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We would like to announce that at the beginning of November we updated our website to a new secure site, with a few improvements that give it a fresh crisp look. Take a look on either desktop or mobile. We hope you enjoy it.

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Cast your vote for Elewana Collection in the Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2019 and stand a chance to win*

Many of the Elewana Collection properties have been nominated and we would greatly appreciate a couple minutes of your time to cast your vote. Below are the Elewana Collections camps, lodges and hotels that have been nominated:

WHLA WINNER LOISABA

We are delighted to announce that the Elewana Collection entered the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards and Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp has won the prestigious title of;

Global Win: Luxury Tented Safari Camp

THE WORLD LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS DINNER was held on the 10th November 2018, in, Bali, Indonesia celebrating the 12th anniversary of the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Over 360 guests flew in from around the world to attend the event, which awarded the world’s finest hotels for their luxury offerings and exceptional service delivery.

We would like to thank the organisers at the World Luxury Hotel Awards for this prestigious title and to the team at Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp for their exceptional service and dedication. Congratulations for achieving this award.

WHLA WINNER KILINDI

We are delighted to announce that the Elewana Collection entered the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards and Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar has won the prestigious title of;

Africa Continent: Luxury Beach Villa

THE WORLD LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS was held on the 10th November 2018, in Bali Indonesia celebrating the 12th anniversary of the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Over 360 guests flew in from around the world to attend the event, which awarded the world’s finest hotels for their luxury offerings and exceptional service delivery.

We would like to thank the organisers at the World Luxury Hotel Awards for this prestigious title and to the team at Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar for their exceptional service and dedication. Congratulations for achieving this award.

boutique hotel awards winner kifaru house

The winners of the Boutique Hotel Awards 2018, now in its 8th year, were announced last night at the prestigious Awards ceremony held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London. The ceremony brought together an array of boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press and travel industry influencers from all four corners of the globe. The Boutique Hotel Awards is the first and only international awards organisation exclusively dedicated to recognising unique excellence among boutique hotels.

Elewana Collection are overjoyed to announce that Elewana Kifaru House, in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, has won Africa’s Most Stunning Views. We are privileged and honoured to be recognised for this Award, considering the tough competition we were up against, in view of the beauty and stunning locations across Africa.

We would like to thank the organisers at World Boutique Hotel Awards for this award and to the Judges, who travelled the globe in search of the best boutique hotels and experiences.

arusha coffee lodge responsible tourism tanzania

Elewana Collection are proud to announce that Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge have achieved the SAPLING Level Award in the Responsible Tourism Tanzania Awards 2018.

Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ) is a non-profit organization to encourage and promote sustainable tourism within the industry. RTTZ was established in 2011 as a trusteeship with a governance and membership base that includes the key stakeholders within the tourism industry.

Bollywood evening

In reflection of this year’s Diwali festivities, Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge transformed the famous “Trader’s Walk” area into a carnival of colour in homage to Bollywood.. We are so honoured to have famed actress Bhumika Chawla staying at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge at the time and we had the opportunity to show her around as we set up for the Bollywood evening.

The event took place on Saturday 10th November starting from six o’clock in the evening and going on until late. The entertainment experience featured spectacular dance performances by Arusha’s talented Shine to Shine dance group, live music by Alpesh & Dj Pilu as well as the ever so talented Tanveer who enticed the audience with his Dholi drum performances.

Elephant Pepper Camp romantic private dinner

When you think of Christmas, most people in the northern hemisphere imagine white snow and cold blustery days filled with the sound of Christmas carols, when you think of New Year, first thoughts are fireworks, lots of people and a glass or two of bubbly. If you are looking to experience something new then come to East Africa and Elewana Collection will delight you with festive moments you will never forget.

Before the warm African sun rises, head out on your morning adventure from Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, on the lookout for nature’s dramatic theatre to play out at a moment’s notice​, you never know what you may see on Christmas morning. Famished from the excitement, a tantalizing bush breakfast with sparkling wine awaits you, offering a selection of fresh fruit, cereal and the irresistible cooked breakfast with all the trimmings. Take a horse ride across the stunning landscape, enjoying the warmth of the wind or float above the plains in a hot air balloon as you wonder at the beauty of the Masai Mara and the boundless wildlife which lives here.

Guide Training 3 Nov 2018

Craig McFarlane, Head of Guide Training for the Elewana Collection leads a dedicated team of guides.

During the initial training in 2017, each guide was encouraged to develop his own goals and personal purposes. Once this was done, other areas covered included the basic guide skills such as;

  • Observational skills.
  • Awareness.
  • Basic guide etiquette.
  • Basic vehicle and driving.
  • Teamwork.
  • Animal behaviour.
  • Guest’s behaviour.

young elephant

Craig McFarlane was conducting Guide training with the Elewana Guides in Shaba National Reserve. Having gone to bed late, he was unable to sleep as he could hear a herd of elephants not far from the camp and from the sounds they were making, he could tell something was wrong.

