In light of on-going pandemic safety precautions, Elewana is committed to a maximum of four guests per game drive until at least mid-December 2021. We hope that this will present travellers with an extra layer of assurance to enjoy their game drive experience. For those traveling in a group up to 7 people, we will happily accommodate them in one vehicle if they choose.
A private and tranquil island holiday is certainly at the top of many a traveller’s wish list these days and Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar aims to make your beach holiday even more relaxing with an extra night’s stay. Book five nights at the boutique luxury island hotel for travel until 19th December and receive one night complimentary, a value of up to 20% off the entire booking. Set amongst fifty plus acres of lush tropical gardens, Kilindi has long been a favourite with honeymooners and couples.
The property invites guests to linger a little longer, enjoying the property’s spacious laid-back atmosphere, wealth of water activities and excursions and stunning private beach. The special “Stay Five, Pay Four” offer includes full board accommodation, all meals and drinks (excluding champagne, private cellar wines and spirits), sundowners, paddle boarding, kayaking, laundry service and VAT. This offer is valid for new bookings only and cannot be combined with other offers.
Providing groups with a space to try new activities and have in depth Q&A sessions is one of the ways Shanga supports and gives back to the local community. Thankfully, Shanga was recently able to restart their daily line-up of local in-person events, activities and information sessions, together with guest visits, after a long pause.The latest activities included hosting a local primary school group where students first watched Shanga’s glass blowing and glass bead making artisans and then got busy making their own bead bracelets and necklaces from newspaper and cardboard. They went home with goody bags filled with a few treasures from Shanga’s glass garden and as one of the student’s was leaving, she commented to her teacher, “that was so cool when can we come again?” We hope very soon!
A local secondary school’s “Do it Green” club came to learn about recycling and what recycled items can be used for including learning about the importance of sorting waste, uses for crushed glass as a substitute for gravel in driveway/laneway covering and ways to support and empower people with disabilities in their own communities. The students were captivated by Shanga’s glass blowing techniques, including the use of recycled bottles as raw material and how Shanga’s furnaces run on recycled cooking oil. They were also enthralled by the decorative Dalle de Verre pieces, made from cut glass tiles.Finally, an entrepreneur training program for young women made a visit to meet the Shanga team. Their main mission is “to propel the next generation of successful innovative women entrepreneurs” and they enjoyed learning more about product development and what customers’ needs and interests are, including how Shanga addresses the needs of tourist visitors who are often looking for holiday mementos that are unique and easy to carry.
For the best experience at Shanga, we recommend building 2-4 hours into your itineraries and scheduling your visit with us. The social enterprise looks forward to continuing to welcome visitors, both locally and from afar, in the months to come.
Every year, the Lewa Education Programme enrols high-performing students from neighbouring primary schools and supports them throughout their secondary education via sponsorship and mentorship. Over the past five years, the number of students attaining the university pass-mark has been increasing with each graduating class, from 13% in 2018, 21% in 2019, and 48% for the class of 2020, making it a record-breaking year for securing better futures for local children.
Prints for Wildlife has raised USD 1.094.400 through this year's sales, bringing the total sum raised so far through the organisation to USD 1.75 million over two years. This makes PFW the largest photographic print fundraiser for wildlife conservation in the history of mankind. Founder Pie Aerts Comments “Wow! I am still pinching myself and I have to admit - it was pretty scary to openly communicate 1 million as our fundraising target for this year’s campaign. But you have to risk it to get the biscuit! It is truly the most rewarding thing to witness something that started as an idea now take a global stage. It shows that dreams are never too big as long as you keep making small steps towards them. I am forever grateful for everyone that contributed to realizing this dream, all 175+ photographers as well as thousands of people around the globe purchasing prints. Together we are a force!”
Serengeti Migration Camps guide Moses tells us how this year’s migration is progressing...
How is this year's migration looking so far?
The migration is currently following the same routes that we would expect, but no year is the same, so we anticipate some great sightings, and we are as excited as if we have never seen it before.
Have you noticed any differences due to the pandemic, and what can people expect?
With the Serengeti being so quiet for over a year, I have seen slight changes in animal behaviour especially Lions and Leopards, which are no longer so comfortable to see the vehicles.
What is your most memorable migration sighting?
This year when Wildebeest crossed Grumeti River close to our camp, my vehicle was surrounded by thousands of Wildebeest. They were coming from every direction for over 1 hour and a half, it was incredible.
What's your best tip for avoiding the crowds during migration?
The best tip is to find a good spot, to be patient and anticipate where the herds are going without following other vehicles.
Do you have a best migration fact?
Mostly food and water dictate the herds movement but other factors play their part such as safe ground for calving so they are able to see the predators. They also search out places with high minerals like the southern plains due to the volcanic eruptions which created the Ngorongoro Crater
Is there any photographic kit would you recommend for capturing the migration?
Have a good decent pair of binoculars and good camera kit with a nice, wider lens.
Any other comments that would help guests visiting during migration?
I really recommend guests to book a minimum of three nights stay at Serengeti Migration camp. This will give them the opportunity to enjoy the migrations not only crossing the river but also on the Togoro plains where there is a good chance of lots of game in the area.
The Elewana team welcomes new GMs into the fold in Kenya and Tanzania. We are pleased to share that Cesti Wright has been promoted as the new GM of Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs and we also give a warm hello to Altus and Leche du Toit who will start as General Managers at The Manor at Ngorongoro on 21st September, 2021.
In a vote of confidence for the region, Air France has added Zanzibar as a brand-new destination for the airline. From 18 October 2021, Air France will operate two flights a week with a Boeing 787-9, as a continuation of the Paris flight to Nairobi (Kenya).
Our recent wildlife sightings include wild dog pups and leopards spotted (no pun intended!) in the trees near Loisaba Tented Camp and a confusion of wildebeest were seen from camp at Sand River Masai Mara. Safari goers also had a rare sighting of a kill with a lioness taking down a zebra with her two baby cubs in the Mara, a sight to behold.
We’re also happy to share a video shot by Martin Buzora for Loisaba Conservancy in commemoration of World Ranger Day which was on 31st July 2021.