Our teams in Kenya and Tanzania are back in action looking forward to another busy year ahead working with our Partners around the world in providing the best experience for our guests.
We will bring you exciting news from our properties, updates from our charitable arm, Land & Life Foundation and the invaluable work they do in the field with the communities, conservation and more, and some of the events we will be attending, so keep reading to find out more.
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We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and sharing our news through the coming year.
The Elewana Collection are delighted to announce a full complement of stunning images for Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs that showcase the main areas, including dining area, lounge and stunning infinity pool with incredible views of the Laikipia landscape that stretch for miles.
We invite you to view the portfolio of the new Images taken by Niels van Gijn, who runs a small design and photography studio in Wiltshire, UK.
Located within the 57,000 acre Loisaba Conservancy, Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs offers an ultra-private experience with eight individual, spacious tented rooms with impressive views that reach across the Laikipia Plateau stretching out to Mount Kenya. Service is paramount, with every room assigned an Elewana Guest Ambassador to serve and cater to every guests’ need, as well as a dedicated safari vehicle and a highly qualified Elewana field guide who will accompany guests for the duration of their stay.
Romance is in the air this Valentine’s Day with The Elewana Collection. Guests will enjoy special experiences starting with heart-shaped cookies and Valentine's message with their wake up call, a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate their love surrounded by the beauty of Africa, special bush sundowners themed around red and pink, candle lit dinners under the stars and finally relax in a rose petal filled bubble bath. Whether surrounded by the sounds of the african bush enjoying an intimate moment around a campfire or an indulgent lobster dinner on a moonlit beach listening to the waves lapping against the shore, there are few better places to reaffirm a love affair.
Enjoy waking up to the sounds of the bush and watch the first ray of sunlight transform the plains to a warm golden hue. Heart-shaped cookies and a Valentine's message arrive with the morning wake-up call, serving hot tea or coffee in your tent. Venture out on a morning game drive with splendid views of the savannah filled with an abundance of wildlife. Return to Camp for a scrumptious breakfast or find that surprise bush breakfast awaits you. Leisurely morning relaxing by the pool, celebrate your love with a bottle of sparkling wine surrounded by the beauty of Africa. After lunch depart on an afternoon game drive culminating in a special red and pink themed sundowner with gin-tasting. As the sun sets head back to camp for a rose petal filled bubble bath, private candlelit dinner and finally fall asleep in each other’s arms listening to the sounds of the African bush.Or for those that want to spend time by the sea, 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 on Valentines. Each villa perfectly crafts a private, intimate and 'barefoot' experience that so many crave. Enjoy a floating breakfast for two in your own plunge pool, then 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. Pamper yourself with a complimentary 30 minute massage in our delightful spa. As the sun sets, reflecting light off the gentle waves, enjoy a sundowner by the pool followed by a romantic starlit dinner on the beach with a bottle of sparkling wine. As the day comes to an end, head back to your pavilion, for chocolates and rose petals. Sink into bed, let the magic of valentines overcome you listening to the sound of the ocean while enjoying the gentle breeze that blows across the spice island of Zanzibar.
Whether it is romance in the bush or love in the sea air, savour every minute of Valentines with The Elewana Collection.
We have a live camera facing our watering hole where you can look at live images and watch time lapse videos that capture moments throughout the day. Watch the video and see how many animals you can spot…
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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. As the camp is located in the WMA, activities such as bush walks and night game drives are possible, which are not permitted in many other areas. Bush walks allow guests to get “up close and personal” with nature, and experience the bush to a more intimate degree. Alternatively, a night game drive with the option to go off road, in the African bush affords the opportunity to see an array of creatures who prefer the cover of darkness, the African bush hosts a different assortment of creatures after the sun goes down.
When travelling to a new country many people like to flavour the local cuisine. In Tanzania this can vary depending on the geographical region. Along the coastal regions of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar spicy foods are common, often flavoured with coconut milk collected straight from the palm.
Whereas in the mainland dishes vary, including foods such as wali (rice), ugali (maize porridge), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), samaki (fish), pilau (rice mixed with a variety of spices), biriyani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Vegetables commonly used in Tanzania include bamia (okra), mchicha (a kind of spinach) and kisamvu (cassava leaves). There are at least 17 different types of bananas grown in Tanzania, which are used for soup, stew, and chips.The Elewana Collection properties all have a Swahili themed evening each week, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy some of the local dishes. At Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge a new menu has been developed to incorporate ingredients that are native to the region, such as cassava (Manihot esculenta), air-potato, and the rare Dioscorea bulbifera Kweme Praline (Oyster-nut), which is only found in Tanzania. We have been approached by the Slow Food Movement Tanzanian to start cooking with this ingredient and place it on the culinary map.We have taken local dishes and developed them into tantalising combinations of flavours and textures to stimulate your senses. Below are a couple of the new menus that guests can look forward to enjoying while staying with us at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge.
