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Kanzi House

  • Leopard in the trees

Ten Reasons to Come

1. 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.

2. Pristine Wilderness in Exclusivity

283,000 acres of Maasai reservation, without other lodges, other camps, other tourists. Just African landscapes and wildlife to be enjoyed by our guests.

3. Connection with the Maasai Culture

A wildlife experience will be possible in 30 years.  Will a genuine tribal experience be possible, as well?  Perhaps not.  At Campi ya Kanzi, you will form a genuine and profound connection with the Maasai landowners, who will welcome you as friends.  Tour the local school, visit the clinic, and meet our guides' families in their traditional bomas.

4. 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.

5. Hosting by the Founders

Luca and Antonella Belpietro – founders of Campi ya Kanzi and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust – live on site with their three children and will host you during your stay.  Samson Parashina, President of MWCT and manager of Campi ya Kanzi, is a respected Maasai leader who represents the community in welcoming you to Kuku Group Ranch.  Stefano Ricci, who has been guiding here for twelve years, will also assist with hosting.  You will be welcomed as friends at a Kenyan home and not as passing tourists.

6. Biodiversity

The 400 square miles reservation stretches 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).

7. Highly Awarded Ecolodge

In today’s world of “green washing” and feigned eco-credentials, Campi ya Kanzi has received the most prestigious awards in the industry:

  • Global Ecosphere Retreat® accreditation
  • Gold Eco-Rated by Ecotourism Kenya
  • 2014 Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Award
  • 2008 Condé Nast Traveler's World Savers Award
  • 2006 Eco-Warrior Award
  • 2006 Tourism for Tomorrow Award
  • 2005 Skål International Ecotourism Award
  • 2004 World Legacy Award finalist

8. People Helping People

For every day you spend at Campi ya Kanzi, you contribute a $101 conservation fee to the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust; if you choose to stay at Kanzi House the contribution is double, $151 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.

9. Conservation

MWCT employs more than 250 Kenyans who provide conservation, education, and health services across Kuku Group Ranch.  Wildlife Pays, a Trust program that compensates Maasai herders for livestock lost to predators, has tripled the local lion population in under three years.  (There are now more than sixty lions living in Kuku).  This program is funded by the conservation fees of Campi ya Kanzi visitors.  With a yearly budget of $1,800,000 and supporters like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Planet Heritage Foundation, Conservation International, the Zoological Society of London, AECOM, and many others, the Trust has become a key conservation organization in the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem.  Come learn about it, and consider becoming a supporter.

10. Quality Time in a Quality Place

A safari is an expensive holiday, with a high percentage of costs going to transportation.  The varied topography, the rich biodiversity, and the many safari activities – including Tsavo and Amboseli day excursions and fly camping – make it possible to stay at Campi ya Kanzi for at least a week while doing something different every day.  This allows you to save on transfer costs while spending quality time in a quality place.  We commercially operate our own Cessna 206, which enables us to fly you at convenient rates and times to and from your other destinations.

  • Kilimanjaro from the Chyulus
  • Maasai warriors (2)