4for3 Offers 2023 newsletter 2

Safari more for less with our “Stay four, Pay three” special offer at select Elewana properties in Kenya and Tanzania. Those looking to travel from now until 31st May 2024 (see blackout dates below), can enjoy an additional complimentary night for combined bookings of 4-nights at a combination of any of the following two properties:

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

What’s more, children under 12 stay for free. The booking window is open from now until 30th May 2024 and reservations 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. Blackout dates include 20th December 2023 to 5th January 2024 and 29th March 2024 to 1st April 2024. Terms and conditions apply. For enquiries or to make a booking, please contact us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Return Discount

As a thank you to all of our returning guests, Elewana extends a warm welcome back with a special offer of 5% off accommodation rates and 20% off spa treatments. The special discount is even more enticing as it’s also combinable with any other special offer. *A note that spa services are not available in Masai Mara and Serengeti and the special offer is not applicable to resident rates.

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Return Discount

We are thrilled to announce that all of Elewana Collection’s 16 properties and the group as a whole have been nominated for the prestigious Travel+Leisure 2024 World’s Best Awards. We would be very grateful if you could help increase our chances of winning an award by extending your vote.

Visit Travel+Leisure to cast your vote before 26 February 2024. You can vote more than once.

The voting process is quick and takes just a few minutes by clicking on the Travel+Leisure website:

  • Log in or register with your personal email address
  • Answer a few quick questions about yourself
  • Select a destination. For example, please choose AFRICA > KENYA and TANZANIA
  • Select the ‘Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters’ category
  • Select items to rate in each category
  • Rate items by criteria (only criteria marked with * are required)
  • Once finished, click the ‘no’ button on the ‘selecting more items to rate’ page
  • Survey complete

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New Year with Elewana

The holiday season is one of the most joyous times to visit Elewana’s tented camps and lodges and this year is no different as each one of our property’s has a festive line-up of experiences, activities, and delightful seasonal menus to propose to guests.

From elegant multi-course Christmas Eve dinners with Masai warriors to morning game drives and bush breakfasts and African-themed barbecue dinners on Christmas Day, to saluting 2023 with sundowners by a bonfire on New Year’s Eve to Champagne breakfasts and morning game drives to welcome in 2024 on New Year’s Day, celebrations abound throughout Kenya and Tanzania. The F&B team at each property has developed the most scrumptious holiday menus, reflecting the very best ingredients including items harvested directly from kitchen gardens, to ensure guests enjoy an unforgettable festive season.

The full review of all the festivities underway at each property can be found here.

Philippe Serengeti Explorer

We recently caught up with Philippe Moens of 2802 Architects to learn more about the inspiration for the design and architecture of the soon-to-open Serengeti Explorer property.

Please could you give us an overview on the architectural style of the new Serengeti Explorer property?

The spectacular view was the focal point and I tried to capture nature at its very best. With Serengeti Explorer positioned on a hillside, it was important that we maximise the location and incredible views that guests have from the property. I wanted to design a building that has a very strong identity and was simultaneously very minimalistic. For example, there are lots of geometrical shaped columns that repeat throughout the project to support a lightweight roof that is cantilevering all around to filter the sun light. The thin roof contrasts quite well with the heavy angular columns. I find that the two together create a unique style that somehow looks African and contextual to the site.

Can you share more about the room design?

It was important to have a connection between the rooms and the views that they offer. For example, we wanted to integrate the balcony as much as possible to be part of the room, so it becomes an extension of the bedroom. The windows of the bedroom fully open onto the balcony, and they are also screened from neighbours ensuring maximum privacy and use.

The guestrooms’ internal furnishings are unique and almost everything (I would say 99%!) has been custom designed specifically for the rooms and spaces. The idea was to create a contemporary version of a “safari look and feel” without falling into designs that are a bit “cliché.” We wanted to offer a cosy and “homey” feel in the middle of Serengeti.

We also chose to use noble materials that have patina and lots of character such as wood, “handmade style” tiles, uneven colour plastering and other effects.

What is the design of the common areas?