Jane Behrend (Emerging Destinations) shares some things you may not know about Elewana Rates:
In the fine print of our rates, we have some information that you may have missed and wanted to make sure you were aware of the following:
|Single Room Policy||Rate|
|1st Single Room per booking and/or file||No Single Room Supplement Charge|
|3 or less Single Rooms per booking/file||Contracted Single Rate applies|
|4 or more Single Rooms per booking/file||Double Room Rate applies|
|Single Room Policy||Rate|
|3 or less Single Rooms per booking||Single Room Rate|
|4 or more Single Rooms per booking||Double Room Rate|
We will waive the single supplement for the first single person to book a departure, that already has our minimum of two passengers! If guests are flexible on their departure dates, we will work hard to accommodate them.
|Children under 12 sharing with 1 adult||Child(ren) FOC + Adult Single Rate|
|Children aged 12-17 in their own room (2 min.)||75% of the Adult Rate|
|Children aged 12-17 sharing with adult||50% of the Adult Rate|
|Child (1) over 12 sharing with 2 adults||Triple Rate as indicated|
Did you know that our circuit discounts are valid for individual trips that include both Elewana Tanzania and Elewana Kenya properties – even if you book with different DMC’s? Make sure our team know the file name and we will make sure these are applied
The following Circuit Discounts are available when combining any of our Bush and Beach Properties excluding Arusha Coffee Lodge . Circuit Discounts are valid for all seasons, both on Game Package and on Full Board rates. Circuit Discounts are not combinable with any other special offers.
No. of Nights
Published rates can be found on the Elewana Collection website, each property has its own Rates & Season page. If you want access to our reservations systems, just let us know.
Combine our bush and beach properties…or choose your own combination with our Circuit Discount and enjoy up to 20% discount.
With so many places to explore in East Africa and so much to experience, from the majestic landscapes of Amboseli with Mt. Kilimanjaro as its backdrop to the crystal blue waters of Zanzibar steeped in the history of the spice trade, not forgetting the rolling savannahs of the Masai Mara with unforgettable wildlife encounters… so many destinations, so many choices. Choose your own combination with our Circuit Discount and get the most out of your stay with us.For more information click here.
Now in its fifty-fifth instalment, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography. The competition is owned and operated by the world-renowned Natural History Museum. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year series consists of a major exhibition at the Museum and a worldwide tour. The winning images appear on Natural History Museum’s website and leading publications worldwide. As a result, the photographs are seen by millions.Please vote for a beautiful photo of baby rhino Kitui in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition by our friend Martin Buzora, and help us spread the word on Lewa’s rhino conservation efforts!
Voting closes at 14:00 on Tuesday 4 February 2020.
The Elewana Collection has two properties located in the Conservancy, Elewana Lewa Safari Camp and Elewana Kifaru House, which are the only two tourism properties owned by the Conservancy itself, with the aim of boosting the conservancy’s revenue through camp occupancy. All profits and conservancy fees generated by each camp are reinvested directly into the conservation and community efforts of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Elewana Lewa Safari Camp is a unique and exclusive retreat, which offers privileged access to 65,000 acres of private protected wilderness. Featuring large tented bedrooms each with its own veranda and full en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy a host of activities from horse or camel rides, visit to the new joint operations centre and cultural experiences or simply relax by the swimming pool and enjoy the tranquillity.
By Hannah CampbellLoisaba Conservancy is remote and located a three hour drive from the nearest major town, meaning disposing of waste can be challenging. We have to be mindful when disposing of items, and ensure waste is sorted into biodegradable (that can be used in our BioDigester!), items to burn and items to recycle.
Plastic is an ever growing issue globally, with it making up approximately 11% of household waste and taking up to 1,000 years to decompose. But what if there was a safe way to turn plastic into energy?In 1990, Jim Archer recognised this increasing environmental problem around Kenya, and that rubbish could be a never-ending resource to produce energy if processed responsibly. In partnership with Mumo Musuva, he began to develop designs for a very simple, inexpensive rubbish burner which could also serve as a stove for cooking…
The Community Cooker is an innovative yet practical waste-to-energy technology that has tremendous potential for environmental, economic and social change in low resource settings around the world. It burns rubbish in an environmentally friendly way at 880oC – 1200oC to generate heat energy for cooking, baking and heating water in large quantities. At these temperatures, the Cooker achieves 90% combustion efficiency and meets European Environmental Standards, US EPA standards and Kenyan standards for Nitrogen Oxides, Sulphur Dioxides, Carbon Monoxide, Furans and Dioxins as tested by Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS).
After the first prototype was built in 2008 and passed the emission test (EPA standard), the Community Cooker Foundation (CCF) was established in 2010. The CCF is a Kenyan based charity that promotes sustainable waste management by encouraging institutions, people and communities to use Community Cookers to clean up the environment, save trees, improve health and create employment value.
The implementation of the Community Cooker at Loisaba means 100% of waste (other than glass and metal which are recycled) at Loisaba can be either put through our BioDigester or into the Community Cooker to provide fuel, creating a much more sustainable way of disposing waste!
