SUMMARY – MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WITH DELAWARE INVESTMENT LIMITED TO OPEN ITS FIRST LUXURY SAFARI LODGE, JW MARRIOTT SERENGETI LODGE, IN TANZANIA’S ICONIC SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK. THE LODGE WILL OFFER EXCLUSIVE SUITES, STUNNING VIEWS OF WILDLIFE, AND A COMMITMENT TO TRANSFORMATIVE GUEST EXPERIENCES.
Marriott International, Inc. has announced a partnership with Delaware Investment Limited to establish its inaugural JW Marriott luxury safari lodge in the Serengeti, Tanzania. This marks the brand’s first foray into Tanzania and reinforces its commitment to providing transformative guest experiences. The lodge is set to open in 2026 and will be located within the Serengeti National Park, an esteemed UNESCO World Heritage Site and a renowned safari destination in Africa. With its vast plains, remarkable Great Migration, and impressive wildlife herds, the Serengeti is an unparalleled natural wonder.
JW Marriott Serengeti Lodge will offer 30 private suites and each suite will feature its own swimming pool and deck area, ensuring a truly exclusive and luxurious experience. Furthermore, the lodge plans to provide extensive dining, beverage, and meeting facilities to cater to the diverse needs of its guests.
Breathtaking Location Amidst Wildlife and Scenic Landscapes
Nestled between the Grumeti and Mbalageti rivers, JW Marriott Serengeti Lodge will offer breathtaking views of the surrounding plains. Serengeti National Park spans an impressive 5,700 square miles, serving as a wilderness area in sub-Saharan Africa. It is renowned for hosting one of Africa’s most extraordinary natural phenomena—the Great Migration. Each year, between June and September, millions of animals travel 1,800 miles from the Serengeti to the nearby Masai Mara. Additionally, the Serengeti is home to the iconic “Big Five” game animals, including lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinoceroses, and African elephants.
Jenni Benzaquen, SVP, Brand Portfolio Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Marriott International, expressed excitement about the partnership with Delaware Investment Limited and the significance of the Serengeti venture. Benzaquen highlighted the lodge’s role in expanding the brand’s portfolio and its dedication to curating enriching experiences for guests.
Serengeti is situated approximately 660 kilometers northwest of Dodoma in Tanzania, sharing a border with Kenya. The most convenient way to reach the lodge is through the Grumeti airstrip, just a short 25-minute drive away. Visitors from abroad can reach the lodge by flying to Kilimanjaro International Airport and then taking a domestic flight to an airstrip located in Serengeti. Alternatively, they can embark on an eight-hour drive, which offers picturesque views of vast savannas and wildlife along the route.
Excitement from Delaware Investment Limited
Expanding Presence in Africa
After the opening of JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge in Kenya, JW Marriott Serengeti Lodge will become their second safari lodge in Africa. Marriott International currently operates over 120 properties across Africa, showcasing its strong presence and commitment to the region.