Similar to the guestrooms, the various common areas are fully open to the elements, creating a feeling of enclosure, whilst also being outdoors. Most of the structure is surrounded by large outdoor decks, making the transition between indoor spaces and the spectacular views unobstructive.

The common area is composed of multiple “blocks” including the reception, bar, and restaurant, which gave me the opportunity to break a large building into a smaller scale. All the blocks together almost give the feeling of a small village where guests can walk through and around.

What can guests expect upon arriving at the property?

The sense of arrival was very important. I tried to make it spectacular and inviting. The porte-cochere is quite high with a “floating roof” which fades into the landscape of the hill. The reception area includes a dark water feature that acts as a mirror to reflect the façade and to make it seem even bigger, without going too high. As you step out of the car, through the reception hall, you immediately discover that the lodge is strategically placed amidst beautiful natural surroundings.

Is there an area that you find particularly special at Serengeti Explorer?

The lower level is even closer to the bush so whether you are working out in the gym, swimming, or having a drink by the pool bar, the infinity pool and decks disappear into the landscape which creates a natural barrier with you and the wildlife. It’s a very immersive experience.

Guides and Kilimanjaro

Tortilis Camp offers the best of both worlds, located in the peaceful Kitirua Wildlife Conservancy, with access to the wildlife rich, iconic landscape of Amboseli National Park.

The camp is made up of 16 spacious tented rooms plus a private house and family tent, both of which have access to a shared private pool. All guests can enjoy the camp’s main swimming pool complete with spa and massage. The dining area, bar and lounge sits high above a busy watering hole, frequented day and night by a variety or animals including the park’s many resident elephants, providing guests with much entertainment as the enjoy delicious cuisine drawing on local produce and ingredients, many of which are grown in the on-site garden.

Game drives take in both the Kitirua Wildlife Conservancy and the Amboseli National Park. However, the camp’s location in the private conservancy allows for fascinating bush walks, where guests can learn about the intricacies of the surrounding fragile eco-systems and literally walk in the footprints of elephants.

Amboseli National Park is famous for an elephant population of over 1000, as well as lion, cheetah, hyena, and jackal, all dominated by the magnificent Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain. The area draws photographers from all over the world, due to its rich wildlife diversity coupled with an unmatchable striking backdrop.

Like many of the Elewana Collection camps, Tortilis is a beacon for sustainability and conservation. The camp was one of the first in Kenya to go 100% solar and has been lauded as one of the pioneers of low-impact and high comfort tourism.

beaded star

Purchase a gift or Christmas decoration from Shanga, the remarkable social enterprise, and you will not only be spreading some Christmas cheer but also helping support an outstanding local community initiative. This year’s offerings include recycled glass snowmen and colourful beaded Christmas tree ornaments plus some show stopping Masai beaded champagne glasses. All gifts are guaranteed to add a lift to any home with the feel-good knowledge of supporting a wonderful enterprise offering employment to people with disabilities.

Gifts can be bought from the Shanga shop located next to the Arusha Coffee Lodge or ordered on-line through https://www.shanga.org/

Conan the lion Listing Image

It is with sadness that we share the news that the young wild lion, Conan, recently passed in Meru National Park in Kenya due to natural causes. The beautiful four-year-old lion was entering his prime years, having been born in Meru in February 2019, before he met his untimely death. He was found on October 27th by our Elsa’s Kopje guide, Mohamed, who was on his normal night safari drive.

Michael Mugo, Pride of Meru Manager for the Born Free organisation shared more in an announcement, stating, “On 27th October 2023, Mohamed, a guide from Elsa Kopje lodge on his normal night safari drive, came across a dead lion near the Mulika pride area. Without hesitation, he rang our team and shared the photos he had carefully captured. With the help of our lion identification database, we confirmed the dead lion was sadly Conan. We informed the Kenya Wildlife Service vet, Dr Duncan Aminga, who joined us in the field the following morning. It appeared that Conan died from a fight with another male, likely over territory and breeding rights.”

