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For a limited time only, guests can take advantage of our special double discount offer on Elewana circuit itineraries, receiving 20% off bookings of 6+ nights and 30% off bookings of 9+ nights when combining a minimum of two select Tanzania properties.

The Elewana circuit itinerary properties include Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, Serengeti Pioneer Camp and Serengeti Migration Camp. The booking period is from now until March 30th, 2024, for travel from 6th January 2024 up to 31st May 2024. The offer is valid for both game package and full board rates, applicable to new bookings only and subject to availability. It is not combinable with any other special offer and not applicable to resident rates. Offer valid until further notice, terms and conditions apply.

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Save an additional night’s stay on your next safari with the “stay four, pay three” special offer. Select Elewana properties in Kenya and Tanzania are currently offering a complimentary night on combined bookings of 4-nights at a combination of any of the following two properties:

Tanzania: Arusha Coffee Lodge, Serengeti Migration Camp, Tarangire TreeTop, The Manor at Ngorongoro
Kenya: Elephant Pepper Camp, Elsa’s Kopje Meru, Loisaba Star Beds, Loisaba Lodo Springs, Sand River Masai Mara

What’s more, children under 12 stay for free. The booking window is open now until 30th May 2024 for reservations until 31st May 2024. Blackout dates include 20th December 2023 to 5th January 2024 and 29th March 2024 to 1st April 2024. Bookings must include a combination of at least two properties from the above featured list. Offer is applicable to non-resident, new bookings only, subject to availability and not combinable with any other offer. Terms and conditions apply.

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As we welcome in the new year, we reflect on all the wonderful news that we had to share in 2023. To start, guests were able to take advantage of new e-bikes available at Lewa Safari Camp and Kifaru House, allowing them to take exhilarating rides through the African bush. The Manor Ngorongoro introduced new farm to table dining as part of the guest experience, as well as new Appaloosa horses for guests to ride and explore the gorgeous, lush gardens, coffee bush plantations and hills that surround the property. Tortilis Camp Amboseli began nightly game drives, making the safari experience even more adventurous.

The last year also included a significant number of awards, including six Conde Nast Traveler 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards with top accolades in the 50 Best Resorts. Elsa’s Kopje Meru secured the #7 spot in the “50 Best Resorts” overall global list as well as the #1 in Top Resorts in Central & Eastern Africa. Arusha Coffee Lodge won the #13 spot in the “50 Best Resorts” overall global list and #3 in Top 15 Resorts in Central & Eastern Africa, while Elephant Pepper Camp Masai Mara, ranked #29 in in the “50 Best Resorts” overall global list and #4 in the Top 15 Resorts in Central & Eastern Africa.

Serengeti Migration Camp was also honoured with top accolades in the 2023 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards. The beloved camp won the #19 spot amongst the Top 100 Hotels in the World and received the #3 spot amongst the Top 10 Best Africa Safari Lodges.

May the positive news continue in 2024!

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From phenomenal game viewing and multiple dining options to wellness and fitness facilities, photography and cultural centres, plus stargazing and outdoor cinema experiences, Liz tells us about the myriad of reasons to book Serengeti Explorer next year.

What are the top selling points travel advisors should know about the new Explorer by Elewana brand?

Elewana are known for being leaders in the safari business, with unique boutique lodges and camps in the most iconic locations throughout Kenya and Northern Tanzania. They have always been committed to delivering a true East African bush experience, whilst supporting community and conservation initiatives in the regions in which they operate. Whilst there is diversity in their offering (regions, landscapes, experiences, and wildlife viewing as well as styles of accommodation), a stay with Elewana has always been underpinned by a consistency in quality: from the guest care and service delivered by their incredible camp staff to the exquisite food prepared by the kitchen teams. What's more, they're proud to employ some of the most knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate guides in the business. Guests know that a stay with Elewana delivers a higher level of safari experience, and that guarantee continues through the new Explorer by Elewana offering.

How will the Explorer properties distinguish themselves from the current portfolio of Elewana properties?

This new concept lodge leverages Elewana's heritage and expertise, along with maintaining consistency as far as iconic locations are concerned, but with a new and reimagined safari offering. Explorer properties have a larger footprint (60-90 rooms), and whilst their location ensures phenomenal wildlife viewing, game drives are complemented with a wealth of contextual in-property experiences: from multiple dining options to wellness and fitness facilities, photography and cultural centres, to stargazing and outdoor cinema experiences. The incredible hospitality and service that Elewana is known for will remain attuned to accommodate the general clientele of a larger property.

To which type of guest will the new Explorer by Elewana properties mostly appeal?

These properties are likely to appeal to a wide range of guests. They fill a gap in the market for travellers who are looking at a safari adventure in its purest sense, as part of a broader holiday itinerary, or perhaps looking for activities “beyond the game drive” during their stay. It is also a great option for families who are looking for activities and entertainment for children, and larger travelling groups of families or friends. We also recognise that not everyone wants to stay at smaller camps and lodges - some are looking for more anonymity during their stay or for greater interaction with other guests, and a larger property can offer both these options.

When is the best time to book Serengeti Explorer?

We are very lucky in that the Serengeti delivers fantastic wildlife viewing in the central southern area all year round. Looking at the wildebeest migration specifically, the calving season happens during the first and last few months of the year. A drive south will have guests witnessing the southern plains covered in wildebeest calves before they start heading north around April and May. From July to September, the plains are richest with resident wildlife, including some of the most well-known predators in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

Anything else you wish to include which makes Explorer such a great opportunity?

Explorer property bookings can benefit from the ongoing Elewana circuit discounts, making it possible for guests to mix and match a stay at Explorer with Elewana’s smaller boutique lodges and camps in other regions. This works well both in enhancing an overall itinerary with differing safari experiences, as well as helping to accommodate client budgets.

