Maasai Mara wins award for the sixth time

Sunday October 07 2018

Tourists enjoy horse riding at Masai Mara National Reserve in Narok on August 14, 2018. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP


Maasai Mara National Reserve has won the Africa's Leading National Park award for the sixth time in a row.

The recognition during the 25th World Travel Awards (WTA) on Sunday boosts the reserve's global image as a top tourist destination.

Other nominees in the category were Central Kalahari Game Reserve (Botswana), Etosha National Park (Namibia), Kidepo Valley National Park (Uganda), Kruger National Park (South Africa) and Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.

During the gala ceremony held in Durban, South Africa, Villa Rosa Kempinski was named Africa's Leading Luxury Hotel for offering the perfect fusion of European luxury and Kenyan hospitality.

Other companies in Kenya that won are: Leopard Beach Resort and Spa, Hemingways Nairobi, Sarova Stanley, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Sarova Mara Game Camp, Heritage Hotels and Kenya Airways (Africa's Leading Airline - Business Class and Economic Class 2018).



Ethiopian Airlines grabbed the Africa's Leading Airline award.

WTA president Graham E. Cooke congratulated the victors.

"The Durban ICC has reinforced its standing as a world-class entertainment venue on what has been a magnificent evening of travel industry triumph, as well as a highlight of our 25th anniversary.

"We have had the privilege of recognising the leading hotels, airlines and hospitality providers from across Africa and the Indian Ocean and my congratulations to each of them," he said.


In 2016, Kenya emerged the top winner when its cities and local tourism products bagged a series of awards.

Other winners include:

Africa's Leading City Destination 2018 Durban, South Africa
Africa's Leading Green Hotel 2018 Aberdare Country Club, Kenya
Africa's Leading Hotel 2018 Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Kenya
Africa's Leading Hotel Brand 2018 Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Africa's Leading Hotel Residences 2018 Palacina The Residence & The Suites, Kenya
Africa's Leading Hotel Suite 2018 Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite @ Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa

Africa's Leading New Hotel 2018 Four Seasons Hotel Tunis, Tunisia
Africa's Leading New Resort 2018 Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort
Africa's Leading Online Travel Agency 2018 Travel Dreams
Africa's Leading Private Game Reserve 2018 Shambala Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Africa's Leading Private Island Resort 2018 Manda Bay, Kenya
Africa's Leading Resort 2018 Sun City Resort, South Africa
Africa's Leading River Cruise Company 2018 Zambezi Queen Collection
Africa's Leading Safari Company 2018 Rhino Africa
Africa's Leading Safari Lodge 2018 Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania