Campi Ya Kanzi
Conservation and community without compromise
Campi Ya Kanzi was built in 1996 in partnership with the Maasai people of Kuku Group Ranch to promote environmental conservation and sustainable community development through ecotourism. The main goal of Campi ya Kanzi is to protect the land of the Maasai and enable the community to keep living according to their traditions, if they so wish.
The camp achieves sustainable tourism in a multitude of ways including: employing locally (90% of staff are local Maasai); using only renewable energies including solar water boilers; water catchment and storage; building only with local, sustainable materials; recycling waste and working with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT). Visitors also contribute a conservation fee which supports Wildlife Pays, a MWCT program that reimburses Maasai herders for livestock killed by predators and recruits young Maasai warriors to protect lions against poaching and illegal activities. Those predators, once seen as a nuisance, are now valued for the interest and income they generate.
The camp sits at the foot of the legendary Chyulu Hills, Ernest Hemingway’s "Green Hills of Africa," and comprises six tents and two suites accommodating just sixteen guests. Each tent has a distinct name and character, unique artwork, and a different view of the surroundings although all allow guests to sit and watch the wildlife at the waterhole against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro or the Chyulu Hills. Kanzi House, an exclusive villa, is available to groups and families. Tembo House is the central lodge and the heart of the camp, open to the outdoors and offering a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The safari experience
A safari here means exploring the Maasai wilderness with a Maasai tracker, being able to walk with him learning how to read footprints and identify scats, and later visiting his or her home in the village if you would like to. Hiking into the cloud forest of the Chyulu Hills offers a whole new perspective on the landscape and you will many different species of wildlife including lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and more. Your entire safari will be in complete privacy, not surrounded by other tourists. Game drives in an open Land Rovers are available as well as horse riding, star gazing, massages and the opportunity to join “Among Lions” - a special one week safari run with the Trust which studies the lion population of the reservation. Excursions to Tsavo and scenic Kiimanjaro flights can also be arranged.
Offering an incomparable combination of 5-star luxury, first class wilderness, amazing wildlife and authentic immersion in Maasai culture, Campi ya Kanzi is widely recognized as one of the most inspiring and eco-friendly safari experiences in Africa.
Read more about the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust here.
Why we like it
Conservation & community focus
Authentic & uncontrived
Hemingway's 'Green Hills of Africa'
Relationship with the staff