Bedroom(s): 6 Tented cottages, 2 Tented suites Locale: Volcanic summits. Wildlife reserve
The Safari Lodge Kenya has been built in partnership with the Maasai community of the 283,000-acre Kuku Group Ranch. With a unique commitment to community development and environmental sustainability, at the Safari Lodge Kenya, we are leaders in ecotourism, engaging the local Maasai in benefiting from wilderness with triving native species.
In front of Kilimanjaro, with a Maasai warrior taking you on safari, among elephants and lions, you will experience your dream African adventure.
If your concept of luxury safari is based on plunge pools, spas, fancy lighting, marble in the bathrooms, WIFI in the wilderness and the associated unsustainable uses of generators and of water (the scarcest resource in Africa), our Safari Lodge Kenya may not be the product for you. This is because we believe in a different type of luxury. Jpw about a gin and tonic on a lookout hill in front of Kilimanjaro, with your Maasai tracker, in 283,000 acres of wilderness all for yourself (no other lodge within our Maasai reserve)?
We believe in being 100% solar (since the inception of our Safari Lodge Kenya), we believe in cropping all of our water from the rains, without tapping into community wells or springs. We trust that a safari experienced at the lodge will be one of the most precious memories you will treasure for years to come: walking with a Maasai guide in his land, tracking the animals, trekking the cloud forest of the Chyulu Hills, the green hills of Africa of Ernest Hemingway, while being profoundly and authentically connected with the Maasai landlords who, with us at the Safari Lodge Kenya, are the hosts.
A life changing experience, a journey of the souls. This is the appropriate luxury that we offer.
This is truly the most iconic safari land: Kilimanjaro dominates the view; elephants and lions roam free in true wilderness; giraffes and zebras cover the plains, and Maasai warriors contemplate.
Safari is quite a charming word. It is exotic and iconic at the same time. Safari means “voyage” or “expedition” in Kiswahili. Your stay at the camp will translate into a unique authentic experience and you will discover a vanishing Africa, while being deeply immerse in a fascinating culture and contributing to preserving it.
The Safari Lodge Kenya is the most awarded in East Africa and the first to be Gold rated by Ecotourism Kenya.
In essence, we will tailor-make your safari experience to meet your needs. All will depend on your desires, the time of the year (game moves within the reserve and certain itineraries are better in certain time of the year) and the length of your stay. Let us know what your wishes and available days are and we will make your dream safari come true at the Safari Lodge Kenya.
That is what guided us in all our choices when we conceived Campi ya Kanzi.
That is what is guiding us in the day to day running of the lodge and of the Trust.
The camp has been built not by using outside contractors, but by employing local Maasai, teaching them how to build. We used only local materials, and not a single tree has been cut.
State of the art technology was applied for the use of renewable resources.
At the lodge, photovoltaic panels transform sun light in electricity. This is stored in a bank of batteries. Three interfaced inverters transform the continuous current in alternate current, at 220V and 415V. From the inverters, electricity runs through the entire camp, running all our appliances, from lamps to fridges. Nice to know that every electric need we have is generated by the sun, with absolutely no impact on the environment! Carbon footprint: zero!
Water is our scarcest resource. We crop our rains with a special water catchment system, of about 12,000 square meters (130,000 square ft.) and through our roof system (1,500 square meters, or 16,000 square ft.). Water is than stored in PVC tanks and bladders, whose combined capacity is 1,600,000 liters (about 400,000 gallons). To our knowledge we are the only lodge in East Africa whose water needs are entirely covered by rain cropping. Carbon footprint: zero!
We recycle both gray waters and black waters, with special filters imported from Europe. An anaerobic reaction assures the purity of water at the exit of the system. Final stage filtration is assured by a reed bed. Water is then used in ponds for the wildlife.
The use of specially imported ecological soaps assures perfect chemical purity of the water.
We utilize special low energy dish washers and washing machines, to save on water consumption.
Each tented cottage has its own dedicated solar boiler, providing hot water in the bathrooms.
A water meter monitors consume of each unit.
We avoid buying from unstainable farming practices.
In the kitchen, we cook meals using a special eco-friendly charcoal produced by the United Nations Environment Project. It is made with coffee husks, a by-product of coffee farming. We compost our food scraps for use in our organic vegetable garden; we also have few chickens and few cows, for an organic production of eggs and milk.
Staff are trained to assure minimization of garbage production. All organic wastes are transformed in compost. The rest of the wastes are selected for recycling when viable, the remaining get incinerated in a special incinerator built on a UN recommendation.
Preservation of wilderness
Hard to consider ecotourism not linked with preserving the wilderness one visits. MWCT and Campi ya Kanzi have the same mission: preserving the Maasai wilderness of the Greater Kilimanjaro Ecosystem.
Preservation of wildlife
The same applies to wildlife. Ecotourism is about protection of natural resources. In our ecosystem the most valuable resource is wildlife.
Preservation of culture
Ecotourism cannot happen without considering the local communities. In our case we are dealing with arguably the most iconic tribe of Africa, whose culture is still very much alive, and deserves full protection.
We help and assist the Maasai to implement sustainable ways to manage their land and their resources. We organize workshop and trips to enable the community to better protect their wilderness. School courses run by teachers and Maasai elders address the need to understand the delicate balance of the environment and how the entire community can play a role protecting it.
About 15% of the Trust's budget is stustained by Campi ya Kanzi visitors through conservation fees. The rest is collected through fund raising.
Funds are used for
We are proud to say that we have achieved meaningful results in protecting both the wilderness and the wildlife, working hand–in-hand with the Maasai.
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Maasai Mara: KENYA
Bedroom(s): 12 (Tented Suites)
Locale: Maasai Mara National Reserve
Chyulu Hills - Amboseli: KENYA
Locale: Plains. Mountains
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