News for the Hospitality Executive
KAPALA, Uganda (04/2011) - The luxurious new Chobe Safari Lodge, a member of Marasa Holdings* located in a little-known section of Murchison Falls National Park, is set to become one of Uganda’s key tourist destinations for adventurers, anglers, and aficionados of river-scapes. It comprises 36 elegant guest rooms, 21 luxury tents, four suites and a Presidential Cottage. A state-of-the-art Conference block can host up to 100 guests and is fully equipped for business meetings.
The lodge enjoys breathtaking panoramic views of the River Nile, coupled with the sounds of its frothing rapids. 2011 Room rates start at $275 a night for a double ($325 for full board); Tent rates start at $195 a night ($220) for full board. All rates are inclusive of 5% service charge, all applicable government taxes and $5 per person UWA royalty fees.
The area offers prime bird-watching and game-viewing (elephants in the park weigh up to 10 tons) and such an abundance of fish, it’s expected that the site will become one of the preeminent fishing sites in all of Africa.Once upon a time there was another Chobe Safari Lodge which had been constructed in the 1950s, and was then one of Uganda’s crown jewels of tourism. After decades of abandonment, it was decided to raze it and to build a completely new lodge with a $13 million investment. The architect’s perspective was to take advantage of the spectacular scenery of the river. Thus, all rooms and luxury tents have balconies and terraces that face the Nile and afford sweeping, uninterrupted views of the longest river on Earth.
The 1500-square-mile Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest, protects a swath of untamed African savannah intersected by the 4132-mile-long Nile. It is named for the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge 140 feet into a foaming pool below. Though badly poached in the 1980s, wildlife populations have largely recovered. Today, elephant, buffalo and giraffe are regularly encountered on game drives, while lion are seen with increasing frequency.
The Nile itself is dense with hippo and crocodile populations, and a stunning variety of water birds including the world's most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.
For more information or reservations visit www.chobesafarilodge.com
Marasa Holdings is a member of the Madhvani Group of Companies, one of the largest private-sector groups in East Africa, employing over 10,000 people. Starting in Uganda in 1914, the Group has developed into a widely-diversified conglomerate with a geographical spread into various African countries, the Middle East, India and North America. As the largest private sector investor in industry in Uganda, The Group’s current turnover exceeds USD 100 million. The Group has an outstanding track record in turning-around dormant companies, and has achieved a market leadership position in most of the sectors in which it operates, including tourism, sugar works, insurance, construction, tea estates, software, and more. With a long-established presence and core values of integrity and long-term commitment, the Madhvani Group has a vision of continuing growth in this region.
Other Marasa properties include the Aberdare Country Club, The Ark and Mara Talek Lodge in Kenya and Mweya Safari Lodge and Paraa Safari Lodge in Uganda. All properties may be booked through Marasa-owned Premier Safaris, who promote and market a complete destination package. The Aberdare Country Club and The Ark are currently undergoing a complete re-furbishment.
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