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Developer plans eco-lodge in Maasai Mara

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Tourists at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. PHOTO | COURTESY

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Summary

  • Nairobi based real estate and industrial go-downs developer Rakam Investments has started construction of a multimillion-shilling eco-lodge in the Maasai Mara.
  • In regulatory filings with the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema), Rakam says they are putting up the 50-bed lodge on 60-acres within the Enonkishu Conservancy in Mara North Sub-County.

Nairobi based real estate and industrial go-downs developer Rakam Investments has started construction of a multimillion-shilling eco-lodge in the Maasai Mara.

In regulatory filings with the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema), Rakam says they are putting up the 50-bed lodge on 60-acres within the Enonkishu Conservancy in Mara North Sub-County.

The developer, who launched operations in 2016 with residential developments in Runda, Gigiri, Muthaiga and Westlands says the new lodge will comprise 46 tented suites and four family suites.

“Other facilities will include two interconnecting conferencing rooms with a capacity to hold 25 people each, a restaurant, a bar-cum-lounge, an outdoor Boma, swimming pool and spa,” said the firm.

Other high end lodges within the area are Naretoi, Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Kileleon and Lalami Guest Houses.

Maasai Mara national reserve is Kenya’s premier tourism destination with 370,000 tourists visiting the world famous tourist attraction in 2018. Its main attraction is the annual wildebeest migration.

The reserve has, however come under the focus of conservationists due to the proliferation of lodges, including one that was recently forced to shut down for blocking the migratory route of the animals.