Elewana Guides at Loisaba lead the way in the Citizen Science Initiative

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Loisaba Conservancy is a hub for applied conservation research in the northern  Kenyan landscape. Our research partners The Nature Conservancy, San Diego Zoo, Space for Giants and Lion Landscapes are constantly on the lookout for high quality images that can be used to identify specific individuals. As a result, Space for Giants and San Diego Zoo have developed a project to engage guests at Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp and Startbeds in a Citizen Science Initiative.

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For the past year Loisaba has been using the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) to monitor wildlife numbers throughout the conservancy. Data is collected using an app called Cybertracker and analyzed using SMART to show wildlife encounters and human activities across the conservancy.

As part of the new Citizen Science Initiative, every game drive vehicle will be equipped with a tablet installed with the simple data collection model. This will allow guests to record sightings for seven key species of wildlife; elephants, leopards, lions, giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, cheetahs and wild dogs during their game drives. Every sighting is automatically geotagged meaning that the data can be easily mapped after the drive. This data will then contribute meaningfully to the research objectives of each of the respective research partners at Loisaba.

For example, locations and images of leopards taken by guests will allow SDZG researchers to identify individual leopards and track populations and their status through time. SDZG researchers use remote cameras to identify leopards by their unique coat patterns. Each leopard has a distinct set of rosettes, much in the same way a fingerprint is unique to every human. Researchers use these coat patterns on each flank of the leopard to verify their identification.

The pilot project has been tested on Loisaba Conservancy over the past few months with the brilliant Elewana guides having been trained on the data collection app by the Conservation Officer, Chege Amos.

Loisaba is at the forefront of adaptive management through scientifically informed decisions that will help inform appropriate rangeland management, and with endangered species conservation. This Citizen Science Initiative will encourage guests to become budding scientists contributing meaningfully to ongoing research projects and management of Loisaba’s wildlife, which is in line with our management plans.

 

 

News from Elewana Sand River Masai Mara

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The Masai Mara has had a year full of excitement. Of course as ever the Mara has played host to the remarkable wildebeest migration, an annual phenomenon of over 2 million animals following a clockwise loop of approximately 1,800 miles in search of rain and grass. This year the Mara has also displayed some dramatic weather patterns, which saw big storms and very heavy rainfall for a number of weeks.

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Elewana Sand River Masai Mara is located in a secluded area of the National Reserve away from other camps, which gives it a real feeling of exclusivity.  This luxury tented camp is comprised of 15 tented rooms and a family tent with two ensuite bedrooms and a central lounge area.  The camp has an opulent feel, evoking a magical sense of the great safaris of yesteryear. Game drives, bush meals and sundowners are all part of the package, with exciting cultural experiences, a memorable visit to a local school, and romantic balloon safaris all available on request.

Elewana Sand River supports Land & Life Foundation, which works with Embiti Primary School on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The small local school is relatively new and still in early stages of development, and it is home to 148 children under the care of 7 teachers. Of the seven teaching staff, 2 are employed by the government and 5 are employed by the school committee and funded by parental contributions. School facilities are still limited and include 2 permanent classrooms, 1 semi-permanent classroom, 1 block of toilets and 1 semi-permanent teachers’ house. Only one classroom is currently powered, by a government-provided solar system.

The school is part of the Wildlife Warrior Program and hosts a Wildlife Warrior Club which holds activities designed to promote inter-generational knowledge sharing, innovative thinking, and proactive wildlife conservation. Visits from Land & Life educators once or twice a term involve lively interactive activities for the children, or a conservation and education themed video, and have also included tree planting using the innovative seedballing technique. Every day, the program is helping to develop a generation of East Africa’s conservationists.

The current ongoing project is the installation of a rain-water harvesting system, plumbing to the nearest borehole, and a large water tank. This system will help the school with its water supply, and stop the children having to walk 2km each way to collect buckets of water for cooking or washing purposes.

Recent guests at Elewana Sand River visited the school and were entranced with the liveliness of the children and their enthusiasm for learning, but saddened to find out that many children leave school at an early age because there simply are not enough classrooms to house the older students. So two of the young guests returned to the States and have started a fundraising campaign to support the construction of a further permanent classroom. Emma and Emily, or Eminem as they are often called, are best friends with a shared passion to help others, and have set up a crowd-funding page to raise funds for Embiti. Click here to read their story, watch a video from Embiti School, and make your own donation to support these girls and their quest to build a classroom in Africa!

Guests staying at Elewana Sand River are welcome to visit the children and spend time with them, in doing so learn about the community that Elewana Collection and its guests are  a part of.

 

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A Passion to be Greener in the Elewana Tarangire ‘Treetops Garden’

Mbazi Mchomvu works at Elewana Tarangire Treetops as a waiter but he also has a passion for growing vegetables and herbs in our very own Treetops Garden. His ‘green fingers’ have tended to a variety of fresh produce from carrots, lettuce, onions, beetroot, radishes and now green peppers, along with a number of herbs.

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There is nothing better than sitting down to a meal knowing that what you are eating has been ‘home’ grown, it’s fresh and crisp and tastes delicious. The Elewana Collection tries to source local produce to support the local market, as much as possible.

Elewana Tarangire Treetops - Tarangire National Park

Situated in a community led Wildlife Management areas, known as Randilen, guests of Elewana Tarangire Treetops enjoy a secluded and private safari experience. The luxury tree-top rooms, elevated above the ground afford incredible views over the tops of surrounding marula and baobab trees. With a wide private balconies, each are lavishly furnished using natural materials that are blended with contemporary Africana décor, to provide guests with a unique and most memorable safari experience.

Encasing an impressive baobab tree, the spacious and tranquil reception, lounge and dining room overlook the swimming pool and a waterhole that sees a steady flow of wild animal visitors.

 

Guests at Elewana Tortilis Camp love Seedballing

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Guests staying at our property in Amboseli, Elewana Tortilis Camp have been buying packets of Seedballs. So far this year it is estimated that approximately 8,325 seed balls have been purchased With an expected 63% growth success rate, this could equate to over 5000 potential new acacia shoots in the Kitirua Conservancy, which should be visible within the next few months. The General Managers had set a target to distribute 10,000 seed balls this year and it looks as though they will reach that easily.

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The guests LOVE the entire concept and are delighted that they can contribute in a practical way to helping sustain the environment around Elewana Tortilis Camp. We would like to encourage all our future guests that will stay in our Kenya Elewana properties to get involved. It is great fun for the whole family, whether out on a game drive or bush walk, knowing that they are having a positive impact on the environment and re-seeding Kenya one throw at a time.

In order to comply with local regulations the Elewana Collection would like to request that guests seedball only in conservancies and private reserves. Please do not Seedball in the National Parks or Reserves as it is prohibited.

Guests are advised not to travel with the Seedballs when they leave Kenya

 

More play at Esiteti Primary School with the new recycled playground!

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The school has received a generous donation from Afro Industrial Agencies LTD, one of Elewana's local suppliers, who have donated 24 litres of paint that has been used to bring colour to the new playground. The team at Elewana Tortilis Camp have been hard at work building a playground for the children, using old tires and fence posts but it is amazing what you can make with a bit of thought ....seems the kids are loving it so far - watch the video here.

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Not only does this project enable the children to have more enjoyment in the coming years, it also ensures that the environment is kept clean by using discarded materials for a better cause, thereby contributing to the welfare of both the surroundings and the community, a concept the Elewana Collection believes strongly in.

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.

Guests staying at Elewana Tortilis Camp are able to visit the children at Esiteti Primary School and can witness pure joy when breaktime comes and the kids use  the new playground!

 

Elewana Collection joins 13 million people in a green wave that swept the planet

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Elewana Collection team members, guests and local communities in both Kenya and Tanzania came together on the 15th September to make the areas in which we operate cleaner. This was part of a global initiative to sweep the planet cleaner by a green wave, as nearly 15 million people from 147 countries and territories joined in World Cleanup Day, the largest peacetime civic action in human history.

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The team from Elewana Tortilis Camp joined children from Esiteti Primary School and went to work cleaning areas of Amboseli with 20 large bags collected, children also drew pictures to depict their part in cleaning their surroundings. Elewana AfroChic Diani and Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar team including volunteers from the local community had a huge drive to clean the beach and surrounding areas, collecting several large bags of waste. Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp engaged guests, who collected an impressive 50kg of rubbish during the day, with a couple of wild encounters along the way. Elewana Tarangire Treetops together with Randilen Wildlife Management Area community members took the time to scout the local area to keep it green and clean.

Elewana Collection also directly supported the Let's Do It Arusha team with provision of bags and gloves for volunteers as well as playing a leading role in the coordination team. Arusha's clean up was a huge success with over 1000 volunteers, including those from Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge turning out and collecting over 1100 bags of trash, which was disposed of at official city dumps and suitable recycling spots.

