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.

Updates from Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

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Hidden among the rocky outcrops, Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp is located along the route taken by the great wildebeest migration. Comprising of 20 luxurious elevated tents, each with spacious and richly furnished bedrooms, Serengeti Migration Camp blends seamlessly into the environment. Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp will have some refurbishment done over the coming months, all the tents are to have new hyrax proof flysheets. As cute as these little creatures are, they enjoy the shelter provided by the gap between tent and flysheet, we’d like to persuade them to take their rest elsewhere.

San Diego Zoo Global: Reticulated Giraffe Conservation Program

Current estimates are that over the past 20 years the reticulated giraffe population has declined by over 70%, from 36,000 to less than 9,000 today. It is thought the main drivers behind the decline are habitat loss and fragmentation, land degradation, and poaching. However, relatively little is known about reticulated giraffe movements, or their ecology.

To help address this, in May 2016 a collaborative giraffe conservation initiative was launched between: The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, The Northern Rangelands Trust, Loisaba Conservancy, Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Nature Conservancy and San Diego Zoo Global. Beginning with a two-year pilot project centered on two sites (Loisaba Conservancy and Namunyak).

New additions to the Loisaba K9 Unit

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Tracker dogs are one of the most effective tools for wildlife security, often deterring poachers from even entering an area. Over the years the two bloodhounds, ‘Warrior’ and ‘Machine’, have proved invaluable to Loisaba’s security team. They have helped track down dozens of poachers and criminals, find missing people and return livestock to their owners, earning them their well-deserved reputation throughout Laikipia.

We are very excited to introduce two new recruits to our K9 unit – ‘Memusi’ and ‘Nanyuki’! They were born in the Mara and are a cross breed of Bloodhound and Bluetick Coonhound. Their parents are both excellent trackers imported from the USA, their mother Anna (Bloodhound/Coonhound) is deep nosed and an amazingly accurate tracker whilst their father Morani (Bloodhound) a no nonsense brave tracker has led to the arrest of over 100 poachers during his 8 year deployment in the Mara Triangle. Born in August 2017, Memusi and Nanyuki have received training from both domestic and international trainers which will continue at Loisaba.

The incredible work these tracker dogs do, combined with Kenya’s strong wildlife trophy law which can result in imprisonment for life or a 20 million shilling ($20,000) fine is a huge deterrent to poachers.

A big thank you to The Nature Conservancy for enabling Nanyuki and Memusi and their wonderful personalties to join the team!

Elewana Chefs enter cooking Competition and win!

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In May six Elewana Chefs entered the Oysternunut Foundation Chef Challenge 2018 along with a number of other professional chefs from both Kenya and Tanzania. This year, the African Peoples' Cooking School was launching the Oysternut Foundation's Chef Challenge for the annual Karibu KiliFair, which is the largest and most important tourism trade fair in Tanzania that took place from the 1st to the 3rd June, 2018 in Moshi, Tanzania. The competition was in collaboration with the Slow Food Foundation‘s Menu for Change campaign for Biodiversity: Cooking Up a Better Future. The mission of the Oysternut Foundation is to promote the cultivation and consumption of the oysternut, a heritage food known as "kweme" in Kiswahili. In alignment with the values of the international Slow Food movement, the Oysternut Foundation promotes agricultural methods that are based on local biodiversity and respect for the land and local culture and that are in harmony with the environment and aim to provide food sovereignty and access to good, clean, and fair food for communities.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge hosts Ben Yuen from Hong Kong's national television

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This month we had the pleasure of hosting Ben Yuen from Hong Kong's national television network, TVB. Ben took the opportunity to explore the coffee plantation by taking the coffee tour highlighting elements, such as our pride in being the oldest coffee plantation in the country. The tour ends in a tasting, which is pure delight for all coffee connoisseurs out there!

There are a number of other interesting activities at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge from a tour around Shanga, a successful social enterprise employing people with disabilities that is part of Traders Walk, for those who would like to do a little shopping to the more active activities such as quad biking.

For more information on the activities offered at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge, please visit our website or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elewana Tarangire Treetops provides essential toolkits to deter elephant crop raids

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Operating in some of the most biodiverse areas on the continent, the Elewana Collection willingly embraces its responsibility of protecting the wildlife in the surrounding habitats and working with local communities to ensure human wildlife conflict is reduced.

Elewana Tarangire Treetops is located in a private Wildlife Management Area (WMA) called Randilen. We are proud to be one of the largest contributors to the conservation projects of Randilen WMA, administered by the Honeyguide Foundation.

The new Shamba project in Amboseli that will have a lasting impact on the Community

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Land & Life strives to ensure that children in our supported schools not only get the academic skills required for life but basic skills, such as growing produce for the betterment of the community. We can all agree that environmental conservation is key in achieving most of the sustainable development goals. Culture has played a major role in inhibiting the access to education for most pastoral communities but this barrier is slowly being broken down.

