We just returned from five days at Campi Ya Kanzi. We had heard very good things about this camp, but the reality exceeded our high expectations. The staff was very attentive. The smallest request was addressed immediately. We had a small problem with the zipper to the canvas door of our "tent". I mentioned it to a staffer before dinner, and when we returned to the tent after dinner a new zipper had already been installed. Another guest lost his passport, and Luca, the host and manager of the camp, took it upon himself to contact the embassy in Nairobi and arrrange for a replacement. The food was excellent; by far the best we encountered during our two weeks in Kenya and Tanzania. Ya Kanzi is the only tourist camp in a 400 square kilometer Masai reserve. This means that you never see another safari vehicle when you go out on game drives--unlike the better known and more heavily touristed Masai Mara where other vehicles are often in sight and it is not uncommon to find five or six vehicles surrounding a single lion as the visitors click away with their cameras. Unlike the Mara, where the animals are so accustomed to humans that often they don't even run away at the approach of a vehicle, the wildlife around Ya Kanzi is elusive. You can't be sure what you will find when you go out. This may be disappointing to some, but for us it added to the experience. In the Mara our guides could virtually promise us that we would see lions, or hyenas, or whatever (my thirteen-year-old son described the Mara as "not much different than a zoo except the animals have to feed themselves"), but at Ya Kanzi we actually had to go out and look for game. One morning we spent over an hour tracking a herd of elephants through the brush. During the search we flushed zebras, gazelles, giraffes, ostriches, and elan, and our excitement was all the greater when we finally caught up with the herd. Except for cats, hyenas and hippos, we saw all the animals we also saw in the Mara, only in smaller numbers. If you are interested in an alternative to the big, crowded parks, Ya Kanzi is a good choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Campi ya Kanzi is widely recognized as one of the most unique and inspiring safari experiences in Africa. Situated at the foot of the legendary Chyulu Hills, Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa, it is a luxury camp offering an incomparable combination of 5-star luxury, first class wilderness adventure, amazing wildlife, and authentic immersion in Maasai culture. This is truly the ultimate African safari.This luxury lodge has been built in partnership with the Maasai community of the 280,000-acre Kuku Group Ranch.Campi ya Kanzi has a unique commitment to community development and environmental sustainability: we are leaders in real ecotourism, engaging the local Maasai in benefiting from wilderness with thriving wildlife. Built from local materials, it uses solar technology to supply hot water and electricity to the six luxury cottages and two suites. In front of Kilimanjaro, with a Maasai warrior taking you on safari, among elephants and lions, you will experience your dream African adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Campi Ya Kanzi Hotel Amboseli Eco-System