World Cleanup Day Headquarters has results, which are still being updated continuously. Reports on the numbers of volunteers indicate an estimated count of 13 million people.  But in reality, it’s not about the numbers themselves, rather it’s about the message carried across the world to hundreds of millions of people. “The planet does not need us, we need the planet,“ said Eva Truuverk, Head of the Managing Board of the Let’s Do It! Foundation. “Today, I truly believe that, as humans, we do have more hope!” she added.

World Cleanup Day started in Fiji and finished in American Samoa 24 hours later and was supported by a number of global leaders. The Presidents of Estonia, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia participated in cleanups, acting as role models for the rest of the world. Cleanup actions were also endorsed by several opinion leaders and celebrities, e.g Kevin Bacon, Jack Johnson, Dia Mirza plus many more.

The day after World Cleanup Day, Let’s Do It! World’s ‘Keep it Clean Plan’ is being introduced. A group of renowned researchers and experts, gathered in the Knowledge Team and led by Enzo Favoino, has been working under the wing of the Let’s do it! Foundation to prepare the Plan. The Plan itself embeds the principles of the ‘Zero Waste’ strategy, including guiding principles to influence policies and practices. It concludes with recommended actions for businesses, governments, citizens and NGOs to implement specific steps. Favoino says, “With this Plan, we want to harness the potential created by the success of the World Cleanup Day and drive change in the management of discarded resources. We have therefore defined those practices which help tackle the global challenge of mismanaged waste, optimise the management of resources included in our discards and, at the same time, tap into the potential of creating jobs and promote economic development of communities in reuse, repair, recycling and composting activities”.

Let’s do it! Foundation is looking to work in cooperation with the country and community leaders, as well as with partners, to develop further country-based roadmaps towards better waste management systems and policies, thus engaging public and private sectors as well as local communities. The further collaborative steps based on the Keep It Clean Plan will be decided together with the Let’s do it! country leaders at the 8th annual Clean World Conference.

Have a look at some of the photos from the Arusha Clean Up HERE and visit our property Facebook pages for individual efforts by the various teams.

Amazing effort by so many people on World Clean Up Day. A huge thank you to everyone for turning up and making the effort to clean our planet.

Let’s keep it clean!

 

Elewana Collection celebrates the great work being done in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on World Rhino Day

World Rhino Day is held on 22 September and celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos. With populations decreasing at an alarm rate many organisations  around the world are imploring governments to take action, with stricter poaching laws needed to combat the rhino horn trade. It is estimated that a rhino is poached every 8 hours, at this rate, rhino could become extinct in 15 years.

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In the 1970-80’s, large-scale poaching saw Black rhino populations decline from around 70,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,410 in 1995 – a dramatic decline of 96% over 20 years. With the persistent efforts of conservation programmes across Africa, Black rhino numbers have risen since then to a current population of between 5,042 and 5,458 individuals. In addition to this, their geographic range has also increased, with successful reintroduction programmes repopulating areas that had previously seen their native black rhinos entirely poached out in the 1970s and 80s. IUCN Red List Classification: Critically Endangered.

The White rhino recovered from near extinction with numbers as low as 50-100 left in the wild in the early 1900s, this sub-species of rhino has now increased to between 19,666 and 21,085, with the vast majority living in a single country, South Africa. IUCN Red List Classification: Near Threatened

The Lewa / Borana Wildlife Conservancy is one of Kenya’s leading areas for the conservation of this species and for the last three years not one rhino has been poached. Starting out with 15 black rhinos in 1984 as the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary, Lewa's rhino population has since risen steadily, making the Conservancy the pioneer rhino conservation success story in Kenya and East Africa. Over the years, 20 others have been moved to restock previously inhabited areas as well as introduce the species to new suitable and secure habitats.  By January 2017, the landscape had a combined black rhino population of 83 as well as 74 white rhinos, which constitute 15% of Kenya's entire rhino population.

Elewana Collection has two properties located in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Elewana Lewa Safari Camp and Elewana Kifaru House and we encourage guests to visit the Joint Operations Centre and learn all about the cutting edge technology being used to safe guard wildlife in the region plus spend time with Trigger and his friends, two bloodhounds and two Belgian Malinois. These highly trained dogs supplement the anti-poaching unit tracking down potential poachers. Young at heart they are playful and when not out in the filed are a favourite experience for guests visiting Lewa. / Borana.

 

Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp Partners in 7th Aitong Medical Camp (October 2018)

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The 7th Annual Aitong Free Medical Camp is proudly organized by the Land & Life Foundation, the charitable arm of Elewana Collection. The Foundation is  a non-profi,t focused on supporting communities living in and near the key conservation areas of East Africa. We strongly believe that securing land for conservation, protecting species and providing communities with benefits is crucial for survival of East Africa’s spectacular wildlife and habitats.

