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Elewana AfroChic wins Luxury Travel Guide Award

We are delighted to announce that Elewana AfroChic Diani has been successful in winning the: UNIQUE LUXURY HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2018!

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The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields.

All winners of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria. This ensures only the most deserving walk away with one of these prestigious accolades and gain a place in the awards winners’ guide.

A special thank you to the professionals who assessed Elewana AfroChic and awarded this prestigious accolade and a huge congratulations to the entire Elewana Afrochic Team.


Winner of Telegraph Travel Calendar Competition heads to Tanzania on SkySafari

Interview with Alison Morris, winner of the Telegraph travel calendar competition

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Alison Morris's cinematic image of camel herders enveloped in a cloud of sand in Pushkar, Rajasthan, was the judges' favourite.

Your winning photograph was taken in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Please can you tell us a little more about the circumstances when you took that image?

My husband and I were travelling with another couple who were checking out the area for locations to take friends later in the year. We were lucky enough to have our trip coincide with the Pushkar Camel Fair, held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon. This is a spectacular event attracting hundreds of thousands of livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. We were up at 5am to get the image that I submitted to the Telegraph competition. We positioned ourselves by a slope in the desert where we waited as the herdsmen and their camels arrived, kicking up sand and dirt.

What camera were you using to take the photograph

I was using a Canon 5D Mark ii with a 70-300 lens.

Have you been to East Africa before

Yes, we have visited the Kenyan coast before and enjoyed taking photos in this area so we are really looking forward to travelling on Safari in Tanzania.

What are you most looking forward to on the SkySafari journey

Definitely seeing all the animals, it will be such a wonderful opportunity to take some wildlife photography. With the SkySafari taking us to three different National Parks in Tanzania, I am hoping to capture a wide diversity of species.

Which animals are you most looking forward to seeing

The big cats, it would be amazing to see cheetah. I am also looking forward to seeing giraffe and elephants.

What would be your dream photograph to capture on your SkySafari

A big cat with its young.

What tips can you give aspiring amateur photographers

Get up early; the light is usually excellent and there is so much going on. Also keeping at it, my winning photograph for the Telegraph competition took five days to capture.

Any plans to take your photography further

I am a member of the RPS (Royal Photography Society) and have gained two levels of their Distinctions that set recognised standards of achievement throughout the world: I have qualified as Licentiate (LRPS) and Associate (ARPS). I would love to gain the final highest distinction of Fellowship (FRPS).


Kilindi Zanzibar - A Conservation Focused Paradise

Beth Doane, an author from the Huffington Post recently provided thoughts on a recent visit Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar, where in her own words, she said


Clearly mesmerized by the beauty of Kilindi, Beth wrote about her experience with us, and the article has been published in the HuffingtonPost.

Here is a sneak peak:

“If, like me, you’ve got a serious case of wanderlust then you crave the excitement of experiencing diverse cultures, trying international cuisine, meeting new people and seeing the wonders of the world. However, the unfortunate reality is that while the traveler gains so much through their time abroad, travel comes at a high environmental and social cost to others.

That’s why I am passionate about covering the outstanding environmental and social efforts being made within the travel industry to protect the cultural and economic sustainability of local populations. Recently I stayed on the island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania and was so impressed with a property called Kilindi Zanzibar by Elewana Collection - that is committed to conservation in thoughtful ways. Here are just a few things they are doing and how other properties can learn from what they have implemented.”

Read the rest of the article here


Afrochic Wins Three World Luxury Hotel Awards

2017-Winner-Logo--Black-Text-White-Background-We had a fantastic start to December 2017, as we got news of not one, not two, but three World Luxury Hotel awards won by Elewana's Afrochic Diani Beach!

The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognises global, continental and country hotels across 50 categories. The award ceremony took place on December 2nd in Switzerland.

The three awards included:


Elewana Afrochic Diani Beach - 2017 Luxury Boutique Hotel

Country Winner: Kenya


Elewana Afrochic Diani Beach - 2017 Luxury Honeymoon Hotel

Country Winner: Kenya


Elewana Afrochic Diani Beach - 2017 Luxury Beach Villa

Continental Winner: Africa.

A special thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to vote and a huge congratulations to the entire Elewana Afrochic Team, especially Joab Andayi who has been appointed to the new role of General Manager, what a way to start!


Elewana hosts Safari365

The Elewana Collection is made up of a portfolio of unique African camps and lodges in Tanzania, Kenya and Zanzibar. Each property offers style, comfort and exceptional service. Elewana aims to provide guests with “authentic experiences, positive impacts” and create these experiences in a way that is in harmony with Africa.

Safari365 was hosted by Elewana at a number of their Tanzanian locations including Arusha and the Serengeti during a recent educational trip. At each place we visited, we had a first-hand experience of the staff, facilities and the general atmosphere.

After our incredible trip, we put together a short video and write up on Arusha Coffee Lodge and Serengeti Pioneer Camp. We included basic information on the accommodation, our experience and footage of our authentic, first-hand stay at both Arusha Coffee lodge and Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

Thanks to Elewana for hosting us!

Safari365 visits Arusha Coffee Lodge, Read More ➥

Safari365 visits Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Read More ➥


Elewana hosts Safari365 in the Masai Mara

The Elewana Collection is made up of a portfolio of unique African camps and lodges in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. Each property offers style, comfort and exceptional service. Elewana aims to provide guests with “authentic experiences, positive impacts” and create these experiences in a way that is in harmony with Africa.

Safari365 recently visited Elewana properties in the Masai Mara Region including Elephant Pepper Camp and Sand River Masai Mara. Each location offers guests a unique and luxurious Kenyan safari experience.

During the visits to both camps, Safari365 experienced the staff, facilities and ambience first hand. Afterwards we put together short accommodation written and video features on each complete with authentic images and footage captured during our stay.

Thanks to Elewana for hosting us!

Safari365 visits Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, Read More ➥

Safari365 visits Elewana Sand River Masai Mara, Read More ➥

Safari365 visits the Masai Mara, Read More ➥