Kenya: Mantis Masai Mara Eco-Lodge will be the first branded property to open under Mantis and Accor in the Enonkishu Conservancy, Kenya.
Located on the northern boundary of the Mara-Serengetis game reserve, Mantis Masai Mara Eco-Lodge will feature 20 tented suites, one restaurant and bar, events space, a sauna and a wellness facility.
The lodge will be able to cater to small board and executive meetings, as well as weddings and other social events.
In addition to these facilities, a small curio shop will stock basic amenities, Kenyan art and designer items.
Mantis is partnering with Rakam Investment Ltd for the project. The company has developed commercial and residential properties in the Greater Nairobi metropolitan area. JLL Hotels & Hospitality managed the tender process.
Ann Rutere, CEO at Rakam Investment Ltd, said: “We are pleased to bring Accor’s brand, Mantis, to one of the most distinct and exclusive locations in Masai Mara. In addition to the brand’s uniqueness and awareness in the market, our confidence in this project comes from the high focus on sustainability and preservation of natural heritage offered by the Enonkishu Conservancy and Mantis expertise in the industry. We are excited to open our doors in 2024 and look forward to offering a combination of authentic, unique, and curated experiences to our guests visiting from all parts of the world.”
Paul Gardiner, CEO of the Mantis Collection, said: “The Masai Mara is one of the most renowned wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa, and we are excited to offer guests sustainable adventures which celebrate the region’s culture and stay true to the roots of safari. We will provide fresh experiences which enable guests to make authentic connections with both nature and the people, all whilst supporting sustainability, conservation and community empowerment and upliftment – the founding core pillars of Mantis.”
Mark Willis, CEO of Accor India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “This is a great opportunity for Accor and Mantis to expand our portfolio in Kenya and to introduce the first Mantis property in the country. This new addition illustrates our key focus on developing and implementing sustainable business practices and tourism products that are respectful of the surrounding environment and communities while meeting the changing and growing expectations of travellers.”
Accor currently operates 156 properties (26,598 keys) in Africa with 84 properties (17,739 keys) in the pipeline.