01 Jan 2016
The Elewana Collection – In Harmony With Africa
The Elewana Collection comprises of 14 award-winning luxurious camps, lodges and boutique beach hotels in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya, each of which has been carefully selected for its unique accommodation and iconic location to provide unparalleled African wildlife-viewing and beach holiday opportunities, with an emphasis on style, comfort and conservation.
Meaning harmony or understanding in Kiswahili, the name alludes to the balance between all the elements expected in today’s sophisticated travel and tourism market.
In Tanzania the collection includes Arusha Coffee Lodge, cradled in the endless acres of one of the country’s largest coffee plantations; Tarangire Treetops, with its unique tree house style rooms built on wooden decks around the trunks of enormous Baobab and Marula trees; Serengeti Migration Camp and Serengeti Pioneer Camp located in the Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the continent’s largest ecosystems, and The Manor at Ngorongoro, situated adjacent to the world famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Kilindi Zanzibar is located on the white sand beachfront and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on this stunning island off the coast of mainland Tanzania.
In Kenya the portfolio comprises Sand River Masai Mara in the famed Masai Mara National Reserve, on the most northerly route of the Great Migration and close to the border of the Serengeti National Park; Elephant Pepper Camp nestled in rolling plains and lush forests of the Mara North Conservancy; Tortilis Camp in the foothills of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro bordering Amboseli National Park; Lewa Safari Camp, part of the immensely successful wildlife conservation area within the Laikipia Plateau; Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park, the location of the movie Born Free; Joy’s Camp, an oasis in the dry wilds of Shaba; Kitich Camp in the montane rainforest of the Matthews Mountain Range, and AfroChic located on the beautiful white sands of Diani Beach.
Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tanzania – Gateway to the Ultimate Tanzanian Safari
Arusha Coffee Lodge is ideally situated in the outskirts of the bustling town of Arusha, offering the perfect location to start or end a Tanzania Elewana Collection journey. Located at the base of the volcanic Mount Meru and a mere five-minute drive from Arusha Airport (ARK) in northern Tanzania, this stylish lodge, set in one of the country’s largest coffee plantations, allows guests a glimpse into the region’s bygone coffee rituals.
Comprising of 30 Plantation Houses – including twelve Plantation Suites – overlooking berry-laden coffee bushes in evergreen coffee fields, Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s early 20th-century home. Nearby excursions include a visit to a Masai market, the Museum of Natural History and a day game drive with picnic lunch to Mount Meru and the Arusha National Park. Guests can also learn about coffee harvesting and roasting and sample Tanzania’s finest organic roast at the Lodge.
August 2015 saw the opening of the Lodge’s Trader’s Walk, an area made up of the Kahawa coffee shop and bakery, the Soko gift shop selling locally made crafts, TanzaniteOne, a shop offering ethically-mined Tanzanite gemstones and jewellery, ensuring peace of mind when purchasing one of Tanzania’s most precious exports, Shanga, a bustling workshop, boutique and open-air restaurant supporting and empowering disabled community members, and Jikoni, an authentic African kitchen serving locally grown produce.
The Arusha Coffee Lodge is also home to the Land Rover Experience Centre where adventurous travellers can experience a taste of 4x4 driving in the African bush with practical driving instruction around an off-road driver training facility from a qualified Land Rover Experience Instructor.
Tarangire Treetops, Tanzania – Luxury African Tree Houses
Tarangire Treetops occupies a serene spot in a private game reserve bordering the Tarangire National Park, southwest of Arusha and south of the open grass plains of southern Maasailand. Centred around a thousand-year-old Baobab tree, the retreat invites safari goers to enjoy a lavish stay, just as the name suggests, in the treetops, whilst taking in the magnificent views of the Tarangire plains.
Here 20 luxuriously appointed elevated guest rooms, most of which are built in the trees, afford unrivalled vistas of some of the largest herds of elephants in Tanzania and over 550 bird species amid rolling, Baobab studded hills with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley wall.
Guests can enjoy day game drives in the Tarangire National Park, astonishing wildlife encounters under a starlit African sky, or enjoy guided walking safaris. A visit to a nearby authentic Masai village affords a glimpse into this fascinating tribe’s daily life.
