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Sand River Masai Mara to Open July 1st 2013

The long-awaited and highly anticipated arrival of Elewana Collection's first bush camp in Kenya is almost at an end. Sand River Masai Mara - located alongside the river and within the game reserve from which the Camp has taken its name - is to open its 'doors' on Jult 1st 2013.

Situated on a secluded and picturesque site, the Camp replicates the heyday of exclusive permanent tented camps of the late 1920’s. The interior fixtures and furnishings mirror this period perfectly, reminding all who visit of those countless Hollywood movies that have paid homage to a classic era of African adventure.

Sand River Masai Mara will continue to demonstrate all the qualities that have made the Elewana Collection the premier choice in East Africa. With carefully crafted interior designs, exceptional standards of service, and a sublime and carefully chosen location providing optimal access to the wildlife, Sand River Masai Mara Camp will surely become the standard to surpass.


Sand River Masai Mara is delighted to offer a 'Special Opening Promotional Rate'.
Stay for 3-consecutive nights at Sand River Masai Mara
& you can either experience your 3rd night at 50% off*
Or enjoy 1 free night at AfroChic Diani Beach**.
*Excludes camping and park fees. ** Minimum stay 2 nights.
This offer is subject to availability and is not combinable with any other current offer. This offer is valid until December 19th 2013. Normal STO rates and conditions apply.

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Simply The Best - AfroChic Diani Beach Wins Prestigious Trip Advisor Award

travellers choice 2013AfroChic Diani Beach, the jewel of the south Kenya coastline, has received three accolades including the ‘Best Small Hotel in Kenya’, an award based solely on guests' reviews posted on Trip Advisor.

Stephan Meves, General Manager of AfroChic Diani Beach, was delighted to hear that these acknowledgements have been given to the hotel.

"It is wonderful to receive any recognition for all the hard work and dedication. But it is even more rewarding when that recognition comes from those whom we look after, our guests. We are thrilled and overjoyed at this award and we only hope that we continue to strive to exceed our guests' expectations for years to come."

The hotel was also recognized as being in the ‘Top 5 Hotels for Service in Kenya’ and runner up in the ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Kenya’ category.

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Congratulations to The Manor - No.1 in Ngorongoro

trip advisor badgeThere is no better place to celebrate with a bottle of champagne than at The Manor at Ngorongoro. And corks are indeed a-popping within this famous and most striking of lodges that nestles seamlessly within the coffee plantations that roll down the slopes of the Ngorongoro crater.

The Manor, long thought of as the pre-eminent choice for luxury lodgings in the Ngorongoro area, has now achieved that same public acknowledgement courtesy of the reviews received by its guests on the global website Trip Advisor.  

With an average satisfaction rating exceeding 98%, The Manor has become the No.1 choice for visitors seeking luxury specialty lodgings in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Congratulations to all at The Manor for this wonderful achievement.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge’s Chefs Winning Our Hearts

chefs challengeThe first ever ‘Chefs Challenge’ in the Northern Circuit was held on the 24th November at the VETA Hotel and Tourism Training Institute. The competition, judged by five industry professionals from within the Tourism sector in Tanzania, was won by Dominic Axweso, a chef at Arusha Coffee Lodge. Second place was taken by two more of Arusha Coffee Lodge’s culinary team, Edwin Martin and Joseph Sule. Another of Arusha Coffee Lodge’s chefs also placed fourth, ending a highly successful and enjoyable event.

The top four placed winners will now go to Dar es Salaam for the finals and we look forward to reporting on yet another successful event for the chefs from Arusha Coffee Lodge.

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Up, Up and Away in a Beautiful Balloon

tarangire balloon safari

What better way to see the beauty and tranquility of the African wilderness than from a balloon drifting across the awakening bush?  

In addition to the ballooning offered by ABS balloons at the famous Tarangire Treetops (information available via our website Elewana Collection is also pleased to announce that starting from June 2013 it will be possible to book a hot air ballooning experience within the Serengeti.

This service, provided by Adventure Aloft, will also include transfers to and from the property at Serengeti Migration Camp, a delicious open-air breakfast post flight, and a certificate to take away to prove to friends and loved-ones that you were lucky enough to float across the most dramatic wildlife park in the world.  

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The Head of the Migration Arrives at Serengeti Pioneer Camp


The recently opened Serengeti Pioneer Camp, the latest addition to the Elewana Collection family of bush camps, has just been visited by the annual migration for the first time.

Recent guests at Pioneer Camp witnessed first-hand thousands of zebra and wildebeest passing close by in a spectacular example of the wonder of the annual migration of over 2 million animals.

One such guest, David Campbell from Scotland commented,

"…to see and hear the animals on their epic journey north is a truly amazing sight. Our Camp is so well located with incomparable viewing and vantage points, it is a veritable theatre of entertainment for anyone who wishes to be up close to the fauna of the Serengeti."

This 12-tented camp – which includes one family tented double room suite – affords dramatic views across the Serengeti plains, Lake Magadi and the Moru Kopjes. Elewana’s two camps within the Serengeti – Serengeti Migration Camp being the second further to the north - now allow up to 90% coverage of the National Park, thereby reducing drive times, improving access and maximising the game-viewing experience for all who visit.

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Online Booking for Elewana

kilindi bookingElewana Collection is delighted to announce that a new online booking service for both Kilindi Zanzibar and AfroChic Diani Beach is now available.

