Elewana Collection joins Signature Travel Network

We are delighted to announce that two Elewana Collection properties - Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge and Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro have joined the Signature Travel Network. With a network of more than 7,000 travel professionals, Signature was created by a group of like-minded agency owners in 1956 and continues to attract some of the travel industry's most successful and prominent retailers.

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James Haigh, the Elewana Collection's Director of Sales and Marketing commented: "We are absolutely delighted to have been accepted to join the Signature Travel network of some of the most prestigious and luxurious properties around the world and to be able to present Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge and The Manor at Ngorongoro to our friends in Signature member agencies across north America."

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The Elewana Collection is a carefully curated collection of 15 camps, lodges and hotels, each one selected for their unique accommodation, their iconic locations, and for providing close access to all the drama and spectacle of African wildlife in exceptional comfort. Elewana's environmental and social philosophy is integral to the business. All camps and lodges have been designed to have as little impact as possible on their surroundings. Many camps employ state-of-the-art power systems, with solar and power-storage technology to ensure minimal emissions and fuel use. 50-75% of camp staff are from the local communities, ensuring many families enjoy a steady income. And whenever possible, food and supplies are sourced locally to ensure the surrounding communities feel the benefits of tourism on a commerce level.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha

A welcoming retreat of aromas, gourmet food and vibrant gardens, the perfect start or end to an African safari. Situated on the fertile grounds of a coffee plantation, Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is a peaceful sanctuary right on the doorstep of Arusha city.

The lodge is made up of a main area incorporating a spa, swimming pool, restaurant and a café bistro. The rooms and suites have views of the surrounding gardens. Reminiscent of traditional plantation houses outside, the rooms and suites are modern and spacious inside. All furnishings and amenities were designed with comfort in mind. Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge combines the warmth of an African welcome with the familiarity of a boutique hotel.

Guests can partake in a coffee tour, showing the process that brings a coffee bean from 'tree to cup'. The tour culminates in an all-important tasting of the farm's coffee blends. Guests can also visit Traders Walk, a collection of 5 on site boutiques including Shanga, run by Tanzanians with disabilities who produce beautiful arts and crafts. There is a Tanzanite Centre and the Soko Giftshop that is stocked with all sorts of wonderful gifts. Finally relax at Kahawa, a Coffee shop with freshly brewed coffee and delicious home-baked cakes.

Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro - Karatu

As unique in character as its idyllic locale, this Cape-Dutch style homestead provides a relaxing and stylish ambiance. Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro, with its luxurious cottages and magnificent Manor House, brings "old-world" grandeur to a green and lush setting. Think cigars and brandy, elegant fine dining, and post-dinner snooker.

Elewana The Manor is one of the most lavish properties on the safari circuit; the rooms are cottage suites within the manicured gardens, and each suite has a sitting room, fireplace and enormous bathroom. A luxurious safari base with a spa, swimming pool and stable of horses to explore the surrounding coffee plantations and countryside. The Manor also arranges special picnics and sundowners within the estate and coffee tours for those interested in learning more about Tanzania's famous coffee trade.

The Manor is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, containing the Ngorongoro Crater, which is often called 'Africa's Eden' and the '8th Natural Wonder of the World'. We are the only property currently able to provide a fully catered meal on the Crater floor. This area is without a doubt one of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.

 

Updates on Elewana Collection Guide Training in Tanzania

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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. In our continued training, Professional Guides from Royal Malewane travelled to Tanzania and over the last two months have worked with our walking guides to further their skills and knowledge on home ground. One of the guides, Nikolas Vounnou was once an apprentice of our very own Head of Guide Training at Elewana, Craig McFarlane and having completed his training, Nik was awarded FGASA Safari Guide of the year 2012.

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Nikolas Vounnou

After finishing his studies he was fortunate enough to be accepted into Royal Malewane's 2 year apprenticeship in 2008 under the guidance of two of Africa stalwart guides Juan Pinto and Craig McFarlane.

He is an enthusiastic and committed guide who has his National diploma in Nature Conservation. He is a FGASA Level III Professional Field Guide and youngest to obtain SKS DG. Nik is a Level III Tracker and SKS-Birding (National).

He has a passion and zest to expose guests to Africa, its wildlife and endless beauty especially whilst on foot.

