The human population in Kenya has increased tremendously in the last century, from just less than 1,300,000 in 1900 to nearly 44,000,000 in 2013, contributing to increasing in poverty and malnutrition.
This unsustainable growth has put tremendous pressure on both the wilderness and wildlife.
Maasailand is, traditionally, land where human beings and wildlife have co-existed. In fact, the most visited National Parks in East Africa were Maasai land and are surrounded by Maasai land (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Maasai Mara, Amboseli). With 90% of the wildlife population of Amboseli National Park living in private Maasai land for part of the year, it is crucial that Maasai landlords earn economic benefits by protecting the wilderness status of their land.
That is our model of ecotourism: to make sure wilderness with thriving wildlife generates income for the Maasai landlords, to ensure the land where they have lived for hundreds of years, is protected for the generations to come.
Ultimately the protection of the environment, with its three aspects –wilderness, wildlife, and culture – is what we stand for.
Your stay is carbon neutral through the Chyulu Hills REDD+ Carbon Project.
We also believe that the Maasai community needs an advocate. In 2000, Luca and his wife Antonella founded the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT). The Trust has branches in Kenya, the United States, and Italy. The President of the U.S. branch is Edward Norton: United Nations Ambassador for Biodiversity (appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon in 2010), founder of Crowdrise.com, member of the President Obama Committee for Arts and Humanities, and acclaimed filmmaker (actor, producer, writer, and/or director for more than 30 films; nominated for three Academy Awards for acting).
Prior to closing, Campi ya Kanzi received ample recognition for its eco-friendly and socially responsible practices.
For a full list of awards and certifications, please click here.