This new booking engine allows Elewana’s trade partners to access their STO rates, thus enabling fast and effective booking solutions with no delay caused by international time zones.

A simple application process is required in order for Elewana’s trade partners to see these contract rates, as the rates that are currently visible are those of Elewana’s published rates. The booking engine not only includes all rate offerings for accommodation, but also a wealth of enhancements such as dining options, spa treatments, transfers and excursions.  

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Kilindi & AfroChic – Stay Longer but Pay Less

kilindi zanzibarElewana’s jewels of the Indian Ocean, Kilindi Zanzibar and AfroChic Diani Beach, are both celebrating the New Year by extending their ‘Stay Longer - Pay Less’ special offers into 2013.

Kilindi Zanzibar is not only offering special 'Stay Longer, Pay Less Offers' for stays of 10 and 7 days, but now, due to popular demand, extending their short stay offer – ‘Stay 4 nights, Pay for only 3’ until December 15th 2013.

AfroChic Diani Beach is also offering a similar series of special rates including :

  • ‘Stay 4 nights, Pay for 3 only’
  • ‘Stay 8 days, Pay for 6 only’
  • ‘Stay 16, pay for 12 only’

These rates at AfroChic are valid until 30th June 2013.

Both offers are not combinable with any other offers. For more details on these offers or any other information regarding AfroChic and Kilindi, please contact us at

Kilindi Community Project

kilindi project thumbKilindi Zanzibar – Elewana’s tranquil and intimate boutique hotel located on the Northwest coastline of the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar – has this week ‘handed over’ to the local fishing community at Kilindi a new community building. This was done at a ceremony held in the prescence of the Assistant Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Mohammed Said.

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New Websites – Elewana Collection and SkySafari Celebrate New Online Presence

skysafari websiteIn October last year the Elewana Collection of Lodges, Camps and Hotels went ‘live’ online to show our 'new look’ corporate identity. Since that time we are delighted to report that the site has continued to attract an increasing volume of visitors and readers from the four corners of the globe.

And now SkySafari – The Ultimate African Adventure – has now gone live with a totally new website, packed with information and images about each of the camps and lodges that feature in the 7 day SkySafari round trip. Full of interesting facts about Tanzania, the National Parks and the wildlife that you will see on what will be the journey of a lifetime, this website is fast growing in popularity with consumers and trade alike.

Director of Communications, Jason Barry, explains.

SkySafari delivers the ultimate safari experience to each and everyone who visits Tanzania. Connecting four of the six Elewana Collection Lodges, Camps and Hotels, via its executive class Cessna Grand Caravan, SkySafari is fast becoming the safari circuit for the discerning traveller.

The all-new SkySafari website is packed full of relevant and interesting information and we hope that as the site grows becomes an excellent resource for anyone wishing to know more about Tanzania.’


AfroChic Diani Beach Recognised by TripAdvisor Award

afrochic tripadvisor accoladeAfroChic Diani, our boutique hotel that lies on the southern Kenyan shoreline on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, has been identified by TripAdvisor as the Top Hotel in East Africa thanks to the readers' comments on the review sharing website.

The actual ranking according to TripAdvisor for Afrochic Diani Beach is 'Top 25 Hotel in Africa',
'No. 1 Hotel in East Africa' and 'No. 1 Hotel in Diani'.

AfroChic Diani is the perfect getaway for the discerning traveler who wishes to simply ‘flop and drop’ and enjoy the spectacular views of exotic and ancient dhows in full sail. This exclusively intimate hotel - with only 10 guest rooms each with their own en-suite bathroom, balcony and sunloungers - is singularly personable and highly individual. It is this personable service, coupled with an excellent kitchen and its highly desirable location that has led Trip Advisor recognizing AfroChic’s qualities.

Stephan Meves, General Manager of AfroChic is naturally delighted.

We are thrilled to have been recognized by Trip Advisor especially because the recognition is based on our guests comments and recommendations. We are delighted that we have received such high regard with our previous guests and we will continue to strive to become the accommodation of choice in what is simply the most beautiful coastline in Kenya if not the world.

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Kilindi Zanzibar Hits the Front Cover of Condé Nast’s Traveller Magazine

traveller magazine coverKilindi Zanzibar, known to many as the perfect romantic getaway on the paradise spice island of Zanzibar, has just received the accolade of appearing on the front cover of Condé Nast’s international publication ‘Traveller’, March 2012 issue.

The image shown is of the view from one of the private Pavilions overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean waters at Kilindi Zanzibar.

Inside ‘Traveller’ Magazine, there is an in depth review of several boutique properties in Zanzibar, including a feature on Kilindi itself. Lisa Grainger, the Condé Nast journalist who visited the property describes at length the ‘delicious meals’ and the ‘motivated, smiley and friendly’ staff, as well as the mix of contemporary and traditional Zanzibari furnishings creating an eclectic and original décor.

Kilindi is indeed a unique hotel, a true retreat for those who wish to ‘kick-back’ and relax. As highlighted in the ‘Traveller’ this property is a blend of minimalism and superior service. Each Pavilion room has its own dedicated Pavilion Attendant helping each couple to define their experience as they want, when they want. For example, couples can enjoy dining anywhere they choose at Kilindi– their room, the main house, even a table set on the beach at sunset.

But Kilindi is far more than a boutique hotel. It gives more by going back to the basics of hospitality. That is why Kilindi Zanzibar is now one of the most sought after boutique hotels in the Indian Ocean.

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