The Elewana Collection has opened Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs in Loisaba Conservancy in Kenya. This latest addition brings to 16 the number of luxury camps, lodges and boutique beach hotels in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya for the safari camp and lodge operator.
The property is on an escarpment with views across 58,000 acres filled with native acacia trees, succulents, mosses and evergreens and provides individual tented accommodations, each with its own signature style, including a mix of antique and vintage pieces. Designed by architects Chris Payne and Jan Allen, with landscape architecture by Jo Silvester, the décor includes 17th century French walnut wardrobes, upcycled cedar fence posts used as paneling and 1950s Americana bar stools, with vintage Ghanaian Kente cloth hanging above the master bed.
Karim Wissanji, CEO of Elewana Collection, noted the property’s opening “is a demonstration of Elewana’s commitment to sustainable conservation across East Africa.”
The opening also points to the success of the 58,000-acre Loisaba Conservancy enabled by The Nature Conservancy funding the transition of the Conservancy to the Loisaba Community Trust in 2015. The move secured the land to ensure Loisaba’s role as a “critical sanctuary” and support for neighboring communities, wildlife and all Kenyans for the future via achieving optimal standards of sustainable conservation.
According to Matthew Brown, Africa director for The Nature Conservancy, Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs will generate local jobs and help contribute to critical wildlife and habitat protection. “Personally, I find it really exciting that every visitor will be contributing to global species conservation and local livelihoods,” he said.
Every tent is assigned an Elewana Guest Ambassador to serve and meet guests’ needs. In addition, a dedicated safari vehicle, driver and a field guide can accompany guests during their stay. Activities include game drives, bush meals and sundowners, bush walks, horse and camel riding for experienced riders, as well as access to the Loisaba running and trekking track, designed to give guests a customizable workout with three different routes.
“Tourism revenues form an integral part of protecting this globally significant landscape,” said Tom Silvester, CEO of Loisaba Conservancy, “We are delighted that our partnership with Elewana Collection has enabled us to invest in Lodo Springs where every guest who stays will contribute to securing Loisaba’s future.”