maasai people.
Mahali Mzuri has been set up in collaboration with the local Maasai communities and a limited number of other tourism partners with priorities to leave as minimal a footprint as possible on the land and to promote low density tourism which creates less pressure on the environment. Branson’s team has also been working directly with the Maasai since the inception of the project to ensure their full involvement and has hired from the local communities. Most of the Mahali Mzuri staff are from surrounding areas.