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Elewana Collection celebrates the great work being done in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on World Rhino Day – 22 September 2018

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World Rhino Day is held on 22 September and celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos. With populations decreasing at an alarm rate many organsiations around the world are imploring governments to take action, with stricter poaching laws needed to combat the rhino horn trade. It is estimated that a rhino is poached every 8 hours, at this rate, rhino could become extinct in 15 years.

In the 1970-80’s, large-scale poaching saw Black rhino populations decline from around 70,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,410 in 1995 – a dramatic decline of 96% over 20 years. With the persistent efforts of conservation programmes across Africa, Black rhino numbers have risen since then to a current population of between 5,042 and 5,458 individuals. In addition to this, their geographic range has also increased, with successful reintroduction programmes repopulating areas that had previously seen their native black rhinos entirely poached out in the 1970s and 80s. IUCN Red List Classification: Critically Endangered.

The White rhino recovered from near extinction with numbers as low as 50-100 left in the wild in the early 1900s, this sub-species of rhino has now increased to between 19,666 and 21,085, with the vast majority living in a single country, South Africa. IUCN Red List Classification: Near Threatened

The Lewa / Borana Wildlife Conservancy is one of Kenya’s leading areas for the conservation of this species and for the last three years not one rhino has been poached. Starting out with 15 black rhinos in 1984 as the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary, Lewa's rhino population has since risen steadily, making the Conservancy the pioneer rhino conservation success story in Kenya and East Africa. Over the years, 20 others have been moved to restock previously inhabited areas as well as introduce the species to new suitable and secure habitats.  By January 2017, the landscape had a combined black rhino population of 83 as well as 74 white rhinos, which constitute 15% of Kenya's entire rhino population.

Elewana Collection has two properties located in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Elewana Lewa Safari Camp and Elewana Kifaru House and we encourage guests to visit the Joint Operations Centre and learn all about the cutting edge technology being used to safe guard wildlife in the region plus spend time with Trigger and his friends, two bloodhounds and two Belgian Malinois. These highly trained dogs supplement the anti-poaching unit tracking down potential poachers. Young at heart they are playful and when not out in the filed are a favourite experience for guests visiting Lewa. / Borana .

 

 

Elewana Collection joins Signature Travel Network

We are delighted to announce that two Elewana Collection properties - Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge and Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro have joined the Signature Travel Network. With a network of more than 7,000 travel professionals, Signature was created by a group of like-minded agency owners in 1956 and continues to attract some of the travel industry's most successful and prominent retailers.

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James Haigh, the Elewana Collection's Director of Sales and Marketing commented: "We are absolutely delighted to have been accepted to join the Signature Travel network of some of the most prestigious and luxurious properties around the world and to be able to present Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge and The Manor at Ngorongoro to our friends in Signature member agencies across north America."

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The Elewana Collection is a carefully curated collection of 15 camps, lodges and hotels, each one selected for their unique accommodation, their iconic locations, and for providing close access to all the drama and spectacle of African wildlife in exceptional comfort. Elewana's environmental and social philosophy is integral to the business. All camps and lodges have been designed to have as little impact as possible on their surroundings. Many camps employ state-of-the-art power systems, with solar and power-storage technology to ensure minimal emissions and fuel use. 50-75% of camp staff are from the local communities, ensuring many families enjoy a steady income. And whenever possible, food and supplies are sourced locally to ensure the surrounding communities feel the benefits of tourism on a commerce level.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha

A welcoming retreat of aromas, gourmet food and vibrant gardens, the perfect start or end to an African safari. Situated on the fertile grounds of a coffee plantation, Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is a peaceful sanctuary right on the doorstep of Arusha city.

The lodge is made up of a main area incorporating a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and a café bistro. The rooms and suites have views of the surrounding gardens. Reminiscent of traditional plantation houses outside, the rooms and suites are modern and spacious inside. All furnishings and amenities were designed with comfort in mind. Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge combines the warmth of an African welcome with the familiarity of a boutique hotel.

