It was learned late last week that Marasa, the Madhvani Group company overseeing their tourism and hospitality investments in Uganda, has reshuffled their senior managers ahead of the opening of the newly-restored Chobi Safari Lodge in the upper part of Murchisons Falls.
Long-serving Richard Hodgson moves from Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park to oversee the final pre-opening phase at Chobi, which will offer 36 rooms in the main building, 21 superior self-contained tents on elevated platforms or vantage viewpoints along the river, 4 suites, and one VIP cottage. Located along a stretch of white water of the river Nile, the lodge was of old a much sought after place for river fishing but will, in the future appeal, to non-fishermen as well, considering the added features like conference facilities. Mweya’s loss will undoubtedly be Chobi’s gain.
New in Mweya, and taking over from Richard there, will be a Mr. Renier Botes from South Africa who brings with him a wealth of experience from previous appointments.
Good friend Kenneth Mugira is also leaving the Paraa Safari Lodge, returning to Kenya to take over the first Marasa property there and will be replaced by another new face, Kenyan Crispus Nguraru Mwamidi, who will be managing the “jewel on the Nile” as the lodge has been dubbed in their promotional material.
Welcome to the new faces and good luck to all of them and Kwaheri Ya Kuonana to Kenneth, whose competence and friendly disposition will be much missed by this correspondent.