Kilindi Zanzibar Readers Choice Awards 2022

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(NAIROBI, KENYA) Oct. 6, 2022 - Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Elewana Collection properties recognized with five prestigious awards including Kilindi Zanzibar at #36 in the “Best 50” overall global list of the Best Resorts in the World and #2 in Top 15 Resorts in East Africa, in addition to Lewa Safari Camp at #3 in Top 15 Resorts in East Africa; Tarangire Treetops at #9 in Top 15 Resorts in East Africa; and Elsa’s Kopje Meru at #10 in Top 15 Resorts in East Africa.

More than 240,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot of the top places they enjoyed this year and can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The full list of winners can be found here.

 “We are very proud to be included in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards once again this year and very grateful to the readers who voted for our properties,” says Karim Wissanji, CEO & Founder, Elewana Collection. “These awards are testament to our incredible staff who aspire to deliver a memorable safari experience for each of our guests with personalized service and genuine hospitality.”

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

Lewa Safari Camp bush walk white rhino

Sprawling over the rolling plains north of Mt Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a prolific wildlife conservancy of over 65,000 acres of private protected wilderness. Popular with conservationists, writers, photographers and even a few celebrities, it is home to the largest concentration of Grevy’s zebra in the world, diverse birdlife and hosts over 200 Black and White rhinos. Lewa Safari Camp offers authentic comfort for guests with large, tented bedrooms with verandahs and full en-suite bathrooms.

tarangire treehouse

Centered about a Main Lodge - which itself encases a thousand year-old baobab tree - Tarangire Treetops is comprised of 20 rooms, all of which are elevated above the ground affording views over the tops of surrounding marula and baobab trees. Located southwest of Arusha and south of the large open grass plains of southern Maasailand, the property is named after the Tarangire River that flows through the Tarangire National Park. This vast area offers an array of game including some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa and over 550 bird species.

Elsas Kopje honeymoon cottage outdoor bath

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.

The 2022 Readers' Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler's website at and celebrated in the November 2022 issue.