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Ten Reasons to Come

  1. Location
  2. Pristine Wilderness in exclusivity
  3. Connection with a tribal culture
  4. Authentic Experience
  5. Owner-Hosted
  6. Biodiversity
  7. Most Awarded Ecotourism Lodge
  8. People helping People
  9. Conservation
  10. Quality time in quality place, i.e. saving money

Location: In our opinion the most iconic place in Africa: this is the land that so profoundly inspired Hemingway, with Maasai warriors, with lions. It lies between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks, in front of the highest mountain on the continent: Kilimanjaro.

Pristine Wilderness in exclusivity: 280,000 acres of Maasai reservation, without other lodges, other camps, other tourists. Just African landscapes and wildlife to be enjoyed by our guests.

Connection with tribal culture: A wildlife experience will be possible in 30 years time. Will a genuine tribal experience be possible as well? Most likely not. Here you will connect genuinely and profoundly with the Maasai landlords: very precious indeed.

Authentic Experience: Campi ya Kanzi is a pioneer community ecotourism lodge, built with, and owned and run by, a Maasai community, for the benefit of the local people. Here you will experience true ethical and solidarity tourism, while being surrounded by amazing wildlife: lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant (the big five) inhabit the land, together with wild dog, cheetah, hyena, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, hartebeest, eland, gerenuk, lesser kudu, reedbuck, waterbuck, grant gazelle, thomson gazelle, warthog, dik dik….
You will live your dream safari with a Maasai tracker and a Maasai guide who are your hosts, as you will be with them in their land.

Owners hosted: Samson, representing the Maasai landlords, and Luca and Antonella –founders of Campi ya Kanzi and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust – will be your hosts. You you feel like you will be visiting a friend home, you will not be treated or feel like one tourist going by.

Biodiversity: The 400 square miles of reservation stretch from the Chyulu Hills to the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Altitudes range from 3,000 to 7,000 ft, with a vegetation that goes from the cloud forest to the savanna plains, including bush woodland, riverine forest, springs. These different habitats reflect in hosting a diverse wildlife (65 big mammals species), birdlife (400 species), and vegetation (more than 1,000 different trees species).

Most Awarded Ecotourism lodge: in today’s fashion of “green washing” and pretend eco-credentials, we are proud of having received the most prestigious awards of the industry.

  • Gold Rated (first property in Kenya) by Ecotourism Kenya
  • 2008 Condenast World Saver Award winner
  • 2006 Ecowarrior Award winner
  • 2006 Tourism for Tomorrow Award winner
  • 2005 Skal Ecotourism Award winner
  • 2004 World Legacy Award finalist

People helping People: For every day you spend at Campi ya Kanzi, you contribute a $100 conservation fee to the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust; if you choose to stay at Kanzi House the contribution is double, $200 per day. This means you will support community efforts to preserve the very same wilderness, wildlife and culture the Maasai will be sharing with you.

Conservation: MWCT employs more than 200 local people, running programs for conservation, health and education. Wildlife Pays, compensating the Maasai landlords for livestock losses caused by predators, has tripled our lion population in less than three years (now we have more than 60 lions living in the reservation). This program is supported by the conservation fees charged to Campi ya Kanzi visitors. With a yearly budget of $1,100,000, and corporate sponsors like Puma and Cartier, our Trust has become the key conservation organization of the entire ecosystem. Come and learn about it, and consider becoming a supporter.

Quality time in a quality place, i.e. saving money: A safari is an expensive holiday, the highest portion of costs being represented by flying from one lodge to the other. The diverse topography, the rich biodiversity, the many different safari options –including Tsavo and Amboseli day excursions, and/or the fly camping – allow you to stay with us at least a week and do something amazing and different every day. This reflects in savings on your transfer costs. We operate commercially our own Cessna 206, enabling us to fly you at convenient rates and times to and from your other destinations.

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