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Fairmont’s African debut

Luxury tented property opens in Kenya after extensive renovations.

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has opened the Fairmont Mara Safari Club after an extensive renovation programme.

The property is one of three to be opened by Fairmont in Kenya, with the upcoming Fairmont The Norfolk and Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club totalling $35 million in enhancements for the operator.

The Fairmont Mara Safari Club features 50 tents, each furnished with a private, three-piece bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the hippo and crocodile filled river.

Activities for guests include game drives and balloon safaris over the Mara plains, and the club serves as a jumping off point for visiting Masai Mara - home to the ‘Big Five', cheetahs, zebras, wildebeests and gazelles.

Looking at the upcoming properties, the 165-room Fairmont Norfolk originally opened in 1904, and has hosted luminaries such as former US President Theodore Roosevelt, and Isak Dinesen of 'Out of Africa' fame.

The 120-room Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club was founded by Oscar-winning actor William Holden, with previous club members including Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby and John Wayne.

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