Elewana Collection invests in training our Guides to the highest standards

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In the February Newsletter Elewana Collection published a feature on its commitment to training the best Guides, in our continued efforts to ensure guests have a superior experience when they stay at an Elewana property. We want to improve the standard of guiding across the industry and we are passionate about the people who work for us, ensuring we invest continuously in their development and the community around us.

This month we will cover the ongoing training that our Elewana Guides receive to ensure they are at the top of their field. Mid-February we sent Alex and Elly, the first two of our Walking Guides to South Africa for six weeks, to further their skills from leading professionals in the Industry at Royal Malewane. They were followed in mid-March by Stanford and Moses and then the last two, Baraka and John who went down at the beginning of May, each having six weeks of intense training in the field. All six Walking Guides have returned exceeding our expectation, not only in their personal development but also professionally as Elewana Walking Guides.

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It is the first time that our Elewana Walking Guides have travelled outside of East Africa, to a very unfamiliar country. They were collected by one of the team members from Royal Malewane and transferred to Thornybush Private Game Reserve, 450kms north east of Limpopo province, where the training would take place. Leading the training was Juan Pinto, who is the former Head Ranger at Royal Malewane but now a director at Royal Malewane, which allows him to concentrate on the broader wildlife experience as well as critical conservation efforts. He is one of the most qualified guides in the business. Juan has a unique set of formal guiding qualifications, including FGASA Level III Professional Guide with SKS-Dangerous Game and was the first active guide to be awarded the honorary title of Scout by FGASA, in recognition of achieving the highest qualifications as a guide and as a tracker. Juan has a passion for the African bush and is dedicated to ensuring that all the rangers and trackers strive to be the best guiding team in Africa, echoing our own ethos.

Ryan Jack who is the Head Ranger at Royal Malewane assisted Juan in training our Guides. He was born in Zimbabwe and started working in the guiding industry in 1999. He completed a Diploma in Game Ranch Management before he started guiding. Ryan also has a passion for photography and holds a Diploma in Photography together with a FGASA Level III Professional Guide with SKS-Dangerous Game and SKS Birding. He is also a Level III Tracker.

It is of utmost importance to us that only the best train our Guides, starting with our Head of Guide Training Craig McFarlane, who has selected only those that have the highest FGASA qualifications and advanced rifle handling to conduct advanced training with our walking Guides. This is essential to our ultimate goal that Guests have an exceptional and safe experience with our Guides.

Some of the activities that the Elewana Walking guides participated in and what they took away with them included aspects such as when tracking and identifying signs, in many parts of Africa the ancient survival skills of tracking wild animals has disappeared at alarming rate, alarming because without these skills, humanity's connection to the earth is significantly reduced. The age old skill of animals tracking taught us to live in harmony with an appreciation and respect for the natural world. With urbanization and technology, much of this profound ecological intelligence is being lost at a time when it is most important to our long term survival.

Each of the Walking Guides learnt more than expected, had new experiences never to be forgotten and come away with so much more then when they left their home country. The Elewana Walking Guides all came back with an advanced knowledge of Tracks and sign identification, further understanding of dangerous animal encounters and developing their shooting skills to the highest level.

In the coming months, Rudi and Nik who are leading Guides from Royal Malewane will travel to East Africa to continue the training with our Walking Guides. We will update you on their progress once complete and share with you some of the experiences they took away.

We would like to thank the entire guiding team at Royal Malewane, especially Juan, Ryan, Rudi and Nik for their passion and commitment to raising the standard of guiding across the continent and training our Elewana Guides to the highest standards.

 

Updates from Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

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Hidden among the rocky outcrops, Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp is located along the route taken by the great wildebeest migration. Comprising of 20 luxurious elevated tents, each with spacious and richly furnished bedrooms, Serengeti Migration Camp blends seamlessly into the environment. Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp will have some refurbishment done over the coming months, all the tents are to have new hyrax proof flysheets. As cute as these little creatures are, they enjoy the shelter provided by the gap between tent and flysheet, we’d like to persuade them to take their rest elsewhere.