Rudi Hulshof

With over 21 years of game lodge and hospitality industry experience, Rudi is constantly fine-tuning his passion for Guiding along with nature and wildlife photography. Starting as a guide in 1998 in the Waterberg area of South Africa, Rudi quickly moved through the training ranks to attain the highest South African guiding qualification available (SKS DA) by the end of 2000.

At Royal Malewane, Rudi upgraded his previous Guiding qualifications and since has completed all components to achieve the SKS DG qualification, completed in June 2017. Currently Rudi is in the final process to achieve two further specialist qualifications, SKS Birding and SKS Astronomy. Guiding has always been a passion that, in conjunction with Photography, has kept him motivated, and thus an inspiration to all his guests and peers.

The training conducted reinforced the earlier teachings that had been done in South Africa but now on home soil. This included rifle handling, awareness of the environment, different situations and how to manage not only the wildlife but the guests in the Guides’ care.

It has been wonderful to hear from our Walking Guides that the external training received has made such a difference and impact on how they conduct their bush walks. Now putting into practise what they learnt in South Africa, one of our Guides, Baraka said “It was our time to take a lead and they (Nik & Rudi) just observed, sometimes advising on how we could improve so that we can deliver the best experience to our guests.  I found things like maintaining a flow of walk by minimising stops will make guests feel the experience more.” In general our guides have gained from being able to share experience and knowledge. Our Head Guide at Elewana Tarangire Treetops confirmed “it is my expectations that this will not be the end, we have opened a new chapter between us.”

Our Elewana Walking Guides:

Moses Yahane (Elewana Head Guide) was born in Karatu where he grew up and did his schooling. He did not complete secondary schooling and started his first job in 1994, employed at Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp as a security guard. As time went on his passion for learning about the trees and birds in the area grew and during the day he would join the guides to learn all he could. The fig tree in the centre of the camp was planted by Moses in 1994, a year before the camp opened. Moses has been a guide for 21 years and loves the bush, constantly wanting to improve his skills and be the best.

Alex Kanunga was born and raised in Arusha, completing secondary school in 2003 and continuing his studies at Arusha African Wildlife Management College. His first job was helping out with safaris before joining Elewana in 2013, with over 12 years in the industry and of those 8 have been in guiding, his knowledge of the bush is extensive. Alex is known for his friendly smile and outgoing character and is passionate about guiding and sharing everything he knows with visitors. He is one of our top walking guides at Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp.

John Ngowi grew up in Kilimanjaro and did his schooling in the area. He went to College where he studied Wildlife Management. He then joined a research company for 2 years studying the breeding and biology of small passerines. After which he worked for different camps as a guide and in 2005 joined Elewana Collection, developing his skills while working in all our Tanzania camps. He has 8 years experience as a guide and continues to grow as his passion for wildlife and the outdoors is unmatched.

Elly Mamuya (Elewana Head Guide) was born in Kilimanjaro but his family soon moved to Manyara where he grew up and went to school. He studied wildlife in 1992 and got a diploma in Wildlife Management in 1994. He has worked for a couple of safari operators then in 2005 was employed by the government for 3 year as a warden. In 2009 joined Elewana as assistant manager but his passion was in guiding so requested to transfer. He has been a guide for 22 years, he does everything by the book and is dedicated to giving guests the best experience at Elewana Tarangire Treetops.

Baraka Mtallo was born in Kilimanjaro where he did his schooling then continued his studies in Wildlife Management in Arusha. He started working at Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp then moved between the properties before ending up at Elewana Tarangire Treetops. With 12 years in the industry, of which 8 are as a Guide and has become a skilled individual who knows the bush and its secrets. He is friendly and gets on well with everyone.

Born and raised in Kilimanjaro, Stanford Shao went to Dar e salam once he completed secondary education to attend Hotel School. Once he finished his studies he worked in the hospitality industry but did part time guiding for a number of years. He joined Elewana Collection in 2005 and has worked hard to build his reputation as a key member of the team. He is a confident individual that is outgoing and has a wealth of information to share with guests.

The Elewana Collection is fully committed to continuous guide training in both Kenya and Tanzania iin order to achieve our goal - that our guests enjoy exceptional and safe safari experiences with our guides, while exploring and discovering East Africa’s many beautiful areas.