At first light, he gathered the guides and went to investigate. They found a young male calf, aged approximately a year and a half, wedged between the forks of two branches. The little guy had probably thought it looked like the perfect place to scratch his tummy but unfortunately having climbed through the two branches, was then well and truly stuck and could not go forward or backwards to free himself.

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Melanistic Serval

We are very excited to share this amazing sighting of a black melanistic serval cat spotted by our guide Juma Patrick in Amboseli. The photographs were captured by Marco Strullu, who was a guest at Elewana Tortilis Camp at the time.

Serval cats are similar in size to Caracals and are classed as medium sized cats, however they are more slender and taller with a weight that ranges from 9 to 13 kgs in adults. The coat pattern is variable but usually pale yellow with different sized spots, some of which merge into longitudinal stripes down the back and neck. The underparts are paler but usually also spotted and the tail has black rings with a black tip.

Flamingo Walking

The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust" and the National Park is renowned for its majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the large herds of elephant that roam its dusty and stunningly arid landscape.

Amboseli National Park covers 392km² and has a mixed topography of plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush, swamps and marshes. This diversity, along with a long dry season, ensures excellent viewing of animals living in this natural habitat. It also has a dry Pleistocene lake basin that houses a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, after the rains.

However, there is another animal that has flocked to the area, which is not often seen. After a heavy rainy season the lake is brimming with life, as hundreds of flamingos have arrived and have made this their new home, adding to the dramatic scenery known as Amboseli.

lewa rhinos

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy recently received news that they have once again been included in the prestigious IUCN Green List of Protected areas, one of only 3 Kenyan organisations to feature!

The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

Lewa Primary ICT Session

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are excited to share with you that they have been selected as a finalist in the Google Impact Challenge, Kenya. They joined this challenge to enable them to scale their Digital Literacy Programme across the wider northern Kenya landscape, and help to provide access to quality digital education to children and youth in remote areas. In order for them to be one of the finalists that will receive a grant of $250,000, they had asked people to vote.

Aitong Medical Camp

The annual medical camp is an initiative of the Land & Life Foundation, the charitable arm of Elewana Collection, which takes place annually in the Masai Mara. A number of partners were involved; Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, Kicheche Camps, Kichehche Community Trust, Saruni Camps, Safarilink, Oasis Healthcare, Mara North Conservancy and Ministry of Heath Narok, who work together to ensure the benefits of tourism are felt at the grassroots level through Free healthcare provision.

warrior retreat

Elewana Collection and it’s charitable arm Land & Life Foundation has once again joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

#GivingTuesday is held annually after the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

This year Giving Tuesday fell on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27th and through a number of initiatives the team was organising a book and toys drive in addition to wearing GREEN to the office from head to toe - socks, hats, shirts.... as green as we could be!!!

These funds will be used to fund the Wildlife Warrior retreat, which this year is happening in the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya campus in Nairobi in December and will bring together 37 young conservationists from all over Kenya for a week of conservation education, exciting visits and fun activities.

Last year the contributions raised approximately Ksh 63,000, which enabled us to construct a brand new Boy's Toilet Block at Kachiuru Primary School. This year we want to double our efforts and hope to raise even more for a good cause.

airtanzania

Air Tanzania's new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will start flying to Guangzhou in China via Bangkok, Thailand in February next year. Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, after Beijing and Shanghai and one of the world's oldest and busiest trade hubs.

The airline will fly three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), and return fares have been set at $650 to Guangzhou and $700 to Bangkok, with Value Added Tax included.

ethiopian airlines

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that as from mid December it’s Los Angeles flight to Addis Ababa will now transit through Lome, Togo. This opens up options to both West and East Africa, with more flights weekly, getting to East Africa is faster and easier from the West Coast of the USA. They have also announced that there will be a new route from Dublin going via Madrid to Addis Ababa, increasing flight options from Europe to East Africa.

Ethiopian To Fly Nonstop Between Los Angeles and Africa

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce that it has changed the ultra-long haul route from Los Angeles to Addis Ababa to transit through Lome, Togo as of December 17, 2018. The airline has been flying to Los Angeles since 2015 with a stop previously in Dublin, Ireland.

skyward express

Skyward Express has announced that they will fly to the coastal city of Ukunda every Friday and Sunday from 16th November 2018, giving our clients more ways to travel to Elewana AfroChic Diani.

There are now six carriers that fly to Ukunda;

Safarilink | AirKenya | Silverstone | Fly540 | JamboJet | Skyward Express

tarangire watering hole

There have been a number of animals visiting the waterhole at Elewana Tarangire Treetops this last month. Check out the time lapse video from the deck chair web cam and see what you can spot.

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Head over to the following link https://www.elewanacollection.com/tarangire-treetops/livecam and have a look at what might be at the waterhole right now …

Sunset at TCA Craig McFarlane2
Nichola Waterhouse Sunset Night Game drive TTT EC Guide Baraka

From top clockwise: Craig Mcfarlane - Sunset at Tortilis Camp Amboseli, Elewana Guide Baraka - Night game drive at Tarangire Treetops, Nichola Waterhouse - Sunset from Elephant Pepper Camp

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