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festive season magic

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 with the  Elewana Collection where we aim to 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. Go on a bush walk across the stunning landscape, enjoying the warmth of the wind or float high 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. 

Marvel at the expanse before you from the infinity pool at Elewana Elsa’s Kopje, pure relaxation with only the sounds of the wild for those looking for a quieter time this festive season. Candle lit dinners under the stars and magical moments with the one you love. Meru’s rich wildlife diversity includes rare species specific to northern Kenya, such as Grevy’s zebra and Beisa Oryx plus over 450 bird species. Meru National Park is a place of spectacular and dramatic scenery, with its ancient granite kopjes and breath-taking views across to the Nyambeni Range and Mount Kenya beyond.

Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro brings "old-world" grandeur to a green and lush setting. Think cigars and brandy, elegant fine dining, and post-dinner snooker. Celebrate in style and elegance from picnics on the lawn to a five course dinner in the lavish dining room. We will pamper you and treat you to an extravaganza that will rekindle the spark of Christmas and the excitement of New Year.

Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp is surrounded by the endless plains of the Serengeti that embodies an immense beauty captivating the soul. There is fun for the whole family, as we treat you to a host of Christmas activities, which include a special children’s walk with a professional guide, sundowners around a campfire with Christmas canapes to African drumming and singing at dinner. We do keep some traditions but with an African twist, these include New Year’s Eve cocktails enjoyed around the campfire watching the sun go down and as the last rays of light glow in the sky, 2019 is near its end. There is something magical about watching a sunset in Africa, nothing compares to the colours that radiate from a thousand blades of grass and every rugged rock, sensing the timelessness of this place as the sounds of the night come alive. The countdown to midnight begins, the bubbles flow and the start of 2020 is here as you listen to a hyena woop or a lion roar the New Year is here.

Colourful people, rhythm and dancing continue to fill the air, as you are whisked into the vast open plains on another adventure before the day finally comes to an end. Try one of our famous sundowners, as you reminisce around the bonfire, listening to the unmistakable sounds of the African night. This is how we celebrate the festive season, join us and capture unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

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new menu

Our Consultant Culinary Trainer, Nicola Bryden is currently working her way around the properties within Elewana kitchens bringing our food alive and invigorating and energizing our Chef Teams, these are exciting times!

Nicola’s cooking style is influenced from her vast experience working and traveling all over the world from Scotland to France and even as far afield as Australia. Drawing on this knowledge and experience our new menu’s feature combined flavours with an African inspired twist.

Each one of our Elewana Properties is so unique in their environments and Nicola wants our food experience to reflect this. “As a chef, I feel like I have an obligation to our guests to source sustainably and to include the highest quality local ingredients on the new menus” Nicola says.

Nicola enjoys working with Local Kenyan produce to reduce our environmental footprint. All our properties have their own Shamba’s (Vegetable Gardens). This incredible organic produce is woven into all her new creations. 

One of Nicola’s passions is to educate, inspire and develop the chefs and cooking teams about how to use more parts of animals and produce. This is integral for her vision for each dish to come alive through the careful preparation of each plate by a team that shares her passion. 

“Overall, it’s been a very rewarding experience. Working on new menus, finding the perfect combination of ingredients and tastes is always invigorating. Especially when you have the opportunity to work with dedicated professionals and teams who share your passion for exceptional food”.

Our teams and guests are loving Nicola’s influence on our one step closer to nature outdoor dining experiences.  The new take on safari dining means that guests can now experience a unique culinary circuit. The new inspired menus and ambiance has been well received and the “wow factor” is evident with positive feedback received from guests.

Most of our Chefs throughout our Collection have been working with us for many years and are well respected members of the local communities. Partnering with them and providing stable jobs in the tourism industry is something we all can be proud of!

Last but not least Nicola and her teams have shared some passion for cooking and self-development with the local schools that we support through our “Land & Life Foundation” It is planned to continue this initiative into 2020.

TTT support Randilen kids visit

We recently treated ninety children from 8 schools around the borders of Randilen Wildlife Management Area to a conservation day out. This amazing adventure was organised by The Nature Conservancy and supported by Land & Life and Elewana Tarangire Treetops.

Meshurie Melembeki, Manager of Randilen WMA, welcomed the students group by group at the gate and conducted a fun and helpful introduction to the WMA. Every student received treats and goodies – a reusable water bottle, a pencil case and assorted stationary, and a t-shirt.

Elewana guides Elizabeth Lucas, Sirili Chuwa, and Jackson Noel and Charl Grobler joined the students. Each of the three buses was allocated one guide and they set off on a game drive followed by a picnic lunch that was enjoyed on Sunset Hill and then the kids had a brief stop-off at the new hide to see what they could see at the waterhole.

