culinary journeys

Guests staying at Kilindi Zanzibar can now enjoy a new interactive culinary experience led by Kilindi’s Chef Juan and his team. This exciting new cooking class teaches guests how to prepare delicious local dishes from the island of Zanzibar including culinary delights like Zanzibar Prawn Curry, Kachumbari Salad, Mishkaki – a delicious spice-infused meat dish, and Chapati. Guests will also learn to make Kilindi Spice Mix, the perfect blend for an exceptional Zanzibar curry. The interactive class involves cooking over an open fire against the calming backdrop of the beautiful Indian Ocean.

Anette Bullman

Elewana is pleased to have Annette Bulman as part of the team in her role as Regional Guest Services & Standards Manager. Born and raised in New Zealand, Annette has always had a passion for nature, adventure, and the great outdoors. Having worked at some of the finest wildlife camps and beach resorts in Africa, Annette has also lived in some of the most beautiful destinations from Lamu to Zanzibar and the Masai Mara to the Okavango Delta.

Her 30 plus year career in hospitality began when she left New Zealand at the age of 17, sailing to New York and then landing eventually in the UK, where she began her career with housekeeping services at a city hotel and then as a cocktail bartender. She then pursued a career in casinos in the UK, Sun City RSA, and Australia, working her way to management and training staff for the opening of Burswood Island Resort in Perth. Her journey back to Africa came after 7 years in Australia, when she awoke one day to a longing for the Continent and decided to act upon it. Please join us in giving her a warm welcome to the Elewana family.

Elsas Kopje views from Mughwangho hill

Elsa’s Kopje is happy to now offer guests two new opportunities to explore Meru National Park, either by foot via walking safaris or just after dusk with a night game drive. Walking safaris offer an up close and personal opportunity to take in the wild, allowing guests to be guided on foot through the ancient earth, following animal tracks and droppings and learning more about the flora and fauna that call this incredible landscape home. Night game drives offer guests the rare opportunity to see the bush come alive after dark. Led by Elsa’s experienced and qualified guides, guests are immersed in the nocturnal wonders of wildlife, noting animal noises and sounds and catching glimpses of twinkling eyes. Night game drives also offer an opportunity to meet unusual and unique animals which only come out to play in the dark.

weddings at kilindi

Book an enchanting wedding celebration at Kilindi Zanzibar with the property’s new wedding package. For couples looking to organize a destination wedding, Kilindi invites them to immerse themselves amidst the serene crystal-clear turquoise waters, soft white sand, lush greenery, and picturesque tropical island paradise to celebrate their special day. Set on 50 acres of secluded oasis, Kilindi is a unique and intimate venue for couples to say, “I do”, and our experienced and dedicated team will guide you every step of the way, from organizing the civil wedding ceremony, a dedicated wedding planner, ceremony décor, bridal bouquet, musical accompaniment and more.

Find out more about our wedding package for couples.

Book a bush & beach safari, including minimum three or more nights at any Elewana property in the bush, and receive a 25% discount at Kilindi Zanzibar – with minimum stay of three nights at the tropical island paradise. Offer is valid until 31st March 2023, including during high season, and only applicable when combining a beach and busy itinerary. T&Cs apply. Not valid for resident rates. For more information click here.

kilindi zanzibar romantic dinner by the pool

Kilindi Zanzibar invites honeymooners to enjoy a beautiful start to wedded bliss with a special offer of 25% off room rates, as well as romantic experiences throughout their stay including romantic candlelight dinner, in-room flower decor, romantic turn-down service, a bottle of sparkling wine, 20% off one spa treatment for two at Kilindi’s spa, and one traditional henna tattoo for the bride.

This special offer requires a minimum four night’s stay and is valid all year, excluding the festive season. Proof of forthcoming nuptials will be required on booking or wedding certificate no older than 6 months from wedding date. The Honeymoon Offer is not combinable with any other offer and applies to new bookings only for stays up to 20.12.2022.

Book 90 days or more in advance with Elewana’s Early Bird bookings special offer and receive up to 20% off net contract rates. Advanced reservations on a four plus night’s stay receive 10% off, seven plus nights bookings receive 15% off and 10 plus nights reservations receive 20% off. Elewana’s Early Bird offering is only applicable when combining one or more properties, excluding Arusha Coffee Lodge. All bookings must be guaranteed with a non-refundable payment for the entire stay upon booking confirmation and cannot be combined with any other special offer. The offer is subject to availability and blackout dates apply (1st July - 31st October and 20th December - 5th January). Valid for non-resident rates only until 31st December 2023.


