Situated on Kuku Group Ranch in the Amboseli region of Kenya, Campi Ya Kanzi was established with a guiding philosophy that it should be for the benefit the local Maasai cattle-herding community.
And it has accomplished just that. The lodge and its non-profit, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, employ over 300 local Maasai and are responsible for funding and operating schools, clinics, and a corps of 100 community game scouts who protect the ranch and its wildlife. Conservation fees levied per bed night raise approximately $200,000 per year, primarily to alleviate human-wildlife conflict and to compensate for livestock losses to predators.
Amazingly, the sun powers the entire lodge, while kitchen stoves run on eco-friendly charcoal briquettes rather than electricity or gas. Rainwater is funneled and stored in 120,000-liter bladders before being gravity-fed to the lodge, negating the need for a noisy diesel pump.
Community-driven Campi Ya Kanzi is a proud member of the top 50 sustainable safari operations, as selected by David Bristow and Colin Bell for inclusion in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. This ecologically responsible book identifies a handful of truly sustainable safari operations from amidst the sea of green-washers and eco-pirates that pervade the African safari lodge industry. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of the book, then you can order it here.
African Safari Tours
5-Day Tanzania Luxury Safari Tour
$4,364 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tourLuxuryLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Arusha (Start), Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti NP, Arusha (End)
5.0/5 – 75 Reviews
6-Day Luxury Safari Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti
$2,890 to $3,115 pp (USD)
Tanzania: Private tourLuxuryLodge & Hotel
You Visit: Arusha (Start), Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Highlands, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha (End)
Lion King Adventures
5.0/5 – 333 Reviews
4-Day Kruger Park and Blyde River Canyon Safari
$934 pp (USD)
South Africa: Shared tour (max 8 people per vehicle)
You Visit: Johannesburg (Start), Kruger NP, Panorama Route (Highlight), Johannesburg (End)
5.0/5 – 74 Reviews