A fantastic day was had by all and we look forward to many more such activities with the future conservationists of Randilen.

Elewana Tarangire Treetops is located in a 312 km2 Wildlife Management Area adjoining the park, called Randilen. The landscape of Tarangire is instantly recognisable by its magnificent baobab trees, dotted throughout the area. The camp has easy access to the Tarangire National Park, covering an area of 2850 km2, which is named after the perennial river that runs through the heart of the park. Both have incredible wildlife viewing, It is known for being one of the best for elephant sightings plus buffalo, giraffe, zebra, eland, lion, leopard to mention a few.

Guests of Elewana Tarangire Treetops enjoy a secluded and private safari experience. The 20 luxury tree-top rooms, elevated above the ground afford incredible views. Encasing an impressive baobab tree, the spacious and tranquil reception, lounge and dining room overlook the swimming pool and a waterhole that sees a steady flow of wild animal visitors.

As the camp is located in the WMA, activities such as bush walks and night game drives are possible, which are not permitted in many other areas. Bush walks allow guests to get “up close and personal” with nature, and experience the bush to a more intimate degree. Alternatively, a night game drive with the option to go off road, in the African bush affords the opportunity to see an array of creatures who prefer the cover of darkness, the African bush hosts a different assortment of creatures after the sun goes down.


TripAdvisor is the largest social travel website in the world, with 730 million reviews of hotels, restaurants, attractions and travel-related businesses, covering over eight million listings. Millions of travelers have voted on TripAdvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards for the best destinations in Africa of which we are delighted to say that The Elewana Collection has properties in two of the top ten locations, Arusha was ranked as number seven and Zanzibar was ranked as number two.

Arusha #7

Arusha is a city in north eastern Tanzania located below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley. The city is close to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru therefore making it the ideal place to start and end a safari in Tanzania.

Situated on the fertile grounds of a coffee plantation, Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is a peaceful sanctuary right on the doorstep of Arusha city.  The lodge is made up of a main area incorporating a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and a café bistro. The 30 plantation rooms and suites have views of the surrounding gardens. 

Guests can partake in a coffee tour, showing the process that brings a coffee bean from 'tree to cup'. The tour culminates in an all-important tasting of the farm's coffee blends. Guests can also visit Traders Walk, a collection of 5 on site boutiques including Shanga, run by Tanzanians with disabilities who produce beautiful arts and crafts. There is a Tanzanite Centre and the Soko Giftshop that is stocked with all sorts of wonderful gifts. Finally relax at Kahawa, a Coffee shop with freshly brewed coffee and delicious home-baked cakes.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge TripAdvisor ranking: #9 of 278

Zanzibar #2

The name Zanzibar is synonymous with images of pristine white sandy beaches, and alluring azure waters. The coastline is laced with winding creeks and mangroves, interspersed by these heavenly beaches. Other than its renowned beaches and ocean, Zanzibar’s major attraction is Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Time has stood still here, as the white-washed stone buildings, winding alleys and local people exist as they have done for centuries. It is known for its cultural heritage, a still-living and breathing testament to the historical era of the spice and Arabic slave trade.

Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar is set in a picturesque tropical garden with a secluded beachfront, the 15 luxurious Pavilion suites embrace wide-arched glassless windows affording spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. Each villa has its own private plunge pool and is tended to by its own Guest Ambassador. There is a delightful spa offering an extensive array of treatments to satisfy your every need.

Guests can enjoy day boat trips, scuba and snorkelling to get a glimpse of the dolphins, copious fish and vivid corals that thrive in Zanzibar’s waters. Stone Town is a UNESCO world heritage site, and a place where history still lives. The stone buildings, meandering alleyways, and markets still existing as they have done for centuries make for a fascinating day of exploring.

Elewana Kilindi TripAdvisor ranking: #1 of 10

All sixteen Elewana Collection properties are listed on TripAdvisor, receiving over 1,000 reviews per annum of which Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge, Elewana Sand River Masai Mara and Elewana Tarangire Treetops receive the most reviews. Ten of the Elewana properties are in the top ten for the listings in East Africa and our average review is 5 stars.

From Our Partners

Lewa Pancake Tortoise

A preliminary assessment on Lewa has discovered a small population of the critically endangered Pancake tortoise.   

