Over 450 industry professionals from around the world voted for the Mount Kilimanjaro Safari Club owned Olduvai camp during the influential magazine of Hotel & Lodge’s annual award fete in a French capital of Paris in January 11, 2012 at the Park Hyatt-Vendume.
The world’s annual award event serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence of hotels and lodges across the globe. A statement issued by the magazine says that a total of 60 lodges were selected by the independent jury of journalists, photographers and designers, across the world to compete, but at the end, only three properties made the final cut.
“Competition was particularly fierce but Olduvai Camp of Tanzania rated first, Molori Safari Lodge, South Africa -second- and The Ranch at Rock Creek, USA -third -, beating 57 other beautiful properties all over the World,” reads the statement. According to Chief Editor Mrs Anne-Marie Catellin le Du, Olduvai Camp’s latest face-lift played a crucial role in the competition, but, above all, it was the unique spirit and atmosphere of Olduvai that pushed it up the list.
“This is a true recognition of the passion and commitment of the Olduvai Camp owner, Mount Kilimanjaro Safari Club, and a much appreciated reflection of their long dedication to Tanzania,” Mrs Anne-Marie said in a statement. Receiving the award, MKSC Director, Mr Denis Lebouteux said: “We are very proud and happy to have been chosen for this prestigious prize.
I would like to thank the journalists and the photographers who came and made a superb job”. Mr Denis also said he was grateful to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which offered them this unique site, and all of MKSC staff, camp team and all those who worked very hard in Arusha to make Olduvai Camp to be the world’s best lodge.
“It is their dedication and loyalty that has contributed to where we are today,” he said in a statement. An incredible harmony of shapes and colours, the Olduvai Camp stands out as a remarkable adventure in the hospitality industry. Set in an ideal landscape for history and art lovers, photo maniacs and walkers the Olduvai Camp’s exterior is sleek with a unique combination of an “industrial” and a natural look.