readers choice awards

Elewana Collection properties recognized with six Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards including elewana elsa’s kopje as #11 resort in the world and elewana elephant pepper camp as #30 resort in the world

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Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with four Elewana Collection properties recognized with six prestigious awards including; 

More than 600,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe submitted a record-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today. 

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” 

“We are thrilled that four Elewana Collection properties have received such prestigious acclaim by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. The awards are a testament to the wonderful efforts by every team member at each Elewana Collection property to deliver an unmatched level of personal service, exceptional experiences and genuine hospitality to our guests,” comments James Haigh, Director of Sales and Marketing for Elewana Collection.

Each of Elewana Collection’s camps and lodges has its own individual look, style and feel. Located to take maximum advantage of East Africa’s magnificent and varied environments and the astounding diversity of species for which East Africa is renowned - each property offers a range of exciting activities designed to ensure that guests remain enthralled and engaged with each and every element of their safari.

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje is a boutique lodge sculpted into the Mughwango Hill overlooking the rugged and remote Meru National Park. Celebrating 20 years this year, the property is built on the site where George and Joy Adamson built their camp and released Elsa the Lioness, star of the movie Born Free which was filmed in Meru 60 years ago. With 10 cottages and one private villa, visitors to Elsa’s enjoy all 870 square kilometers of Meru National Park to themselves including a thriving rhino sanctuary, large elephant herds, lion and birdlife and more diversity of animal species than any other park in East Africa.

Located in the Mara North Conservancy, the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem, Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Mara and observe the spectacle of the migration, classified amongst the “Seven Wonders of the World”, when, from July to November, over 1.3 million wildebeest and zebra cross from the Serengeti in search of greener pastures. With 10 tented suites, guests enjoy a variety of activities including game drives, guided bush walks, cultural visits, sundowners, visits to local schools and more. 

Elewana Tarangire Treetops offers an "up-in-the-air" experience amidst Tanzania's Tarangire National Park, the sixth largest national park in Tanzania famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Encased by a thousand-year-old baobab tree, the property's twenty treetop rooms are all elevated above ground allowing for incredible panoramic views. With some of the largest rooms in East Africa, each offers a double shower en-suite bathroom, handcrafted furniture and an expansive private balcony. Dining experiences include lantern-lit dinners at the Boma and romantic poolside candlelight dinners watching wildlife at the lodge's nearby watering hole. Guests may partake in day and night game drives, walking safaris, tours of Masai village, bush dinners, and sundowner cocktails.

Located in South Central Serengeti in Tanzania, Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp is comprised of twelve tented accommodations and is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains. Paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s ‘zero footprint’ and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering. During their stay, guests enjoy game drives, private bush picnics, sundowners and camp-fire dining.

The 2019 Readers' Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler's website at and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.