Marriott Plans to Open Luxury Serengeti Safari Lodge in 2026

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Delaware Investment Limited to open its first JW Marriott luxury safari lodge in the Serengeti, Tanzania in 2026. JW Marriott Serengeti Lodge will be situated within Serengeti National Park, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to endless plains, the Great Migration, and some of the largest herds on the planet. The lodge is expected to offer 30 private suites, including two presidential suites, all featuring a swimming pool and deck area. Additionally, food, beverage and meeting facilities are planned.

JW Marriott Serengeti Lodge will sit between the Grumeti and Mbalageti Rivers, benefiting from the abundant wildlife that accesses the rivers to the north and south alongside views of the plains surrounding the lodge. The Serengeti National Park is an important wildlife conservation and wilderness area in sub-Saharan Africa spanning 5,700 square miles. It is the starting point of one of Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacles—the Great Migration, which involves millions of animals traveling a distance of 1,800 miles from Serengeti into the neighboring Masai Mara between June and September. The “Big Five,” including lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, and African elephant can also be found in Serengeti.

Serengeti is located approximately 410 miles north-west of Dodoma in Tanzania, sharing a border with Kenya. The closest and easiest way to reach the camp is from the Grumeti airstrip, located a 25-minute drive from the site. International visitors can access the lodge from Kilimanjaro International Airport followed by a domestic flight to an airstrip in Serengeti or an eight-hour drive with scenic views of the savannas and wildlife along the route.

JW Marriott Serengeti Lodge will mark the brand’s second luxury safari lodge in Africa, following the opening of JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge earlier this year in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Marriott International operates more than 120 properties in Africa across its portfolio.

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