Traveling to East Africa during the month of November is ideal, with lower rates and less people in both Kenya and Tanzania, you can choose from a variety of experiences. Elewana Collection has the largest footprint in East Africa from the semi-arid landscape of the northern properties in Meru, Loisaba and Lewa, the rolling savannahs of the Masai Mara and of course the endless plains of Amboseli with the dramatic backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro, each has its own unique charm that will leave you in awe of your surroundings. In Tanzania the dramatic highlands of Ngorongoro Crater to the vast expanse of the Serengeti plains and the undulating valleys and swamps of Tarangire with impressive baobab trees that dominate the landscape. In contrast the stunning coastline at either Diani or Zanzibar offers a different beauty with swaying palm trees, white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean that mesmerise the senses.
East Africa offers dramatic landscapes with views that go on for miles, magnificent backdrops that include Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro and the depth of the African sky makes for stunning scenery, whether it is an endless blue with wispy white clouds or a dark dramatic storm rolling in, every day can bring something different. The light makes the perfect photographic opportunities, be it early morning before the first rays of light touch the grassy plains laden with dew and the skies are a pale turquoise transforming instantly as the sun rises, sweeping the landscape in warmth or the burnt red ambers of an African sunset that taint everything with its soft golden glow just before it disappears below the horizon. With so many ways to explore these stunning areas from game drives in custom built 4x4 vehicles, bush walks with professional guides, mountain biking, camel or horse rides, or hot air balloons to truly experience the African Bush from every perspective. There are also a variety of activities from bush breakfast in the wild surrounded by animals, cultural and community visits, mesmerising sundowners that take your breath away, relaxing spa treatments to rejuvenate the senses or simply relax and watch the world go by from the infinity pool. We ensure that guests can indulge and immerse themselves in a memorable holiday with Elewana Collection.
For avid birders you can see a host of arrivals from October onwards, where a number of migratory bird species pass through. In the northern regions of Meru with its semi-arid landscape, those of you that are enthusiasts can enjoy the arrival of Carmine and European Bee Eaters, Eurasian Rollers, European Swallows, Hobby Falcons, and Eurasian Marsh Harriers, as they pass through during the month of November. At Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Conservancy Hides can be booked to view birds around the swamp. The rolling savannahs of the Masai Mara and diverse topography is breath-taking making it ideal for a variety of birdlife all year round. In Amboseli, the endless plains and the dramatic backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro looking over the Pleistocene lake basin that houses a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, is brimming with life after the rains and hundreds of flamingos make this their new home, adding to the dramatic scenery.
Alternatively for those wanting a beach holiday, a plethora of water sports are available, where guests can enjoy scuba diving in prime spots that offer a number of dive sites for those that are just beginning to those that are more advanced and want to explore shipwrecks. Regardless of ability there is so much to see under the waves; white tipped reef sharks, rays, turtles and so much more. The coral heads have a myriad of colourful tiny reef fish to marvel at and the occasional octopus can be spotted. The best months are from September to April, the weather is perfect and diving conditions optimal for those wanting to explore the ocean floor. If you are unable to dive, snorkelling offers just as much in the shallower waters can be arranged, November being the best time as the waters are calm and visibility is crystal clear. Your time in the coastal destinations of the Indian Ocean can be as active or as leisurely as you wish, with a multitude of experiences to enjoy from water based sports to exploring the secrets these beautiful destinations hold or simply the favourite coastal pastime of relaxing and soaking up the sun