Serengeti Migration Camp and Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Tanzania – Stretching the Serengeti’s Splendour
Located at the starting point of the Serengeti Migration, one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet, the award-winning Serengeti Migration Camp provides 20 luxuriously appointed tents that blend seamlessly with the surrounding rocky outcrops. Set in a colonial milieu overlooking vast and rugged landscapes, the camp exudes decadence reminiscent of African high society life in days gone by. A mere 30 metres away, the Grumeti River is home to a pod of hippos that can be observed in their natural habitat from the safety of a bough that hangs over the river.
The Serengeti Pioneer Camp in south central Serengeti offers additional access to the annual animal migration, along with sweeping views of Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the majestic plains. Comprising of ten tents that pay homage to the adventurous mobile camps of the 1930s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, the camp’s zero footprint and close proximity to nature combines to make an authentic wild camping experience with the Elewana luxury touch.
By combining Serengeti Migration Camp with Serengeti Pioneer Camp it is possible to cover up to 90 percent of the Serengeti, thereby ensuring exemplary and unfettered access to the famed annual migration. As a consequence, the two camps are able to both track and then share knowledge of the migration’s exact location, thus maximising that all-important game viewing time.
The Manor At Ngorongoro – The Perfect Grandiose Rest Stop
In the hills south of the Ngorongoro Crater stands The Manor at Ngorongoro, one of the first safari lodges to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Part of a huge coffee estate, The Manor is inspired by elegant Cape Dutch-style farm homes and offers the perfect grandiose rest stop on the safari trial.
With 20 spacious cottages, including a three-bedroom, double storey Stable Cottage and a magnificent manor house, The Manor evokes memories of an elegant upcountry farm house with cottages that have been carefully positioned to maximise the views of the adjacent verdant hills, whilst maintaining the intentional intimacy and privacy of this old world homestead.
At The Manor, the Ngorongoro Crater’s spectacular wildlife is just a short journey away, but for those who prefer to marvel in blissful tranquillity, horseback riding, bicycle trails and coffee processing tours on the estate offer a welcome respite from the safari circuit. Day excursions to a nearby Masai market, Lake Manyara or the Olduvai Gorge are also on offer.
Kilindi Zanzibar– Bespoke Beach Boutique Hotel
Lying adjacent to the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the stylish Kilindi Zanzibar is located on the north-west coast of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago off Tanzania’s coast. A rarity in the world of luxury boutique hotels, the fifteen room haven was originally designed for Benny Andersson, one of the members of pop sensation ABBA. The concept behind the extraordinary design is that of Scandinavian minimalism mixed with the dramatic overtones evident in Middle Eastern architecture. Here white wooden slatted shutters embrace wide arched glassless windows that afford spectacular views – not one glass panel can be found on the property.
Sand River Masai Mara – In the Famed Masai Mara National Reserve
Sand River Masai Mara is situated on the banks of the river from which it has taken its name, on the most northerly route of the Great Migration and close to the Serengeti National Park and the Tanzanian border. The extraordinary annual Great Migration of over two million wildebeest and other grazing herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the greatest and well-documented natural wonders of the world.
Comprising of sixteen opulent tents, including a two-bedroom family tent, Sand River Masai Mara is divided into two separate adjoining campsites, each with its own dining and public areas. The smaller six-tented camp is ideal for private groups and families. The camp was designed and styled to reflect the hey-days of exclusive, permanent tented camps of the 1920s and 1930s, with interior fixtures and furnishings creating a grandiose colonial mood that is reminiscent of the Hollywood movies that paid homage to this classic era of African adventure.
Elephant Pepper Camp – An Intimate Masai Mara Experience
Located in the prime core of the protected Mara North Conservancy Wilderness Area in the country’s south west, Elephant Pepper Camp is a very small and exclusive tented camp located away from other lodges. Guests have the benefit of exploring the private 77,000 acre Community-owned conservancy, as well as access to the Masai Mara National Park offering an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five and a resident lion pride. Leopard Gorge, the famous setting for countless BBC Big Cat Diaries, is nearby.
Accommodation at the camp consists of ten spacious canvas tents, all comfortably furnished with Indian Raj Campaign furniture, mixing dark wood with intricate brass fittings for a classy and elegant feel. All have ensuite bathrooms with solar heated running water. Guests enjoy intimate gatherings in the communal dining area where authentic Italian cuisine is served before drinks around a campfire under the stars. Private dinning is available for those wishing for a more secluded dining option.
