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Campi ya Kanzi - Chyulu Hills
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8 Rooms

Campi ya Kanzi is an exclusive, award-winning, boutique eco-lodge that sets a new standard for the experience of true luxury that is also truly ecologically low-impact. In partnership with the Maasai community of Kuku Group Ranch, they set out to prove that you can have the romance of the great safaris of earlier days, the comfort and service of a top hotel, the fine dining of an Italian palazzo…and that thay can give it all to you without damaging the very environment you’ve come to immerse yourself in. They will tailor-make your safari to meet your needs and with us, your luxury safari will translate into a unique authentic experience.

You will be hosted by Luca Belpietro and Antonella Bonomi - founders of Campi ya Kanzi - with a team of sixty five people from the local Maasai community who help with guiding, cooking, housekeeping and maintenance.

Campi ya Kanzi has two goals: treat you to the most memorable vacation of your life, while helping the Maasai preserve their wildlife and cultural heritages. You will experience true ethical and solidarity tourism. At Campi ya Kanzi they are dedicated to making your safari the most memorable vacation of your life.

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Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust

Campi ya Kanzi was created for the purpose of showing to the local Maasai community that wilderness with thriving wildlife is an economic asset which pays economic dividends to the community. We did not employ a contractor to build the lodge: we built it with the local Maasai. Since day one the community felt not just involved, but started earning (through employment).

We took this concept one step further by creating Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT): a community Trust, deeply rooted in the community. MWCT is an advocate for the community and works with other conservation organizations to assure a sustainable conservation of the wilderness, wildlife and cultural heritages of the Tsavo-Amboseli eco-system.

Ecotourism

Campi ya Kanzi believes in having a self-conduct code. We believe true ecotourism needs to address each of the following points:

- Real involvement of local communities: Conservation in the 21st century should consider people, so the first point for ecotourism should be how a tourist facility relates to the local communities. Campi ya Kanzi is a community lodge, in community land, employing locally, paying tourism revenues locally, supporting a community Trust.

- Carbon footprint on electricity usage, hot water, cooking: We use only renewable energies.

- Environmental footprint on water usage: Campi ya Kanzi fulfills all its water needs by cropping the rains and storing water in special PVC bladders.

- Environmental footprint in recycling wastes: we recycle all of the recyclable wastes; wastes are separated and recycled were feasible. The un-recyclable wastes are incinerated in a specially built incinerator.

- Environmental footprint of supplies: sometimes buying locally it is implied as a good environmental practice. It depends on the circumstances. We buy from Nairobi suppliers in bulk, using the best of our knowledge to support those suppliers who care about the environment.

Wildlife Preservation

For every night a guest spends at Campi ya Kanzi, $100 conservation fee is paid to Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust ($150 if staying at Kanzi House). The conservation fees are used by MWCT to fund Wildlife Pays, a program that compensates livestock herders for losses to wildlife predation through a rigorous system of certification and monitoring of best practices. Maasai livestock owners are paid quarterly for value of losses in exchange for full protection of wildlife throughout the group ranch. MWCT’s Wildlife Pays uses no philanthropic funding to pay for this program. Surcharges levied on tourists coming to see wildlife more than cover the annual compensation costs, establishing a pioneering and sustainable new model of Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) around the protection of wildlife.