Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli retains Gold Eco-rating

Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli retains Gold Eco-rating

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Elewana Collection are proud to announce that Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli has once again retained a Gold Eco-rating. Congratulations to the team for their commitment and passion to ensuring we were presented with this prestigious award.

 

Elewana Collection celebrates inaugural World Chimpanzee Day

Elewana Collection celebrates inaugural World Chimpanzee Day

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The 14th July marks the first World Chimpanzee Day, watch our video and listen to Jane, as she shares her reflections on the chimpanzees, and that we must each take action to protect chimpanzees in the wild, and in captivity, before it is too late.

On this day nearly 60 years ago, Dr. Goodall first stepped foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, and encountered the amazing chimpanzees of Gombe. Her findings and relationship with these extraordinary beings changed the way we understand our relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom. 

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Shanga “My Africa”

Shanga “My Africa”

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Evans is a storyteller and driving force behind “My Africa”. He approached Shanga to consider being included on his social media platform. He found out about Shanga while researching places of interest based in Arusha that may fit the brief for his short documentaries. My Africa's platform is to highlight positive and inspiring stories behind organisations across Africa. We can all agree Shanga is such a place.

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The resulting video highlights Shanga’s history, our focus on ability over disability, some members of our family and their achievements. The beautiful presentation demonstrates Evans artistic talents while illustrating the Shanga Story including part of our mission which is to spread kindness to everyone.

Our sincere thanks to him and his team for thinking of us and including us in his series.

 

The Elewana Collection appoints JG Black Book for UK Trade Representation

JG-Black-Book-logoThe Elewana Collection appoints JG Black Book for UK Trade Representation

The Elewana Collection is delighted to announce the appointment of JG Black Book to serve as their new UK Trade Representation agency.

JG Black Book's strategic trade representation efforts on our behalf in the North East of the United States have generated increased business in this key market. We are therefore  delighted to enlist their support as we to continue to develop and grow our visibility across the UK.  Honourway has been an extremely valuable partner in this market. Honour herself has been a good friend for many years and we're all thankful for her support and hard work these past years, and  wish her well in the future. Working with JG Black Book and UK Director, Liz Harper, will allow us to continue to partner even more efficiently and effectively with the travel industry going forward.

- James Haigh, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Elewana Collection

Liz Harper serves as JG Black Book's Director of Industry and Media Relations in the UK.

lizShe has spent the past decade immersed in the UK travel industry, managing the marketing department of UK travel publisher Footprint Travel Guides, and then leading the traditional marketing, PR and partnership team for luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent where she gained extensive East Africa knowledge and experience.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be representing The Elewana Collection to the UK travel trade, said Liz. "Elewana not only offers spectacular accommodation in iconic locations in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, but also puts social and environmental responsibility at the heart of everything they do: something that's very important to me personally. I know East Africa well having been lucky enough to have travelled there on a number of occasions.

I never fail to be blown away by its beauty and its people, and I'm very excited to broaden my knowledge as I explore more of the region with Elewana and their exciting SkySafari brands"

Alexandra Avila, JG Black Book's President, commented "Elewana offers guests a collection of premiere camps and lodges with a wider footprint and greater variety of destinations than any other in East Africa, providing endless inspiration and unforgettable memories. We're delighted to build on an already strong relationship by representing The Elewana Collection in the UK as well as the North East of the US."

For more information, contact Liz Harper, JG Black Book at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call +44 (0)7957 231051.

 

Elewana Collection invests in training our Guides to the highest standards

Elewana Collection invests in training our Guides to the highest standards

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In the February Newsletter Elewana Collection published a feature on its commitment to training the best Guides, in our continued efforts to ensure guests have a superior experience when they stay at an Elewana property. We want to improve the standard of guiding across the industry and we are passionate about the people who work for us, ensuring we invest continuously in their development and the community around us.