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Hyrax, also called rock rabbit or dassie, are small, furry mammals that look like a robust, oversized guinea pig. Hyraxes have stumpy toes with hoof-like nails. Guest will see these harmless animals around the camp, either scurrying up the rocks or sunbathing on the decks.

Situated next to the famous Grumeti River, which is home to resident hippos that bark and wallow their days away, Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp has become synonymous with low-impact high-action game viewing in a landscape that is untouched since the dawn of time.

One of the best ways to explore this area is on foot, where you will be accompanied by a professional walking Safari Guide whose knowledge of local flora, fauna, culture and history is unmatched. Elewana Collection is delighted to announce it has a number of new trails to explore for those who enjoy the outdoors and adventure*.

Elewana Collection has invested heavily in our guide training. 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. As part of our continued training, we recently sent a number of our walking guides to South Africa for six weeks to learn from leading professionals in the Industry at Royal Malewane.

We have also applied for permission to create new vehicle trails in order to explore the areas surrounding the camp, offering guests at the camp a variety of routes when venturing out on their early morning and afternoon game viewing drives. We have already created a new route down from camp that brings guests down to the Mara River close to Kogatende – giving our guests incredible sightings of the river crossings that usually occur during the months of June and July. The vicinity around the camp itself hosts the herds as they migrate through this area from August through to November.

Serengeti is a vast wilderness that has plenty to offer throughout the year once the herds have departed. With a diversity of resident game, from the big cats to the gentle giants that roam this beautiful landscape, there is much to see and do in and around Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

Whether it is walking safaris with experienced and highly knowledgeable guides or the sensation of being as close to nature’s daily fight for survival, the sensory feast that accompanies any visit to Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp will no doubt rival anything experienced before.

*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.

 

San Diego Zoo Global: Reticulated Giraffe Conservation Program

Current estimates are that over the past 20 years the reticulated giraffe population has declined by over 70%, from 36,000 to less than 9,000 today. It is thought the main drivers behind the decline are habitat loss and fragmentation, land degradation, and poaching. However, relatively little is known about reticulated giraffe movements, or their ecology.

To help address this, in May 2016 a collaborative giraffe conservation initiative was launched between: The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, The Northern Rangelands Trust, Loisaba Conservancy, Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Nature Conservancy and San Diego Zoo Global. Beginning with a two-year pilot project centered on two sites (Loisaba Conservancy and Namunyak).

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The project is a community-led conservation and research effort that uses both social and ecological methods to help sustainably preserve the reticulated giraffe species in the wild. At Loisaba, Symon Masaine is the Head Researcher, he is currently studying at the University of Michigan under the MasterCard Scholarship. Whilst he is away Lexson Larpei, the Assistant Researcher is managing the project.

In June 2017 seven reticulated giraffe were fitted with GPS satellite tracker units on Loisaba Conservancy. These units made by Savannah Tracking are solar powered and are attached to giraffe’s ossicones. The data collected from these units will allow greater insights into giraffe movements in the region, especially wet season-dry season movements, and utilization of different areas/habitats, space requirements. It also has the potential for the movement data to inform decisions around future infrastructure and settlement decisions. A further 25 GPS units will be fitted with the Kenya Wildlife Service in September 2018 across Loisaba Conservancy, Mpala Research Centre, Buliqo Bulesa Conservancy, Melako Conservancy and Leparua Conservancy. These units will provide insights into numerous localized questions, e.g. the dynamics of giraffe between Leparua and Lewa/Borana, where do the giraffe on Biliqo and Melako go?