Guests can partake in a coffee tour, showing the process that brings a coffee bean from 'tree to cup'. The tour culminates in an all-important tasting of the farm's coffee blends. Guests can also visit Traders Walk, a collection of 5 on site boutiques including Shanga, run by Tanzanians with disabilities who produce beautiful arts and crafts. There is a Tanzanite Centre and the Soko Giftshop that is stocked with all sorts of wonderful gifts. Finally relax at Kahawa, a Coffee shop with freshly brewed coffee and delicious home-baked cakes.

Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro - Karatu

As unique in character as its idyllic locale, this Cape-Dutch style homestead provides a relaxing and stylish ambiance. Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro, with its luxurious cottages and magnificent Manor House, brings "old-world" grandeur to a green and lush setting. Think cigars and brandy, elegant fine dining, and post-dinner snooker.

Elewana The Manor is one of the most lavish properties on the safari circuit; the rooms are cottage suites within the manicured gardens, and each suite has a sitting room, fireplace and enormous bathroom. A luxurious safari base with a spa, swimming pool and stable of horses to explore the surrounding coffee plantations and countryside. The Manor also arranges special picnics and sundowners within the estate and coffee tours for those interested in learning more about Tanzania's famous coffee trade.

The Manor is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, containing the Ngorongoro Crater, which is often called 'Africa's Eden' and the '8th Natural Wonder of the World'. We are the only property currently able to provide a fully catered meal on the Crater floor. This area is without a doubt one of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.

 

The Elewana Collection celebrates World Elephant Day with our Partners

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The Elewana Collection celebrated World Elephant Day on the 12th of August, a day dedicated to making the world aware of the dangers these magnificent creatures face, where poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the few. It encourages the world to stand together to protect not only the elephants themselves but their habitats. With an estimated number of 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants, in contrast to the 3 to 5 million in the 1940s, with one elephant being killed every 25 minutes, many organisations and foundations are working hard to try protect elephant population from declining further with the threats that they face every day.

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Loisaba Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy in Loisaba, one of Elewana’s partners and owner of Loisaba conservancy where both Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp and Elewana Loisaba Starbeds are situated, work alongside Space for Giants, an international conservation organization that protects the African landscapes needed for elephants to thrive. Space for Giants was instrumental in securing a 56,000 acre stretch, a key habitat for Kenya’s second largest population of elephants, that was facing the threat of being bought and turned over to use other than conservation. 

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Additionally, Lewa Conservancy has a Joint Operations Centre, located near Elewana Kifaru House and Elewana Lewa Safari Camp, which serves as a communications hub from Borana in the west of the conservancy and all the Northern Rangeland Trust Conservancies, enabling skilled operatives to see exactly what is happening across this vast are of 300km. Guest staying at either of the Elewana properties are able to view the Domain Awareness System, created by Vulcan, the high-tech and philanthropy focused company funded by Paul G. Allen, which is specifically designed to combat poaching and enhance wildlife management, providing a single picture that alerts security and antipoaching teams to threat, allowing the population of elephants around the area to be closely monitored and protected.

Meru National Park

Founded by Virginia McKenna, who also opened Elewana Elsa’s Kopje, the Born Free Foundation in Meru, is a partner of the Elewana Collection and an organization that also helps protect not only elephants, but other animals that face threat. The ivory trade poses one of the largest threats to elephant and therefore trade in ivory products of any kind is opposed by Born Free, so they work with governments, wildlife law-enforcement agencies, conservation bodies, the media and the wider public to promote the adoption of bans on domestic and international commercial trade in raw and worked ivory, whilst also actively publicises the risk posed by any trade in products containing ivory from other ivory-bearing species.

