The Nanyuki-based Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club has recently reopened. The Fairmount was closed for more than two years after closure which was compelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has now opened its doors with a renewed focus on conservation, especially restoration of forest cover surrounding the mountain and the protection of endangered Mountain Bongo.
Additionally, Mehdi Morad, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Country General Manager said the hotel recently has received a good number of visitors.
“We are looking forward to a very good season, people have never been eager to go to the hotel, the hotel business is still profitable and we are now channeling more energy towards conservation,” he said.
According to the new management under the conservation plan, visitors will pay an additional fee. The fee is going to be channeled into its non-profit conservancy, Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy.
“Fairmont is deeply committed to the conservation of the critically endangered Mountain bongos and forest ecosystem, which also offers the most breathtaking landscape views of Mount Kenya’s snow peaks,” Morad said.
New route to Mt Kenya
However, the hotel will embark on making a new route to Mt Kenya by 2023 January.
Sadly, the firm laid off 148 employees during the closure. However, most of them got jobs within other establishments or other hotels within the hospitality sector. It is now operating with 125 staff including former employees.
50% of the employees are from the region.
“Our regional teams have worked closely together to ensure they provide the guests with exceptional services and facilities, more activities on-site and within the grounds, alongside the opportunity for observation of the wildlife and ecosystem of the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, to meet with customers evolving needs” added Morad.
The reopening of Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club comes just ten months after the reopening of Fairmont Mara Safari Club. Additionally, it comes two months after the reopening of Fairmont the Norfolk in Nairobi,