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This year the Aitong Camp will be run in partnership with a number of organizations providing funds, in-kind resources, and logistical support: Elewana Collection, Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, Kicheche Camps, Saruni, Safarilink, Oasis Healthcare, Aitong Medical Centre and NHIF.

The Annual Aitong Free Medical Camp takes place in Aitong, a small town in the northern part of the Mara. The people around Aitong are predominantly pastoralists. The Maasai are the largest tribe in population, making Maa the most common language. However, due to trade, tourism and education, a relatively large number of people can now speak Kiswahili with a few also understanding English.

The Aitong Medical Centre is a facility managed by the Christian Missionary Foundation, Narok. The medical centre also receives support from the Ministry of Health, Narok County. Aitong Medical Centre has a total of 11 permanent staff, 9 of whom are of a medical background and two support staff. The centre consists of a number of consultation rooms, a maternity wing, a medical lab, an emergency ward and staff quarters housing some staff. Aitong Medical Centre serves as a medical hub in the area. The nearest referral hospital is two hours’ drive away in Tenwek, approximately 86 Km.

The 2017 Annual Free Aitong Medical Camp was a great success, reaching a greater number of community than ever before and treating a record number of patients, 1,120 in total making it 3,370 patients treated since 2012. The increased number of partnerships enabled a diversification of services and a greater reach, brought in more funds and increased medical expertise. The camp focused on screening for cervical cancer, HIV/Aids and diabetes as well as general medical orthopaedic consultations, dental work and paediatrics. To read more about the details of the medical camp, please click here to see the report.

We hope to surpass the figures for last year and treat even more people from the community. Please help us take 8 doctors to the Mara this October for our 7th medical camp so that they can help so many from the Aitong Community that need medical attention. With only one month to go, we are so close to reaching our goal of raising $6,700 towards this camp and we cannot do it without you! Will you help with a gift of $50 or more to reach our goal?  Your gift is critical because it will help:

  • Stock the community clinic which serves over 10,000 people per month with the required medicines and pharmaceuticals
  • Bring in volunteer doctors and specialists who will diagnose, treat and create awareness around preventable diseases prevalent in this community
  • Build the capacities of the Aitong Health Center and it’s dedicated staff

Please make a gift today and help us help our community, because their health is in our hands!

 

Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp & Kilindi Zanzibar announced Winners

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The interim results of the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards voting process is finally concluded and we are delighted to announce that Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp and Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar are both winners.

We eagerly await the official announcement of the category details and information surrounding the final results, which will only be announced on Saturday, 10 November. The World Luxury Hotel Awards was established in 2006 and 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.

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We would like to thank the team at both Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp and Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar for their hard work and dedication, as each individual played a part to ensure we were nominated. We would like to thank all of you who took the time to vote and support the Elewana Collection team in winning this prestigious award not just at one but two beautiful properties so we have one winner in each country.

Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp (Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya)

Perched on the edge of an escarpment, Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp enjoys a breath-taking vantage point over an expansive panorama. Sophisticated and stylish, the capacious custom-built luxury tents offer a relaxing vantage point to appreciate the splendour of the Laikipia Plateau. Experience an array of activities, from games drives to camel-trekking, guided bush walks to Cultural visits.  The spacious main areas include a large dining area, separate open lounge and bar, a large wooden decking area, in addition to one of Africa’s most picturesque infinity pools.

Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar (Nungwi, Tanzania)

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.

 

Excitement as Elewana AfroChic Diani witness 138 baby turtles hatch and head for the sea

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Guests at Elewana AfroChic Diani were able to enjoy a rare moment when 138 baby turtles hatched and headed down the beach for the safety of the sea. 24th September saw the first of three nests in our hatchery come to life. The remaining two nest are due to hatch in the next two weeks completing season two.

There is always something so magical when you are able to witness new beginnings and the continuation of the circle of life. A tiny creature so vulnerable taking its first ‘steps’ in this world and the adventures that lie before it. Hopefully one day some of them will make their way back to this beach to lay their own eggs and ensure the continuation of their species.

Stay tuned for Hatchery updates.

 

Better connections to Elewana AfroChic Diani with Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch direct flights to Kenya’s second city, Mombasa, opening up the country’s beautiful coasts to international travellers. The new four-times weekly service will be Qatar Airways’ second Kenyan destination, in addition to existing flights to Nairobi.

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The flights between Doha and Mombasa (MBA) will be operated with an Airbus A320, with 12 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats, from 11 December 2018, with a flight time of just over six hours.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways sees Kenya as an important market for our passengers, so we are delighted to offer this new service to a second Kenyan destination. We are sure our new direct service to Mombasa will prove very popular with tourists interested in exploring Kenya’s beautiful tropical beaches and coastline, as well as immersing themselves in the city’s fascinating diverse cultural mix.

