Campi ya Kanzi
Chyulu Hills National Park
Campi ya Kanzi
Campi ya Kanzi is an award-winning boutique ecolodge in the Chyulu Hills of southern Kenya. This “Camp of the Hidden Treasure” in Ernest Hemingway’s “Green Hills of Africa” is the only Kenya luxury safari lodge on a Maasai-owned reserve spanning 283,000 acres of pristine wilderness.
The Chyulu Hills are truly a sight to see in person. Rising from about 3,000 feet to 6,000 feet, older volcanic summits are covered in a rich green cloud forest. The forests are home to a completely different assemblage of trees, insects, birds and mammals. Depending on the season, the landscape offers a vast playground and diverse array of wildlife, from several species of antelope, to apex predators like lions and leopards for game viewing.
Lodge HighlightsWhen to go
All Year Round Price
From $825 pp All Inclusive Highlights
Pristine Wilderness Experience Ideal Stay
Minimum 5 Nights
Campi ya Kanzi Booking Seasons
Stay at Campi ya Kanzi
Campi ya Kanzi is a luxury eco lodge, the most awarded in East Africa and the first to be Gold rated by Ecotourism Kenya. Campi ya Kanzi is widely recognized as one of the most inspiring and eco-friendly safari experiences in Africa. Situated at the foot of the legendary Chyulu Hills, Ernest 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.
Campi ya Kanzi has a unique commitment to community development and environmental sustainability. Campi ya Kanzi offers luxurious comfort, thrilling outdoor adventure, memorable wildlife encounters, and authentic connection to the Maasai people. In front of Kilimanjaro, with a Maasai warrior taking you on safari, among elephants and lions, you will experience your dream African adventure.
Accommodation at Campi ya Kanzi
We can accommodate 16 guests in 6 luxury tented cottages and 2 luxury tented suites (The Hemingway and Simba suites), all set on wooden platforms with thatched roofs and large en-suite bathrooms, special ecofriendly flush toilet, shower and bidet. Bedding is of the finest Italian linen. Tents are named after the view from the verandas, from Chyulu Hills to Kilimanjaro.
The Tented Cottages and the Suites are conveniently located, with ample distance from one to the other, to guarantee every guest’s privacy. Kanzi House is composed by a Villa with 4 bedrooms and by the Pool Cottage. They can be booked individually (Kanzi House for 4 guests, the Pool Cottage for 2 guests). The whole of Kanzi House (Private Villa with 4 bedrooms, Pool Cottage with 1 bedroom) can also be booked in exclusivity.
Kanzi House is an exclusive villa located in kenya available to larger groups and indicated for Kenya safari families holidays who would like to stay under one roof and dine privately. It can be booked only by one party at a time for a minimum of three nights. Or it can be booked individually: the pool cottage for a couple, the private villa for up to four guests.
Experience Campi ya Kanzi
The lounge is comfortably and welcomingly furnished with plenty of sofas and armchairs, bookshelves and family ephemera, including lots of African objets d’art. A few steps up to the left is the dining room with its big dark-wood dining table and seating for up to 20. Straight ahead is an expansive stone deck area stretching the length of the building, with a fire pit and seating at one end, which is often used for pre-dinner drinks. There are superb views here across the Kuku Ranch savannahs and hills, towards Kilimanjaro – a majestic panorama in clear conditions.
The guest tents at Campi ya Kanzi are some distance from the central area, and very well spaced apart. As wildlife moves around the camp, you’ll be escorted by an askari after dark. Each of the tents consists of a large, traditional canvas safari tent (with screen-mesh “windows" with roll-down flaps for privacy), set on a wooden deck, and suspended beneath a wood-and-thatch roof, with a bathroom at the back featuring half-height polished stone walls. The bathroom and bedroom areas are separated by a partition formed by two large clothes wardrobes.
The decks at the front of the tents all look out to the south and west, offering lovely views across the savannah and hills towards Kilimanjaro. Seating on the decks, however, consists of somewhat uncomfortable chunky cane armchairs.
The tents’ interior décor is partly provided by faux-naif scenes hand-painted onto the cupboard walls, depicting the camp environs – decoration that could work but doesn’t quite hit the mark. The tents are equipped with Italian plug sockets (continental-fitting, 2-round-pin) which although working 24/7 mean most guests will need to do their charging with the multi-sockets in the dining room/lounge area.
Things to do at Campi ya Kanzi
- Exploring Maasai wilderness with a Maasai tracker, being able to walk with him and learning how to read footprints and identify cats
- Hiking into the cloud forest of the Chyulu Hills; it will mean seeing many different species of wildlife –but in complete privacy, not surrounded by other tourists.
- Game drives in open Land Rover, with your professional guide and Maasai tracker
- Walk, escorted by your guide and by your tracker, in the cloud forest, exploring a unique habitat
- Tailored safaris for keen birds watchers, photographers
- Horse-back riding
- Massages & Star-Gazing activities
- Kilimanjaro scenic flight, followed by a champagne bush breakfast
- Fly camping on the plains in front of Mount Kilimanjaro
- A special excursion to Tsavo East, at Ithumba camp, where you can visit orphan elephants reintroduced into the wilderness
Select Tour Ideas
A selection of tour itineraries to showcase what you can do. We encourage you to pick destinations of interest and we custom-make your safari to give you a more personalized experience.
7 Days Big Game Experience
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7 Days Ultimate Family Experience
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi | Campi ya Kanzi, Chyulu Hills | Olare Mara Kempinski, Maasai Mara
8 Days Migration Experience
Rekero Camp, Masai Mara Game Reserve | Lamai Camp, Serengeti National Park
8 Days Ultimate Bush and Beach
Mara Bush Tops, Masai Mara Game Reserve | Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
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