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With the end of the year approaching fast, the Christmas trees are decorated and there is a festive spirit is in the air, it’s time to look back on a remarkable year. This was made possible through your support and we would like to acknowledge our Partners and Friends across the globe for making this one of Elewana’s best years yet.  Thank you for believing in us and joining us on our journey.

Some of the highlights from this year;

no straw please

We’re proud to say that Elewana Collection has made considerable efforts to reduce its carbon footprint on the world around us.

We strongly believe in the importance of conservation and we do our best to promote these values with the communities we work in, with our teams, and of course with our guests. In the last couple of years we have made great strides in reducing single use plastic. We started with the #banthebottle initiative, eliminating our use of plastic water bottles, and then at the beginning of this year, we were the first property group in East Africa to eliminate the use of plastic straws across all our properties. We now offer biodegradable paper straws and encourage guests to go to #warwiththestraw.

4 Seedballing with Elewana Collection

We have been very busy with our community and conservation initiatives through our charitable arm Land & Life Foundation and Shanga, as well as within the properties themselves.

With deforestation being a large issue in Kenya, Land & Life partnered with Seedballs Kenya to bring trees back to the key conservation areas in which we operate. A seedball is an indigenous tree seed encased in a nutritious biochar casing - this casing protects the seed from grazing wildlife and temperature extremes until conditions are perfect for germination.  At a number of our Kenya properties, guests are able to buy packets of seedballs which they can use under guidance from our professional guides to help reforest the area when they go out on their game drive or walking safari. The concept has also been introduced in the Wildlife Warrior Program, where bags were distributed to all Wildlife Warrior Club members in Mwaroni (Diani), Kachiuru (Isiolo) and Ura Gate (Meru) Primary Schools for their education sessions, which focused on the theme of forests and reforestation. Over the course of this year the Wildlife Warriors have distributed 152,950 tree seeds across Kenya!

Where do we begin on the Wildlife Warrior and school support program? There has been so much going on this year. Apart from the regular conservation literacy training for young primary students, Land & Life have run art and essay competitions, taken students on game drives and swimming trips, arranged glass-bottom boat trips across the coral reef for the young Warriors from Amboseli, held the most successful Annual Retreat yet in Nairobi for 36 students, and our first four Wildlife Warriors have graduated from secondary school and are applying for internships with Elewana. There have been new classrooms built and whole schools refurbished, dormitories constructed and recycled playgrounds installed, solar systems revamped and resources like photocopiers and text books provided.

The Esiteti Primary School shamba project in Amboseli was completed, and it is hoped this will have a lasting impact on the community. Benefits include teaching the students to grow their own produce as well as supplying the school with much needed food. This project aims to bring sustainable solutions to a number of problems, upskilling students and providing an additional life skill while also increasing food security.

The Annual Medical Camp at Aitong in the Mara saw approximately 900 local Maasai community members treated for free, and the annual Plaster House fundraiser held by Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge raised over $20,000 for them to purchase a vehicle to drive children to and from hospital for appointments. Arusha Coffee Lodge was also delighted to welcome Jane Goodall and host a fundraiser for her Roots n Shoot Program, and we look forward to another such event in early 2019

Shanga at Traders Walk, part of Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge, has seen many achievements from producing new designs, products, introducing new colour pallets and full collections. Under the guidance of Amber, Shanga saw the release of its first full collection in 4 years, The African Rains Collection. The excitement & response from everyone upon its release has been overwhelming and gratifying. The planning is already underway for another full collection to be released in early 2019. Also, the donations received through the Shanga Foundation this year have made a lasting impact, especially for some; Mary was able to purchase formula for her baby twins and ensure the little ones got their regular health checks, Daudi was able to pay for his medical support  and Simon received two prosthetic legs. The festive season is all about giving, the Shanga family have given their creativity to brighten someone’s day but they have received this back tenfold and are so grateful for your support.

Our turtle hatchery at Elewana AfroChic Diani saw over 500 turtles hatch this year, with two nests in the first season and three in the second, each bringing excitement and joy to our guests as they witnessed the tiny creatures make their way to the ocean.

Elewana Collection continues to invest heavily in Guide training to ensure we have the best guides in Africa. We train our current guides on a regular basis to ensure they are at the top of their field, in our continued efforts to make sure guests have a superior experience when they stay at an Elewana property. At the beginning of the year we sent a number of our walking guides to South Africa for six weeks to learn from leading professionals in the industry. Professional guides from Royal Malewane then travelled to Tanzania for two months to work with our walking guides in furthering their skills and knowledge on home ground. Craig McFarlane, Head of Guide Training for the Elewana Collection leads this dedicated team of guides and has been conducting a number of training sessions with all the guides to end the year.

