Fly Camping: The Luxury of Simplicity
Step back in time to the elegantly simple safaris of Ernest Hemingway and Denys Finch Hatton. Back in the 1930s, before in-flight movies and infinity pools, explorers enjoyed a different kind of luxury: the serene splendor of unspoiled wilderness. Fly camping at Campi ya Kanzi is a tribute to a bygone era, a blend of
old Africa and modern comfort in a pristine, timeless landscape. Imagine tracking elephants with a Maasai guide before cozying up to the fire with a glass of fine wine and a view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Eat a three-course dinner under a sprawling shroud of stars. Then retire to your tent with a kerosene lamp and a warm Maasai blanket. You can even take a hot bucket shower to keep with tradition. Who needs five stars when you can sleep under a billion?
|A classic safari tent awaits you at our fly camp in Motikanju Conservancy.|
You may be asking yourself, “What is a fly camp exactly?” A fly camp is a simple, mobile camp in a remote area. Fly camps were once used by hunters who needed to pack light and move quickly in order to follow game. The fly of a tent is the top outer layer that shelters the structure from the elements. If hunters were in a hurry, they could sleep under a fly without pitching a tent.
At Campi ya Kanzi, “fly camp” has a dual meaning because we also fly to the location. Guests enjoy a short, scenic flight to and from the fly camp in our giraffe-spotted bush plane, soaring over green hills, lava forests, and herds of hartebeest and elephants. Our fly camp is located in Motikanju Conservancy, a private nature reserve that is dedicated to wildlife and free of human presence.
|Our bush plane flies in for a landing at the fly camp.|
Campi ya Kanzi guests
who would like to experience an authentic, old-fashioned safari in “Out
of Africa” style can request to go fly camping as a special added activity. This is offered as an extra for those who would like to try something new and spend a night away from the main lodge. The rustic charm of the fly camp has captured many hearts and imaginations, and it is a beautiful place to make safari memories. Scroll down to see photos of our simple savannah paradise.
|The top cover of a tent is called the fly, hence the name fly camp.|
Get back to basics in a cozy tent like this one.
|Each tent can sleep one or two people in twin-size cots.|
|The dinner table is set under an acacia tree as the sun goes down.|
|A cook and waiter on site serve the same delicious cuisine|
that is served in Tembo House at Campi ya Kanzi.
|Guests can gather around the fire to watch the sunset and enjoy a drink.|
|A Maasai attendant builds a warm fire that will glow through the night.|
|On a clear evening, you may see the moon rise over the Chyulu Hills.|
|This saffron savannah moon is the best we have ever seen at the fly camp!|