 

Loisaba security Manager won 2018 African Ranger Award

3-Loisaba-security-Manager-won-2018-African-Ranger-AwardThe Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters in Nairobi celebrated World Rangers Day on Tuesday the 31st of July. The Security Manager for the Loisaba Conservancy Daniel Yiankere was one of 50 rangers to have won an award in the 2018 African Ranger Awards made by the Paradise International Foundation. This 10 year award program was implemented in 2017 by Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba and co-chair of Paradise International Foundation, to support 500 rangers across Africa, and is given annually to 50 rangers who have made outstanding efforts to combat poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal wildlife trade.

Daniel became a KWS ranger 25 years ago in 1992, pledging to protect Kenya’s wild animals for future generations. During his service he has worked all over the country, in the Mara, Meru, Tsavo, Amboseli, Mt Elgon and Nairobi National Park, and is proud of the duty he has to conserve and protect Kenya’s wildlife resources.

He has been on Loisaba for over a year leading Loisaba’s security team of 64 Rangers and the canine unit comprising four bloodhounds, where recently he was key to the interception of 81 pieces of ivory in transit.

Congratulations Daniel for this will deserved recognition for his incredible hard work and diligence protecting Kenya’s wildlife over the years!

 

Getting SMART at Loisaba

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The Rangers at Loisaba Conservancy in Kenya, which conduct over 2,000 patrols each year, walking an average 1,803km/1,100 miles a month and recording 6,026 different wildlife sightings and collecting data on threats, like poachers' snares. How do we know this? Because of the SMART system that was launched last year with the Zoological Society of London. Analysis of data by Chege Amos, Loisaba's Conservation Officer supported by Space for Giants, has shown some fascinating trends, and allowed ranger patrols to be fine-tuned to be even more effective. SMART allows a continuous flow of information from the rangers on the ground to Loisaba’s management, so that effective conservation decisions based on real science can be made.

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Managing a conservancy as vast and diverse as Loisaba in a challenging landscape with limited resources can be a challenge. To do this effectively we have to be ‘Smart’ – literally. SMART stands for Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, which is a specifically developed protected area management tool designed to measure, evaluate and improve the overall effectiveness of law enforcement patrols. In doing so protected area managers, such as Loisaba Conservancy CEO Tom Silvester are provided with the necessary information to make adaptive management decisions.

Loisaba Conservancy started the SMART journey with assistance from Space for Giants and the Zoological Society of London. Amos trains rangers in the use of a simple mobile phone App called Cybertracker, which is essentially the data collection vehicle for SMART. Today, every patrol group on the conservancy is hard at work collecting critical information on wildlife sightings and potential threats (e.g. snares and/or poaching) to wildlife. The phones that the rangers use are GPS enabled thereby making it possible to gather real time data from the patrol teams (e.g. distance patrolled, hours patrolled etc.) where they recorded sightings and threat and possibly most importantly, what the blind spots are on the conservancy.

Every week, Loisaba’s Conservation Officer visits each patrol base and downloads the data onto a computer. Together with input from the Space for Giants team a weekly report is created giving management a spatial view of what is happening on the conservancy and this is then discussed by the Senior to take appropriate action. SMART is proving to be a ‘game-changer’ and is going to help Loisaba develop into one of the leading conservancies in the landscape.

All profits generated by tourism activities at Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp and Elewana Star Beds are dedicated to the conservation of the 56,000-acre private wilderness area, known as Loisaba Conservancy. We encourage our guests to visit the Conservation Centre to learn about the various projects that are ongoing and vital to the success of this area.

 

Coffee plantations at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge & Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro get certified

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Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s oldest and largest coffee plantations, the Burka Coffee Estate, established in 1899 by German settlers and purchased much later by a group of Swiss investors in 1929. The Estate manages 342 HA of Arabica coffee, with which they have adopted an active and profound corporate responsibility, while maintaining the consistent quality that makes Burka Coffee Estates a trusted speciality coffee producer. The name Burka is derived from the springs found on the farm, providing water for irrigation as well as the local communities. The Northern Tanzania Arabica coffee produced from this estate fetches a premium on the world market and is highly sought after by Japanese clients as well as European and US markets.