Elsa’s Kopje – Relive the Romance and History of Born Free
Set in the spectacular rugged and remote Meru National Park in central Kenya, Elsa’s Kopje is sculpted into the Mughwango Hill, above the site of Joy and George Adamson’s camp where they raised and released Elsa the Lioness of Born Free fame. The only permanent lodge in the park, guests enjoy the 215,000 acre National Park and rhino sanctuary, well known for large elephant herds, lion and birdlife and more diversity of species that any other park in East Africa, pretty much to themselves.
Elsa’s is one of Africa’s most renowned elegant lodges, and here every cottage is unique in design but all enjoy the breathtaking vistas that reach as far as Mount Kenya, the Nyambeni Hills and the Eastern Plains. Six spacious cottages, one family cottage, three honeymoon cottages and a private house compliment a magnificent bar and dining area, along with an infinity pool and massage cottage, both with spectacular outlooks over the park.
Lewa Safari Camp – World-Renowned Rhino Conservation Habitat
Lewa Safari Camp is an integral park of the prolific Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, an immensely successful wildlife conservation area within the Laikipia Plateau. Wildlife viewing in this region is spectacular and Lewa is proud to be recognised for developing a world-renowned successful rhino conservation habitat. The area is also home to lion, leopard, jackal and the world’s largest concentration of the Grevy’s zebra.
Lewa Safari Camp is made up of 11 spacious ensuite safari tents and two family suites. A homely dining area and lounge welcomes guests on chilly African evenings with a log fire and fantastic home cooked food. The camp also has a swimming pool, a massage room and a gift shop.
Joy’s Camp – A Stylish Oasis with Modern Safari Chic
Guests interested in the Adamson’s story and Kenya’s conservation history will enjoy a visit to Joy’s Camp in Shaba. A gem in the country’s portfolio of National Reserves, Shaba boasts dozens of permanent springs, which colour the otherwise dry terrain with rich vegetation. Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home, where she rehabilitated leopards into the wild and wrote ‘Queen of Shaba’.
Ten cool, white-tented bedrooms are stylishly decorated in vibrant coloured fabrics of the nomadic Borana tribe. The camp overlooks a natural spring and waterhole where guests can view game whilst relaxing in the bar or enjoying a dip in the refreshing swimming pool. Elephant herds, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and waterbuck, as well as the rare arid country endemics such as oryx, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra and lesser kudu can all be seen in this region.
Tortilis Camp – Unrivalled Views of the Majestic Kilimanjaro
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, Amboseli is a testament to Africa’s vast space.
Nestled in a hidden enclave in the private Kitirua Wildlife Conservancy bordering Amboseli National Park, Tortilis Camp is 100% solar and has been lauded as one of the pioneers of low-impact and high comfort tourism. The 16 spacious tented rooms, private house and family tent all offer spectacular views of Kilimanjaro and in between game drives guests can enjoy the camp’s swimming pool, spa and massage area.
Kitich Camp – A Biological Bonanza in Kenya’s Last Forest Wilderness Region
For explorers willing to stray off the beaten track to discover one of Kenya’s best-kept secrets, a trip to Kitich Camp in the magnificent Mathews Mountain Range is recommended. Scientists call this tropical mountain forest a ‘sky island’, rising up from the surrounding arid lowlands. Guided by local Samburu warriors, guests can walk through forest, swim in natural rock pools, or relax by the camp’s open fire overlooking the river glade and watch wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, lion and Melanistic leopard, emerge from the forest at dusk.
With just six comfortable, cosy safari tents all with ensuite traditional bush bathrooms, complete with bucket showers, Kitich Camp ensures guests enjoy a truly unique wild bush experience. The camp is proud to hold a gold level eco rating and runs off 100% solar power.
AfroChic Diani Beach – A Homely Beach Front Hideaway
South of Mombasa on Kenya’s coast, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches is graced by AfroChic Diani Beach, an intimate but welcoming hotel with only ten rooms. Situated on the white sands, AfroChic’s beach location offers guests views of exotic, ancient dhows in full sail. The graceful curve of the Diani shoreline allows guests to walk in the warm shallows along the edge of the African continent, and for those who prefer greener pastures an eighteen-hole championship golf course is moments away. Local boutiques, spas, craft markets and day trips to Shimba Hills Reserve and Mwaluganie Elephant Sanctuary add to the Kenyan costal experience.