In conjunction to the GPS data, camera traps are deployed across the conservancy to help track and identify giraffe. A total of 135 cameras traps have been deployed creating over one million images – all these images need analyzing! Here is how you can help:

The final essential element to this project is gauging human perceptions and attitudes towards giraffes and poaching. Consequently, over 400 interviews have been conducted in our neighboruing communities, namely Kirimon, Ol Donyiro, Koija, P&D, KMC and Ilmotiok producing startling results. It is estimated that giraffe part and product use is at 30% within these communities and knowledge on giraffe species, ranges, and population was found to be very low. Through education and outreach within these communities, the project aims to reduce that number while also raising awareness of the overall decline and building community pride in the uniqueness of northern Kenya’s giraffe species.

Elewana are proud to partner with TNC and Loisaba Conservancy where this valuable conservation research is happening. All revenue generated from Tourism activities on Loisaba is carefully reinvested into the conservancy and the surrounding communities. We are extremely grateful for the amazing work that SDZG and The Giraffe Conservation Foundation are doing and look forward to supporting it in the future.

 

New additions to the Loisaba K9 Unit

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Tracker dogs are one of the most effective tools for wildlife security, often deterring poachers from even entering an area. Over the years the two bloodhounds, ‘Warrior’ and ‘Machine’, have proved invaluable to Loisaba’s security team. They have helped track down dozens of poachers and criminals, find missing people and return livestock to their owners, earning them their well-deserved reputation throughout Laikipia.

We are very excited to introduce two new recruits to our K9 unit – ‘Memusi’ and ‘Nanyuki’! They were born in the Mara and are a cross breed of Bloodhound and Bluetick Coonhound. Their parents are both excellent trackers imported from the USA, their mother Anna (Bloodhound/Coonhound) is deep nosed and an amazingly accurate tracker whilst their father Morani (Bloodhound) a no nonsense brave tracker has led to the arrest of over 100 poachers during his 8 year deployment in the Mara Triangle. Born in August 2017, Memusi and Nanyuki have received training from both domestic and international trainers which will continue at Loisaba.

The incredible work these tracker dogs do, combined with Kenya’s strong wildlife trophy law which can result in imprisonment for life or a 20 million shilling ($20,000) fine is a huge deterrent to poachers.

A big thank you to The Nature Conservancy for enabling Nanyuki and Memusi and their wonderful personalties to join the team!

 

Elewana Chefs enter cooking Competition and win!

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In May six Elewana Chefs entered the Oysternunut Foundation Chef Challenge 2018 along with a number of other professional chefs from both Kenya and Tanzania. This year, the African Peoples' Cooking School was launching the Oysternut Foundation's Chef Challenge for the annual Karibu KiliFair, which is the largest and most important tourism trade fair in Tanzania that took place from the 1st to the 3rd June, 2018 in Moshi, Tanzania. The competition was in collaboration with the Slow Food Foundation‘s Menu for Change campaign for Biodiversity: Cooking Up a Better Future. The mission of the Oysternut Foundation is to promote the cultivation and consumption of the oysternut, a heritage food known as "kweme" in Kiswahili. In alignment with the values of the international Slow Food movement, the Oysternut Foundation promotes agricultural methods that are based on local biodiversity and respect for the land and local culture and that are in harmony with the environment and aim to provide food sovereignty and access to good, clean, and fair food for communities.

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Chefs could submit a recipe under the following categories; entrée, main course or dessert and each recipe would be judged on the below criteria:

  • Skill
  • Flavours and Combinations
  • Explanation of the Dish
  • Using the Oystenut and other ingredients from the Slow Food Tanzania “Ark of Taste” movement in Moshi.

The Judges selected the top seven recipes and invited the respective Chefs to cook at the Karibu Kili Fair 2018. Each chef would have 2 hours of cooking time and had to prepare 3 identical plates of their dish to present to the judges. Of the seven finalists selected across Tanzania, four were from Elewana;

Chef Benedict Marambaa of The Manor at Ngorongoro - Kweme Vibere & Ugali Cake topped with Coconut Pumpkin Leaves & Crispy Kiti Motto

Chef Juma Charles Wambura of Tarangire Treetops - Kilimanjaro Coffee, Chicken & Kweme Stew with Mshale Banana & Vegetable Pilau

