American model, Olivia Palermo, was recently in the Masai Mara national park in Kenya. She was on a community project among the Masai women, sponsored by Spanish shoemaker, Grupo Pikolinos. During her visit, she stayed at Ngerende Island Lodge, a small luxury safari lodge.
The infinity swimming pool at the Ngerende Island Lodge
Online PR News – 18-October-2012 – Nairobi, Kenya – American model and socialite, Olivia Palermo, was recently in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya for five days. And no, she wasn't attending any fashion event this time. She was on a social responsibility mission among the Masai women. The model was visiting to familiarise herself with 'The Maasai Project', an initiative of the Spanish shoe company - Pikolinos.
“Ngerende Island is fast becoming the accommodation of choice for celebrities and international guests, who enjoy the exclusivity of the now well established lodge.”
The Maasai Project helps Masai women to generate income by hand-embroidering their traditional designs on Pikolinos' bags and footwear. The resulting products are gorgeously beautiful, with unique designs and colours that convey the equally unique and colourful Masai culture. You can see the Pikolinos Masai collection at their website here. Proceeds from the sale of these products go to development projects in the Masai Mara.
Ms Palermo is the 2013 ambassador of The Maasai project, taking over from Spanish model, Eugenia Silva, the 2012 ambassador. For her trip to the Mara, Ms Palermo was accompanied by a team from Grupo Pikolinos, and representatives of US media among them Hearst magazines, Elle magazine, and the Time Inc. Group.
While in the Mara, Palermo and her entourage of 17 stayed at the Ngerende Island Lodge, a small luxury Masai Mara safari lodge strategically located in the peninsula of an almost-formed oxbow lake on the Mara River. The Mara River itself is famous as the scene of some of the most dramatic moments during the world-renowned wildebeest migration, i.e. the river-crossings.
Ngerende Island is fast becoming the accommodation of choice for celebrities and international guests, who enjoy the exclusivity of the now well established lodge.
Ngerende Island Lodge is an exclusive luxury safari lodge in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. The lodge comprises of only seven suites, hosting a maximum total of 14 guests at any one time, making it an ideal accommodation for the discerning traveller going on a Kenya safari.