Seven Pancake tortoises were found on the Conservancy, in the first-ever effort to establish the occurrence of the endangered species. The discovery extends the distribution range of the species in Kenya with past studies showing that the distribution of the tortoise in Kenya lies within the arid and semi-arid corridor from Marsabit County southwards to Kitui County. Scientists from Lewa and the National Museum of Kenya participated in the joint effort to design an appropriate conservation strategy for Pancake tortoise and other herpetofauna on the Conservancy.

Due to specialised habitat requirements, the distribution of the Pancake tortoise is restricted and patchy. The tortoise population was recorded from four out of 14 potential sites identified during the assessment. The findings also documented the highest altitude occurrence (1,647 Mean Sea Level) for pancake tortoise in Kenya to date.

The Pancake tortoise whose scientific name is Malacochersus tornieri is among the six land tortoises mostly found in East Africa. Unlike the typical tortoises, the pancake tortoise is unique in its morphology. It is small in size, flattened dorso-ventrally and a flexible soft-shelled that allows them to live in narrow rock crevices. Elsewhere, populations have also been recorded in Tanzania and Zambia. It is considered that geology, vegetation, altitude, and climate are the main factors that limit the distribution of Pancake tortoises. For instance, more than 80 per cent of Kenyan records are below 1,000m Mean Sea Level.

Head of Conservation and Wildlife, Geoffrey Chege, says that there is a need to design a long-term conservation strategy for Pancake tortoise and other herpetofauna on Lewa, as well as carry out detailed studies and a regular monitoring framework. “Even though this discovery is significant partly due to the protection status of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, this population is rather isolated and there is a need for further studies to determine its viability,” said Chege.

The occurrence is highly influenced by the availability of suitable micro-habitats. Generally, they inhabit rock crevices of any orientation from horizontal to vertical. Openings of choice tend to narrow backward from the entrance. Gently sloping hillsides are more suitable than steeper areas and cliffs. Therefore, only a small proportion of the general habitat is normally inhabited by tortoises. The Pancake tortoise is currently listed as Critically Endangered (CR) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Live animal collection for the international pet trade is the biggest threat to the tortoise.

Habitat degradation from rock destruction is also a major threat. Other threats include deforestation and cultivation. A higher conservation measure for the Pancake tortoise was recently achieved when the 18th Conference of Parties of CITES adopted a proposal for its listing in Appendix I. International trade in the tortoise is now prohibited except under exceptional circumstances, for example, research purposes.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy covers 65,000 acres of pristine African wilderness. With dramatic views of snow-capped Mt Kenya to the south, and the arid lands of Tassia and Il Ngwesi to the north, Lewa showcases a range of wild habitats from highland forests, wide open grasslands, melt-water mountain springs and acacia woodland and supports over 440 bird species. More than 70 different animal species roam the vast grasslands at the foot of Mt Kenya.

Elewana Collection has two properties located in the Conservancy, Elewana Lewa Safari Camp and Elewana Kifaru House, which are the only two tourism properties owned by the Conservancy itself, with the aim of boosting the conservancy’s revenue through camp occupancy. All profits and conservancy fees generated by each camp are reinvested directly into the conservation and community efforts of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Elewana Kifaru House

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Guests can relax and feel at home, choosing how they spend their time, whether it is lying by the picturesque infinity pool gazing out over the plains or sitting in the library leisurely reading a book, time stands still at Elewana Kifaru House. Each of the five cottages offer spectacular views with well-appointed bedrooms, complete with opulent four poster beds and generous en-suite bathrooms. Intimate and homely atmosphere offering true luxury in the bush with unrivalled wildlife viewing.

Elewana Lewa Safari Camp

Lewa Safari Camp Campfire

Elewana Lewa Safari Camp is a unique and exclusive retreat, which offers privileged access to 65,000 acres of private protected wilderness. Featuring large tented bedrooms each with its own veranda and full en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy a host of activities from horse or camel rides, visit to the new joint operations centre and cultural experiences or simply relax by the swimming pool and enjoy the tranquillity.

While Loisaba is home to majestic lions, elusive leopards, magnificent elephants and endangered reticulated giraffes and Grevy’s zebra, it also hosts a spectacular array of a much more diverse class of vertebrates.

From the Verreaux’s eagle with a wingspan of 2.3 metres to the firefinch that only weighs 10 grams, guests staying at Loisaba have the opportunity to discover over 250 species of birds.

Here are some of our favourites!

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Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)

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Unlike most birds of prey, the secretary bird is largely terrestrial. They have an incredible way of hunting that allows them to prey on venomous snakes. When its next meal is spotted, the secretary bird will stomp on a snake with a force about five times its body weight before throwing it high into the air to stun it, using its wings as protection from potential bites by flapping them to distract its prey. Smaller prey such as lizards and rodents are eaten whole upon catching them.

