We've had an exciting start to 2018, which began with two social media collaborations. The first, with Carmen Huter a New Zealand based travel photographer with a focus on promoting green living, wildlife and sustainability. Carmen has a following of 65k+ online, and has had her work featured on the likes of the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, the New Zealand Herald as well as National Geographic. Discover Carmen’s breathtaking photos of Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar here and take a sneak peak into her blog below:
Open white domes connect you with the surrounding gardens and birdlife, separating you from the rest of the world, while water trickles between the two swimming pools (yes, that is two pools per room) at your disposal. The line between being in- and outdoors doesn’t exist; you are just able to flow or, in our case, flop around in what soon becomes a la-la land.
We also had the pleasure of hosting photographer couple Hildegunn Taipale and Samuel Jackson, who have a combined online following of almost 750,000 people. The two frequently travel the world capturing hearts with their beautiful shots captured globally. The couple had a chance to visit not one, but to Elewana properties: Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar and Elewana Tarangire Treetops.
Here are just a few of their photos, and you can click here for more
We are happy to announce that Elewana Kifaru House is now showcased on our website. Please visit the Elewana Collection website and visit the page to find out more about this this bijou property, which appropriately takes its name from the Swahili word for rhino. Have a look at the beautiful images taken by Stevie Mann, a well-known photographer that travels the world capturing the style and grace of the places he visits.
We have also incorporated Elewana Kifaru House into the Information Manual that can be found when you click here.
China bought in a similar ban earlier this year across the mainland. The ban was announced last year but came into effect on the last day of 2017. After a yearlong transition to phase out legal ivory sales, it is now illegal to buy ivory anywhere in China.
WildAid reports that there’s been a 65% drop in ivory prices in China since the ban was announced last year. With wildlife campaigners believing that every year 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers, the ban is a life line for these gentle giants and in the nick of time with a concerning drop in numbers over the past years.
It is reported that Ivory sales will be phased out gradually in Hong Kong, stopping completely in 2021. The trade in Hong Kong will cease in three stages; starting with a ban on hunting trophies and ivory from after 1975, when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) took effect. Followed by ivory obtained before 1975 will also be included. And finally, traders will need to dispose of their stock by 2021.
The penalties will also be increased considerably for ivory smuggling. Under the new law, offenders could be fined double the present amount or imprisoned for 10 years instead of the current two.
Elewana Afrochic Diani Beach have been selected within the 2018 Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards, as our Most Outstanding Luxury Boutique Hotel - Kenya.
The 2018 Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards have been designed to recognise the companies, brands and individuals who are excelling in the ever-growing industry of luxury hospitality – those who go above and beyond to exemplify experiences clients are seeking when looking for their latest getaway.
Due to growth and some new opportunities this year, we are delighted to have been able to provide more job opportunities to those who have disabilities. The Shanga family has grown and through this the team is empowered and working harder than ever. Their pleasure in joining Shanga has been demonstrated in their work ethics, proven abilities and creativity. Our vision is to continue to grow and provide employment opportunities in Tanzania.
Shanga is a successful social enterprise which employs people with disabilities to create unique, high quality and handmade jewelry, glassware and homewares, incorporating recycled materials into many of our products. Shanga products are sold in Tanzania and around the world, with all profits being reinvested back into the development of new products; researching and implementing additional recycling methods into our activities.
Shanga’s purpose-built, open workshop is located in the grounds of Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge and is a wonderful experience for visitors to meet the inspirational staff, to view and participate in the creative process behind Shanga products. In 2018 we are looking forward to creating even greater interaction between our clients and staff through the different activities we offer to ensure a greater understanding and enhancement of the ethos of Shanga with the following exciting, free activities:
For more information about Shanga, please visit our website www.shanga.org
The first nest in our turtle hatchery for 2018 was placed on 10th February with over a hundred eggs in the beach. We're hoping they will hatch in approximately two months. although this does depends on the weather. Since February it has been fairly hot, we anticipate more females to be hatched. The sex of a turtle is determined by the temperature of the nest and in most cases, eggs from warmer nests hatch as all females. Having more female’s means more eggs will be laid hence better chance of increasing the number of Turtles in the years to come.
Stay tuned for updates as we work to save these endangered species.
Come and stay with us at Elewana AfroChic Diani around the beginning of April and you may be lucky to witness this extraordinary event!!
Our 2018 Land & Life Foundation Wildlife Warrior Scholarships have been awarded at Ololomei, Esiteti, Kachiuru and Ura Gate Primary Schools across Kenya. The new Warriors received their t-shirts & new trunks as they leave primary school behind and begin their new life as secondary students and Wildlife Warriors!
