Nowadays, we are increasingly aware of the importance of protecting the environment and enjoying it in the most ecologically sound manner. We, at Campi ya Kanzi, are proud to be among the most environmentally friendly camps in all of Africa.
(Quoted in Adventure Magazine, National Geographic magazine, USA Today)
To properly and adequately assist the local community, we have founded the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, which employs more than 250 local people, running conservation, education and health programs. The Trust invests more than US$1,800,000 per year in the community.
We help and assist the Maasai people to implement sustainable ways to manage their land and their resources. We organize workshops and trips to enable the community to better protect their wilderness.
School courses run by teachers and Maasai elders address the need to understand the delicate balance of the environment and how the entire community can play a role protecting it.
About 15% of the Trust's budget is stustained by Campi ya Kanzi visitors through conservation fees. The rest is collected through fund raising.
Funds are used for
- Wildlife Pays: livestock killed by predators is compensated to the Maasai landlords, through the conservation fee charged to Campi ya Kanzi visitors;
- The employment of game scouts to make sure there is no poaching, no water diversion, no bush fires, and no illegal cutting of woods;
- The employment of teachers, to provide education in 22 local primary schools;
- Paying school bursaries, both at high school and university levels;
- The employment of a doctor and several nurses, to assist the local community of 16,000 Maasai in 4 local dispensaries and in 1 clinic.
We are proud to say that we have achieved meaningful results in protecting both the wilderness and the wildlife, working hand–in-hand with the Maasai tribe.