As the holiday season approaches, Elewana staff are preparing unique festive celebrations for guests throughout the 16 properties, ensuring this holiday season is merrier than ever. Guests can look forward to a wealth of special holiday revelries such as Christmas Eve sundowners under the coconut trees at AfroChic Diani Beach, surprise Christmas Day champagne bush breakfast for guests at Elsa’s Kopje, festive high tea at Elephant Pepper Camp, New Year’s Eve celebratory dinner under the stars at Loisaba Lodo Springs, celebratory New Year’s Eve drinks at the fire pit at Loisaba Star Beds and festive New Year’s Eve lunch at Loisaba Tented Camp, along with much more planned.
Elewana is proud to be a part of KwikBasket, a new agricultural tech initiative which works with local farmers and growers to give them access to fair markets and in turn, provides high quality fresh produce to Elewana properties.
Instead of dispatching produce from Nairobi, Elewana obtains farm fresh local and seasonal fruit and vegetables for culinary menus from local growers and farmers. Since being a part of the program, Elewana has reduced their vehicle resupply runs to camps from every 10 days to every 14-16 days, simultaneously cutting down on transportation costs and improving the brand’s carbon footprint. From an operations standpoint, the partnership has also contributed to a massive drop in food waste, as often a large percentage of the fresh ingredients coming from Nairobi get spoilt in transit. Group Training & Development Chef Nicky Bryden has worked closely with KwikBasket, adjusting F&B menus to fit in with what is available locally. The partnership has also been hugely successfully for Elewana guests, who recently shared rave reviews on new culinary menus.
Elewana offers guests a number of ways to save on safari holidays with some special offers expiring just before the festive holidays.
For guests looking to stay at Arusha Coffee Lodge, special rates of $149 per person sharing in B&B and $199 single room in B&B are valid until 20 December 2021.
Bookable until 22 December 2021, Loisaba Lodo Springs’ Exclusively Yours offer is perfect for families and groups of 10 on safari together. Book 3 nights with a minimum 10 pax and receive complimentary private air charter flights, game drives, guided walks, horse riding/camel trekking and more at US $999 per person, per night.
Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar's special “Stay Five, Pay Four” offer, valid until March 31, 2022, aims to make your beach holiday even more relaxing with an extra night’s stay. Book five nights at the boutique luxury island hotel and receive one night complimentary, a value of up to 20% off the entire booking.
Guests seeking privacy on safari can still take advantage of a private guide and vehicle for bookings of seven plus nights at one or more bush properties until May 31, 2022.
Travellers receive double discounts on circuit itineraries when combining any of our bush and beach properties (excluding Arusha Coffee Lodge) until June 30, 2022. Guests can take advantage of a 30% saving on nine plus nights (increased from the standard 15%) and 20% discount on six nights plus (increased from 10%).
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Elewana Collection’s gift shops have something for everyone on your list. Handcrafted and produced locally, revenue from the purchase of each item goes to support the local community. We asked Elewana Collection’s retail team to share more about the variety of unique gifts offered at property boutiques.
Where do you source most of the products for the gift shops
Lewa Conservancy’s local Team participated in the 2021 Wildlife Ranger Challenge which raised over $2.8 Million for conservation efforts. Facilitated by Tusk Trust with the support of founding donor, The Scheinberg Relief Fund, the event saw over 2,000 rangers from 24 African countries come together to run in solidarity for the cause. Funds raised will go towards supporting ranger efforts including patrol expansion, wildlife and habitat protection and the mitigation of human wildlife conflict.
Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp has a newly revamped dining experience and Senior Chef, John-Mark Taki, took some time to share all the details on the new F&B offerings.
Can you give us an overview on the changes to the dining experience at Elephant Pepper Camp
What local ingredients do you use?
We try to use quite a lot of local produce as we like to give our guests a taste of what is unique to Kenya. For example, Makande is whole white corn which we cook until creamy and then serve with Lamb shank. It almost becomes like risotto, it's so delicious.
There is also Maharagwe, which are our local beans, and we have a large variety of these.
Then there is of course Maize flour, we call it ugali, and we make a fantastic starter from it.
Tell us a little about the challenges of cooking in the bush
Probably one of the biggest challenges is when we are missing an ingredient. Elephant Pepper Camp is deep in the Reserve and we can't just run out to the shops to get something. However, it does mean we get to be creative and sometimes that's when the best dishes are created.
Which is your favourite dish
I think probably my favourite dish is our new Breakfast Taco. We set up a mini bush kitchen right next to the Mara river and cook in the company of Hippos. It's such a unique breakfast that I bet none of our guests have ever had anything like it. We cook our Tacos directly on the coals and then fill them with all sorts of amazing fillings.
Senior Chef, John-Mark Taki shares his recipe for Seed Crackers
It's one our most requested recipes! It is so simple but so healthy and can be used in a variety of ways. We serve it on our cheese board, and it is vegan and gluten friendly, which makes it very useful to have on hand.
Mix all together and let sit for 5 min so the Psyillium husk can work its magic. Then spread the dough out thinly on a baking tray lined with either a silicone mat or baking paper. Bake at 160 until golden brown and crispy.
We are pleased to share news that Nicolene & Andrew Schoeman are the new General Managers for Sand River.
Together for over 26 years, the couple has worked in camps throughout Africa including Balule Game Reserve and Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, Serengeti in Tanzania, the Okavango Delta in Botswana and most recently managing a luxury property in the beautiful Namib Rand Game reserve in Namibia.
With a background in travel, guiding and photography, they have made their way to Kenya to welcome guests to the charming piece of Masai Mara heaven at Sand River. We’re certain that Sand River’s resident pride of lions will also join us in giving them a warm welcome to the camp!
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