Chef Joseph Emmanuel of Serengeti Pioneer Camp - Kweme & Pumpkin Leave crusted Beef Fillet with Vibere and Sweet Potato Coconut Puree and spiced Bhamia

Chef Jacqueline A. Kimaro of The Manor at Ngorongoro - Ndizi Kisukari & Kweme Trio

Elewana Collection is proud to announce that two of the finalist won within their category;

  • Benedict Marambaa
  • Jacqueline Adams

Congratulations to all those who entered the Oysternunut Foundation Chef Challenge 2018 and won

 

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge hosts Ben Yuen from Hong Kong's national television

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This month we had the pleasure of hosting Ben Yuen from Hong Kong's national television network, TVB. Ben took the opportunity to explore the coffee plantation by taking the coffee tour highlighting elements, such as our pride in being the oldest coffee plantation in the country. The tour ends in a tasting, which is pure delight for all coffee connoisseurs out there!

There are a number of other interesting activities at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge from a tour around Shanga, a successful social enterprise employing people with disabilities that is part of Traders Walk, for those who would like to do a little shopping to the more active activities such as quad biking.

For more information on the activities offered at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge, please visit our website or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Elewana Tarangire Treetops provides essential toolkits to deter elephant crop raids

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Operating in some of the most biodiverse areas on the continent, the Elewana Collection willingly embraces its responsibility of protecting the wildlife in the surrounding habitats and working with local communities to ensure human wildlife conflict is reduced.

Elewana Tarangire Treetops is located in a private Wildlife Management Area (WMA) called Randilen. We are proud to be one of the largest contributors to the conservation projects of Randilen WMA, administered by the Honeyguide Foundation.

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This month toolkits were provided to the community, providing protection for 23 Village Scout teams across 8 villages surrounding the Randilen WMA. The kits consisted of top of the range high powered solar charged LED flashlights, loud air horns, chilli bombs and as a last resort roman candles. The toolkits have proved hugely effective as a deterrent to elephant crop raids, which is why this is the third consecutive year Elewana Collection has provided financial and logistical support to this project. We were delighted to help secure match funding from Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation for the toolkits again this year.

All guests staying at Elewana Tarangire Treetops will be actively supporting the hard work put into the WMA and the Wildlife Warrior programme administered by the Land and Life Foundation – helping maintain and conserve this beautiful and valuable landscape renowned as one of the best dry season elephant refuges in East Africa.

 

The new Shamba project in Amboseli that will have a lasting impact on the Community

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Land & Life strives to ensure that children in our supported schools not only get the academic skills required for life but basic skills, such as growing produce for the betterment of the community. We can all agree that environmental conservation is key in achieving most of the sustainable development goals. Culture has played a major role in inhibiting the access to education for most pastoral communities but this barrier is slowly being broken down.

In certain areas the country is affected by drought, which affects the community in livelihood and lifestyle. For example, when there is drought families migrate in search of pasture and often leave their children in the boarding schools. The parents’ expectation is that the school should be able to cater for the needs of the children.

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From this insight the concept of the outdoor classroom project sprung up. Providing a successful shamba (meaning ‘farm’ in swahili) for the school we support in Amboseli and a number of other benefits; teaching the students to grow their own produce as well as supplying the school with much needed food. This project aims to achieve a sustainable solution to a number of problems.

Birgit Reimann and Constantine Panoussi of SKÅL International Monaco donated the funds, which were allocated towards the Shamba project. Land & Life engaged an agricultural contractor Meshack and Joel Farms Ltd to implement the project and put in place the required infrastructure. The shamba took 2 weeks to complete from start to finish and the teachers have now also been trained on the drip irrigation system and crop management planning. We are expecting the first crops to be planted shortly.

The project will serve to educate this predominantly pastoralist community in ways of supporting themselves above and beyond their traditional means. The introduction of simple yet effective crop growing provides a way to improve community drought resilience and self-sustainability. As they are learning, the garden will also provide basic vegetables to the school for consumption. This will improve food security of the school.