Studies of the secretary bird’s feeding technique has helped scientists shed light on the hunting strategies of the prehistoric ‘terror birds’. These were giant flightless predators that roamed the planet over 3 million years ago.

While the secretary bird’s taxonomic name Sagittarius serpentarius means “the archer of snakes”, there are different theories about the origins of the common name. One is that the feathers behind the bird’s head reminded 19th-century Europeans of the quill pens that secretaries tucked behind their ears. It is more likely, however, that the name derives from the Arabic saqr-et-tair or ‘hunter bird’.

Secretary birds are assessed as vulnerable by the IUCN due to a recent rapid decline across their entire range.

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Grey-crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)

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Standing over a metre tall with an impressive ‘crown’ , these birds can often be seen at Loisaba dancing! The grey-crowned crane has a display that involves an elaborate dance with various jumping and bows, which can be seen year-round including non-breeding periods. They are usually seen in pairs and are monogamous – meaning they stay with the same breeding partner for life.

They typically lay between two and four eggs in a clutch which hatch in around 30 days. This pair were spotted with their three young chicks near our Loisaba Stables!

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Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis)

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While the fork-tailed drongo’s appearance does not attract much interest, this little bird’s behaviour reveals that they are highly specialised and intelligent. As well as following large herbivores in order to catch insects that are flushed out by their grazing, drongo’s are known as ‘kleptoparasites’ – meaning they steal food from other animals. The drongo has the ability to mimic calls of other birds and animals, and uses this talent to distract foraging mammals.

As an example, the dwarf mongoose has a number of different alarm calls for different predators, and the drongo has learnt to imitate these calls. Once a mongoose has caught something the drongo will screech the mimicked alarm call, sending the whole colony scattering for cover and leaving behind the food that was just caught. The drongo then swoops in, picks up the abandoned food and heads back into the trees to enjoy the mongooses’ hard earned meal!

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Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta)

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Hamerkops are wading birds feeding mainly on aquatic vertebrates, and build the largest nests in relation to body size of any bird. Standing 50cm high and weighing only 470g, hamerkops build nests that measure around 1.5m in diameter and 100kg (over 200 times their weight!).

These nests are so large that other species nests are sometimes found attached to the outside, and bigger birds such as owls often move into them. If this happens, the hamerkop builds another – and have been known to build up to five mansion like nests a year!

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Von der Decken’s Hornbill (Tockus deckeni)

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Hornbills are known for their unique breeding habits. Males find a tree cavity and entice females by bringing her ‘mudding’ material and food gifts. The female then works to close up the gap using dirt and faeces, which turn rock-hard when dried. When the hole is almost covered, the female enters and continues to block the entrance until a small slit is left. For over two months, males feed the trapped female and chicks when they have hatched.

The female breaks out about two weeks before the young in order to help feed them. When the young emerge they are fully flighted, though their parents will continue to offer them food for another week.

Staying at Elewana Collection’s Loisaba Tented Camp, Loisaba Star Beds and Loisaba Lodo Springs helps ensure Loisaba Conservancy remains a catalyst for conservation, wildlife research and community development.

Loisaba’s mission is to protect and enhance critical wildlife diversity, abundance and habitat in the landscape, which sits on the western edge of one of Kenya’s most important elephant movement corridors. The profit from Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp, Elewana Loisaba StarBeds and Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs, along with revenue from livestock, brings Loisaba Conservancy closer to achieving the ultimate aim of creating a sustainable conservancy providing protection of endangered species and their habitat, as well as over 300 jobs to the local community.

Our partners: Loisaba Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, San Diego Zoo Global, Space for Giants, Lion Landscapes, Northern Rangelands Trust

In The Community

8th Aitong Medical Camp

The Land & Life Foundation ran their 8th successful medical camp between 29th and 31st October 2019. A total of 961 patients were seen and treated free of charge by a group of volunteer doctors from Kenya and oversees. This brings the total number of patients treated since inception to over 5,400.

New partnerships were forged as The Angama Foundation came on board to support the medical camp in cash and in kind, a clear indication of how successful this event has become over the years due to the hard work and commitment from the Land & Life team and their existing dedicated partners; The Elewana Collection, Kicheche, Saruni, Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA), Safarilink, and Oasis Health.

The focus this year was Cervical cancer, which is the second most common cancer amongst women aged 15-49 years old. On 18th October 2019, Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a HPV vaccination campaign aimed at protecting women against this cancer. In line with this nationwide initiative, together with our partners we embarked on a HPV self-collection campaign in Aitong from 14th to 20th October.

