Operating in more than one EAC country does have advantages


(Posted 10th March 2015)

Neptune Hotels has just announced that they will effective 01st of May this year take over the former Exploreans Lodge in Ngorongoro and will rebrand the property as ‘Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge’.

The property, comprising just 20 all suite log cabins, is located a short distance to the main gate and a mere half hour drive to the crater. Together with the Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp in the Mara North Conservancy do the two safari properties complement Neptune’s five beach properties in Zanzibar, Diani – South of Mombasa – and Bamburi which is North of Mombasa.

Neptune’s Chairman Amin Merali made the announcement and said: ‘This final step is the beginning of very important journey for Neptune Hotels. Neptune Hotels has an East-African regional presence with a total offer for the unique African Holiday experience. White Sand Beach resorts, Safari Camps and Lodges in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, at the very best locations. We promise African memories’.

This development follows soon after Elewana Collection and C&P had announced a merger bringing their portfolios from Tanzania and Kenya under one roof and probably showing the way for others to follow suit to be present in the two most important East African safari and beach markets.

Others with such cross border operations are Serena Hotels, East Africa’s market leader in hospitality, Sopa Lodges with properties in both countries and now Neptune. The only Ugandan company with a similar cross border portfolio is Marasa Africa which owns and manages safari lodges in Uganda’s Murchisons Falls, Queen Elizabeth and adjoining to Bwindi National Park while in Kenya they own and operate the Aberdare Country Club, the Ark and the Mara Leisure Camp.

Watch this space for the latest news from the hospitality sector from across Eastern Africa.

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