The rising awareness of the newly termed “climate crisis” is seizing the headlines as we go to press, forcing us to think again about our relationship with nature. Growing concerns over biodiversity and species extinctions are being reported, and alarming statistics from respected scientists suggest an uncertain future for our planet, its’ natural resources and our human race. In this context, conservation and environmental education plays a vital role in preparing young people for the threats and challenges they are likely to face.Here in East Africa this holds even more true, as the lives of so many are intertwined with their natural environment on a daily basis. Walks to the river to collect water involve encounters with elephants; crops always relied upon to support the family fail unexpectedly through drought; rains expected in October arrive in December and stay until March, flooding the drylands and damaging infrastructure. Times are changing and the Land & Life Foundation is determined to help young people steer a course through.
This Wildlife Warrior Resource Pack, printed this month thanks to funding from partners SafariPros, is being distributed to all Wildlife Warrior Club Schools in February 2020. The pack has been developed specifically for the Wildlife Warriors of East Africa. Bright young conservationists armed with in depth knowledge and understanding offer our world the best hope of not only survival but of development and bettering of lives for all. The resource pack features nine units, each with a different conservation or environmental focus. The information and activities are designed to promote a collaborative “active learning” approach that emphasizes hands-on learning and enhances the value of shared experiences. The material is aimed specifically at an East African audience, with relevant examples, illustrations and contexts. Every chapter has simple exercises that enable students to work directly with the material alone or in small groups, and can easily be adapted or expanded by the teacher or session leader. Topics range from human-wildlife conflict and soils and sustainable agriculture to waste and recycling and urban development.
When visiting any of the schools supported by Elewana Collection’s charitable arm, the Land & Life Foundation, take the opportunity to look at the new Wildlife Warrior Resource Pack and the projects that the children are working on to become future conservationists that will protect this planet.
The pace at Shanga is slightly slower in January, which gives us time to experiment, play, prototype, train and make some new products especially in the glass department.
Sneak peek at some of the new designs at the workshop...
New year, new things and some of these are already my favourites.
A visit to Shanga is a must when passing through Arusha to meet the people and see all the beautiful products they make with love and dedication.
Shanga’s purpose-built, open workshop is located in the grounds of Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge and is a wonderful experience for visitors to meet the inspirational staff, to view and participate in the creative process behind Shanga products.
Shanga is a successful social enterprise which employs people with disabilities to create unique, high quality and handmade jewelry, glassware and homewares, incorporating recycled materials into many of our products. Shanga products are sold in Tanzania and around the world, with all profits being reinvested back into the development of new products; researching and implementing additional recycling methods into our activities.
It is a busy year for the Elewana Sales & Representations team members, who will be attending a number of events throughout the year. From the ITB in Germany, Breaking Boundaries’: Africa to Latin America Road Show in Central and South America, Africa’s Travel Indaba and We Are Africa in South Africa, Virtuoso Travel Week and Signature Travel Network Conference in America, PURE in Morocco and at home, Magical Kenya Tourism Expo plus a few others.
|Country||Event / Tradeshow / Roadshow||Dates|
|Germany - Berlin||ITB (click to access online appointments)||04 - 08 March 2020|
|Mexico / Lima/ San Paolo||Breaking Boundaries: Africa to Latin America Road Show 2019||14 -24 March 2020|
|China||Dong Road Show||06 - 11 April 2020|
|Newport, CA||Virtuoso Community Day||25 April 2020|
|South Africa - Durban||Africa's Travel Indaba||12 - 14 May 2020|
|South Africa - Cape Town||We Are Africa||18 - 21 May 2020|
|Arusha, Tanzania||Kilifair||5 - 7 June 2020|
|USA - Las Vegas||Virtuoso Travel Week||8 -14 August 2020|
|Morocco - Marrakesh||PURE||6 - 10 September 2020|
|Kenya - Nairobi||Magical Kenya Tourism Expo||7 - 9 October 2020|
|USA - Las Vegas||Signature Travel Network Conference||11 - 14 October 2020|
|Asia||Virtuoso Travel Week (Asia Tour)||13 - 19 October 2020|
|Cannes, France||ILTM||07 - 10 December 2020|
If you would like to book appointments early with us for Indaba and MKTE, please contact us to ensure we arrange a time that is convenient for you.
We are delighted to announce that Elewana Sand River Masai Mara is our sixth property in Kenya to receive the prestigious Gold status and Elewana Kifaru House was evaluated and attained Bronze on its first application.Ecotourism Kenya promotes responsible tourism practices within the tourism industry and encourages the adoption of best practices in the use of tourism resources, working with local communities and managing wastes and emissions.
Ecotourism Kenya, defines Ecotourism as;
‘the involvement of tourists in environmental conservation activities directly linked to addressing human development needs, and promotes equitable sharing of benefits accrued from tourism with local communities while supporting their nature conservation values’.
Their vision is to bring together conservation, communities and tourism in a responsible manner and the principles governing ecotourism include;
Congratulations to the staff and management of both Elewana properties for this achievement.