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Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari lodge has been voted Best Hotel in the World 2021. Here’s why…

The mahali mzuri camp at sunset on the Kenyan plains

Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp located in the world-famous Maasai Mara, has been named the Number One Hotel in the World, as well as the Number One Safari Lodge, by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.  

The annual awards recognise the world’s best hotels, islands, cities, cruise lines, airlines, spas, and more, based on ratings given by its readers.  

Nestled in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem in Kenya, Mahali Mzuri is a Virgin Limited Edition property. Its name, translated from Swahili, means ‘beautiful place.’ 

The accommodation, which sits in the direct path of the annual Great Migration, comprises just 12 luxury tented suites, a stylish retreat after a day of unforgettable game viewing.

Each tent includes an adjoining bathroom and substantial private deck. Reflecting local culture, a Maasai spear doubles as a ‘do not disturb’ sign.

At the centre of the camp is the Main Tent, where breakfast and lunch are served on an expansive deck with spectacular views. Offering a refreshing dip, a 12-metre infinity pool overlooks the Kenyan plains.

The accommodation, which sits in the direct path of the annual Great Migration, comprises just 12 luxury tented suites…

The Mahali Mzuri employs the largest number of local Maasai in the area. All its staff are Kenyan. Guests have the opportunity to visit a traditional Maasai village, help in the abundance of community projects the camp is renowned for, or simply just sit back and absorb the peace and quiet.

General Manager Wilson Odhiambo, said: “Being recognised in any capacity by one of the most respected and renowned resources on travel globally is incredible in itself. Receiving two accolades, including Number One Safari Lodge alongside World’s Best, is exemplary and a recognition of the hard work and dedication that every single person in our Virgin Limited Edition team puts into Mahali Mzuri and serving its incredible guests each and every day.”

To book your stay at Mahali Mzuri click here.

The complete 2021 World’s Best Awards lists, is online here and will appear in the October 2021 issue of the magazine, out September 17.   

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