Marriott spots Serengeti signing

Image of Serengeti National Park by Michelle Raponi on Pixabay.
Marriott International has signed an agreement with Delaware Investment Limited for its first JW Marriott luxury safari lodge in the Serengeti, Tanzania.

Expected to open in 2026, the lodge will be situated within the Serengeti National Park, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and a renowned safari destination.

All-suite site

JW Marriott Serengeti Lodge is expected to offer 30 private suites, including two presidential suites, all of which will have their own swimming pool and deck area. Additionally, extensive food, beverage and meeting facilities are planned.

The lodge will sit between the Grumeti and Mbalageti rivers, benefitting from the abundant wildlife that accesses the rivers to the north and south alongside views of the plains surrounding the lodge.

Landmark project

Jenni Benzaquen, SVP, brand portfolio Europe, Middle East and Africa at Marriott International, said: “We are delighted to partner with Delaware Investment Limited for this landmark project in the Serengeti, an exciting new destination for the brand, which also signifies our growing commitment to offering enriching experiences for our guests.”

Rishen Patel, owner of Delaware Investment Limited, added: “It’s a very exciting moment for us to be able to collaborate with Marriott International to debut such a prestigious brand in one of the most iconic wildlife destinations in the world.” 

African additions

JW Marriott Serengeti Lodge will mark the brand’s second luxury safari lodge in Africa, following the opening of JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge earlier this year in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Marriott International currently operates more than 120 properties in Africa across its portfolio. In the pipeline for the sub-Saharan region are JW Marriott Nairobi just across the Kenyan border with Tanzania, due to bring 365 keys online in November; plus the group’s African-centric brand Protea is planning the 26-key Protea by Marriott Zanzibar Stone Town for the Tanzanian island in Q4 2023, and further south, the 155-room Protea by Marriott Serowe will appear in Botswana in 2026.