This month we will cover the ongoing training that our Elewana Guides receive to ensure they are at the top of their field. Mid-February we sent Alex and Elly, the first two of our Walking Guides to South Africa for six weeks, to further their skills from leading professionals in the Industry at Royal Malewane. They were followed in mid-March by Stanford and Moses and then the last two, Baraka and John who went down at the beginning of May, each having six weeks of intense training in the field. All six Walking Guides have returned exceeding our expectation, not only in their personal development but also professionally as Elewana Walking Guides.

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It is the first time that our Elewana Walking Guides have travelled outside of East Africa, to a very unfamiliar country. They were collected by one of the team members from Royal Malewane and transferred to Thornybush Private Game Reserve, 450kms north east of Limpopo province, where the training would take place. Leading the training was Juan Pinto, who is the former Head Ranger at Royal Malewane but now a director at Royal Malewane, which allows him to concentrate on the broader wildlife experience as well as critical conservation efforts. He is one of the most qualified guides in the business. Juan has a unique set of formal guiding qualifications, including FGASA Level III Professional Guide with SKS-Dangerous Game and was the first active guide to be awarded the honorary title of Scout by FGASA, in recognition of achieving the highest qualifications as a guide and as a tracker. Juan has a passion for the African bush and is dedicated to ensuring that all the rangers and trackers strive to be the best guiding team in Africa, echoing our own ethos.

Ryan Jack who is the Head Ranger at Royal Malewane assisted Juan in training our Guides. He was born in Zimbabwe and started working in the guiding industry in 1999. He completed a Diploma in Game Ranch Management before he started guiding. Ryan also has a passion for photography and holds a Diploma in Photography together with a FGASA Level III Professional Guide with SKS-Dangerous Game and SKS Birding. He is also a Level III Tracker.

It is of utmost importance to us that only the best train our Guides, starting with our Head of Guide Training Craig McFarlane, who has selected only those that have the highest FGASA qualifications and advanced rifle handling to conduct advanced training with our walking Guides. This is essential to our ultimate goal that Guests have an exceptional and safe experience with our Guides.

Some of the activities that the Elewana Walking guides participated in and what they took away with them included aspects such as when tracking and identifying signs, in many parts of Africa the ancient survival skills of tracking wild animals has disappeared at alarming rate, alarming because without these skills, humanity's connection to the earth is significantly reduced. The age old skill of animals tracking taught us to live in harmony with an appreciation and respect for the natural world. With urbanization and technology, much of this profound ecological intelligence is being lost at a time when it is most important to our long term survival.

Each of the Walking Guides learnt more than expected, had new experiences never to be forgotten and come away with so much more then when they left their home country. The Elewana Walking Guides all came back with an advanced knowledge of Tracks and sign identification, further understanding of dangerous animal encounters and developing their shooting skills to the highest level.

In the coming months, Rudi and Nik who are leading Guides from Royal Malewane will travel to East Africa to continue the training with our Walking Guides. We will update you on their progress once complete and share with you some of the experiences they took away.

We would like to thank the entire guiding team at Royal Malewane, especially Juan, Ryan, Rudi and Nik for their passion and commitment to raising the standard of guiding across the continent and training our Elewana Guides to the highest standards.

 

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The origin of our company name - Elewana - comes directly from the kiswahili word meaning ’harmony’ and ‘understanding’, a concept that underpins our company philosophy and influences the way we deliver unforgettable safari experiences.

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SkySafari by Elewana is crafted to make it simple for you to book and enjoy an adventure to East Africa’s magnificent and game-rich landscapes.  Enjoy personalized service, luxurious accommodations and authentic safari experiences, transported in supreme comfort aboard SkySafari’s own plane.

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Land & Life Foundation is the charitable face of Elewana, focused on creating a sustainable future where communities and wildlife thrive together. With 100% of operational costs covered by Elewana, Land & Life works in key wildlife conservation areas across East Africa in the key areas of nature conservation, education and health.

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