Campi ya Kanzi
Campi ya Kanzi is a small privately owned and managed safari lodge located in the Chyulu Hills within sight of Kilimanjaro. The lodge is part of an eco-tourism joint venture between the managers and the local Masai people on a private concession adjacent to the Tsavo West, Amboseli and Chyulu National Parks. More than many other camps, guests at Campi Ya Kanzi will feel part of, and can witness at first-hand, the work of the lodge’s own private trust, The Masai Wilderness Conservation Trust, which has been set up to conserve and protect the Masai wilderness, wildlife and cultural heritage. The lodge owners, Luca Belpietro and Antonella Bonomi, are passionate about the empowerment of the local community and encourage guests to take an interest in the trust and its work.
The camp has six tented cottages and two larger private suites constructed of stones, fabric, and wood with thatched roofs. Each cottage at Campi ya Kanzi has a different view of Kilimanjaro and the beautiful Tsavo Hills from its veranda. The cottages all feature adjoining bathrooms with full sized baths, flush lavatories, and shower, all with brass fittings and hot and cold running water. There is also a large private house which sleeps ten guests, and has a private infinity pool and Jacuzzi with stunning views of Kilimanjaro.
The heart of Campi ya Kanzi is the Tembo ("elephant") House, beautifully constructed of locally available stone and timber. The clubhouse has a thatched roof, a large veranda with beautiful views across the plains to Kilimanjaro, and is open to the outside. Among the 50 plus resident species of mammals at Campi Ya Kanzi are giraffe, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, wildebeest, zebra, and waterbuck. In addition there are nearly 400 species of birds in the area. As well as game drives in open vehicle, guests can take guided walks, visit local Masai communities, visit the Tsavo and Chyulu Hills National Parks, and take their meals out in the bush.