The Collection

Elephant Pepper Camp Christmas in camp

As the holiday season approaches, Elewana staff are preparing unique festive celebrations for guests throughout the 16 properties, ensuring this holiday season is merrier than ever. Guests can look forward to a wealth of special holiday revelries such as Christmas Eve sundowners under the coconut trees at AfroChic Diani Beach, surprise Christmas Day champagne bush breakfast for guests at Elsa’s Kopje, festive high tea at Elephant Pepper Camp, New Year’s Eve celebratory dinner under the stars at Loisaba Lodo Springs, celebratory New Year’s Eve drinks at the fire pit at Loisaba Star Beds and festive New Year’s Eve lunch at Loisaba Tented Camp, along with much more planned.

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Delicious cheese and fruit platter

Elewana is proud to be a part of KwikBasket, a new agricultural tech initiative which works with local farmers and growers to give them access to fair markets and in turn, provides high quality fresh produce to Elewana properties.

Instead of dispatching produce from Nairobi, Elewana obtains farm fresh local and seasonal fruit and vegetables for culinary menus from local growers and farmers. Since being a part of the program, Elewana has reduced their vehicle resupply runs to camps from every 10 days to every 14-16 days, simultaneously cutting down on transportation costs and improving the brand’s carbon footprint. From an operations standpoint, the partnership has also contributed to a massive drop in food waste, as often a large percentage of the fresh ingredients coming from Nairobi get spoilt in transit. Group Training & Development Chef Nicky Bryden has worked closely with KwikBasket, adjusting F&B menus to fit in with what is available locally. The partnership has also been hugely successfully for Elewana guests, who recently shared rave reviews on new culinary menus.

Special Offers

Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs Sundowner

Elewana offers guests a number of ways to save on safari holidays with some special offers expiring just before the festive holidays.

For guests looking to stay at Arusha Coffee Lodge, special rates of $149 per person sharing in B&B and $199 single room in B&B are valid until 20 December 2021.

Bookable until 22 December 2021, Loisaba Lodo Springs’ Exclusively Yours offer is perfect for families and groups of 10 on safari together. Book 3 nights with a minimum 10 pax and receive complimentary private air charter flights, game drives, guided walks, horse riding/camel trekking and more at US $999 per person, per night.

Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar's special “Stay Five, Pay Four” offer, valid until March 31, 2022, aims to make your beach holiday even more relaxing with an extra night’s stay. Book five nights at the boutique luxury island hotel and receive one night complimentary, a value of up to 20% off the entire booking.

Guests seeking privacy on safari can still take advantage of a private guide and vehicle for bookings of seven plus nights at one or more bush properties until May 31, 2022.

Travellers receive double discounts on circuit itineraries when combining any of our bush and beach properties (excluding Arusha Coffee Lodge) until June 30, 2022. Guests can take advantage of a 30% saving on nine plus nights (increased from the standard 15%) and 20% discount on six nights plus (increased from 10%).

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In The Community

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Elewana Collection’s gift shops have something for everyone on your list. Handcrafted and produced locally, revenue from the purchase of each item goes to support the local community. We asked Elewana Collection’s retail team to share more about the variety of unique gifts offered at property boutiques.

Where do you source most of the products for the gift shops

We pride ourselves in sourcing the majority of our products locally within East Africa. We feel it is vitally important to support local business communities and women-driven businesses, as well as disadvantaged groups both in Kenya and Tanzania.

What unique gifts might guests find whilst staying at the camps

Guests will find a wide variety of locally sourced items as well as products specific to the area, such as glassware and wooden salad servers beaded by Maasai at Elephant Pepper Camp. We also try to keep a variety of smaller, travel-friendly items to accommodate the challenges of guest's weight restrictions when flying between camps.

Are there any gifts that are specific to certain camps or lodges

Whilst all the camps offer some items which are similar, we use different products to relate to each camp's unique topography, decor, story and wildlife. For example, at Elsa's Kopje we have books about the Adamson's Born Free adventure with Virginia Mckenna, banana fibre baobab trees and various artifacts from Mat Bronze such as lion paw pendants and trays in bronze. At Lewa Safari Camp, we focus on rhino inspired artifacts, given the conservancy’s beautiful rhino population, while Serengeti Migration Camp boasts lots of hippos! We look to change the selection of products every now and then to allow for a varied selection.

How important is it that products are ethically sourced

It is of the highest importance that all our products are ethically sourced because of Elewana's Brand positioning.

Which are the best-selling and most popular items

These tend to be brand specific, such as clothing and in particular caps, t-shirts and fleeces. Maasai inspired jewellery and beaded trinkets and artifacts are very popular in Kenya while the coffee at Arusha Coffee Lodge and The Manor, both coffee estates, are top sellers in Tanzania.

