Campi ya Kanzi was created in 1996 by Luca Belpietro and Antonella Bonomi, who have made it their home ever since. They will be your hosts, with a team of seventy people from the local Maasai community, who help with the guiding, cooking, housekeeping and maintenance. All of us at Campi ya Kanzi are dedicated to making your safari the most memorable vacation of your life.
The true hosts here are the Maasai landlords who own and staff Campi ya Kanzi.
With them you will be hosted by the founders, Luca & Antonella Belpietro.
Luca was born in Italy, and with his family has been a part of Africa since 1969. With his father, he toured Africa on many sporting safaris. Luca divided his youth between Italy and Kenya. He has a degree in economics and wrote his thesis on “Sustainable Development and Environment Conservation: Wildlife as a Natural Resource in Kenya”. Following this, he had a successful career as managing director of a financial consulting firm. However, he never forgot his dreams of Africa, and stayed involved in wildlife conservation in Kenya. This led to the creation of Campi ya Kanzi. Luca speaks fluent English, Italian and Kiswahili. He is an adamant conservationist and founder of Campi ya Kanzi and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
Your hostess will be Antonella Bonomi. She comes from the same Italian town as Luca, and graduated with a law degree. Not liking civil courts, she worked for a while at her family’s vineyard, Bonomi Tenuta Castellino. She visited Africa with Luca and found that she shared his passion for the Country and the Maasai people. Antonella is fluent in Italian, English and Kiswahili. She also knows a little French and German. Luca and Antonella were married in the Chyulu Hills in 1999 and live at Campi ya Kanzi with their daughter Lucrezia, born in Nairobi in July 2002, and with theirs sons Jacopo (born in April 2007) and Lorenzo (born in May 2009).
Samson Parashina is an outstanding Maasai who joined Luca and Antonella, to help them create Campi ya Kanzi. At first he worked as a waiter, but after studying hard, he became a professional guide. He is now the head guide (Silver Level) of the camp and the President of Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. He was celebrated at Rio+20 and named Champion of the Earth by UNEP.
Matasha, Pashiet and Parashi will be your guides, they were all instrumental to creating Campi ya Kanzi. They are passionate and dedicated, they will make your safari a memorable experience. Being on safari with a Maasai professional guide is a unique experience, as you will be exposed not only to both the animal behavior and biology, but also to the Maasai culture and living, from the inside.
We will tailor-make the safari you like, according to your taste, abilities, needs, and desires. You will feel like you are visiting a friend’s home, not just in another hotel for tourists.