We are happy to report that 138 women braved heavy rains and showed up in Aitong during the campaign. Their samples were sent to a lab that specializes in DNA testing. All women who tested were asked to collect their results during the free medical camp. 32 of the women tested positive for HPV. Out of these, 11 had biopsy specimens taken and they were tested further to rule out cancer. The HPV data collected at this camp is the first of its kind collected in Kenya, and as such represents a real milestone in the detection and treatment of cervical cancer in the country. The Land and Life team are grateful to the huge support and encouragement from donor and volunteer Dr Claudia Mason, in not only enabling this but pushing it all through and making it happen. We believe that HPV screening using the self-collection method will continue to play an important role in allowing early detection and treatment and will achieve a maximal impact on cervical cancer prevention. Screening can detect cancer at an early stage enabling women to receive treatment when it is highly effective. This and the increasing availability of HPV vaccination for women and girls, and the potential for reduction of the possibility of developing cervical cancer later in life. This however, does not eliminate the need for regular screening when women get older and that is why we keen to make this a long term project.

We would like to thank our Partners for their commitment and support thus ensuring the 8th Aitong Medical Camp was a huge success, including the Aitong Health Centre staff, Mr. John Sankok the Director of CMP facilities, Dr. Claudia Mason the lead gynaecologist and all the enthusiastic and energetic team of doctors, Safarilink, Kicheche Community Trust, Kicheche Camps, The Elewana Collection, Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, Cheli & Peacock Community Trust, Mara North Conservancy (MNC), Saruni, the Ministry of Health Narok West for providing the medical supplies,  Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA) for providing volunteer staff and media coverage during the event and finally to the community of Aitong for your collaboration and wonderful relationship that we have continued to enjoy throughout the years.

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On Saturday 9th November Shanga was delighted to receive a visit from a very special group - our CEO Karim Wissanji accompanied by a group of Kenya's Senior Industrialists and Chief Executives from The Young Presidents Organisation. The Shanga team were thrilled to be hosting the VIPs, and Paul (Senior Shanga Guide) took great delight in leading the group around the workshop, teaching them sign language and assisting them to engage with the staff. The glassblowing was one of the highlights of the visit, with the glassblowing team putting on a great show. Not to be outdone, the beading team also entranced the visitors, demonstrating their nimble work and talking about how they had come to work with Shanga and what benefits they have gained since joining the Shanga family.

The partnership between Shanga and The Elewana Collection has been a great success. Within today's global landscape of climate change and inequality, there is increasing focus on the potential of tourism to provide a sustainable, socially and environmentally stable base for development. Partnerships such as the Shanga-Elewana relationship stand out, as a step in the right direction. Impact investment, where companies commit to supporting social enterprises or community SMEs, does a lot more than simply provide jobs - although that is of course a major benefit. Shanga is a great success, a self-sustaining business which has grown exponentially since the partnership with Elewana, and allowed the generated profits to be reinvested and used for further development and other conservation and community projects. This growth and reinvestment has allowed employment of more people with disabilities; provision of training and skills development for those in the greatest need; better quality of life and improved working conditions. Shanga's message of ability over disability is reaching a wider audience and having a huge impact on local community perceptions, and the ripple effect continues to spread.

It was inspiration for the Shanga team to meet The Young Presidents Organization (Kenya Chapter) and have the chance to show them everything they have been doing. Once in the shop, the group purchased various items with woven blankets and glass elephants flying off the shelves. 

The Elewana Collection is proud of Shanga, and of what this partnership continues to achieve. If you are passing through Arusha, make sure you drop in to see for yourself, and you too will leave inspired.

Awards & Voting

whla winner

The results of the 2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards voting process have been concluded, and Elewana Collection is delighted to confirm that Elewana Kifaru House and Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp are both winners! We would like to thank all of you who took the time to vote for one or both of these stunning properties, ensuring our success. 

Elewana Kifaru House

Continent Win in Luxury Hotel Best Scenic Environment

Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Continent Win in Luxury Tented Safari Camp

gold ecorated

We are delighted to announce that Elewana Elsa's Kopje has retained its Gold status for another 2 years and Elewana AfroChic has moved up from Bronze to Silver. Ecotourism Kenya promotes responsible tourism practices within the tourism industry and encourages the adoption of best practices in the use of tourism resources, working with local communities and managing wastes and emissions.

