Minor Hotel Group Continues Strategic Expansion in Africa With Cheli & Peacock’s Kenya Portfolio Joining Elewana Collection
Minor Hotel Group (MHG), a hotel owner, operator and investor, with a portfolio of 133 hotels and resorts in 22 countries, is pleased to announce the addition of six camps in Kenya to its growing global portfolio. This is the result of two of East Africa’s most prestigious property portfolios merging, following the acquisition of Cheli & Peacock Group of Companies by the Elewana Collection.
The acquisition sees the six Cheli & Peacock properties, namely, Elsa’s Kopje, Elephant Pepper Camp, Joy’s Camp, Tortillis Camp, Kitich Camp and Lewa Safari Camp, merge under the banner of the Elewana Collection to form a comprehensive circuit of 14 properties spanning the highlights of Northern Tanzania, Kenya and Zanzibar. The merger offers operators and agents a seamless experience when booking Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
The Cheli & Peacock Portfolio represents six of Kenya’s finest safari lodges and camps located in some of the country’s most iconic parks and conservancies. The properties are all vastly different in design and geography but they all share the same attitude toward service, social responsibility and community partnerships.
Tortilis Camp in Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population, with over 1000 elephants in the park’s eco-system. To experience camping in the heart of the African bush, Elephant Pepper Camp is in the prime core of the protected Mara North Conservancy wilderness area. Elsa’s Kopje, famed for the breath taking views spanning across the Meru National Park, is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s book and film “Born Free”. An elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu, Joy’s Camp is located in Shaba National Reserve and is made up of ten luxury tents. Lewa Safari Camp has a stunning location within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, with views of Mt. Kenya to the south and the arid lowlands to the north, and the six-tent Kitich Camp in the Matthews Forest is ideal for adventurous travellers wanting to explore precious wilderness.
Cheli & Peacock Safaris tour operator will continue to act completely independently of the Elewana Collection under the leadership of founders Stefano and Liz Cheli. Stefano and Liz will focus on innovations within the Company to enhance its offering as a destination experience manager.
The addition of the six Cheli and Peacock camps to the Elewana Collection brings MHG’s overall hotel count to 133. In Africa, MHG now has a portfolio of 25 properties in seven countries across three of its hotel brands – Anantara, AVANI and the Elewana Collection. A fourth brand will be added later this year when Essque Zalu Zanzibar, which is currently managed by MHG, is rebranded to Per AQUUM. This total also includes Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo, in Mozambique, which is owned by MHG. The group also recently announced the development of two new Anantara resorts in North Africa – one in Tozeur, Tunisia and one in Tangier, Morocco, both to open in 2017.