Campi ya Kanzi sits in the foothills of the Chyulu Range. Built and run in partnership with the local Maasai community, this remote lodge has traversing rights across the 115,000-hectare Kuku Group Ranch. It is surrounded by wilderness - roamed by elephants, lions and other big game - in a remote corner of south-eastern Kenya.
The lodge is run by Luca and Antonella, and their continued presence means it retains a homely feel. Warm hospitality is a hallmark of Campi ya Kanzi, as well as delicious Italian and African cuisine - inspired by the owners' dual heritage. In partnership with the community, Luca and Antonella have also committed to conservation. Campi ya Kanzi's eco-credentials are testament to this: the entire lodge is solar powered and carbon neutral.
Why We Like Campi ya Kanzi
Campi Ya Kanzi is translated as "camp of the hidden treasures" in Swahili and it is easy to see why. Not only does the camp occupy one of Kenya's most spectacular and exclusive settings, but the property is equally as impressive for its commitment to working with the local community, who own and run the camp.
Accommodation consists of eight tented rooms, two of which are slightly larger suites. These all have hardwood floors and rustic four-poster beds, beneath high canvas roofs. In front of each room, there is a raised wooden veranda that looks out over the beautiful savannah, towards Mount Kilimanjaro. Every room has an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, as well as 24-hour solar electricity.
The camp's main area is a reminder that this was once a family home - comfortable sofas and armchairs fill the lounge, which is decorated with a collection of artwork and antiques. The main buildings are stone, wood and thatch, adding to the rustic, homely feel. On cold nights, the blazing fireplaces provide warmth and light. Outside, a vast stone deck affords spectacular views over the wilderness, with a fire pit perfectly positioned for pre-dinner, post-game-drive drinks.
- Game drives in open Land Rovers
- Bush walks
- Visits to the homes of local Maasai
- Horse-back riding
- Cave dinners
- Visits to Tsavo West National Park
- Scenic flights
Campi Ya Kanzi is located at the southern tip of the Chyulu Hills, within the greater Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem. To the south, lies Tsavo West National Park and, beyond, Mount Kilimanjaro and Tanzania. Access to the lodge is by light aircraft, flying directly to their private airstrip from Nairobi - these flights run seven days a week.