Ecotourism Kenya, defines Ecotourism as ‘the involvement of tourists in environmental conservation activities directly linked to addressing human development needs, and promotes equitable sharing of benefits accrued from tourism with local communities while supporting their nature conservation values’. Their vision is to bring together conservation, communities and tourism in a responsible manner and the principles governing ecotourism include;

  • Encourage travel to natural areas
  • Minimize impact of tourism activities on natural attractions
  • Recognize and build awareness about local conservation values and their importance to society
  • Provide direct benefits and empowerment for local people at destinations without retrogression on environmental, cultural or local living standards.
  • Respect local people, their customs and culture
  • Support sustainable development of local economies through direct involvement and participatory decision-making

Ecotourism Kenya and the Eco-rating Technical Committee has confirmed that both properties have attained an Eco-rating Certification. The committee commended each facility for the continuous efforts in upholding best practices in sustainable tourism, and for the great improvement demonstrated particularly in environmental management from the last assessment of the property.

Congratulations to the staff and management of both Elewana properties for this achievement.

TL worlds best awards 2020

Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards Survey, which marks its 25th Anniversary in 2020, is now open to voters and Elewana Collection is pleased to announce several properties have been nominated. 

Vote now for your favorite Elewana Collection properties! Visit to rate your favorite Elewana Collection experiences (you can vote for more than one property!) and enter for a chance to win one of five international travel prizes. Each vote will contribute to the results, which will be revealed in the August 2020 issue of Travel + Leisure. 

Elewana Collection is happy to note the following properties have been nominated:


Elewana Collection Kenya

  • Elewana AfroChic Diani
  • Elewana Elephant Pepper 
  • Elewana Elsa's Kopje Meru
  • Elewana Lewa Safari Camp
  • Elewana Kifaru House
  • Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp
  • Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs
  • Elewana Loisaba Star Beds
  • Elewana Sand River Masai Mara
  • Elewana Tortilis Amboseli


Elewana Collection Tanzania

  • Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar
  • Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp
  • Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp
  • Elewana Tarangire Treetops
  • Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro

Make sure to cast your vote before midnight on March 2, 2020!


*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 or older at time of entry. To qualify for the random drawing, entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on 3/2/20. Only one (1) online entry per person/email address. Unless otherwise stated, prizes do not include travel and/or accommodations, which are the winners' sole responsibility. See Sweepstakes Facts and Official Rules for details, specifics on prizes and how to enter the Giveaway without completing the survey. View our Privacy Policy for more information.

Trade Shows

signature travel network

Signature’s 2019 Conference will be held on December 2-5, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. The organization’s must-attend event of the year brings together over 2,400 travel industry professionals, including Signature travel advisors, managers and agency owners, and worldwide preferred partners to meet, network and learn from each other.

jesse blighThis year's theme is "ELEVATE", which quite literally means to rise to a higher standard, position, or state of being. The goal is to ‘elevate’ those that attend in order to offer clients a new level of service and products, as well as a differentiated travel experience. The sky is the limit.

Jessie Bligh from Emerging Destinations, our Sales Representative in North America will be attending on our behalf and looks forward to meeting you and ‘elevate’ your experience of The Elewana Collection.

Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Jessie has been working for Emerging Destinations since 2014 and her love of Africa has grown ever since. Emerging Destinations' mission statement, Saving Wild Places Through Travel, has become a passion and she is very proud to have met and worked with travel professionals that share the same values.

The two properties listed with Signature Travel Network are;

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha

Situated on the fertile grounds of a coffee plantation, Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is a peaceful sanctuary right on the doorstep of Arusha city.  The lodge is made up of a main area incorporating a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and a café bistro. The 30 plantation rooms and suites have views of the surrounding gardens. 

Guests can partake in a coffee tour, showing the process that brings a coffee bean from 'tree to cup'. The tour culminates in an all-important tasting of the farm's coffee blends. Guests can also visit Traders Walk, a collection of 5 on site boutiques including Shanga, run by Tanzanians with disabilities who produce beautiful arts and crafts. There is a Tanzanite Centre and the Soko Giftshop that is stocked with all sorts of wonderful gifts. Finally relax at Kahawa, a Coffee shop with freshly brewed coffee and delicious home-baked cakes.

Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro - Karatu

Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro, with 9 luxurious cottages each with two spacious en suite guest rooms and 1 Stable Cottage comprising of 3 guest rooms plus a magnificent Manor House, which brings "old-world" grandeur to a green and lush setting. 

The Manor is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, containing the Ngorongoro Crater, which is often called 'Africa's Eden' and the '8th Natural Wonder of the World'. This area is without a doubt one of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.

A luxurious safari base with a spa, swimming pool and stable of horses to explore the surrounding coffee plantations and countryside. The Manor also arranges special picnics and sundowners within the estate and coffee tours for those interested in learning more about Tanzania's famous coffee trade. We are the only property currently able to provide a fully catered meal on the Crater floor.

