Well it has been some time in the making, but we are pleased to announce that construction is now underway at Mahali Mzuri in Kenya’s Maasai Mara ecosystem and we hope to be opening our doors (and tent flaps) in 2013. The 12-tented camp will be the 7th property in the Virgin Limited Edition collection.
If we take the old saying to heart that ‘good things come to those who wait’ then Mahali Mzuri is going to be one of the best things ever! While we do really enjoy living out here at the Mahali Mzuri site, watching all of the passing animals and the most amazing sunsets, we really do want to start sharing this with visitors, and there is more to this property than first meets the eye.
Although the public announcement that the camp was to be built was made in March 2012, work behind the scenes has been doing on for much longer – four years in fact, largely due to the exciting conservation approach which is being developed in the conservancy lands surrounding the property. “Why has it taken so long?” you may well ask. You may well say, “It is just a few tents at the end of the day. I am sure the boy scouts could have you up and running in no time…” I would also politely point out to anybody who called Mahali Mzuri ‘just tents’ that these are going to be some of the most amazing canvas structures around, but that is a story for another blog…
The Motorogi Conservancy lands on which Mahali Mzuri sits are all owned by the local Maasai community and the conservancy has been structured in such a way that the Maasai landowners receive the benefits of leasing their land for conservation. In this way the land is protected for wildlife, the community appreciate the value of conservation, traditional pastoralist practices are maintained and guests at Mahali Mzuri are able to experience both the amazing wildlife and cultural traditions of the Maasai Mara while resting assured that their stay is contributing to the protection of this pristine environment.
Stay tuned for more updates as construction of the camp progresses!