Elewana is pleased to offer a 5% loyalty discount in honour of returning guests who book their next holiday with us. Loyalty guests can also enjoy 20% off any spa treatments where available across the Elewana Collection. Offer is valid until the 30th of June 2023 and T&Cs apply.

Tarangire Treetops view of Treehouse Suite

The Land & Life Foundation is delighted to welcome Shalini Tak as Sustainability Manager. The role will involve working across the spectrum for Land & Life but with a particular focus on overseeing the sustainability strategy and understanding how the group can reduce its carbon footprint.

Shalini is a devoted environmentalist with a deep passion for ecological protection, community safeguarding and the progress of tourism in Africa. Registered with the National Environment Management Authority of Kenya (NEMA) as a Lead Environmental Expert with a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree in Hospitality Management from Les Roches Spain, Shalini brings a wealth of knowledge to the Foundation.

Having gained valuable experience in social and environmental management through previous employment in Spain, the UK and Kenya, Shalini has a keen appreciation of the hospitality industry combined with an unwavering environmental ethos which has given her a unique, valuable perspective into eco-tourism and sustainable development.

plastiki rafiki rhinos

Loisaba Conservancy has teamed up with Plastiki Rafiki to provide thousands of 100% recycled plastic Rhino Flashers. The Rhino Flashers will cover some 52 kilometres of new fencing which has been recently erected to help protect the rhinos that are being re-introduced to the area later this year. Not quite as visible as regular larger livestock fencing, this new boundary is designed to prevent movement of rhinos out of the sanctuary, whilst still ensuring the free movement of most other animals. The purpose of the rhino flashers is to add contrast and movement to the fencing around Loisaba to deter wildlife from running into it and causing damage.

The organisation has been busy already making over 9000 rhino flashers from over a ton of discarded plastic and 20kgs of Tetrapack collected from the environment.

For more information on Plastiki Rafiki click here.

Elsas Kopje wildlife lion

Elsa’s Kopje was thrilled to be amongst hundreds of members of the local community in Meru National Park completing the Walk on the Wild Side 20,000 step challenge. The 600-strong group, including children from schools in the local area completed the steps which poignantly represent the number of lions remaining in the wild.

During the walk, the team were alerted to five elephants who were grazing close to the route, so carefully worked out an alternative path to ensure they were not disturbed – a perfect example of how people and wildlife can co-exist.

For more information on the day click here

Bless Mumuya Tarangire Treetops

We spoke with Bless Mamuya, one of Tarangire Treetops top guides, to learn more about how he became a guide and his tips on how to enjoy an exceptional and memorable safari experience.

How and why did you decide to become a guide?

After I completed my O levels, I went to college for three years to study tourism and wildlife management, which eventually led to me becoming a safari guide. Since I was young, it was my passion to become a guide. I was lucky as I was surrounded by people working in the tourism industry, so it was easier for me to make my dream a reality.

What make Tarangire Treetops so special

The beautiful treetop rooms which are built high around the baobab trees make this a very special place. We like to say it’s ‘living a dream high in the skies.’ We have a great team, and we really believe in teamwork. There are also fantastic activities to do around the area where Treetops is located including night game drives, walking safaris and a tour of a local Masai village. We also offer delicious and relaxing bush breakfasts and beautiful sundowners for guests.

What do you love most about living near Tarangire National Park

Living near the park is really nice because I have the chance to be close to wildlife. I learn a lot about the elephants, and I get to know their families very well.

What is your most memorable animal sighting

This happened when I was near the Mara River in Kenya during the great migration period. I saw a mother wildebeest manage to cross the river to the other side while the calf was not able to cross. The mother wildebeest crossed back again to pick her calf, but when they started to cross together, the mother was unfortunately caught by a crocodile. This was really sad and definitely my most memorable sighting.

What is your best tip for avoiding crowds on safari

Most of time I advise guests to travel during the shoulder or green season, as there are less people. Also, I advise them to do early morning game drives and evening game drives but in less crowded areas, so they have more freedom and intimacy with wildlife.

What is one of your favourite activities at Tarangire Treetops other than a game drive

The walking safari because you get the chance to see and learn about animal tracks, animal droppings and some little things which you cannot see, touch, or smell while you are driving. It’s also great exercise for the body.

Edelweiss Air Airbus A340 300 on finals at Zurich

Strong demand since launching the Zurich to Tanzania route in 2021/22 has resulted in Edelweiss recently announcing the doubling of its flights into Tanzania. The carrier will now fly twice a week from Zurich to Kilimanjaro International and on to Zanzibar. A spokesperson on behalf of the airline commented that the tourism product in Tanzania was a great match for their clients and this has helped feed the passenger number growth.