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ILTM 2019 marks the launch of ILTM’s Year of Health and Wellness, kicking off in the French Riviera in Cannes from 2nd to 6th December. ILTM will launch research and gather a community of wellness experts that all draw the same conclusion; in the future, all travel is wellness travel, every trip is expected to enhance the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the traveller, transformation is the very promise of travel, and today’s travel brands are the solution to one of the biggest problems of our age.

James Haigh, Elewana Collection’s Director of Sales & Marketing is looking forward to sharing our passion for providing every guest with experiences that will transform their stay in East Africa.

SkySafari by Elewana


For those that are considering traveling over Christmas and New Year but want something different, then this African safari adventure is an experience that will live with those long after they have left this magical continent. 

Let SkySafari guide your guests on this unforgettable journey of discovery and exploration with their loved ones during this special time of year - we will take care of all the details so they can savour every moment of this life-changing experience.

SkySafari is designed specifically to make it simple to book and enjoy a safari holiday to Kenya and Tanzania, leaving guests with time to relax and watch the never-ending circle of life unwind against the backdrop of East Africa’s iconic parks and timeless landscapes.

Guests enjoy the comforts of personalised service, luxurious accommodation, and authentic African safari experiences, while being transported in supreme comfort, safety and convenience. SkySafari has its own small fleet of Executive-Class Cessnas. The planes have custom-designed interiors, replete with bespoke white leather seating and mahogany embellishments, air conditioning vents, and plenty of space to stretch out. Each plane hosts 9 seats, including one next to your SkySafari pilot.

SkySafari offers a choice of luxury itineraries, each weaving together a unique blend of the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania’s wildlife areas, while staying in the exquisite accommodations of the Elewana Collection;

  • From the Kenya Connoisseur, which offers a magical 8-day safari with more than a hint of adventure - from the rugged and beautiful wilds of Meru, to the rolling plains of Loisaba and its offering of exciting safari activities, to the spectacle of nature’s greatest theatre, the Masai Mara.
  • Alternatively the allure of the Kenya Classic captures the true essence of the country, as you marvel at Amboseli’s famed elephants; lose yourself in the Hollywood romance of Meru, and be awed by the finest wildlife viewing in the world in the Masai Mara.
  • If you are looking for the very best of Tanzania’s safari destinations, this classic 8-day journey takes you through the baobab and elephant dotted landscape of Tarangire, to the breath-taking Eden that is the Ngorongoro Crater, finishing in the world-renowned Serengeti, with its endless horizons and abundant wildlife.

On the SkySafari guests will be treated to unrivalled experiences from game drives in the Elewana custom-designed quality fleet of safari vehicles offering unparalleled viewing opportunities providing excellent comfort and safety. Each vehicle is driven by a world-class safari guide, each are highly-qualified and intimately knowledgeable about their area, many having grown up in the areas that they work. All possess a keen ability to communicate their passion for East Africa’s wildlife, people and landscapes to guests from all nationalities, ages and backgrounds. Other activities include bush meals in the wilderness, offering unique settings to marvel at the landscape around while enjoying a delicious meal to tantalise your senses and sundowners in Africa’s best spots to watch the last rays of golden light touch the savannah with your favourite drink in hand, listening to the sounds of the bush. There is fun and excitement for all, while spending quality time together creating memories to last a lifetime.

Travel Updates

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By Anu Vohora, Safarilink Aviation

Safarilink Aviation and Kenya Airways PLC signed a one-way codeshare agreement to open up Kenya by connecting domestic scheduled services to all the best safari destinations within Kenya and Tanzania.

This codeshare agreement means that effective 3rd November, KQ international passengers will be able to combine their travel experience between respective international destinations and 18 destinations that Safarilink operates within Kenya and to Tanzania.

During the signing of the partnership, Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz said, “As part of our strategy to continue growing the network, we have seen the need to give travel ease to our customers by connecting their destinations. This partnership with Safarilink will significantly open up Kenya’s tourist destinations to international travelers by allowing passengers to connect from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Wilson Airport and eventually to their respective safari destinations which is a great convenience to them.”

The partnership will see KQ place its codeshare flight numbers on the Safarilink flights so that when customers from international destinations book online, they are able to book with connectivity to all  Safarilink destinations.

Commenting on the codeshare agreement, Safarilink Aviation Chief Executive Officer Alex Avedi said, “We are very pleased to be entering into this significant partnership with KQ which will provide seamless connection of passengers from the KQ network straight into Kenya and Tanzania’s world-famous parks. We are delighted that KQ chose us on account of our commitment to safety and quality.”