“This second new route to Kenya, in addition to our existing three daily services to the capital Nairobi, will help make Qatar Airways the first choice for travellers wishing to explore this beautiful country. It also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to expand our reach with ambitious new routes around the globe to offer our unrivalled five-star customer service wherever our customers want to fly.”

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It is a beautiful drive down the Kenya coast from Mombasa to Diani that takes a little over an hour, as you make your way to Elewana AfroChic. Diani Beach is a magical location of white sands, rustling palm trees, and warm Indian Ocean waters. Elewana AfroChic enjoys beach front ocean views and delicious sea breezes on a quieter, more secluded section of Diani Beach. Each en suite room is uniquely designed with coastal furniture and fabrics, and amenities to take care of your every need. The crystal clear fresh water pool laps up against the terrace where guests have the option of dining or relaxing with the view of the ocean across the pool and shaded garden. The hotel has earned itself a reputation for a “home away from home” atmosphere, excellent seafood and friendly service.

Voted as one of the top 25 beaches in the world in the Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice awards, Diani Beach is the ultimate holiday destination with a wide variety of activities and excursions on offer. A plethora of water sports from scuba to snorkelling; deep-sea fishing to sailing; day trips to Shimba Hills National Reserve and Mombasa City, are just a few of the many activities available. And of course there is always the favourite coastal pastime of relaxing and soaking up the sun. With such a variety of options, visitors to Diani have the ability to make their holiday what they want.

 

On behalf of the Elewana Collection JG Black Book attend Kenya Airways Black Tie Gala to launch non-stop flight (Nairobi – New York)

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On the 24th September JG Black Book, who Represent Elewana Collection in the north east of the  United States, were invited to attend the Kenya Airways's Black Tie Gala to celebrate their brand new daily non-stop connecting Nairobi and NYC launching 28th October. In attendance was the President of Kenya, as well as a few familiar trade and media faces. We're excited about this new flight as it gives Americans more access to East Africa for both tourism and trade. However, more importantly it connects our two worlds leading us to more understanding and compassion. We look forward to working with KQ to bring the best media and advisors to this region.

 

Elewana Collection highlights the importance of digital transformation on World Tourism Day

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The importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the centre of World Tourism Day 2018, to be celebrated in Budapest, Hungary (27 September 2018).

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World Tourism Day is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on tourism’s actual and potential contribution to sustainable development and there is no better way than teaching the next generation who are the future leaders in this industry and others. The Land & Life Foundation, the charitable arm of Elewana Collection, recently took on the challenge of Digital Literacy Training within the schools we support with the vision that providing a good foundation and understanding of Technology anything is possible.

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. Land & Life discovered 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.

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 training has left both the teachers and learners looking forward to their ICT lessons.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) sees digital advances and innovation as part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector. It is therefore essential that organisations within the industry empower the communities where we operate and work together for the future success of tourism, not only in East Africa but everywhere.

Join the celebration: #WTD2018

 

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Following the Herds

There have been some incredible crossing this month, as thousands of wildebeest move back and forth across the river, with moments of excitement and baited breath we watch as the predators move in and the wildebeest swarm and mass in number, getting ready to brave the murky waters and finally make a dash for the other side.

Each year the crowds increase at the main crossing points to witness this great phenomenon and we need to be respectful, not only of others that have come to watch but more importantly the animals themselves. We all need to be responsible for our actions and ensure we do not disturb or harass the wildlife at any time. Our Guides are passionate about the wild spaces we operate in and understand the animals that live in these incredible places, so we request that when on safari guests listen to the their guide and do not request to move closer or get in the way of the animal(s) they are viewing for a better picture. Support us in reporting others that do not follow the Code of Conduct in the Parks and Reserves in Kenya and Tanzania. As custodians of this planet we need to look after and protect our wildlife and the environment they inhabit for the generations that will follow in our footsteps and make positive change.

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2nd September – wildebeest crossing Mara River.
Guide (Elewana): Koskei

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4th September – guests witness crossing from Little Sand River, while enjoying lunch.
Head of Guide Training (Elewana): Craig

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6th September – thousands brave the Mara River.
Guide (Elewana): John

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9th September – thundering passed after crossing Mara River.
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12th September – Another Mara Crossing
Guide (Elewana): John

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16th September – streams of wildebeest swim across the Mara River
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Photo credit: Amboseli from Ole Murera Junior