Are there any particularly good purchases to be had

We stock an assortment of African inspired jewellery such as Patrick Mavros ( Zimbabwe Jeweller) at both the Arusha Coffee Lodge and The Manor at Ngorongoro. Sally Dudmesh jewellery is available at Loisaba Lodo Springs and Tortilis Camp and Loisaba Lodo Springs carries the well-known Kenyan brand, Sandstorm, which specializes in leather and canvas bags, wallets etc. We continuously strive to support up and coming local suppliers like Bizzy Lizzy ( Lizzy Wangari) in Kenya and Buganzi in Tanzania, to name a few.

Are there any new products you are introducing in the future

We are continuously looking for new and innovative gifts and local suppliers for our retail shops.

From Our Conservation Partners

wildlife ranger challenge

Lewa Conservancy’s local Team participated in the 2021 Wildlife Ranger Challenge which raised over $2.8 Million for conservation efforts. Facilitated by Tusk Trust with the support of founding donor, The Scheinberg Relief Fund, the event saw over 2,000 rangers from 24 African countries come together to run in solidarity for the cause. Funds raised will go towards supporting ranger efforts including patrol expansion, wildlife and habitat protection and the mitigation of human wildlife conflict.


Inside Information From The Team

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Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp has a newly revamped dining experience and Senior Chef, John-Mark Taki, took some time to share all the details on the new F&B offerings.

Can you give us an overview on the changes to the dining experience at Elephant Pepper Camp

Over the last month, our menu has undergone a reinvention and we have moved away from a buffet to a much more interactive family style way of dining. We call it our 'Out of Africa Platters.' They include a smorgasbord of flavours and lots of different, interesting dishes to share. As chefs, we are enjoying this new format, as we get to present the food to guests and share what we have made. We love seeing our guests' first impressions and it's a lot of fun when it leads to an impromptu photo session.

What new dishes are on the menu

We have many new dishes on our menu but in particular, we have creative plant-based dishes. They are all unique and packed full of flavour, such as our Sticky Sesame Cauliflower with Cheesy Dipping sauce, Cape Malay Baked Lentils or the Crispy Zucchini Fries with Hollandaise and Nutritarian Pesto. These are just a few of the many new dishes we have on offer.

What local ingredients do you use?

We try to use quite a lot of local produce as we like to give our guests a taste of what is unique to Kenya. For example, Makande is whole white corn which we cook until creamy and then serve with Lamb shank. It almost becomes like risotto, it's so delicious.

There is also Maharagwe, which are our local beans, and we have a large variety of these.

Then there is of course Maize flour, we call it ugali, and we make a fantastic starter from it.

Tell us a little about the challenges of cooking in the bush

Probably one of the biggest challenges is when we are missing an ingredient. Elephant Pepper Camp is deep in the Reserve and we can't just run out to the shops to get something. However, it does mean we get to be creative and sometimes that's when the best dishes are created.

Which is your favourite dish

I think probably my favourite dish is our new Breakfast Taco. We set up a mini bush kitchen right next to the Mara river and cook in the company of Hippos. It's such a unique breakfast that I bet none of our guests have ever had anything like it. We cook our Tacos directly on the coals and then fill them with all sorts of amazing fillings.

Senior Chef, John-Mark Taki shares his recipe for Seed Crackers

It's one our most requested recipes! It is so simple but so healthy and can be used in a variety of ways. We serve it on our cheese board, and it is vegan and gluten friendly, which makes it very useful to have on hand.

Elephant Pepper Camp's Seeded Cracker

  • 130g Sunflower seeds
  • 130g Sesame seeds
  • 50g Pumpkin seeds
  • ½ tsp Paprika powder
  • 1 ½ cup of hot water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Psyillium husk

Mix all together and let sit for 5 min so the Psyillium husk can work its magic. Then spread the dough out thinly on a baking tray lined with either a silicone mat or baking paper. Bake at 160 until golden brown and crispy.

News You Can Use

Nicolene and Andrew

We are pleased to share news that Nicolene & Andrew Schoeman are the new General Managers for Sand River.

Together for over 26 years, the couple has worked in camps throughout Africa including Balule Game Reserve and Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, Serengeti in Tanzania, the Okavango Delta in Botswana and most recently managing a luxury property in the beautiful Namib Rand Game reserve in Namibia.

With a background in travel, guiding and photography, they have made their way to Kenya to welcome guests to the charming piece of Masai Mara heaven at Sand River. We’re certain that Sand River’s resident pride of lions will also join us in giving them a warm welcome to the camp!