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For guests staying at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge there is an exciting and informative 'Coffee Tour' for anyone who wishes to learn the fascinating cycle of the coffee bean. The Tour takes place within the grounds of the Lodge, weaving in and out of the evergreen coffee bushes, the Coffee Guide explains how the bean is nurtured, harvested, dried and finally roasted to produce a myriad of different blends that sate the taste of the most ardent of coffee connoisseurs. And the best part of the sixty-minute tour is the preparation of the coffee for that all-important taste test. In full view of all, the coffee is roasted, then freshly ground and finally added to hot water, all three actions of which delivering aromas that awaken even the dullest of senses.

Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro is situated on the Shangri-La Estate, home to Ngorongoro Mountain Coffee and located on the lush highlands of Northern Tanzania 1700 metres above sea level. Named after the famous novel “Lost Horizon” and rebought by a group of Danish Germans after being owned previously by the British after World War 2, the estate was revived in order to produce the renowned coffee that we have today. The crystal-clear untreated water from the forest along with the climate and exceptionally fertile volcanic soil all contribute to the vast growth and uniquely mild flavoured of the Mountain Coffee.

While staying at Elewana The Manor at Ngorongoro Guests can stroll through the plantation of Shangri-La farm, learning the history and everyday processes of coffee making followed by the "bean to cup" method. A traditional hand roasting station is setup to witness how coffee beans were roasted in the old days on a Jiko- or local Swahili stove. End the tour with estate cheese and charcuterie accompanied by sparkling wine set up in The Manor gardens.

The estates follow a traditional agro-forestry system whereby coffee is shade grown under mostly indigenous trees, maintaining the right balance between our productive and non-productive areas. The staff housing and villages provide secure homes for the workforce and their families, whilst areas not conductive for coffee growth are preserved, thereby merging ecologically and socially stringent standards in order to produce consistently superior coffee. All the coffee harvested is UTZ certified, showing consumers that products have been sourced from farm to shop to shelf, following the Code of Conduct where guidance for better farming methods, working conditions and care for nature is expertly offered. As well as this, the estates are also Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices certified, where rewards are given only to those who produce high quality sustainably grown coffee for Starbucks stores. By evaluating the economic, social and environmental aspects of coffee production, they ensure that Starbucks sources sustainably grow and process coffee while addressing the needs of all the participants in the supply chain from farmer to consumer. By also being Rainforest Alliance Certified, they are audited annually against a rigorous standard with detailed environmental, social and economic criteria, designed to protect biodiversity, deliver financial benefits to farmers, and foster a culture of respect for workers and local communities allowing coffee to grow in harmony with nature.

 

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Remembers George Adamson 29 years on

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George Adamson was killed in an ambush by Somali bandits in Kora, on 20th August 1989.

Born on the 3 February 1906 in India, after being educated in England he moved to Kenya in 1925, where after a number of jobs, he joined Kenya's Game Department in 1938 and was Senior Wildlife Warden of the Northern Frontier District. It was his work with lions that earned him the affectionate title of the Baba ya Simba ("Father of Lions" in Swahili), and would become a respected British wildlife conservationist and author.

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Adamson retired as a wildlife warden in 1961 and devoted himself to raising lions who could not look after themselves and training them to survive in the wild. In 1970, he moved to the Kora National Reserve in northern Kenya to continue the rehabilitation of captive or orphaned big cats for eventual reintroduction into the wild.

Joy and George Adamson were undoubtedly two of the most celebrated champions of wildlife the world has ever known and Elsa the lioness, star of the best-selling book ‘Born Free’ written by Joy, the most famous lion. Filming Elsa’s life story began in Kenya, and the resulting Academy award-winning film was not only a smash hit, but a ground-breaking movie which captured the imagination of the world and redefined the meaning of wildlife conservation forever. George Adamson was a technical advisor and lion expert for the filming.

George and Joy forged a great friendship with Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, who portrayed them in the film, and inspired the two actors into a life dedicated to wildlife conservation. They went on to establish the Born Free Foundation, which is still protecting wildlife today and is now managed by their son Will Travers.

On 20 August 1989, George Adamson was murdered near his camp in Kora National Park, by Somali bandits, when he went to the rescue of his assistant and a young European tourist. He was 83 years old. He is buried in the Kora National Park near his brother Terrance. Two lions are buried next to Adamson as well: Super Cub, and Mugi, a lion released in Kora after George's death.