When staying at Elewana Tortilis Camp in Amboseli guests are welcome to visit the school and the Shamba project to see how the children are doing and get involved in the community that Elewana is a part of.

 

Wildlife Warrior Program takes on Digital Literacy Training

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The Kenyan government distributed tablets, projectors, teacher’s digital devices (TDD) and content access point (CAP) to public primary schools across the country under the Digital Literacy Program. The aim of the program is to advance Information and Communication Technology in the schools, and is a great initiative from the Kenyan Ministry of Education.

Land & Life’s supported schools were amongst the schools that received these devices. Unfortunately problems on the ground include a lack of reliable power sources and internet connectivity. However these practical issues are not too difficult to solve – what Land & Life discovered however was that many children and most teaching staff had no background in technology and did not know how to operate the devices. Training had been provided in some places by the government but it had not reached all areas and many schools were left with devices they could not operate gathering dust in locked cupboards.

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Therefore in addition to the training facilitated by the government, the Land & Life team partnered with the Lewa Digital Literacy Team to provide an extensive and thorough training workshop in their supported schools. Its focus was the training of all teachers and the lower class students (Grade 1-4). The aim of the program was to offer training on the best practices of integrating ICT in their day to day learning.

The program was first launched at Esiteti Primary in Amboseli, which provided the basis of extension of the program to the other supported schools. To date the team has facilitated training of over 70 teachers and 367 students in 5 schools: Ololomei in the Mara, Kachiuru in Isiolo, Mwaroni in Diani, Ura Gate in Meru and Esiteti. The program maximized reach particularly in Meru, where representatives from 7 other local schools neighboring Ura Gate Primary were invited to also take part. These schools included Kiumbe, Mauthini, Riamikuu, Ntoroni, Shin Yhun, Irereni and Kamarenge.

The training has left both the teachers and learners looking forward to their ICT lessons. The Land & Life team will be conducting post evaluations in the schools to help solve any technical challenges that might arise.

 

Land & Life Foundation conducts first Wildlife Warrior Program activities at Mwaroni Primary School

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Land and Life Foundation runs a school support program in conservation areas near the properties owned by the umbrella body, The Elewana Collection. This includes the Wildlife Warrior Program that mainly focuses on conservation education, a core pillar of the Foundation. We are proud to announce that Mwaroni Primary has joined the program. Mwaroni is headed by Mr Omar, the head teacher with a team of 19 TSC teachers and 1 PTA teacher. Moreover, the school has a total number of 631 students who come every day to learn.

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Mwaroni Primary is our latest addition to the Wildlife Warrior Program and is located in a quiet coastal residential area - just 10 minutes’ drive from Elewana AfroChic. The school is a must-visit for any visitor to Diani. Even though the pupils and teachers were observing the holy month of Ramadhan, we were greeted with big, engaging smiles and hugs as you would receive from an old friend.

We were thrilled to have a discussion with the children on the importance of forests. Alert and keen to learn, the children asked lots of questions which were answered by their peers. The most active pupils were awarded with stationery and art supplies. Later on we donated a photocopier, courtesy of Safari Professionals of the Americas, which the school will use to print and duplicate academic and office documents.

One of the highlights of the visit was the seed balling activity. Each of the 184 Wildlife Warrior Club members were presented with a bag containing 225 seedballs. We ‘seedballed’ around the school and they had lots of fun doing it! This simple and fun way to ‘regreen’ Kenya has been taking off across the country, and the Wildlife Warriors are playing an active role in reforesting their local area.

Mwaroni, like many public schools receives minimal support from the government. We noted that the children are in dire need of support particularly to access safe, clean drinking water. The water at the Kenyan coast is quite salty and only suitable for domestic chores. After a lengthy discussion with the Head Teacher it emerged that the school's biggest wish would be to have a rain water harvesting system.

