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Ethiopian Airlines, one of the fastest growing African carriers, has started three weekly services to John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York via Abidjan.

JFK is the sixth busiest airport in the United States and an international gateway into North America.

A statement issued by the Airline quoted, Mr Tewolde Gebre Mariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines as saying: "It gives me great pleasure to launch flights to John F Kennedy Airport, our second station in New York in addition to Newark, connecting the North America's gateway with our extended network of more than 120 destinations globally."

He said the US is one of their most important markets owing to the presence of a large African diaspora and the promising multi-faceted relations between Africa and the USA.

The Group CEO said, the service catalyses trade, tourism, investment and people- to- people relations between Africa and the United States.

"With new JFK flight services, Ethiopia will be serving 24 weekly flights between Africa and North America," he said.

With the addition of the new thrice weekly service to JFK Airport to the already operating four weekly services to Newark via Lome, Ethiopian will operate to New York daily.

Source: Ghanaian Times (Accra)

Ethiopian Airlines has flights from Addis Ababa to Kenya (Nairobi and Mombasa) and Tanzania (Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salam and Zanzibar) daily, making connections to East Africa more convenient from North America.

Air Tanzania has secured three landing slot for London’s Gatwick Airport, heralding in the news that they will soon be serving London – Kilimanjaro direct!

As revealed by African Business Communities, Air Tanzania has made moves to serve London directly from their hub at Dar es Salaam (DAR) via Kilimanjaro to Gatwick (LGW), every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The route will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner (one of two that has been delivered). This will also be the airline’s first route into Europe, a bold move from the normally exclusively domestic carrier.

“The 787 Dreamliner will be the flagship aircraft as we renew and grow the Air Tanzania fleet. We aim to establish our long-haul capability by starting flights to Europe, Asia and the U.S.A over the coming years and the 787 is the perfect aircraft to achieve this ambition. Our hub airport at Dar es Salaam is well located to provide connections onwards across east Africa, capitalizing on the growing demand for tourism in Tanzania and throughout the region from intercontinental markets.” – Air Tanzania Statement

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Safarilink launched an additional morning flight from Wilson Airport to the Masai Mara, landing at various airstrips where passengers then disembark and are met by their respective camps and lodges. The added daily departure operates as follows:


Depart Arrive Time
Wilson Masai Mara 0730-0820hrs
Masai Mara Wilson 0830-0930hrs

Elewana Collection has two properties in the Masai Mara;

Coastal Airline Goes Green

We are very proud of Coastal Aviation's commitment to working towards a greener tomorrow. Through eco-friendly habits, partnerships and an exciting carbon offset program, Coastal Aviation has joined the fight to reduce harm to our planet.

CO2 Emissions Offset in partnership with Carbon Tanzania, the airline will introduce a program allowing passengers to offset their Carbon emissions and balance the emissions for each flight.  

Sustainability Partnerships with The Kilimanjaro Project committed to re-greening the foothills around Mount Kilimanjaro and with WildAid in the protection and prevention of illegal wildlife trade/poaching.

Reduced Plastic Usage with effect from 1st August 2019, single use plastic water bottles are not offered to guests on board. Water coolers are available at Dar es Salaam, Arusha & Zanzibar airports for guests to refill their reusable water bottles. 

Please advise your guests to ensure they refill their water bottles at the lodge prior to their flight as infrastructure is limited at remote airstrips. There will be a small supply of water on board the aircraft for use in emergencies.

visa application

With immediate effect, the process of acquiring a visa on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport has been changed. All guests arriving are now required to:

  • Queue for a Government Control Number
  • Queue to pay for the visa at the bank
  • Queue for immigration to confirm and issue the visa 
In order to avoid any delays on arrival, we strongly advise that you notify clients to purchase a visa online prior to arrival. Online visa applications can be completed 2 - 3 weeks before travel via https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/ and will result in a more efficient arrival process. We will continue to update you on any developments regarding the visa on arrival process and although changes of this nature are out of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Special Offers

SkySafari is designed specifically to make it simple for you to book and enjoy the highlights of an  African safari in either Kenya and Tanzania and now we have made it even better. Take advantage of this special offer where the first guest in a double room/twin room is at contract rates and the second guest enjoys 50% off contract rate. Get the most out of your SkySafari by Elewana.