Kora was designated a National Park with Kenyan Government protection in honour of his memory.

George Adamson’s legacy lives on with the work that the Born Free Foundation does and at Elewana Elsa’s Kopje where the Elewana Collection maintains a number of artefacts linked to his and Joy’s life on site. The Elsa’s Kopje  Managers are delighted to share his story and the amazing work he did in his life time.

 

Update from Esiteti Primary School in Amboseli

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Esiteti Primary School in Amboseli is an education centre for the local Masai community, located near Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli. The school caters for over 400 boys and girls and is supported by the Land & Life Foundation, who work alongside the Elewana Collection to ensure the local communities living nearby benefit from tourism. The school has received several generous donations to improve the facilities in the school, and help create a new and improved learning environment for the children.

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We are delighted to update you on the progress at the school and confirm that the third new classroom has been completed and work on the fourth classroom will commence shortly. The construction of the 80 bed boy’s dormitory will start this coming month so students will be able to live and work on campus, saving them hours of travel by foot and allowing some to attend school who previously have been unable to.

A further generous donation has been allocated to build a library, arts and crafts and science block, construction of which we hope will begin next year. This facility will provide the students with exposure to basic practical skills in order to explore new talents and encourage literacy and academic prowess. It is hoped that these new facilities will enable students to discover new interests that grant them access to opportunities that would otherwise be unattainable.

Guests staying at Elewana Tortilis Camp are welcome to visit the school and spend time with the children and contribute to the community.

 

Season Two of the turtle hatchery project has started at Elewana AfroChic Diani!

8-Turtle-Hatchery-Season-IIElewana AfroChic Diani has begun season two of this year’s turtle hatchery project, which was started in order to help protect turtles and their natural habitats, thereby conserving the rapidly declining population of these magnificent creatures as well as the maintaining the balance of the ocean’s ecosystem.

At the end of July, 138 eggs were carefully and safely buried in new turtle nest, with an expectation of hatching after two months, so look out for our update at the beginning of October. Recently our guest had another opportunity to witness the burying of 128 turtle eggs into the third nest. We now have 379 eggs safely under our watch as we wait for them to hatch. The count continues....

The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the nest, so cannot yet be predicted but should the coming months be hot then we can expect more females then males. For example, in green turtles, temperatures need to be 88 F or above for the eggs to become females. For males to develop the temperature is around 82 F. If the temperature of incubation falls somewhere between 82 and 88 F, a mixture of the sexes develop.

Come stay with us at Elewana AfroChic Diani during October and you might be lucky enough to witness this incredible phenomenon!

 

Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar Update: Wifi available in every Pavilion

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Guests staying at Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar can now enjoy wifi while in their room. All pavilions are enabled with internet access ensuring 24 hour connectivity with the world, giving guests the privacy to speak to loved ones back home, share their favourite photos on Facebook and Instagram or simply communicate with friends a world away when it suits them.

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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.

 

Elewana Collection shortlisted for Award at PURE: Seedballs For Warriors

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We are ecstatic to be shortlisted for the PURE Awards 2018 in the Conservation and Sustainability Category! Entries are projects or initiatives that highlight a global issue and the efforts undertaken to preserve our natural resources, going above and beyond to protect our legacy – for the good of not only the tourism industry, but the world.

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We believe our Seedball for Warriors project meets this criteria;

Forests are vital for wildlife, freshwater resources and local people. However, only 7% of Kenya is covered by trees – 67 trees per person, compared to the global average of 420. Elewana aims to reforest Kenya with their primary school Wildlife Warrior Club network and the innovative seedball programme running in camps in or near private conservancies.

The seedballs are tree seeds encased in a ball of charcoal dust, mixed with nutritious binders to protect the seeds from predators and extreme temperature until rains arrive and the seed germinates. Every member of the Wildlife Warrior Clubs in our school network have been given bags of seedballs to throw or slingshot into the bush around their schools, villages and homes, and the project continues with guest donations providing more seedballs for students.