In certain areas the country is affected by drought, which affects the community in livelihood and lifestyle. For example, when there is drought families migrate in search of pasture and often leave their children in the boarding schools. The parents’ expectation is that the school should be able to cater for the needs of the children.

Wildlife Warrior Program takes on Digital Literacy Training

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The Kenyan government distributed tablets, projectors, teacher’s digital devices (TDD) and content access point (CAP) to public primary schools across the country under the Digital Literacy Program. The aim of the program is to advance Information and Communication Technology in the schools, and is a great initiative from the Kenyan Ministry of Education.

Land & Life’s supported schools were amongst the schools that received these devices. Unfortunately problems on the ground include a lack of reliable power sources and internet connectivity. However these practical issues are not too difficult to solve – what Land & Life discovered however was that many children and most teaching staff had no background in technology and did not know how to operate the devices. Training had been provided in some places by the government but it had not reached all areas and many schools were left with devices they could not operate gathering dust in locked cupboards.

Land & Life Foundation conducts first Wildlife Warrior Program activities at Mwaroni Primary School

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Land and Life Foundation runs a school support program in conservation areas near the properties owned by the umbrella body, The Elewana Collection. This includes the Wildlife Warrior Program that mainly focuses on conservation education, a core pillar of the Foundation. We are proud to announce that Mwaroni Primary has joined the program. Mwaroni is headed by Mr Omar, the head teacher with a team of 19 TSC teachers and 1 PTA teacher. Moreover, the school has a total number of 631 students who come every day to learn.

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.

Better Connections Internationally and Regionally (Quick Reference)

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It is exciting to see new routes and increased flights not only regionally but internationally, making it easier for people booking their holiday to East Africa but also now being able to combine with other destinations in Africa. Consider these flight options when planning a stay with Elewana Collection or SkySafari.

Winners announced - The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2018

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Last month Elewana Collection hosted some special guests at Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp for a photo safari to build awareness for The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) global photo contest. The results are in and we are pleased to announce this year’s winners.

World Ocean Day with Elewana Collection

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June 8th marked World Oceans Day! At Elewana Collection, we are committed to environmental conservation, through conservation education as part of our Land & Life Foundation's Wildlife Warrior Program, through our beach clean-ups and of course most recently in our stand against plastic and the damage that does to our environment.

Our #BandtheBottle and #WarWithTheStraw campaigns have meant that our properties now provide guests with aluminium bottles to refill within our properties to avoid using plastic bottles and we have also stopped the use of plastic straws and switched to paper straws that biodegrade. Our team is committed to our vision and we hope you will join us along the way. #worldoceansday

Elewana Collection celebrates World Environment Day!

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We’re proud to say that Elewana Collection has made considerable efforts to reduce its carbon footprint on the environment around us. We strongly believe in the power of conservation and do our best to promote this with the communities we work with, our teams and of course our guests.

Our properties are eco- rated, use solar power as much as possible and in the last couple of years we have also made great strides in reducing our use of plastic.

We started with the our #banthebottle initiative which saw each guest at our properties receiving and aluminum re-useable bottle that they could fill up at filling points within in the property, thus eliminating our use of plastic water bottles.

At the beginning of this year, we were the first in East Africa to eliminate the use of plastic straws. We now offer biodegradable paper straws and encourage guests to go to #warwiththestraw.

And it doesn’t end there…

Elewana Collection appoints Ishal Singh as Training & Development Chef

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We're delighted to announce we have a new Training & Development Chef, Ishal Singh who has worked across the continent, from South Africa to Zanzibar and as far as the Maldives in some of the top camps and lodges. Ishal sees food as a fleeting art that is transitional and short lived in the real world but hopefully forms a lasting memory in others, as they remember the tastes and textures and the pleasure of each infused flavour from every dish. His love of food has taken him to new and exciting destinations and his food style and approach reflects his travels and experiences.

Ishal’s ultimate ambition is simple; creating dishes that inspire and Elewana guests will love.

Following the Herds

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The annual migration of over 2 million animals in the Serengeti – Mara ecosystem is one of the most famous and well documented natural wonders of the world.

The migration follows a clock-wise loop covering an estimated 1,800 miles each year in search of rain and grass. The herds migrate throughout the year, constantly seeking fresh grazing with the exact timing of the wildebeest migration being dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.

The herds have recently been spotted massing on the plains in front of Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp as they head north and the first sightings of the migration have come in from Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp.

Video of the month

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Elewana Kifaru House and Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp are nominees for the 2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards.

If you believe that either one or both these properties deserve recognition, please visit the World Luxury Hotel page between 1st July and the 31st July and cast your vote.