They will be supported for the next 4 years in secondary education.
If you would like to support a child’s education or require more information, please contact Elewana Collection or Land & Lide Foundation.
A new Digital Literacy Training Program has started with our schools in partnership with Lewa Digital program. Eight teachers and ninety six students received training recently, taking over two days at the first school, Esiteti Primary in Amboseli. There are now 72 tablets in regular use at the school and internet connection will soon be set up so they can be online, allowing them access to the government syllabus resources as well as the whole World Wide Web!
When visiting Elewana Tortilis Camp in Amboseli you can request to visit this school and see how the students are getting on and the great work that Land & Life do to ensure their continued success.
It’s been a busy couple of months for Land & Life Foundation
The team has been busy visiting Schools that we currently partner with in Meru, Mara, Isiolo, and Amboseli to run the Wildlife Warrior Club and we are very excited to announce we have new Wildlife Warriors joining our club network.
A donation of 20 solar lights were delivered to the Wildlife Warrior Club members of Embiti Primary School near to Elewana Sand River Mara. A huge thank you to Mary Jean Tully for the very generation donation and for improving the lives of so many at the school.
There are so many incredible places to visit while staying at Elewana The Manor, one being a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater forest to see the extraordinary Elephant Caves and picturesque waterfalls.
Elewana The Manor is located adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), which is a World Heritage Site and named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera nearby. After a short drive you arrive at the entrance, where you will be escorted through the rainforest by a professional guide, giving you the opportunity to explore this beautiful area and learn more about the array of inhabitants that make this place their home, in addition to the indigenous trees that tower above you.
The growing importance to preserve area such as this is vital to the survival of one of Africa’s greatest giants. As Africa’s population grows and land in high demand, it is getting harder and harder for elephants to migrate as they once did. The corridor between Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater offers one of just a few left in East Africa.
The caves offer a rare glimpse into the surprising capacity that elephants have to dig for minerals, using their tusks they carve out chunks that are consumed for vital vitamins. Over the years, as more and more elephants migrated to this area, the caves were formed.
The walk is between 3 to 4 hours and is not for those that are unfit or need assistance. Please note age restrictions apply to children under 16 yrs. All bush walks are subject to the discretion of the lead guide due to the nature of the activity.
Note: Third party costs applicable.
On the 1st February, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy & Kenya Wildlife Service teamed up for a rhino notching exercise. The aim being to provide each Rhino with an identity by creating a unique notch pattern on the ears, which will enable rangers to identify individual animals during their anti-poaching patrols, determine when an animal goes missing, and also ensure that accurate and consistent data is recorded for each rhino.
The team embarked on a massive exercise to ear notch at least 20 rhinos over 6 days on the Lewa-Borana Landscape, with Subira, a 3.7-year-old black rhino being the first to get her notch pattern. Three rhinos were notched on the first day with the rest following over the remaining days.
The guests enjoyed the experience and certainly learned a great deal when it comes to the conservation work that goes on at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the daily fight to protect these incredible animals.
Lewa Conservancy opened a new Joint Operations Centre, which serves as the communications hub to the entire area embracing Borana to the west and all the Northern Rangeland Trust Conservancies. This covers an area with a radius of about 300km. The launch of the revolutionary new Joint Operations Centre enables operators to see exactly what is happening across the vast landscapes of Lewa, NRT and adjacent Borana, as it occurs.
Vulcan, the high-tech and philanthropy-focused company founded by Paul G. Allen, created the new system specifically to help combat poaching and enhance wildlife management on a large scale across a vast area. Known as the Domain Awareness System (DAS), the programme integrates data and technology to provide a single picture that alerts security and anti-poaching teams to threats instantaneously and supports real-time tactical decision-making.
Through the protection and management of wildlife species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes, and through educating the local youth in the value of wildlife, Lewa has reversed a decline in several endangered species, most famously rhino.
Since 1984 its rhino population has grown steadily, not only restoring local numbers but enabling the reintroduction of black rhinos into regions where they had long been extinct. The Conservancy currently holds over 10% of Kenya’s black and 15% of Kenya’s white rhino population and for three years no rhinos have been poached in the conservancy.
The Elewana Collection was honoured to co-host the event for the second consecutive year in celebration of the Tanzanian delegation that will represent the country at the International Tourism Fair in Berlin to take place from the 7 – 12 March 2018.
We were privileged to welcome The Ambassador of the Republic of Germany Dr Detief Wachter and his wife Dr Katja Wachter, the Permanent Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources Major General Gaudence Milanzi to Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge. The event was well received and enjoyed by all who attended.