The local kids seemed to enjoy it so much that we’ve incorporated this fun and innovative conservation practice into our guest experience. Selected Elewana properties stock the seedballs for guests to buy and throw on game drives and bush walks. This fun and engaging activity allows guests to become a part of the landscape they move through instead of only an observer, and by taking part they make a real contribution to the habitats and to the ever changing conservation story of Kenya.

To date, over 63,000 seeds have been thrown by Elewana guests with an estimated germination rate anywhere between 10% and 90%, even at its lowest end, that is over 6300 new trees for Kenya this year alone - and we aren’t done yet!

For those of you who are PURE members we would encourage you to support our initiative by voting for us! Voting is easy - simply visit the PURE Awards page, by clicking the link to the Conservation and Sustainability Category here. Voting is now open and will continue through to Tuesday 11 September.

For non PURE members - we hope you like this project and will encourage your future guests to take part when they visit Elewana properties.

We eagerly await the results that will be announced at the PURE Awards Party on the 11th September. Please follow us to find out the results.

 

Meeting the Shanga family

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Located at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge Shanga creates 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 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.

Over the next few months we will introduce you to members of the Shanga family; who they are, what inspires them and their dreams for the future.

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Shanga is a social enterprise that employs people with disabilities in a multi-faceted creative workshop. Of the 60 employees over 55% have disabilities.

We often receive requests to share everyone’s story, including details of what their disability, how it may have occurred, and how they have overcome the challenges the disability poses

This sharing in itself can often be challenging. For many of the Shanga employees answering these questions leads to reliving the trauma of a tragic accident or memories of being outcast by their communities. Out of respect for our staff privacy and wishes we prefer to share and celebrate their passions and achievements.

In this spirit we would like to introduce Amani and Masoud.

By not knowing their disability please do not let this hinder your full comprehension of the many challenges they have faced but please reflect on the following while reading their stories:

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At Shanga, We live like one big family bound with love
- Masoud 2018

 

Masoud was born and raised in Singida in central Tanzania. He moved to Arusha 9 years ago and has been part of the Shanga team for over 2 years.

People with disabilities can be ignored and “hidden”, due to his disabilities Masoud has experienced this first-hand. Through working at Shanga and other activities he partakes in, he is happy to be given the opportunity to show the world what he can do with pride.

Working at Shanga, Masoud has developed good working relationships with everyone, especially with the team in the Aluminum Department. He came to Shanga with some leather working skills including shoe and sandal making. Working at Shanga has allowed him to develop these skills further and now among other things is able produce beautiful mosaics pieces and work with aluminum.

Masoud’s passion and ambitions are intertwined. As a keen footballer and music lover, he would love to be known for his skill with the ball and gain popularity from his involvement in the music industry through his work in and on music videos.

Through his steady income from working at Shanga and some guidance from his father, who is a mason, Masoud’s greatest achievement to date is building his own house..

Amani

My motivation to participate in marathons is to encourage and inspire others
- Amani 2018

 

Amani was born in Manyara and moved to Arusha 18 years ago. He has been an integral part of the Shanga team for over 5 years.

Amani is part of our Beading Department and enjoys working at Shanga partly due to the diversity of those working here and having the opportunity to meet people from all around the world. Getting to know and work as a team is one of his greatest joys. Amani joined the Shanga team knowing how to sew and some beading techniques. He makes the most beautiful beaded stars, one of our most popular items.

Amani is a keen athlete and has participated in four local marathons, with plans to do many more. One of his major motivators is to encourage other people with disabilities that if they are willing to try, the possibilities are endless.

“A good life” is a driving passion for Amani, this has led him to be able to live independently which is a major achievement for anyone in Tanzania.

Away from work Amani follows his love for football and enjoys music.

Amanai dreams of owning his own His business idea is an arts and craft business making and selling his own designs using all the beading techniques has learnt with us. Knowing Amani’s drive and abilities this will happen.

For more information about Shanga, please visit our website www.shanga.org

Ability over Disability:

Shanga’s mission statement is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable development goals: "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." Our global mission is to promote the rights and advancement of persons with disabilities.

 

Voting is over as we await the results of the World Luxury Hotel Awards

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The voting period for the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards is over. The Elewana Collection entered two of our properties, Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp and Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar and during the month of August we asked you to cast your vote. We would like to thank all of you who took the time to do this and help us suceed. We eagerly await the results, which will be announced on the 10th September 2018 and we will keep you updated with our progress.

Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike. Over 300,000 international travellers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners.

 

Elewana Collection recognizes World Lion Day

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The 10th of August recognized the animal kingdom’s most beautiful and regal creature, World Lion Day, is when we come together to pay tribute to these magnificent animals, acknowledging the importance of lions culturally and symbolically worldwide and to help protect the rapidly declining population, with only 20,000 left in Africa.

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The General Manager of Elewana Elsa’s Kopje reminds us that it is also a day to reflect on the lives of George and Joy Adamson, who drew the attention of the world to lion conservation in Africa; and on the responsibility that we all have to safeguard our priceless natural heritage, of which this iconic species forms such an integral part. George devoted himself to raising lions who could not fend for themselves and trained them to survive in the wild, acting as a role model to the rest of the world, showing the dedication we all need to have in order to save this beautiful species from becoming endangered, after all, "Africa needs Lions!"

Following the amazing work started by George Adamson, the Born Free Foundation started the Meru Lion Heritage Project, tracking and monitoring lions, deploying de-snaring teams and working with communities in order to educate them to reduce human wildlife conflict. Lions are losing their habitat, resulting in increased conflict with local communities and therefore leading to a collapse in lion numbers by 30-50% in the last 20 years.

World Lion Day is a day to appreciate the work done by so many foundations and organisations like Born Free, as well as to encourage more people to become aware of what we can all do to contribute to the protection and conservation of the ‘King of the Jungle’.

 

The Elewana Collection celebrates World Elephant Day with our Partners

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The Elewana Collection celebrated World Elephant Day on the 12th of August, a day dedicated to making the world aware of the dangers these magnificent creatures face, where poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the few. It encourages the world to stand together to protect not only the elephants themselves but their habitats. With an estimated number of 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants, in contrast to the 3 to 5 million in the 1940s, with one elephant being killed every 25 minutes, many organisations and foundations are working hard to try protect elephant population from declining further with the threats that they face every day.

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Loisaba Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy in Loisaba, one of Elewana’s partners and owner of Loisaba conservancy where both Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp and Elewana Loisaba Starbeds are situated, work alongside Space for Giants, an international conservation organization that protects the African landscapes needed for elephants to thrive. Space for Giants was instrumental in securing a 56,000 acre stretch, a key habitat for Kenya’s second largest population of elephants, that was facing the threat of being bought and turned over to use other than conservation. 

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Additionally, Lewa Conservancy has a Joint Operations Centre, located near Elewana Kifaru House and Elewana Lewa Safari Camp, which serves as a communications hub from Borana in the west of the conservancy and all the Northern Rangeland Trust Conservancies, enabling skilled operatives to see exactly what is happening across this vast are of 300km. Guest staying at either of the Elewana properties are able to view the Domain Awareness System, created by Vulcan, the high-tech and philanthropy focused company funded by Paul G. Allen, which is specifically designed to combat poaching and enhance wildlife management, providing a single picture that alerts security and antipoaching teams to threat, allowing the population of elephants around the area to be closely monitored and protected.

Meru National Park

Founded by Virginia McKenna, who also opened Elewana Elsa’s Kopje, the Born Free Foundation in Meru, is a partner of the Elewana Collection and an organization that also helps protect not only elephants, but other animals that face threat. The ivory trade poses one of the largest threats to elephant and therefore trade in ivory products of any kind is opposed by Born Free, so they work with governments, wildlife law-enforcement agencies, conservation bodies, the media and the wider public to promote the adoption of bans on domestic and international commercial trade in raw and worked ivory, whilst also actively publicises the risk posed by any trade in products containing ivory from other ivory-bearing species.

Amboseli National Park

Another foundation that contributes to the sustentation of elephants and partners of Elewana Tortilis Camp is the BigLife Foundation. They cover over 1.6million acres across Amboseli, Tsavo and Kilimanjaro. Their expertly trained and well-equipped rangers help to protect and secure the wildlife, striving to prevent poaching of all wildlife, especially elephants, by tracking poachers and collaborating with local prosecutors to ensure punishment. Poaching continues to be a threat, however with the increase in the human population and competing for space, conflict with humans is critical, making it an even bigger challenge.

