Elewana Collection recently announced the latest addition to its wide ranging portfolio – Elewana Kifaru House, located on the Lewa/Borana Wildlife Conservancy. With an unsurpassed footprint of properties across East Africa, The Elewana Collection now comprises of 16 award-winning luxurious camps, lodges and boutique beach hotels in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya. Located in iconic wildlife destinations, each has been carefully designed to provide an unrivaled variety of accommodation style, activities and guest experiences.
Aptly branded, Elewana Kifaru House takes its name from the Swahili word for rhino and is idyllically located on an escarpment in the middle of the Lewa/Borana Wildlife Conservancy, home to East Africa’s healthiest rhino population. Previously, Kifaru House was only available for group bookings on an exclusive basis, however beginning April 1, 2018, visitors will be able to book rooms on an individual basis in line with the other Elewana properties.
As soon as you arrive at Elewana Kifaru House, a warm welcome makes you feel at home. The property is serene and peaceful with just the chatter of birds as they go about their day. The beauty of the place is stunning with its lush lawns and elegant thatched cottages, capturing a haven of luxury in the bush.
There are five cottages with well-appointed bedrooms, complete with opulent four poster beds and generous en-suite bathrooms, and giving the property a feeling of exclusivity. There are 6 en-suite bedrooms and each have spectacular views of the plains below. The first cottage has two bedrooms, one with a double and on the other side twin, each en-suite making it ideal for a family stay. The rooms are not interconnecting, as they have their own entrance.
The remaining four cottages are all individual bedrooms with a king bed and en-suite bathroom that have a shower, toilet and double sinks. Of the four cottages, the last has a slightly different arrangement as the bathroom offers a beautiful Victorian style bath and an outdoor shower, surrounded by thatch for privacy but open at the top to enjoy the sky above.
Guests can convene in the homely main area, where there is a comfortable sitting room at one end with a fully-stocked bar and an impressive dining area at the other, with two large fireplaces at either end. Alternatively, guests can sit outside on the large comfortably-furnished terrace, while listening to the endless chorus of gentle bird calls. There is also a beautifully furnished library with a large screen TV and ample seating to get lost in your favorite book. Guests can enjoy a heated swimming pool that affords breathtaking views across the surrounding plains, teeming with wildlife and reaching out to Mount Kenya.
The overall intimate and homely atmosphere of the property offers true luxury in the bush. Guests can relax and feel at home, choosing how they spend their time at a pace suited to their needs, whether it is lying by the picturesque infinity pool gazing out over the plains or sitting in the library leisurely reading a book, time stands still at Elewana Kifaru House.
Built mainly from materials sourced locally, great care has been taken to reflect the style, character and lifestyle of the Kenyan highlands and blend into the beautiful surroundings. Elewana Kifaru House has been built to have minimal environmental impact. Solar panels are used to generate electricity and heat water, waste water is recycled to irrigate the landscape including a lovingly tended organic kitchen garden
James Haigh, Director of Sales and Marketing for The Elewana Collection, comments “We are delighted to have been selected by the critically important Lewa/Borana Wildlife Conservancy to manage Kifaru House in addition to the Elewana Lewa Safari Camp. These two properties are fully owned by the conservancy, all profits and conservancy fees generated by the camps are re-invested directly into their conservation and community efforts – we are proud to have forged such a strong working relationship with the conservancy and to be able to contribute to their wonderful work.”
Guests at Elewana Kifaru House are welcome to visit the beating heart of the conservancy, the state of the art Joint Operations Centre and meet the tracker dog team that provides anti-poaching support across all of Northern Kenya. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is heralded as a beacon of wildlife conservation that is rightly popular with celebrities, conservationists, writers and photographers. Through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programs, and the education of neighboring areas in the value of wildlife, Lewa has reversed a critical decline in the rhino population in the region, as well as many other endangered species. For families living on its boundaries, Lewa offers improved livelihoods with its adult education and women’s micro-credit programs, community-managed water projects, and access to health care at its four health clinics. For thousands of children in local schools, Lewa has opened the doors to a future with more choices than the generations before them.