The Born Free organization works extensively in Meru National Park and with partners including Elsa’s Kopje, helping to monitor Meru’s lions and record details to add to their comprehensive identification database, including tracking their movements, noting their unique behaviours, and watching their cubs grow and thrive. They have worked tirelessly to reduce conflict between communities and wildlife, working to secure habitats for lions and engage local communities in conservation. Whenever possible, Born Free and partners step in to save wildlife. Unfortunately, in Conan’s case, it was too late to help save him. The beautiful lion will remain in the hearts of everyone who came into contact with him.

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Following a stay with his wife and children at Elsa’s Kopje this summer, Will tells us about how Elsa’s Kopje exceeded expectations for all the family.

How is Meru National Park from a photographer’s perspective

I have always been drawn to off the beaten track locations, where you can escape the crowds and feel immersed in a remote wilderness. I found not only that in Meru but also abundant wildlife, beautiful light and scenery that provided a spectacular backdrop for my photographs. Around almost every corner I encountered delightful vistas… giraffe beneath a grove of towering palms, elephants in a clearing with a formidable kopje behind, a kingfisher or heron beside one of the many pretty streams that flow through the park. It is this scenic context that infuses every photograph taken in Meru and makes it such a special and rewarding place for photographers.

You were visiting Elewana Elsa’s Kopje with the aim of capturing images of big cats, how were these sightings

In just a few days we found lions on a couple of occasions, and a leopard lounging in the branches of a tree. That would be considered pretty good going in some of Kenya’s better-known wildlife reserves. The quietness of the National Park also means you will often be on your own at sightings which makes for a much more rewarding experience.

The conditions in Meru can make it challenging to get a clear photo as the bush can be quite thick and you cannot drive off-road in the National Park. The upside is that the vegetation affords the opportunity to frame subjects and capture images that are more interesting than those taken in the open savannah.

How was your general game viewing experience in Meru National Park

I had heard that Meru’s wildlife had been almost wiped out by poaching in the 70s and 80s, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. On entering the park, however, I was thrilled to find abundant wildlife, in particular lots of elephant, giraffe, buffalo and antelope. There was also a bewildering diversity of birdlife. One section of the park is the rhino sanctuary and we spotted white rhino whenever we ventured into it. We found cats on several occasions, but an even bigger highlight for me was a daylight encounter with a striped hyena which is not common at all. Overall, Meru is an inspiring example of how wildlife can rebound with good management and a bit of time.

You were travelling with your family; how do you feel Elewana Elsa’s Kopje is set up for younger children

Yes, my family often joins me on safari, and they loved Elsa’s. To start with, the room blew their minds! It was built into the side of the kopje and one entire wall was a bare rockface which they found rather exciting. They also enjoyed getting to know the family of rock hyraxes that lived just outside our front door.

The kids loved learning about the lioness, Elsa, and the whole Born Free story. We showed them the film just before our trip, so they were very excited to be treading in Elsa’s footsteps.

Of course, whether you’re an adult or a child, a highlight of any stay at Elsa’s is the beautiful pool with that spectacular view out over Meru! Afternoon swims were a great way to break up the game drives and allow the kids to burn off some energy.

Finally, the staff in camp were wonderful and made our stay very special for the kids.

What were the main highlights from your stay

In addition to the striped hyena sighting mentioned above, two other experiences come to mind…

On the first afternoon, in a glade with Elsa’s Kopje in the background, we watched as several bull elephants came to drink and splash in a small stream. The sun was setting behind the mountains, bathing everything in warm light. It was a timeless scene and a wonderful introduction to Meru.

We spent one morning driving to the remotest corner of the park, where Meru borders Kora National Park. Enroute, we crossed the equator and passed through many miles of wilderness. Our destination was Adamson’s Falls on the Tana River. Just below the falls we crossed an old bridge and passed a lonely ranger station. We spotted a crocodile lounging on a sandbar and walked to the edge of the falls where the water thunders between the rocks. It felt very wild and remote! We had a memorable picnic lunch beside the falls before heading back to Elsa’s Kopje.

What advice do you have for amateur photographers trying to capture images of their safari

After taking the frame-filling portrait, zoom out and try to show animals in the environment. Every safari location is different and by giving your photos context you can differentiate them from those taken elsewhere. Using elements of the habitat and landscape to frame your subject can also make for much more interesting compositions.

You can read the full interview with Will in the current issue of Travel Africa Magazine