Game changing online booking solution for hotels in frontier markets


Who we are

  • Virtual Marketing Department for independent hotels
  • Incorporated in Dubai. Offices in Nairobi, Kampala, Lagos, Warsaw
  • Enabling independent local-owned hotels to compete with global chains for online bookings



The Problem


  Hoteliers lack skills and proper technology to monetize on the massive potential of online bookings

  Many hotels hardly even realize how much potential revenue they miss out on

  Existing technology solutions target big hotels. Inadequate, inaccessible and costly for smaller local properties

  Online Travel Agencies face numerous challenges dealing with hotels using manual reservation procedures

  The online booking scene in Africa is left virtually unopposed to the global hotel chains


The Solution


  Extremely simple, user friendly reservations management tool, enabling hotels to monetize on online channels

  Free hotel website, with booking engine, live chat and online payment solutions

  Distribution of hotels to 100+ local and global online channels

  24/7 multilingual customer service


The Board of Directors


Håvar Bauck

Executive Chairman. Co-founder Savanna Sunrise. 14 years of sales, business development and management experience from technology startups and growth phase companies focusing on Africa. Living in Nairobi with family.


Endre Opdal

CEO. Co-founder Savanna Sunrise. Serial entrepreneur with a track record of innovating marketing concepts in traditional industries, across various sectors and continents. Living in Nairobi with family.


Sindre Ottesen

Board Member. Financier, investor and Chartered Accountant with 19 years of experience from investments, M&A, strategy and fundraising in Europe, Asia and Africa. Based in Oslo.


Patryk Ciechocinski

Executive VP Operations. Built sales operations of Jumia Travel (formerly Jovago) in Eastern and Southern Africa. Acquired 7,000+ partner hotels.


Damian M. Dąbrowski

Executive VP Systems. Co-founder HotelOnline. Leading Google Cloud Expert and worldwide enterprise solution architect with strong software development background focused to the Big Data, ML and integrations field.


Maciej Prostak

Board Member. Co-founder HotelOnline. Former COO HotelOga, 13 years of experience in building companies, 3 successful exits. Entrepreneur. Based in Warsaw.


Susan Namiinda

Group CFO. Strong finance professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Management focused in Finance and Project Management from International University of Japan.


Szymon P. Pepliński, MFA

Executive VP Technology. Co-founder HotelOnline. The award-winning designer, technologist, entrepreneur and lecturer with a broad range of experience and skills - around 20 years of experience in global markets.


The Team


Alexandrial Allen

Market Manager, West African Hub. Built sales operations of Jumia Travel (formerly Jovago) in Nigeria. Acquired 3,500 partner hotels in 1.5 years.


Mohammad Talha Wasim

Market Manager Middle East & South Asia. Experienced sales and business development professional of the online travel sector. Successfully led sales operations of Jumia Travel (formerly Jovago) and a local travel startup in Pakistan and South Asia. Acquired 1,500 partner hotels and established partnerships with 50+ B2B clients.


Gerald Rutaro

Country Manager, Uganda. Actor by profession. Joined Savanna Sunrise in 2015. Has acquired 150+ hotels so far, with an impressive and consistent delivery track record.


Purity Karanja

Senior Revenue Manager. First employee. Joined 24/7 Airport Apartments (precursor to Savanna Sunrise) in 2013 as first receptionist. Repeatedly promoted based on excellent performance, proactiveness and initiative.


Kayode R. Oluwatuyi

Senior Business Developer, Nigeria. Ticketing Officer, Sale Expert and has a good background knowledge of the operations of Local and International OTAs. Worked with Jovago (Jumia Travel) as a Sale Executive and later worked as Sale Executive and Account Manager with HotelOga with a signage of 70+ Hotels before joining HotelOnline (Nigeria).


Martha Kerubo

Senior Reservations Manager. Joined as Reservations Agent in 2015, Promoted based on excellent performance, consistent quality and attention to detail.


Janvier Ntwara

Country Manager, Rwanda. Worked for various hotels in Rwanda as sales manager and responsible for strategic sales and operative orientation of the hotels.


Omokaro Ovie

Senior Business Developer. An Engineer by profession, former Business Development Specialist for Jumia Travel (formerly Jovago) Nigeria for 3 years with super track record in hotel acquisition.


Mark Ejoh

Business Developer. Worked as Sales Executive for HotelOga in Nigeria and signed 30+ hotels in 3 months. Newtab technologies marketed the school management software to 5 top school in Nigeria both in Lagos and Abuja in 5 months before joining HotelOnline (Nigeria) as it's Junior Business Developer.


Erix Kivuti

Senior IT Manager. A web developer by profession, is responsible for creation and maintenance of all hotel websites. He is also responsible for adding a booking engine to your existing website.


Lydia Chan

Senior Sales Consultant, Kenya. Has worked at Tours and Travel Companies as Travel Consultant and a number of Online travel Agencies in Kenya and South Africa. Has an extensive knowledge of Hospitality and Tourism in Africa.Working with hotels to increase revenue.


Reginah Wangari

Reservations Agent. Specialized in Travel and Tourism as a course.Joined Savanna Sunrise 2016 Feb in the OTA Department. On Oct 2017, I joined the reservations team as a reservation agent.


Cympkin Wendo

Reservations Agent. Recently joined as Reservations Agent. Looking forward to growing, contributing and progressing in this industry on merit.


Hellena Baguma

Online Marketing Genie. Joined in 2014 as the first Sales Representative in Uganda. Evolved to a relationship management professional and now an Online Marketing Genie due to excellent relations with hotels.


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