Amboseli National Park

Another foundation that contributes to the sustentation of elephants and partners of Elewana Tortilis Camp is the BigLife Foundation. They cover over 1.6million acres across Amboseli, Tsavo and Kilimanjaro. Their expertly trained and well-equipped rangers help to protect and secure the wildlife, striving to prevent poaching of all wildlife, especially elephants, by tracking poachers and collaborating with local prosecutors to ensure punishment. Poaching continues to be a threat, however with the increase in the human population and competing for space, conflict with humans is critical, making it an even bigger challenge.

 

World Elephant Day is a reminder of all the threats that elephants face, and is used to encourage and educate everyone around the world on how to help protect this species so that generations to come can marvel at their existence and not just a beautiful photograph on a wall, which is all we will have if we don’t do something now to protect them.

 

Join the movement to cleanse the planet on World Clean up Day!

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Communities in Tanzania and Kenya are coming together with a global network in preparation for World Clean Up Day on the 15th of September, a day where eliminating rubbish is the number one priority.

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As part of the lead up to the day itself, a series of clean ups and waste mapping events have been held around the world and across both countries. Most recently in Arusha, Tanzania  25 volunteers came together on the 18th of August to clean up Kijenge & Moshono communities, focusing mainly on the rivers and river banks. The Elewana Collection and Sky Safari have supported this movement in Tanzania and also donated trash bags for the rubbish collected. Jane Goodall and her Roots & Shoots Foundation have also joined the Let's Do It Arusha committee in order to apply their knowledge and skills to create waste and trash awareness around the communities.

The Let’s Do It Campaign introduced a mobile app for trash mapping, to enable a coordinated and targeted approach to clean ups for the first time. Tanzania was delighted to be the winner of the Weekly World Mappers Challenge in early August, which then motivated them to do another mapping challenge that took place on the 21st of to encourage  the community to do their part. Jane Goodall’s inspirational speech addressing World Clean Up Day and the problems that waste causes to the environment has inspired over 1000 followers of the Let's Do It Arusha & Moshi Facebook page and others to start cleaning up the mess that we make daily and to reassess and rebuild the attitudes we all have to waste on a long term basis.

Let’s Do It Kenya is also helping the anti-pollution movement by promoting the mobile app, helping to map illegal garbage points and dumpsites across the country. They also held a Twitter chat on Frequently Asked Questions about World Clean Up day, which reached over 70,000 people with information on keeping our planet clean.

So, save the date – Saturday 15th of September - and join the biggest positive civic action in the world with people from 150 countries not only cleaning up trash but raising global awareness and implementing lasting changes that will see each individual make a real difference in the global waste epidemic.

 

Elewana Collection recognizes World Lion Day

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The 10th of August recognized the animal kingdom’s most beautiful and regal creature, World Lion Day, is when we come together to pay tribute to these magnificent animals, acknowledging the importance of lions culturally and symbolically worldwide and to help protect the rapidly declining population, with only 20,000 left in Africa.

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The General Manager of Elewana Elsa’s Kopje reminds us that it is also a day to reflect on the lives of George and Joy Adamson, who drew the attention of the world to lion conservation in Africa; and on the responsibility that we all have to safeguard our priceless natural heritage, of which this iconic species forms such an integral part. George devoted himself to raising lions who could not fend for themselves and trained them to survive in the wild, acting as a role model to the rest of the world, showing the dedication we all need to have in order to save this beautiful species from becoming endangered, after all, "Africa needs Lions!"

Following the amazing work started by George Adamson, the Born Free Foundation started the Meru Lion Heritage Project, tracking and monitoring lions, deploying de-snaring teams and working with communities in order to educate them to reduce human wildlife conflict. Lions are losing their habitat, resulting in increased conflict with local communities and therefore leading to a collapse in lion numbers by 30-50% in the last 20 years.

World Lion Day is a day to appreciate the work done by so many foundations and organisations like Born Free, as well as to encourage more people to become aware of what we can all do to contribute to the protection and conservation of the ‘King of the Jungle’.