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Campi Ya Kanzi

CHYULU HILLS, KENYA
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About Campi Ya Kanzi

At a Glance
The award-winning eco-luxury Campi Ya Kanzi (Swahili: ‘Camp of the hidden treasure’) is a community project located on a private game ranch supporting the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. Eight luxury safari tents accommodate a maximum of sixteen guests at camp. Aside from the game-rich private concession, game drives are also conducted in Tsavo, Amboseli and Chyulu National Parks. Cultural interactions with the local Maasai community, including trust and village visits as well as game walks escorted by local trackers.

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Flying to Campi Ya Kanzi

Daily private air charter from Nairobi takes an hour
This is a private charter for minimum two persons, in a 6 seater Cessna. Multiple stop routings available through Kenya to match your itinerary with scheduled onward carrier to our camps in Tanzania, if required. Our luxury Kenya packages will include all costs of flights. Road transfers are not recommended on account of driving conditions on major Kenyan highways and the very large distances covered.

Campi Ya Kanzi Conservation Initiatives at a glance:
Donation of $100 per day to Maasai Wilderness Community Trust for each guest staying with us
2004 World Legacy Award Finalist
2006 Tourism for Tomorrow winner
State of the art solar energy camp with back up

Long Run Initiative
Global Ecosphere Retreats® Certified Camp
Campi Ya Kanzi is gold-rated eco-retreat in Kenya

Quick Facts on Campi Ya Kanzi

  • Private solitude & wild adventure of 280,000 acres
  • 8 eco-luxury safari tents, accommodating 16 guests
  • Breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro from camp
  • Maasai Community Trust encourages a cultural visit
  • Big cats and much more on daily game drives
  • Walk with Maasai trackers and camp out in the bush
  • Great birding: rare Turacos & silver-cheeked Hornbills
  • The location of Hemingway’s ‘Green Hills of Africa’
  • Kenyan holistic therapies offered in a bush spa
  • Fantastic homecooked meals in a family-owned camp
  • All meals, house wine and drinks inclusive of your safari

What you’ll love on safari

Your Private Guided Safaris® Journey into Kenya

Private Kenya

The most unique place in Kenya, Campi Ya Kanzi has private use of 280,000-acres for its 16 guests at camp. In contrast, the public commercial area of Maasai Mara is over-run with almost 10,000 people a day, offering just a mere fraction of this space.

In this exclusivity, we have the opportunity to comfortably seek large mammals (60 species, including large prides of black-maned lions, elephant, leopard, giraffe, zebra and more) on guided game drives and walks.
Campi Ya Kanzi Kenya Wildlife

Maasai Culture

This is Africa’s most conscientious interaction with the Maasai people of Kenya - who are real stakeholders at Campi Ya Kanzi, along with the Belpietro family who founded the camp and community project. Here you are in the care of your Kenyan hosts, as guests in their home. Visit the actual bomas and learn about the nomadic warrior culture, joining in their singing and dancing, and tracking alongside these experts to seek wildlife.
Campi Ya Kanzi Maasai Culture

Family Safari

A safari at Campi Ya Kanzi is the perfect family experience, bringing different adventures and discoveries everyday: exciting game drives and walks in the Cloud Forest with the Maasai, as well as bush picnics and special programs for young kids, learning to read footprints and taking a hands-on role in identifying species.

We recommend taking up our tailormade option of private game drives on safari with our specialist guides at camp.
Campi Ya Kanzi Kenya Family Safari

See Kilimanjaro by air

Witness the immortal beauty of the terrain that painted the literary scenes in Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Green Hills of Africa...

The scenic dawn flight over Kilimanjaro offers an aerial treat of Kili’s snowy peaks, forests, and valleys of old lava flows as the pink sunrise lights up the highest point in Africa. The excursions ends with an unforgettable bush champagne breakfast cooked fresh before a pristine view of the famous Mountain.
Campi Ya Kanzi See Kilimanjaro by air

Sustainable safari

“The contribution that Campi ya Kanzi makes to Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) is a shining example of the way the romance and adventure of tourism in the last, best wild places can actually help preserve those places for the future.” Edward Norton

Maasai of Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem are owners of over 2.5 million acres of prime grasslands and forests in one of the most biodiverse regions of East Africa. The trust helps establish sustainable eco-tourism.
Campi Ya Kanzi Kenya Sustainable safari

Classic safari style

Campi ya Kanzi features six authentic canvas and thatch ‘tents’ and two suites. Each room offers a different view and is classically furnished in the East African safari style, with feather mattresses and imported Italian linens. There is a waterhole overlooking the lodge frequented by game with views of Mt Kilimanjaro and the Tsavo and Chyulu Hills. The rooms feature an elegant bath with shower, sink, flush w/c and electric light. Bathrooms in the suites have double sinks. Brass plumbing fixtures add an unexpected touch of elegance and comfort, with hot (solar heated) and cold running water.
Campi Ya Kanzi Kenya Classic safari

Pure experiences.

The Green hills of Africa are a respite to truly get away and reconnect with the self in vast nature. With 20 years of experience, the Transcendental Meditation (TM) teacher at camp helps you on a three-day meditation course, with an hour a day to help promote peace, relaxation, creativity and health.

The in-house masseuse can also help tailor massage treatments to ease the spirit and release tension, especially from travel jet lag.
Campi Ya Kanzi Kenya

Meet your hosts.

Luca Belpietro has been a part of Kenya since 1969. A highly-respected wilderness guide, Luca wrote his thesis on Sustainable Development and Environment Conservation: Wildlife as a Natural Resource in Kenya and was a pioneer in implementing a true Kenyan eco-luxury safari. In 1996, Luca and his wife Antonella founded the Maasai Trust and Campi Ya Kanzi. The family along with a team of 65 people from the Maasai community, as guides, cooks, housekeepers and rangers, are dedicated to hosting a dream safari for you.
Meet your hosts at Campi Ya Kanzi

Sheldrick Elephants

In addition to Nairobi’s Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Kenya offers another unique opportunity with a stay at Campi Ya Kanzi: Come walk with the African Elephants!

Ithumba is part of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: the orphaned Elephant rehabilitation project, rescuing, caring and eventually releasing these animals back into the wild. An emotional experience, witnessing a mud bath and the attendants providing milk to young.
Daphne Sheldrick Elephants Kenya

Conservation in Kenya

One of the most iconic and prominent symbols of Africa, it’s hard to imagine that Lions are now on the brink of survival. The Maasai Wilderness Community Trust founded by Campi Ya Kanzi employs over a hundred tribespeople from the Maasai community as rangers and ‘Simba Scouts’ to help further the Kenya Wildlife Service research projects via monitored collaring and lending protection against poaching and human / wildlife confilcts, as well as sustainable management for the entire ecosystem where these majestic animals roam free. In traveling with a purpose by choosing to visit these regions, you are directly investing in all of the effort that is intrinsic for these big cat’s survival, not just in the locations you visit - but the whole of East Africa.

MWCT’s AIM

Preserving wilderness, wildlife and cultural heritage across the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem by creating sustainable community benefit for the Maasai people, the last of Kenya’s nomadic tribes.

Where you’ll stay with us

Your Private Guided Safaris® Journey into Kenya
We have a beautiful portfolio of three quintessentially Kenyan eco-luxury safari camps. Each is an award-winning model for the vital effort in sustainable-tourism in exclusive settings: High-end, low-impact eco-safari that helps fund preservation of the land by offering protection for the wildlife through key anti-poaching intiatives, and helps local communities by way of direct commerce and employment. In a vast reserve, we place a small footprint. Every visit lends a direct hand.
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The Private Guided Safaris® Journey into Kenya

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ACCOMMODATION AT CAMPI YA KANZI, KENYA

    Classic Safari Accommodation at Campi Ya Kanzi
  • 6 Luxury Tents (2 with king beds & 4 with double beds)
  • 2 Luxury Cottage Suites with fantastic views
  • 1 Kanzi House: 5 rooms (Upto 6 adults & 4 kids for 3 nights)
  • The Kanzi House comes with Private Guide and Chef
What’s Extra? International Flight from Europe / USA, Tipping (at your discretion), Shopping and Personal expenses such as spa treatments, Travel insurance can be purchased with your package, for American residents. Flights within Kenya can be purchased with Guided Safaris®

Travel Info
• Visa applications for Kenya are at your own expense and arrangement.
• No mandatory vaccinations required for entry into Kenya, unless combining your safari with other East African nations such as Tanzania.
• No hidden planning fees and you NEVER travel as part of a “tour group”.

* Bespoke option:
Ask about a privately hosted luxury safari with your own professional guide and vehicle on safari at Campi Ya Kanzi. We can also arrange to have Luca or Samson (two of East Africa’s most admired and high rated guides) to personally guide your game drives (extra cost)

WHAT YOUR STAY AT CAMPI YA KANZI INCLUDES

    Your stay at Campi Ya Kanzi will include:
  • Authentic tented safari accommodation at Campi Ya Kanzi
  • All meals included as well as afternoon tea and snacks
  • All drinks included: water, cocktails, wine, beer, tea / coffee
  • Twice-daily game drives with professional guide & tracker
  • Walking safaris with Maasai and cultural interaction
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • All wildlife reserve fees and taxes as applicable for the stay
Extra cost activity options:

  • Air excursions over Kilimanjaro, Tsavo and Amboseli.
  • Horseback riding
  • Fly camping along side a river or the plains of Kilimanjaro.
  • Visit to Ithumba to meet orphaned elephants at the rescue program.

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