Earlier in the year, we also just launched our first Guide Apprenticeship Program and the 14 that were selected have been hard at work and have almost completed their first year of two.

everyone wins 2018

Elewana Collection made it into this year’s Oscar Swag Bag, presented to Academy Awards nominees at the Oscars ceremony. It was claimed to be the most extravagant item in that bag - received by the likes of Octavia Spencer, Best Actress in a Supporting Role - The Shape Of Water and Allison Janey,  Best Supporting actress - I, Tonya - a customized 12-night safari from The Elewana Collection and SkySafari.


A number of Elewana Properties received recognition for outstanding achievements;

  • Elewana AfroChic Diani: Unique Luxury Hotel of the Year (Luxury Travel Guide Award – Africa & Middle East)
  • Elewana AfroChic Diani: Travellers’ Choice Award Winner
  • Elewana Afrochic Diani: Most Outstanding Luxury Boutique Hotel - Kenya (Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards)
  • Elewana Tortilis Camp: Gold Eco-rating Certification (Ecotourism Kenya)
  • Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp: Global Win - Luxury Tented Safari Camp (The World Luxury Hotel Awards)
  • Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar: Africa Continent - Luxury Beach Villa (The World Luxury Hotel Awards)
  • Elewana Kifaru House: Africa’s Most Stunning Views (Boutique Hotel Awards)
  • Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge: Sapling Level (Responsible Tourism Tanzania Certification)

We were delighted to add Elewana Kifaru House to our wide ranging East African portfolio, the second on the Lewa / Borana Wildlife Conservancy. The beauty of this charming property, with its lush lawns and elegant thatched cottages, capturing a haven of luxury in the bush was a perfect addition to the Collection.

Elewana Sand River has seen a number of major improvements done over the last year; the main area has an upgraded bar area, perfectly situated for enjoying the stunning scenery and new landscaped pathways that meander between tents. The swimming pool that was centrally located was removed and a stunning infinity pool is now in near the banks of the river. Guests can now enjoy direct access to their shower ‘under the stars’ from the main bathroom complete with large freestanding Victorian style baths. The refurbishments are now finished and we look forward to hosting you in the near future.

With our partners at Deckchair we set up a permanent camera overlooking the water hole, at Elewana Tarangire Treetops, offering you a ‘window’ to check out what is happening, any time day or night wherever you are in the world, which has been very popular.

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We have some exciting new developments - we can't tell you now but next year is going to be even busier for us ... stay tuned for updates!
Once again, thank you for your continued support. Elewana Collection wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy festive season.

Best wishes for the holiday season,
Elewana Collection

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.

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.

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.

wba vote now

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Their mission is to support and guide the tourism industry to a holistic management approach by providing:

  • Internationally aligned standards and guidelines with a clear set of practical ideas to introduce the tourism enterprises to a sustainable management approach.
  • An auditing and evaluation process that will help guide the tourism venture to improving their actions and the product.
  • A certification scheme with the branding for recognition of the company’s efforts and successes
  • Lobbying and advocacy on behalf of the tourism industry to develop policies and regulations within Tanzania for the sustainability of the resources and cultures and people.
  • Information and practical ideas, tools as well as training to assist the tourism enterprises to practice and participate responsible tourism.
  • Promoting the responsible tourism operators and products in Tanzania to the international tourism market.

Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ) developed a set of standards for Responsible Tourism in Tanzania.  With future plans of having RTTZ formally recognized’ and even accredited by Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), The standards have been written in line with those of the GSTC, giving any RTTZ certified Tanzanian company the same international repute.

The certification system using the standards has four levels or steps.  The steps have been designed to push for continuous improvement. Each step will guide the organization toward becoming not only a matured enterprise in terms of responsibility but a role model for others. The requirements for SEED, SAPLING, and TREE levels have already been developed with the FLOWER requirements in the process, to ensure that we move slowly and get it right.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge was accredited straight to Sapling Level, which was a huge credit to the team for their hard work and dedication. We would like to congratulate them for this great achievement for the outstanding commitments! We would also like to thank the panel at Responsible Tourism Tanzania for this prestigious 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, AYANA Resort & Spa, 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.

Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar - Nungwi

Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar is the ultimate romantic destination, the perfect place to enjoy the harmony of the ocean and spend time with the one you love. Set in a picturesque tropical garden with its secluded beachfront, the 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. Kilindi's 'open-to-nature' approach provides the true essence to any stay and crafts a private, intimate and 'barefoot' appeal that so many crave. Explore the hidden secrets of the island or relax in the infinity pool watching the dhows head out to sea, with a gentle breeze in their sail.

There is a delightful spa offering an extensive array of treatments to satisfy you from head to toe, the spa combines African natural ingredients with both modern and traditional methods in the art of beauty, offering the ultimate in pampering.

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.

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 in various categories.

