ya Kanzi

Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Conservation & community

Campi Ya Kanzi sits at the foot of the legendary Chyulu Hills – Ernest Hemingway’s ‘Green Hills of Africa’. It was built in 1996 in partnership with the Maasai people of Kuku Group Ranch to promote environmental conservation and sustainable community development through ecotourism.

The camp comprises six tents and two suites accommodating just sixteen guests. Each tent has a distinct name and character, unique artwork, and a different view of the surroundings, although all allow guests to sit and watch the wildlife at the waterhole against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro or the Chyulu Hills. Tembo House is the central lodge and the heart of the camp, open to the outdoors and offering a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Kanzi House is an exclusive villa available to groups and families.

During your stay you can explore the wilderness on foot with a Maasai tracker, learning how to read footprints and identify scats, and later visiting his or her home in the village if you would like to. Hiking into the cloud forest of the Chyulu Hills offers a whole new perspective on the landscape and you will spot many different species of wildlife including lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and more. Game drives in open Land Rovers, horse riding and scenic Kilimanjaro flights can also be arranged.

Boasting an incomparable combination of 5-star luxury, first class wilderness, amazing wildlife, and authentic immersion in Maasai culture, Campi ya Kanzi offers one of the most inspiring safari experiences in Africa.


The main goal of Campi ya Kanzi is to protect the land of the Maasai and enable the community to keep living according to their traditions, if they so wish.

The camp achieves sustainable tourism in a multitude of ways including: employing locally (90% of staff are local Maasai); using only renewable energies including solar water boilers; water catchment and storage; building only with local, sustainable materials; recycling waste and working with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT). Visitors also contribute a conservation fee which supports Wildlife Pays, a MWCT program that reimburses Maasai herders for livestock killed by predators and recruits young Maasai warriors to protect lions against poaching and illegal activities. Those predators, once seen as a nuisance, are now valued for the interest and income they generate.

You will love

  • Conservation & community focus
  • Authentic & uncontrived
  • Hemingway’s ‘Green Hills of Africa’
  • Relationship with the staff

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