11 Feb 2015
Elewana to open a new luxury tented camp in the Loisaba Conservancy
November 2015: The Elewana Collection has been chosen by Loisaba Conservancy with support from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to partner with it in the development and management of its primary tourism assets, a relationship that starts with the opening of a new luxury tented camp on the site of the former Loisaba Lodge. Opening in March 2016, Loisaba Tented Camp will comprise four stylish and extremely spacious double rooms, one even more spacious deluxe tented suite and two family tents, each made up of two double en-suite tents with shared verandas. An exclusive family residence will offer three en-suite rooms complimented with a shared private lounge, dinning tent and private pool.
In addition to its bar and restaurant facilities, the property will boast a second infinity swimming pool (additional to the private pool), with spectacular views across the Laikipia Plains to Mount Kenya; views that are shared by each of the property’s rooms. The camp will deliver first class hospitality, exceptional guiding and an array of other exciting activity options. Not least of all, the property will reflect Elewana and TNC’s commitment to the environment by limiting its ecological footprint wherever possible.
The new Loisaba Conservancy is the result of substantial support by The Nature Conservancy and the consequential transition in the ownership of the 56,000-acre wildlife conservancy and wilderness to the Loisaba Community Trust. TNC’s move to help secure the land ensures that the conservancy delivers vital benefits and support for neighbouring communities, the wildlife, and all Kenyans for the foreseeable future. It also ensures that Loisaba’s role as a critical sanctuary and corridor for elephants and other wildlife long into the future, as well as providing refuge for one of Kenya’s most stable lion populations and an abundance of other wildlife including Grevy zebra, wild dogs, leopard and cheetah.
Loisaba represents the single largest conservation investment in East Africa in 2014/15 and was born from a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, Space for Giants and The Northern Rangelands Trust. In recognition that responsible tourism is vital to long-term conservation, a third of the investment will contribute to tourism infrastructure.
Commenting on the partnership, Karim Wissanji, Elewana’s CEO, said “The partnership with The Nature Conservancy highlights Elewana's passion and commitment to conservation, one that reflects in its support (financial and otherwise) for this exciting new project; a project that sits at the very heart of TNC's community, wildlife and land conservation philosophies and their important collaboration with tourism."
Matthew Brown, Africa Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy, remarks “Tourism support helps make Loisaba a self-sustaining engine for peace, community development, and wildlife conservation. This is an innovative example of how Africa can both preserve its heritage and create economic opportunities for its people. We are excited to be working with Elewana.”
The Elewana Collection is also now managing the famous Loisaba Star Beds. June 2015 saw the completion of a US$150,000 refurbishment of the Kiboko Star Beds. The upgraded Star Beds now consist of four accommodation platforms (previously there were three), including one family skybed and a new dining area with a stunning stargazing platform. Three further platforms are available at the Koija star beds.
The Loisaba Conservancy provides a critical and secure 56,000 acre sanctuary for over 700 elephants (resident and non-resident) that have been individually identified (and named) by Daniel Lentipo, the conservancy’s resident researcher provided by Space for Giants work that is critically important to the survival of Africa’s elephant population.
GPS tracking data has proven that Loisaba is a key corridor, enabling elephants to migrate from Laikipia (dry season range) to Samburu (wet season range), helping to maintain one of the longest elephant migrations recorded in Africa.