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Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania, the Manor at Ngorongoro welcomes guests with nine luxurious cottages offering a total of 18 suites nestled within the 1,500-acre Shangri-La Coffee estate. The one-of-a-kind property is located just south of the Ngorongoro Crater, known as the eighth wonder of the world, where guests can explore an abundance of wildlife via game drives and picnic lunches on the 18km wide crater floor.

Every detail of The Manor has been designed with guests’ comfort in mind, with each of the cottages carefully positioned to maximize the gorgeous views of the surrounding gardens and verdant hills lush with coffee plants, while also allowing for intimacy and privacy at this old-world Manor home. The property’s main Manor House, family cottage, and guest cottages are designed with a beautiful mixture of old-world Afro-European architecture and décor and African hospitality.

The property offers an unforgettable dining experience to guests, thanks to the culinary team’s innovative and creative approach to cooking. Menus feature sustainable dishes that include the very best of what the Manor’s shamba 'garden' has to offer with fresh, abundant produce, along with fresh farm eggs, sourdough breads and carefully selected meats and fish. Along with game drives to the crater and Lake Manyara, guests can also take advantage of the opulent estate’s spa.

The property also boasts excellent stables and recently welcomed Appaloosa horses allowing for guests to take beautiful rides through the glorious hills that embrace the Manor.

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The Land & Life Foundation, in collaboration with PARC, has embarked on a significant initiative in Amboseli, Kenya, partnering with the local Esiteti School and the surrounding community. This comprehensive development plan, spanning five to 10 years, is dedicated to fostering sustainable advancements that positively impact the community and the environment in this drought-prone region.

The recently completed phase one of the project, concluded in November 2023, achieved the following milestones:

  • Solarization of the Esiteti School Borehole: The installation of a Solar PV system and pumping infrastructure has transformed the Esiteti School borehole, ensuring consistent water supply for the school and the local community via renewable energy. This innovative approach replaces the reliance on unsustainable, expensive, and environmentally harmful diesel-generator pumps.
  • Expansion of Water Storage Capacity: 30,000 litre water tanks equipped with a piping system were added to facilitate reliable storage and access to the borehole water for the 700+ Esiteti School students, faculty and staff.
  • Implementation of "Lion-Lights": Strategically placed "lion-lights" were installed to safeguard the water tanks by humanely deterring wildlife, contributing to the overall safety of the area.
  • Upgrade of School Kitchen Facilities: New washing dhobi and kitchen taps were installed to enhance the school's sanitation facilities.
  • Community Water Distribution Centre: A dedicated water distribution centre, supplied by the solarized school borehole, was constructed and serves over 190 households in the community.
  • Elephant Proofing: A "loose-rock wall" was built around the community water distribution centre to safely discourage elephants from accessing this area.
  • Access to Water for Wildlife: To address human-wildlife conflicts, particularly with elephants, a separate animal water trough, supplied through a solarized borehole, was constructed exclusively for the use of livestock and wildlife.

Having successfully implemented phase one, the forthcoming stage of the integrated development plan will focus on fostering the growth of social enterprises, especially for women's groups in the area. Additionally, a permaculture project will be introduced to enhance food security for both the school and the wider community.

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Lewa is regularly heralded as a beacon for conservation and community cohesion and the highlights from 2023 certainly prove this accolade. There are now 260 rhinos across the Lewa-Borana landscape, Grevy’s zebra have increased by 15% in the last year and 53 new pancake tortoises have been discovered.

In the community 42,000 locals have received health care from January to June and 8,623 students have enrolled in Lewa-supported schools in September, representing an increase from the previous term. A new water project was established in Ntumburi bringing the total number of water projects to 18.

The team have also fenced 1,177 acres of land for ecological restoration and planted 1,600 trees under the Conservation Education Programme.

For more information on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy visit here

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Born Free Saving Meru’s Giants team recently highlighted a wonderful example of their work in the area, in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Services where they were able to rescue a baby elephant called Savannah who had fallen into a waterhole created for livestock. Despite his stressful ordeal, he was able to be reunited with his mother and was quickly feeding well and regaining his strength. For more information click here

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Leche and Altus du Toit expand on seasonal happenings at the Manor over Christmas and the New Year.

What special activities have you laid on for guests over the festive period

We provide a memorable Christmas dinner with gifts for all our guests on the beautiful Manor lawn under the trees and stars, with local entertainment which includes flame eating acrobats from Mto Wa Mbu as a well as a local choir from Karatu, a church of one of our own Butlers named Little John.

For children, we will have Santa Claus come to visit and hand out treats. On New Years eve, we will have the same acrobats and a local band from Arusha take us into the new year, celebrating with our The Manor signature cocktail and champagne.

At The Manor we take Christmas and New Year very seriously and we will be sure to delight each and every one of our guests with the warmth of the festive season, as well as showcasing the seasonal garden produce from which our gardeners take great delight and pride in.

What are your favourite parts of the season

Our all-time favourite part is to see the kids' faces when they first notice Santa Claus and the delight of starting the New Year on a high celebratory note.

How will you and your staff celebrate

At The Manor we celebrated the festive season with what we have dubbed the all-time best staff Christmas party ever! We had a legendary party in our staff village a few nights ago where various staff members took the spotlight in showing off their unique skills, ranging from dancing to DJ-ing, enjoying local dishes like goat, ugali, plantain and piping hot pilipili. This was the true celebration of a successful year end and indicated a wonderful start of the new year to come.

Are you aware of any local traditions to celebrate this time of year

The locals keep it very traditional by attending mass and thereafter celebrating together with friends and family.