In 2016 there were only 2,350 Grevy’s zebra in the world. 95% of the Grevy’s zebra population resides in Kenya.
In order to monitor this important species, the Great Grevy’s Rally conducts a photographic census of the population every two years. Between 2016 and 2018 Kenya experienced devastating drought and conflict which greatly impacted the Grevy’s zebra. The 2018 census was a chance for the stakeholders in the region to come together and learn more about the continued conservation efforts to protect the Grevy’s zebra and the environments they inhabit.
5 counties of Northern Kenya. The teams battled harsh and remote conditions in the heat and dust to find and photograph as many Grevy’s zebra as they could. The Great Grevy’s Rally brought together teams from across organisations, the country and the world to participate. Citizens from Kenya and international countries volunteered their time and vacations to help photograph Grevy’s zebra. There were media, photographers and online influencers experiencing the event and sharing their stories with the world. The event benefited from the local experience and generous work of many individuals from community conservancies, private landowners, local conservation NGO’s, research organizations, KWS and county government officials
Collectively, all these teams took over 100,000 photographs! The images will be submitted to the WILDBOOK program for analysis. The team at WILDBOOK will use the unique patterns and stripes of every individual to establish the most accurate censes to date of both the Grevy's zebra and reticulated giraffe.
The official results from the census will be completed by June 2018 and we will update you with further news when received.
Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp continues to support great initiatives in the area. The latest being Lion Landscapes collaring for coexistence. The first Lion collars were deployed on Loisaba Conservancy earlier this month. The matriarch of the Narok pride, one of the largest prides in the area was fitted with an iridium collar after two nights waiting and watching. This pride has been collared consistently for over ten years allowing us a wonderful insight in to their family dynamics. The pride currently consists of the matriarch, and two younger females with six young cubs. A coalition of 4 adult males has also been seen associating with this pride.
Collars are not fitted purely to monitor the lion populations, it has many other benefits. It also allows lions to be closely monitored and in doing so reduce human encounters that have consequences. Last year revealed that due to weak and poorly guarded community livestock, conflict between lions and humans escalated in the Laikipia ecosystem. In collaring lions that have learnt to kill livestock allows the team to closely track where they are at all times by the real time movement data transmitted from the iridium collars. Teams on the ground respond when a lion moves into an area where they may get into trouble. Other projects (Living with Lions and University of California) are joining Oxford University based Lion Landscapes in contributing collars. Save the Elephants have developed a user-friendly app that maps the lion on google earth giving livestock owners the ability to avoid lions, or increase protection efforts in response to actual lion presence, thus better defending their livestock from lion attacks.
In conjunction with the app, Savannah Tracking have designed a Boma Shield System. This system responds to chips in the specially designed lion collars by setting off alarms and lights when the collared lion comes within 200 meters of a boma. A trail phase of these harmless deterrents is currently underway by Lion Landscapes on Loisaba Conservancy with great results. Recently a collared lions (Narok) tried to approach a camel enclosure under the cover of darkness but her collar triggered the new Savannah Tracking Boma Shield alarm system. The loud alarm woke the guards just in time to see the lion running away in shock.
The Nature Conservancy and Tusk Trust who have supported Lion Landscapes with these collars, a partnership that drives conservation efforts in the area for the years to come. We hope that the combination of the real time movement data and boma shield system will reduce the number of retaliatory killing of lions by informing and engaging livestock owners directly and also help to reduce livestock being killed lions.
Elewana Collection is investing 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.
In addition, we have just launched our first Guide Apprenticeship Program and the first few have been chosen to be trained, ultimately becoming Elewana Guides. Only an exceptional few who complete the Elewana Apprenticeship Guide Course will be offered employment within the group. This is a two year course covering a number of areas, from the workshop to in-house so they grasp the foundations of what is involved to ensure an exceptional guest experience. Further to that is the guiding itself, which trains them to understand the dynamics of dealing with different guests and managing their individual needs and expectations. There is also the enhanced knowledge of wildlife, habitat and everything that falls under that, including conservation, behaviour and so much more.
Craig McFarlane is Head of Guide Training & Activities and he has an impressive CV with over 27 years’ experience, his knowledge of the Bush is unrivalled with only a few being trained at his level in Africa. Originally from South Africa but he has had the opportunity to work all over Southern Africa. For the past year he has been with Elewana Collection in Kenya and Tanzania training the team of Guides to the highest standards.
In a series of features we will cover the Guide training and Apprentice program in more detail so follow future Newsletters for more information.