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There have been some incredible crossing this month, as thousands of wildebeest move back and forth across the Mara River, with moments of excitement and baited breath, guests 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.

The sheer number of wildebeest in the Masai Mara this year is extraordinary making for some amazing moments, not only at the river crossings but across the plains as the daily circle of life plays out. In every direction there are wildebeest, zebra, hartebeest and a host of other plains game and camouflaged in the grass or dappled shadows of a tree, are the majestic or elusive predator’s; lions, leopards and cheetahs that are part of this phenomenal ritual that plays out every year.

Those that visit the Masai Mara and other wild and beautiful areas in Kenya and Tanzania, should be courteous, not only of others that have come to enjoy these iconic destinations but more importantly the animals themselves. We need to ensure we do not disturb the wildlife at any time. Our Guides are passionate about the wild spaces we operate in and understand the animals, sharing their knowledge of these precious places and their inhabitant so that when our Guest’s leave, they take with them memories to last a lifetime.

With so many incredible moments happening daily in the Masai Mara, Guests at Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp and Elewana Sand River have been witnessing some great events unfold, from spectacular river crossings, exciting hunts and the never ending magic that takes place while on safari. The excitement of waking up before the sunrises and heading out on an early morning game drive, the anticipation of what the day will hold, enjoying a bush breakfast surrounded by animals, alternatively experience the bush from a different perspective; either by foot, getting closer to nature on a bush walk or from the incredible heights of a hot air balloon, is unforgettable. A day is never complete without a sundowner, watching the sunset over this indescribable landscape, the colours, the smell, the sounds are a feast for the senses. The wildebeest migration should be experienced at least once in one’s life but the Mara is captivating and will draw people back again and again.

Videos of River Crossings in the Masai Mara this month;

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River Crossing in Masai Mara 16/08/2019 - Elewana Guide Alex Kanuga

River Crossing in Masai Mara 22/08/2019 - Elewana Guide Logolie

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River Crossing in Masai Mara 23/08/2019 - Elewana Guide Alex Kanuga

River Crossing in Masai Mara 16/08/2019 - Elewana Guide Lovoi

Klaus at Tortilis Camp

Internationally renowned fine arts photographer Klaus Tiedge, successfully traversed the boundaries between painting and photography, capturing the pure beauty and diversity of the African continent.

Klaus was an incredible inspiration for so many in the dealing with his cancer illness from when he got first diagnosed in April 2017. Throughout his journey Klaus kept a positive attitude towards life and living and besides conservative treatment he did not stop implementing new avenues of healing like special diets, qui gong, acupuncture and meditation. But it was also his work, pushing for new projects that kept him moving forward, even though the most difficult times.

He is loved for his humble and humorous spirit his love for the beauty of nature and life.

In honour of Klaus as a person and his remarkable work we would love to see his legacy to live on. All original photographs by Klaus Tiedge are continued to be available as limited edition prints and will from now on be released as an estate copy with an embossing stamp and authorisation by Sandra Tiedge.

Klaus's Journey Continues....

There is a tremendous amount of footage and unreleased images, which will be released to tell Klaus's Story. Follow his journey here as more is uncovered from the behind the scenes footage in the build up to the official launch of "Safari of my Life".

One of his favourite places was Amboseli National Park, where he stayed at Elewana Tortilis Camp and took many beautiful photographs and captured the true essence of this incredible place, which can be seen in the video links below;

He simply is an inspiration for all of us in so many ways.

photos of the month august

Photo credits: Taro Croze Elewana Activities Manager at Elewana Loisaba Tented Camp, Elewana Guide Charles Wanna at Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, Elewana Guide Jona at Elewana Tortilis Camp,  Elewana Guide Lekatoo Murara at Tortilis Camp Amboseli.