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Mahali Mzuri
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“Sir Richard Branson celebrates the opening of Mahali Mzuri, the latest addition to the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio, by participating in a traditional Maasai ceremony held on the 28th October.

Mahali Mzuri is situated within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem of Kenya and officially opened for guests on the 1st August 2013. This brand new luxury tented camp consists of 12 tented suites. Guests at Mahali Mzuri enjoy all the creature comforts of a luxury lodge within the adventurous environment of a tented camp. The game viewing in this area is incredible, expect to see Elephant, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard, with herds of Zebra, Wildebeest and Giraffe, among many other species. While relaxing at Mahali Mzuri enjoy a dip in the infinity edge pool a relaxing spa treatment and spotting game from the many terraces, perfectly perched to admire the passing wildlife in the valley below.

The ceremony, which comes 6 years after Richard originally became a recognised tribal Maasai Elder in 2007, took place on the plains near Mahali Mzuri and began with opening prayers. Along with eight Maasai Elders, Richard blessed Mahali Mzuri with prayers, honey and a little beer! A ceremonial fire using traditional fire sticks and olive branches was placed onto the fire to produce the smoke, which drifted through the camp as a sign of blessing. This was followed by the local Maasai community singing and dancing around the fire before leading the crowd in a march back up to the plains where they enjoyed a blessing feast.

Sir Richard Branson commented: “It was an honour and so much fun to participate in the ceremony. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the official opening of Mahali Mzuri and I’m thrilled that so many of the local community have made it here to observe and take part in what was a beautifully traditional and fitting way of launching our new safari camp. I’ve recently been pleased to add my voice to supporters of the tourism industry in Kenya and we see this opening as a symbol of our confidence in its long term future.”

Mahali Mzuri rates start from approximately £395 per person per night, inclusive of all meals, all beverages including free flowing champagne, games drives in open 4×4 vehicles, transfers from the closest airstrip and safari walks and conservancy fees. Ask Eagle Travel about special offers available until 30th June 2014.”