Elewana Kifaru House – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

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.

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 was held on the 10th November 2018, AYANA Resort & Spa, 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.

Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp - Loisaba Conservancy

Perched on the edge of an escarpment, Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp enjoys a breath-taking vantage point over an expansive panorama. Sophisticated and stylish, the capacious custom-built luxury tents offer a relaxing vantage point to appreciate the splendour of the Laikipia Plateau. Experience an array of activities, from games drives to camel-trekking, guided bush walks to Cultural visits.  The spacious main areas include a large dining area, separate open lounge and bar, a large wooden decking area, in addition to one of Africa’s most picturesque infinity pools.

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.

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.

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 …

We are very excited to announce that we have set up a permanent camera  overlooking the water hole at Elewana Tarangire Treetops, offering you a ‘window’ to check out what is happening, any time day or night wherever you are in the world. If you are lucky, you may see a herd of elephants enjoying a refreshing drink at sunset or the elusive leopard late at night, watch the theatre of life come and go and get a glimpse of what you could be experiencing if you were actually there.

Many other animals that make up the rich tapestry of Africa frequent the watering hole and the new live view gives an authentic glimpse to potential and returning guests of how wonderful a stay truly is.

Kenya Airways’ inaugural nonstop flight to the United States was greeted in New York on Monday morning (29th October) with a ceremonial water-cannon salute and a red-carpet reception featuring champagne and red and white roses.

“It has been 14 hours and 50 minutes of excitement,” Foreign Secretary Monica Juma said in regard to the flight from Nairobi, which arrived at John F Kennedy International Airport at 7:11am, local time.

The Elewana Collection would like to notify you that guests due to fly to the Masai Mara with either AirKenya or SafariLink due to stay at Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp will now land at Musiara Airstrip. Guests will be transferred by vehicle to the camp, which is approximately a one hour drive.

The renovations at Mara North Airstrip should be complete by the 15th November 2018 and flights are expected to resume as normal.

Thank you for your patience. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are pleased to announce that SkySafari by Elewana has appointed Mia Lawson as our new  General Manager with immediate effect.

Mia brings to the role a wealth of experience not only from an aviation industry, initially as a Second lieutenant in the Swedish Air Force with a degree in radar operation and radar systems but also as an experienced tour operator running her own company in Tanzania for several years. We are very much looking forward to Mia's first day in the SkySafari offices on Monday the 22nd of October, confident that she will significantly enhance the SkySafari product offering.

As October drew to an end, our guests at Hotel AfroChic Diani Beach once again had a special moment to witness the arrival of more tiny turtles scrambling out of the sand where they had laid hidden for the last two months. This completes season two, all three nests have now hatched; the first at the end of September, the second at the beginning of October under the cover of darkness and now the last nest, bringing the total this season to approximately 370 turtles.

We are so proud of our partners and all the work we do together to help these beautiful creatures survive and thrive!

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Land & Life Foundation were excited to be welcomed at the 79th Skal World Congress 2018: Mombasa, Kenya with four of our Wildlife Warriors from Amboseli Paul, Timothy, Ruth and Christian to talk to Skål members about the Wildlife Warrior Program and the impactful work being done in Esiteti Primary School and the wider Amboseli Community.

The “Wildlife Warrior Program and Esiteti Primary School Amboseli” entry in the 2018 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards in the category of Community and Government Projects achieved third position.

Back in May we published a feature on the conservation program being conducted by San Diego Zoo Global on the leopard’s in Loisaba Conservancy and the valuable research that is carried out. It is so rewarding when the work being done pays off and with this we have had increased leopard sights in the area. Tracking the location of leopard sightings is mapped through a Citizen Science Initiative using tablet and SMART technology. All the Elewana Guides at Loisaba Tented Camp and Star Beds are equipped with a tablet, installed with the simple data collection model, which allows guests to record sightings when out on games drives.

MOMBASA, KENYA: Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala on Thursday 18th October announced that Tui Fly, an international charter flight  will launch two new flights into Mombasa from next week leading to an increase in number of tourists visiting the Kenyan Coast. Balala spoke while officiating at the opening of the 79th edition of the World Skal Congress at the Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort Convention Centre & Spa.

Artists, designers and children find inspiration for creativity from the variety of shapes and colours of glass in the Shanga garden. There are no limitations.

This week, glass elements from our garden were used for a Geography School project. One of Arusha’s local school’s had a project that required the children to illustrate where they were from. A family that lives near Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge and frequently visits Traders Walk, originally from England they and their daughter decided to be very creative in her project, showcasing her country using glass from the Shanga garden in a beautiful map of England.

All of us here at Shanga have already given the project an A+++.

Click here to watch a video of the final masterpiece. We would like to thank the family for sharing this with us and we are moved that you chose Shanga for inspiration.

