Responsible Tourism is of key importance here at Campi ya Kanzi. As a destination for responsible tourists, our focus on environmental sustainability is a key part of our core values. True eco-tourism requires full commitment, without cutting any corners or sacrificing important beliefs. We think of this daily in the operation, maintenance, and future plans of our eco-lodge, and it has guided our decisions since our beginnings more than 15 years ago!
We use only renewable energies here at Campi ya Kanzi – 132 photovoltaic solar panels provide the camp’s electricity and solar boilers heat our water. We cook our food in “Agha” stoves using charcoal made from coffee husks! A wonderful and innovative technology!
For water, we fulfill all our needs through a rainwater collection system, cropping the rains and storing water in special PVC bladders. This qualifies us as self-sustaining and eliminates further pressure on the already-sparse wells in the area; it also eliminates the time and fuel needed to bring in water from many miles away! We have a water catchment range of approximately 10 000 square meters, and a water storage of approximately 1 400 000 litres – enough to last us through the dry season!
|Innovative “water bladders” for storing the water caught from the rain|
|Water catchment area|
We always make sure to inform our guests of the extreme value of water in this region; and ask for their cooperation in using only as much as necessary during their stay. Out tents are stocked with special ecological soaps designed to assure chemical purity in the water, so that it can safely be recycle for use by the wildlife at our water hole!
All of our taps and toilets are outfitted with low-flow features, and we recycle all black and grey water through special filters that use an anaerobic reaction to ensure maximum cleanliness! Further, we reuse or recycle all possible items and wastes – organics are composted, and items like glass, plastics, and cardboards are recycles. We very closely track our carbon footprint and purchase carbon from a Chyulu Hills REDD+ project, to offset our use; all guests are charged for the carbon generated during their stay.
Our building are constructed solely with sustainable materials collected locally – such as lava rocks and thatched grass roofs; and landscaping is avoided!
And finally, we buy locally when it is a good environmental practice, but unfortunately this is not always the case – local farming is very unsustainable and rapidly leading to subdivision and degradation of community land. For us, “buying locally” and saving on logistical costs is not worth supporting these environmentally harmful habits. When necessary, we buy from Nairobi in bulk, using the best of our knowledge to support suppliers who care about the environment.
For more information, you can visit our website at www.maasai.com