If you would like to get involved, please write to info@landandlife.foundation

To view photos and videos, please click here

 

Shanga “My Africa”

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Evans is a storyteller and driving force behind “My Africa”. He approached Shanga to consider being included on his social media platform. He found out about Shanga while researching places of interest based in Arusha that may fit the brief for his short documentaries. My Africa's platform is to highlight positive and inspiring stories behind organisations across Africa. We can all agree Shanga is such a place.

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The resulting video highlights Shanga’s history, our focus on ability over disability, some members of our family and their achievements. The beautiful presentation demonstrates Evans artistic talents while illustrating the Shanga Story including part of our mission which is to spread kindness to everyone.

Our sincere thanks to him and his team for thinking of us and including us in his series.

 

Better Connections Internationally and Regionally (Quick Reference)

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It is exciting to see new routes and increased flights not only regionally but internationally, making it easier for people booking their holiday to East Africa but also now being able to combine with other destinations in Africa. Consider these flight options when planning a stay with Elewana Collection or SkySafari.

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Kenya Airways

Regional Flights

  • NEW IN JUNE 2018- Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Cape Town, South Africa (Direct)
    • 3 times a week (Wednesday / Friday / Sunday)
  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Cape Town, South Africa via Livingstone, Zambia
    • 4 times a week (Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Sunday)
  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Cape Town, South Africa via Victoria Falls
    • 3 times a week (Monday / Thursday / Saturday)

International Flights

  • NEW IN OCTOBER 2018- Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to New York, USA
    • Daily Non-stop flights

 

Ethiopian Airlines

Regional Flights

  • ADDITIONAL FLIGHT IN JULY 2018– Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Mombasa (MOI)
    • Twice Daily

International Flights

  • NEW IN JULY 2018- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Barcelona, Spain via Madrid
    • Addis Ababa to Madrid (Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday / Sunday) with flights from Madrid to Barcelona (Monday / Wednesday / Friday / Sunday) Barcelona to Addis Ababa via Madrid (Monday / Wednesday / Friday / Sunday)
  • NEW IN JULY 2018- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Chicago, USA
    • Addis Ababa to Chicago, USA via Dublin, Ireland (Tuesdays / Thursdays / Saturdays)
    • Chicago, USA to Addis Ababa direct (Wednesdays / Fridays / Sundays)

Turkish Airlines

International Flights

  • Istanbul, Turkey to Mombasa (MOI)
    • Five times a week (Monday / Wednesday / Thursday / Saturday / Sunday)
  • Mombasa (MOI) to Istanbul, Turkey
    • Five times a week (Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Thursday / Friday / Sunday)

 

Rwanda Air

International Flights

  • NEW IN JULY 2018 – Kigali, Rwanda to United States Washington to allow direct flights as well as to operate through a code-share agreement.

Air Italy

International Flights

  • NEW IN JULY 2018 – Milan, Italy to Mombasa (MOI)
  • Twice a week (Monday / Saturday)

 

Malawi Airlines

Regional Flights

  • NEW IN JULY 2018 – Blantyre, Malawi to Dar es Salaam
    • Daily

SafariLink

Regional Flights

  • NEW IN JULY 2018 – Wilson, Kenya to Zanzibar, Tanzania (Direct)
    • Daily

 

 

 

Winners announced - The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2018

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Last month Elewana Collection hosted some special guests at Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp for a photo safari to build awareness for The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) global photo contest. The results are in and we are pleased to announce this year’s winners.

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Grand Prize

STALLIONS PLAYING | CAMARGUE, FRANCE

“The power of the animal kingdom.” Photo by Camille Briottet, Lyon, France.

Second Place:

THE END IS NEAR | ICELAND

“This ice could be thousands of years old, and only recently broke off the Vatnajokull Glacier at Jokulsarlon Bay in Iceland, and will soon melt into the sea. Taken July 2017 in Iceland.” Photo by Andre Mercier, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Third Place:

FROG HUG | ARKANSAS

“Down at the mud puddles on our road, we found several young bullfrogs hopping around. Up on our hilltop, wet spots are few and far between, so our mud puddles are home to a constant flow of tadpoles, frogs and toads. My daughter loves all critters, her goal is to create a wildlife rehab center someday. She constantly inspires me with her care towards every living thing.” Photo by Terra Fondriest, Arkansas, USA.

