Conservation-focused Mantis brand to enter Kenya
Geared towards environmentally conscious safari enthusiasts, Mantis Masai Mara Eco-Lodge will feature 20 tented suites, a restaurant and bar, and even a sauna when it opens in 2024.
Sustainable safari experiences
The Mantis brand was founded by entrepreneur and conservationist Adrian Gardiner in 2000 and joined forces with Accor in 2018 – each property focuses on achieving optimum sustainability and promoting appreciation of the natural environment. Staying true to this ethos, the newly announced Mantis Masai Mara Eco-Lodge, which is expected to launch in 2024, will immerse guests in its surroundings by offering a range of activities involving conservation, locality and sustainability.
Paul Gardiner, CEO of the Mantis Collection, said: “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 in India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, added: “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.”
A competitive tender process
With its position in the Enonkishu Conservancy, this eco-lodge will lie on the northern boundary of the Mara-Serengeti game reserve. Here, guests will be accommodated across 20 tented suites, with additional amenities including a restaurant and bar, event space, curio shop, sauna and wellness facility.
On opening, Kenya’s first Mantis-branded scheme will provide a homely base for travellers wanting to discover the local wildlife, set out on birding or photographic tours, and stargaze after dark.
Accor is partnering with Rakam Investment to bring the project to life. The French hotel giant said that this partnership is the result of a tender process involving ‘top international hospitality companies’, which was managed by JLL Hotels & Hospitality.
Ann Rutere, CEO of Rakam Investment, said: “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.’’
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Mantis is a leading, conservation-focused hotel group with luxury hotels, eco-lodges and waterways experiences located across the globe. Sustainable travellers have been enjoying ecotourism, safaris and adventure travel with Mantis since 2000.