 

World Elephant Day is a reminder of all the threats that elephants face, and is used to encourage and educate everyone around the world on how to help protect this species so that generations to come can marvel at their existence and not just a beautiful photograph on a wall, which is all we will have if we don’t do something now to protect them.

 

Join the movement to cleanse the planet on World Clean up Day!

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Communities in Tanzania and Kenya are coming together with a global network in preparation for World Clean Up Day on the 15th of September, a day where eliminating rubbish is the number one priority.

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As part of the lead up to the day itself, a series of clean ups and waste mapping events have been held around the world and across both countries. Most recently in Arusha, Tanzania  25 volunteers came together on the 18th of August to clean up Kijenge & Moshono communities, focusing mainly on the rivers and river banks. The Elewana Collection and Sky Safari have supported this movement in Tanzania and also donated trash bags for the rubbish collected. Jane Goodall and her Roots & Shoots Foundation have also joined the Let's Do It Arusha committee in order to apply their knowledge and skills to create waste and trash awareness around the communities.

The Let’s Do It Campaign introduced a mobile app for trash mapping, to enable a coordinated and targeted approach to clean ups for the first time. Tanzania was delighted to be the winner of the Weekly World Mappers Challenge in early August, which then motivated them to do another mapping challenge that took place on the 21st of to encourage  the community to do their part. Jane Goodall’s inspirational speech addressing World Clean Up Day and the problems that waste causes to the environment has inspired over 1000 followers of the Let's Do It Arusha & Moshi Facebook page and others to start cleaning up the mess that we make daily and to reassess and rebuild the attitudes we all have to waste on a long term basis.

Let’s Do It Kenya is also helping the anti-pollution movement by promoting the mobile app, helping to map illegal garbage points and dumpsites across the country. They also held a Twitter chat on Frequently Asked Questions about World Clean Up day, which reached over 70,000 people with information on keeping our planet clean.

So, save the date – Saturday 15th of September - and join the biggest positive civic action in the world with people from 150 countries not only cleaning up trash but raising global awareness and implementing lasting changes that will see each individual make a real difference in the global waste epidemic.

 

Airline Updates:

Delta begins Kenya Airways codeshare service from August 2018

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Delta Air Lines last week commenced codeshare partnership with Kenya Airways, covering the latter’s service between Kenya and Europe, as well as selected routes beyond Nairobi. Planned codeshare service commenced on/around 15 August 2018.

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DELTA operated by Kenya Airways

  • Nairobi – Accra
  • Nairobi – Amsterdam
  • Nairobi – Kisumu
  • Nairobi – London Heathrow
  • Nairobi – Mombasa
  • Nairobi – Paris CDG

Source: Routes Online

 

Following the Herds

The Serengeti – Masai Mara annual migration is one of the last great migrations, an epic journey that the herds make each year, facing the gauntlet of river crossings, predators that lie in wait and the unknown challenges that they will have to face on an endless journey in search of greener pastures.

August has been an exciting month in the Masai Mara, as the large herds of wildebeest flood into the area with incredible river crossings and high speed action, as Elewana guest’s witness dramatic hunts…  also a few unusual moments captured! Watch the videos below to get a glimpse of what has been happening.

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4th August – spectacular Mara River crossing as hundreds make their way to the other side.
(Head of Guide Training: Craig)

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9th August – Unusual moment as a Zebra calf is frozen next to a lioness.
(Elewana Guide: John)

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13th August – Wildebeest swarm across the Mara River making it safely up the bank.
(Elewana Guide: Alex)

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14th August – Guests staying at Elewana Sand River witnessed two different hunts 200 metres apart. The first was a dynamic chase by a lioness who then let her cubs practise their hunting skills, while she recovered.
(Elewana Guide:  Joel)

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29th August – Wildebeest moving back and forth from Serengeti to Mara. Large herds seen around Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp.
(Elewana Guide: Moses)

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30th August – Guests from Elewana Sand River Masai Mara enjoy Wildebeest crossing.
(Elewana Guide: Koskei)

 

Photos of the Month

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Taken by our Elewana Guides (clockwise): Video - Thomas Njogus, Leopard walking - Brown Lengalai, Elephants - Joseph Chege, Lion cub - John Ekaran, Sunset - Joel Cheruiyot.