Sarova drops iconic Taita Hills hotels over Covid-19 slowdown

 Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge
Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge. PHOTO | COURTESY 

Hotel chain Sarova Hotels will cease managing two properties located within Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary from July as the tourism sector continues to take a beating from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The hospitality chain Thursday announced that it was dropping Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge and Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge after 13 years of the management deal.

This now leaves it with only seven properties under its portfolio including the Stanley and Whitesands .

Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge was among the four properties whose operations were suspended in March after the government put travel restrictions into the country.

Movement restrictions and social distancing measures have further affected the earnings of the investors in the sector as potential customers stay away.


Sarova Hotels has since reached out to the property owner in light to the latest development.

“We would like to assure you that all contractual obligations and commitments made by Sarova Hotels in relation to these two lodges up to June 30 will be fully honoured, and we will ensure a seamless transition between ourselves and the owner of the two lodges,” said Sarova Hotels Kenya Managing Director, Jimi Kariuki.