Conservation

Conservation

Why should conservation be of any concern or interest to you? After all a safari is a holiday and you want to have a peaceful moment of distraction and relaxation, when away from work and home…

Conservation should be of your concern for a simple reason: if you want African wilderness to survive and be there for your next safari, and certainly for the safari your children will want to enjoy, you better think about it. And do something about it.

Chose us for your safari and you will protect African wilderness, wildlife and the Maasai culture.

In Campi ya Kanzi you will not find a better choice of responsible tourism in Africa. The lodge founding principle is to prove to the Maasai landlords that wilderness with thriving wildlife is worth protecting, because if pays economic dividends.

Tourism is a mean to and end: making sure that the Maasai wilderness, cultural and wildlife heritages are protected, for generations to come.

Your stay at Campi ya Kanzi translates into a $116 conservation fee for the benefit of our conservation partner, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.

The funds are earmarked for Wildlife Pays, a compensation program where all losses caused by wildlife to the Maasai livestock are reimbursed to the community, if predators are not killed.

As a result this is the only place in Africa where the lion population is not only thriving, but increasing significantly.

The Trust has been successful is securing Payment for Ecosystem Services that enable it to employ nearly 300 Kenyans, offering education, health and conservation services to the Maasai community.

The Trust funds:

  • Wildlife Pays: livestock killed by predators is compensated to the Maasai landlords, through the conservation fee charged to Campi ya Kanzi visitors;
  • The employment of game scouts to make sure there is no poaching, no water diversion, no bush fires, and no illegal cutting of woods;
  • The employment of teachers, to provide education in 22 local primary schools;
  • Paying school bursaries, both at high school and university levels;
  • The employment of a doctor and several nurses, to assist the local community of 16,000 Maasai in 4 local dispensaries and in 1 clinic.

We are proud to say that we have achieved meaningful results in protecting both the wilderness and the wildlife, working hand–in-hand with the Maasai tribe.

This is truly cutting edge conservation and you can be part of it by simply coming on safari with us.

Campi ya Kanzi is 100% solar (for both electricity and hot water) and totally carbon neutral.

Contact us at  on in contact page!

Maasai

Maasai people Maasai (not Masai or Massai) is the correct spelling of this noble tribe: it means people speaking maa. Masai was the incorrect spelling of the British settlers and has remained in current use. Kenya recognizes over forty tribes of native people. The Maasai were the dominating tribe at beginning of 20th century. They […] Icon Arrow Icon Find out more

The Trust

The Trust The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust works to protect the legendary ecosystems and astounding biodiversity of East Africa through conservation that directly benefits local Maasai communities. The world increasingly relies on many traditional communities like the Maasai to protect the ecological treasures that exist within the land that they own. But the incredible wilderness […] Icon Arrow Icon Find out more

Environment

Environment Campi ya Kanzi was built in 1996 as a partnership with the Maasai of Kuku Group Ranch to promote environmental conservation and sustainable community development through ecotourism.  The Maasai landowners benefit directly from tourism through employment and conservation fees. Campi ya Kanzi’s founder, Luca Belpietro, wrote his thesis in economics on “Wildlife as a […] Icon Arrow Icon Find out more

Sustainability

Sustainability We believe true ecotourism should be based on the use of the best available technologies, to have the lowest impact on the environment. That is what guided us in all our choices when we conceived Campi ya Kanzi. That is what is guiding us in the day to day running of the lodge and […] Icon Arrow Icon Find out more

Beliefs

Beliefs 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 […] Icon Arrow Icon Find out more

Awards

Awards Campi ya Kanzi is a pioneer of sustainable and socially responsible tourism in Kenya.  We are proud to have received the following awards and certifications found below. Since 2004 Gold Eco-Rated by Ecotourism Kenya Ecotourism Kenya recognized Campi ya Kanzi as a leader of ecotourism in 2004 by selecting it as the very first […] Icon Arrow Icon Find out more