Hotels

Virgin joins other chains with new Africa hotel

As African hotels continue to boom, Virgin has announced that it is to become the latest name to move into the continent.

Virgin Limited Edition, Richard Branson’s luxury travel brand, is set to open a 12-tented camp in the Masai Maara Game Reserve next year.

The Mahali Mzuri camp will hold double-occupancy tents, meaning a maximum of 24 people at one time, with fully inclusive services set to include meals, drinks and daily game drives around the area.

The small numbers are a nod to what Virgin describes as “low density tourism,” with the firm promising that environmental footprint will be minimized, despite the creation of jobs for 50 people. Rates will start at $580 per person, per night, the firm said.

Rapidly developing Africa has become among the world’s top destinations for hotel firms, with 208 new hotels set to open over the next five years.

According to a report released by the W Hospitality Group, Accor is the fastest builder in Africa by a fair distance, building 36 hotels over the coming five years.

After Accor is Carlson Rezidor with 25 hotels, followed by Marriott with 14, Movenpick with 12, Hilton with 11, InterContinental with nine, and Starwood with six hotels.

More Hotels
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi to celebrate Mexican National Day with Mexican food fiesta
Looking for an adventure - go to Iraq for Eid
* Hotel Metropole Geneva
Latest Travel News
flydubai to operate some flights from Du...
South Korea Pavilion among top five at E...
Collect souvenirs from the first Emirate...
Featured Sights To See
Military Museum of the People's Revolution

Military Museum of the People's Revolution

Beijing, China

This fascinating museum dedicated to China’s military and its history first opened in 1960.  The building’s edifice is a striking example of Socialist Realism.  Even before entering the museum, there’s no doubt that it’s related to the military.  Outside is a row of artillery cannons and a decommissioned boat.  Once you get inside, the main hall is filled with tanks, planes, and a rocket. One...

Arad Fort

Arad Fort

Bahrain, Bahrain

Though there is no known exact date of construction, the timeline of the Arad Fort is roughly the 15th century. Made in the typically Arab manner, the fort has been thoroughly refurbished and is a truly awe-inspiring sight when it is lit up at night.It is thought that the fort was used by the Omanis during their short occupation of Bahrain in 1800. It was deliberately built next to the waterways b...

Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum

Beirut, Lebanon

The archaeological Museum, begun only two years after the university itself, has a collection of objects from the Middle East region ranging from the Stone Age to Islamic times. The cavernous interior of Post hall, which is decorated with towers and crenellations, makes a suitable home for the museum’s classic sculpture, Islamic pottery, Iron Age figurines and Stone Age tools.  Timings: 10 am – ...

The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Rhino and Lion reserve is home to over 600 animals from 25 different species and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Humankind.   Address: 7 kilometers from the  Kromdraai sign, right off the N14. Telephone: +27 (0)11 957 0106 Website: http://www.rhinolion.co.za/  ...