During the month of October, Elizabeth Davie, Healing Earth Group Trainer for East Africa visited Elewana Lewa Safari Camp to conduct level two training over four days with a number of our therapists to ensure they offer the best service to our guests.

Last Year Elewana Collection teamed up with Healing Earth in order to enhance its offering to guests, not only in the products used but ensuring our therapists have the best training possible. Healing Earth is a premium African spa brand that offers natural, organic products, therapies and spa concepts to discerning clients around the world. Each lovingly created Healing Earth product harnesses the restorative powers of Africa’s rich natural resources, and is made from only the purest natural active ingredients sourced from the continent’s powerful minerals, oceans, flowers, herbs, fruit, seeds and natural oils.

It is such a delight when you meet someone that is so passionate about what they do and is so full of life. The energy and enthusiasm that radiates from this young guide that works at Elewana Kifaru House in Lewa Borana Wildlife Conservancy is infectious. His knowledge of the bush and the animals that live in the conservancy is astounding and he is all too excited about sharing it all with our guests.

The children at Esiteti Primary School had a delightful surprise when internationally renowned Chinese violinist Zhang Zhang performed during a visit to Elewana Tortilis Camp in Amboseli.

Zhang Zhang is one of the chief soloists of the Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently travelling the world on a charity inspired sabbatical sponsored by Prince Albert. She has visited many destinations to play her remarkable music and raised thousands of dollars for good causes across different continents.

Wellness is of growing importance in today's hectic and chaotic world, we understand that at Elewana. When you stay with us, our aim is to make you feel at home, relaxed and enjoy unique experiences. A chance to take a break from your routine and relish great food, a team to pamper you and to make unforgettable safari memories. For those of you that would like to keep up with fitness while on holiday, Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp now has an exciting new running track that will have you enjoying the fresh air and open plains even more intimately.

Recently the Loisaba trainees rangers led by Isaiah, the conservancy trainer, tested the running track. The track consists of 3 routes - the blue route is the easiest being on a flat ground and is 1.6kms, the Red route with 1 steep downhill and uphill is 2kms and the Black route, the hardest, with 2 steep downhills and uphills is 2.5kms. There is a route for everybody here at Loisaba Tented Camp. Of course, our guests from Loisaba Star Beds are very welcome to join the run.

Deforestation is a significant problem across Africa. Guests staying at certain properties in the Elewana Collection are able to make their contribution to the conservation of the greenery in Kenya. When guests arrive at camp, on their first night guest when they return to their room, on their pillow will be a pack of 10 seedballs, which they are able to use during their stay, when they go out on game drives or a bush walk in the Conservancies, Private Reserves and public land.

Announcing the arrival of the Land & Life Foundation collection - T-shirts, baseball tops, kids T-shirts, tote bags and hoodies – there is something for everyone, women, men and kids. It’s never too early to get some Christmas gifts, at the same time supporting us to continue the great work with the community and conservation projects we are involved with.

Have a look at the range of items with fun messages then buy yourself something funky. Click here for more information.

Help us create a better world for others and spread the word.

The 8th edition of MKTE was organised by Kenya Tourism Board and the event was held at KICC in Nairobi from the 03 – 05 October 2018. Mr Najib Balala, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism was at the KICC on Wednesday 3rd October to officially open MKTE 2018. Various other high profile individuals attended, including Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General for UNWTO.

Taro Croze is a young and enthusiastic 19 years old, who was born in Nairobi and has lived in Kenya his whole life. He was brought up just outside the capital, near the Nairobi National Park. He is a keen artist and has a passion for wildlife photography, which he can developed as he is in the perfect environment! He has been interested in the safari industry, as it is so vital for Kenya and although sometimes can be a challenging job, it is incredibly rewarding. He believes the main thing for him, in the tourism sector, is showing people the beauty of his home country, Kenya. His aspiration is training to become a manager and eventually manage his own camp in Kenya.

Taro is now based at Elewana Loisaba Tented camp to assist guests with the various activities available during their stay at Loisaba, which range from Camel trekking, horseback safaris to cultural visits and so much more.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge held an exclusive wine tasting experience, in partnership with Red ‘N White Arusha. Red ‘n White is a wines and spirit distributor that supplies beverages from Africa and Europe.

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On the 24th September JG Black Book, who Represent Elewana Collection in the north east of the  United States, were invited to attend the Kenya Airways's Black Tie Gala to celebrate their brand new daily non-stop connecting Nairobi and NYC launching 28th October. In attendance was the President of Kenya, as well as a few familiar trade and media faces. We're excited about this new flight as it gives Americans more access to East Africa for both tourism and trade. However, more importantly it connects our two worlds leading us to more understanding and compassion. We look forward to working with KQ to bring the best media and advisors to this region.