To see all the winners, please click here and enjoy a number of beautiful images from around the world.

Thank you to all those who submitted their favorite nature images during the 2018 Photo Contest and everyone who took the time to vote for the favourite images.

 

World Ocean Day with Elewana Collection

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June 8th marked World Oceans Day! At Elewana Collection, we are committed to environmental conservation, through conservation education as part of our Land & Life Foundation's Wildlife Warrior Program, through our beach clean-ups and of course most recently in our stand against plastic and the damage that does to our environment.

Our #BandtheBottle and #WarWithTheStraw campaigns have meant that our properties now provide guests with aluminium bottles to refill within our properties to avoid using plastic bottles and we have also stopped the use of plastic straws and switched to paper straws that biodegrade. Our team is committed to our vision and we hope you will join us along the way. #worldoceansday

 

Elewana Collection celebrates World Environment Day!

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We’re proud to say that Elewana Collection has made considerable efforts to reduce its carbon footprint on the environment around us. We strongly believe in the power of conservation and do our best to promote this with the communities we work with, our teams and of course our guests.

Our properties are eco- rated, use solar power as much as possible and in the last couple of years we have also made great strides in reducing our use of plastic.

We started with the our #banthebottle initiative which saw each guest at our properties receiving and aluminum re-useable bottle that they could fill up at filling points within in the property, thus eliminating our use of plastic water bottles.

At the beginning of this year, we were the first in East Africa to eliminate the use of plastic straws. We now offer biodegradable paper straws and encourage guests to go to #warwiththestraw.

And it doesn’t end there…

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Our #LandandLifeFoundation recently launched their tree planting project in partnership with @seedballskenya encouraging all our Wildlife Warrior scholars to spread the seedballs in their towns and villages and encourage tree planting amongst their friends, family and their communities. Of course, our Wildlife Warriors are trained in wildlife and environmental conservation. They are the generation of the future and have the potential to make the changes we need for a brighter future.

We regularly participate and organize beach clean ups at Elewana AfroChic Diani and Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar to ensure our beaches and underwater species are protected and kept safe.

We invite you to join us in our environmental and conservation efforts. If everyone makes one small change today to reduce their waste and impact that has on the environment we can make a substantial change and save our beautiful planet, plants, trees, oceans, wildlife and ourselves. 
#worldenvironmentday

 

Elewana Collection appoints Ishal Singh as Training & Development Chef

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We're delighted to announce we have a new Training & Development Chef, Ishal Singh who has worked across the continent, from South Africa to Zanzibar and as far as the Maldives in some of the top camps and lodges. Ishal sees food as a fleeting art that is transitional and short lived in the real world but hopefully forms a lasting memory in others, as they remember the tastes and textures and the pleasure of each infused flavour from every dish. His love of food has taken him to new and exciting destinations and his food style and approach reflects his travels and experiences.

Ishal’s ultimate ambition is simple; creating dishes that inspire and Elewana guests will love.

 

Following the Herds

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The annual migration of over 2 million animals in the Serengeti – Mara ecosystem is one of the most famous and well documented natural wonders of the world.

The migration follows a clock-wise loop covering an estimated 1,800 miles each year in search of rain and grass. The herds migrate throughout the year, constantly seeking fresh grazing with the exact timing of the wildebeest migration being dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.

The herds have recently been spotted massing on the plains in front of Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp as they head north and the first sightings of the migration have come in from Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp.

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You can watch the video below as well as the Video of the Month for videos from both these properties just last week! We will keep you updated over the coming months on their movements and you can also keep an eye on the Facebook pages linked below to regularly check for updates.

 

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