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Oman Air and Kenya Airways have expanded their codeshare, increasing the destinations available to passengers.

The expansion will allow seamless connectivity to Oman Air passengers travelling beyond Nairobi to Entebbe and Johannesburg, while Kenya Airways passengers can now extend their travel beyond Muscat, Oman, to Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan.

Destinations to be added for Oman Air passengers include Dar es Salaam while passengers travelling on Kenya Airways will be able to travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Hyderabad in India.

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At the end of November, Air India's flight from Mumbai to Nairobi landed with 100 passengers on board, marking the return of the airline to Kenya after 10 years.

The return of the airline presents a big opportunity for the two countries, which have shared trade and economic ties for many years and makes it so much easier for guests wishing to combine a safari with the opportunity to visit friends and relatives in Kenya.

Betty Radier, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) CEO, said on Wednesday that the return of Air India to Kenya would help to promote tourism, trade, improve relationships and create opportunities between the two countries.

"India is one of Kenya's top tourist source markets. Arrivals from India in the year 2018 grew by 51.9 per cent to reach 125,032. Kenya is confident of sustained tourist arrivals from India following this arrival," said Radier during the reception in Nairobi.

The airline will offer four direct flights a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with plans to offer additional flights in the pipeline.

Air India will also be targeting residents of the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, utilising its existing domestic infrastructure network.


Russian carrier, Rossiya Airlines now flies between Moscow Vnukovo Airport and Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, the airline has confirmed. The airline said flights between Moscow and Zanzibar started operating on October 27. Flight FV5887 departs Moscow at 22h45 on Saturdays. Return flight FV5888 departs Zanzibar the following day at 09h30 with a 522-seat Boeing 747-400 operating the route. Tanzania is eyeing Russia as a new potential source market for tourists to help it reach its target of two million visitors by next year. 

The magical Island of Zanzibar with its sandy white beaches, turquoise-blue water and swaying palm trees and should be on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit. The historic Spice Island seems to have been lost in time with its narrow streets, carved doorways and ancient trade routes. As you head to the north of the island, Elewana Kilindi overlooks the ocean that has witnessed the spice trade route for over 500 years. Facing west, you can witness the sun set as you relax on your private balcony. Offering eclectic menus of international cuisine with an island Swahili infusion, and uses the freshest seafood and ingredients, prepared to order. All meals can be enjoyed in a setting of choice - poolside, among the gardens, on the upper terrace, on the beach or in the privacy of a pavilion.

Explore the hidden secrets of the island with a trip to Jozani Forest to watch the rare and endangered Red Colobus monkeys, which is a species of red colobus monkey endemic to Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago. Continue your tour of the Jozani forest, passing along a few trails through the variety of flora and fauna. A visit to Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site, is a must and a place where history still lives. The stone buildings, meandering alleyways, and markets still existing as they have done for centuries make for a fascinating day of exploring.

Guests can also enjoy day boat trips, scuba diving and snorkelling to get a glimpse of the dolphins, copious fish and vivid corals that thrive in Zanzibar’s waters. A boat trip to Prison Island (Changuu) can be arranged to learn it’s fascinating history but also hosts more than 100 giant tortoises, a collection of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises, which were originally a gift from the British governor of the Seychelles.

Your time in this Indian Ocean coastal destination can be as active or as leisurely as you wish, with a multitude of experiences to enjoy from water based sports to exploring the secrets that this beautiful island holds or simply the favourite coastal pastime of relaxing and soaking up the sun.

Special Offers

Combine our bush and beach properties…or choose your own combination with our Circuit Discount and enjoy up to 20% discount.

With so many places to explore in East Africa and so much to experience, from the majestic landscapes of Amboseli with Mt. Kilimanjaro as its backdrop to the crystal blue waters of Zanzibar steeped in the history of the spice trade, not forgetting the rolling savannahs of the Masai Mara with unforgettable wildlife encounters… so many destinations, so many choices. Choose your own combination with our Circuit Discount and get the most out of your stay with us.


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Cities all over the world come alive during the festive season and DISCOVERY hotels are often at the centre of the festivities. From Europe’s famous Christmas markets to the exuberant Chinese New Year in the heart of Beijing, each destination offers a memorable experience for everyone.

Whether searching for a winter wonderland or an island escape, check out these holiday offers to inspire your travel, whatever the occasion.


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As a member of Elewana DISCOVERY, you’re entitled to special benefits during your stay, plus special Local Experiences - authentic activities meant to connect each traveller more deeply with their destination and make each stay unforgettable.



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Taken by Taro Croze - Elewana Activities Manager at Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp