12 Apr 2015 / by Pilot Michael / in 2015 Africa Flying Safari
Camp Highlight – Campi Ya Kanzi – Kenya
What can I say about Campi Ya Kanzi that I haven’t already told to anyone within earshot? It is one of the most incredible, authentic, spiritual, thought provoking, relaxing, exciting, remote, romantic, incredible places I have ever been on this earth. I am so enamored with Campi Ya Kanzi, I’m moving there in September to become part of the team. Campi Ya Kanzi has held a special place in my heart since visiting there for the first time on my honeymoon in 2010. It was a perfect storm of experiences for me, the land is incredible and draws you in. The wildlife is abundant and I can sit and watch the animals for hours. The people are what really drew me in, the people are nothing short of incredible. I felt welcomed from the moment I arrived and I felt like I was leaving family when I left. The Maasai people have very little and they ask for nothing, yet they smile and welcome you into their homes and hearts. I know I have a ton to learn from this amazing group of people, in their beautiful land.
Campi ya Kanzi is widely recognized as one of the most unique and inspiring safari experiences in Africa. Situated at the foot of the legendary Chyulu Hills, Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa, it is a luxury camp offering an incomparable combination of 5-star luxury, first class wilderness adventure, amazing wildlife, and authentic immersion in Maasai culture. This is truly the ultimate African safari.
This luxury lodge has been built in partnership with the Maasai community of the 280,000-acre Kuku Group Ranch.
Campi ya Kanzi has a unique commitment to community development and environmental sustainability: we are leaders in real ecotourism, engaging the local Maasai in benefiting from wilderness with thriving wildlife.
In front of Kilimanjaro, with a Maasai warrior taking you on safari, among elephants and lions, you will experience your dream African adventure.
If your concept of luxury safari is based on plunge pools, spas, fancy lighting, marble in the bathrooms, WIFI in the wilderness and the associated unsustainable uses of generators and of water (the scarcest resource in Africa), Campi ya Kanzi is NOT the product for you.
We believe in a different type of luxury: a gin and tonic on a lookout hill in front of Kilimanjaro, with your Maasai tracker, in 280,000 acres of wilderness all for yourself (no other lodges within our Maasai reserve).
We believe in being 100% solar (since our inception), we believe in cropping all of our water from the rains, without tapping into community wells or springs. We trust that a safari experienced at Campi ya Kanzi will be one of the most precious memories you will treasure for years to come: walking with a Maasai guide in his land, tracking wildlife, trekking the cloud forest of the Chyulu Hills, the green hills of Africa of Ernest Hemingway, while being profoundly and authentically connected with the Maasai landlords who, with us, are the hosts.
A life changing experience, a journey of the souls.
This is the appropriate luxury that we offer.
This is truly the most iconic safari land: Kilimanjaro dominates the view; elephants and lions roam free in true wilderness; giraffes and zebras cover the plains, and Maasai warriors contemplate.
Safari is quite a charming word. It is exotic and iconic at the same time. Safari means “voyage” or “expedition” in Kiswahili. With us your luxury safari will translate into a unique authentic experience: you will discover a vanishing Africa, explore an incredible wilderness, see amazing wildlife, while being deeply immerse in a fascinating culture and contributing to preserving it.
Campi ya Kanzi is a luxury eco lodge, the most awarded in East Africa and the first the be Gold rated by Ecotourism Kenya.
We will tailor-make your luxury safari to meet your needs. All will depend on your desires, the time of the year (game moves within the reserve and certain itineraries are better in certain time of the year) and the length of your stay. Let us know what your wishes and available days are and we will make your dream safari come true.
The Maasai have always been special. Their bright red robes set them apart visually. Spear in hand, they are calm and courageous regardless of the danger. The armed British troops who drove the Maasai from their lands in the early 20th century had great respect for these fearless tribesmen. Up until recently, the only way for a Maasai boy to achieve warrior status was to single-handedly kill a lion with his spear.
When you see a Maasai for the first time, you will likely agree with what Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) wrote about her experience in East Africa in her book Out of Africa:
“A Maasai warrior is a fine sight. Those young men have, to the utmost extent, that particular form of intelligence which we call chic; daring and wildly fantastical as they seem, they are still unswervingly true to their own nature, and to an immanent ideal. Their style is not an assumed manner, nor an imitation of a foreign perfection; it has grown from the inside, and is an expression of the race and its history, and their weapons and finery are as much a part of their being as are a stag’s antlers.”
The main goal of Campi ya Kanzi is to protect the land of the Maasai; 280,000 acres of Kuku Group Ranch, to enable the Maasai community to keep living according to their traditions, if they so wish.
Your visit to Campi ya Kanzi contributes tremendously to achieving this goal.
Don’t forget that for every day you spend at Campi ya Kanzi, a $100 conservation fee is set aside to assist the Maasai community and to protect their wildlife.