Kenya tourism news update – Marasa Africa to spend 5 MIO USD on upgrades


Information was received overnight that Marasa Africa, the Madhvani Group offspring owning and operating their Kenyan properties The Ark, The Aberdare Country Club and Mara Leisure Camp, will invest at least 5 million US Dollars in refurbishments and modernization.

Work at The Ark, one of the ‘tree hotels’ in the Aberdare National Park, is due to commence shortly, giving ‘themes’ to each of the three floors as well as the public areas like the lounges, bars and the restaurant. The ‘communal’ washrooms and showers will be expanded and seating added on the game viewing platform to provide greater comfort for guests wanting to sit down and watch the game come to the salt lick and watering hole below. The overall ‘rustic’ look however will be maintained as it has become a hallmark much appreciated by visitors to The Ark over the decades.

At The Aberdare Country Club all the rooms will see an ‘overhaul’ while a new reception area and bar will be created. The health club, pool and the surrounding area too will be remodeled to reflect today’s expectations of a discerning clientele. A secluded ‘dine under the stars’ area will also be set up where guests can celebrate that special occasion in complete privacy.

Most important thought, the ‘feel’ of the colonial time ‘mansion’ will be retained if not enhanced by the planned changes and innovations. Work at The Aberdare Country Club is due to commence within weeks it is understood and should be completed by February 2012 or not long thereafter.


The presently third property owned and managed by Marasa Africa – it is an open secret that the group is seeking other investment opportunities on Kenya’s safari circuit to add other key national parks to their portfolio – the Mara Leisure Camp, is also due for some major work, including a rebuilding of the foot bridge across the Talek river, but of course also including the tents, cottages and public areas.

Marasa has also recently introduced new printed material for their Ugandan and Kenyan properties but a completely new range of brochures will be available once the renovations and refurbishments are completed in early 2012.

Visit for more information about the Madhvani Group’s properties in Kenya and Uganda. 

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