The Star (Nairobi)

6 November 2012

Kenya: The Jewel That Is Campi Ya Kanzi

Campi ya Kanzi (www.maasai.com/camp/accomodation/) is glamorous and supports a deeply worthy cause. Run by the tenacious Luca Belpietro, it is a five-hour drive or one hour flight from Nairobi.

Early morning tea is delivered exactly at the hour requested. Luca's wife Antonella Bonomi orchestrates delicious Italian food. People with high cholesterol should resist the cheese.

Make sure to walk up into the Chyulu forest, a cloud forest with towering fig trees. Appreciate it for the eco-services it provides - water for Mombasa and more.

Mt Kilimanjaro is visible from the verandah of the lodge. But the glacier is shrinking so do your part to fight climate change. The goal for this region is a southern rangelands trust. Giraffes abound. There are 50 to 60 lions, and about 400 elephants traverse the group ranches.

Campi ya Kanzi accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in six-thatched roof luxury tented cottages and in the Hemingway and Simba suites.

The tented cottages and the suites are conveniently located, with ample distance from one to the other, to guarantee every guest's privacy. Each accommodation has a dedicated attendant. Campi ya Kanzi has its own airstrip that can receive charter flights from Wilson Airport.

Resident rates are available on request. Contact Campi ya Kanzi by email at luca@maasai.com or by post at PO Box 236 - 90128, Mtito Andei, Kenya. Telephone and fax: +254 45 622516 Satellite: +88 2164 3339831

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