Best in the Maasai Mara

Our friends at Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp located in the Maasai Mara, has been ranked as the Number One Hotel in the World, as well as the Number One Safari Lodge in the Travel + Leisure’s  2021 World’s Best Awards. The results are based on the reader's ratings of rooms and facilities, location, service, food and value.

This recognition is a testament to the beauty of Mahali Mzuri and the luxury experience it provides - the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards provides inspiration and guidance to some of the most passionate and refined travellers. 

No.1 Hotel in the World

Living up to its name’s translation in Swahili, “beautiful place”, the stylish tented camp sits in the path of the annual Great Migration, immerses its guests into the local culture with the opportunity to visit a traditional Maasai village, and offers rolling views of the majestic Maasai Mara. In addition, all of the staff here are Kenyan, with the largest number of local Maasai employed in the area - the community is at the very heart of this Number One Hotel. 

“It is an exceptional honour and dream come true to be named as the Number One Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure’s knowledgeable readers,” says General Manager Wilson Odhiambo. “Being recognised in any capacity by one of the most respected and renowned resources on travel globally is incredible in itself. Receiving two accolades, including Number One Safari Lodge alongside World’s Best, is exemplary and a recognition of the hard work and dedication that every single person in our Virgin Limited Edition team puts into Mahali Mzuri and serving its incredible guests each and every day.”

No.1 Hotel in the World