Human population in Kenya has increased tremendously in the last century, from just less than 1,300,000 in 1900 to nearly 40,000,000 in 2009, contributing to increase poverty and malnutrition.
This unsustainable growth has put tremendous pressure on both the wilderness and the wildlife.
Maasailand is, traditionally, land where human beings and wildlife have co-existed. In fact the most visited National Parks in East Africa were Maasai land and are surrounded by Maasai land (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Maasai Mara, Amboseli). With 90% of the wildlife population of Amboseli National Park living in private Maasai land for part of the year, it is crucial that Maasai landlords earn economic benefits by protecting the wilderness status of their land.
That is our model of ecotourism: to make sure wilderness with thriving wildlife generates income for the Maasai landlords, to ensure the land where they have lived for hundreds of years, is protected for the generations to come.
Ultimately the protection of the environment, with its three aspects –wilderness, wildlife and culture – is what Campi ya Kanzi stands for.