Sustainable Showcase: Campi ya Kanzi

In the next in our Sustainable Showcase in partnership with fanute, we travel to Southern Kenya’s Campi ya Kanzi, situated in an area that Ernest Hemingway dubbed The Green Hills of Africa.

Campi ya Kanzi is the only luxury safari lodge to be based on a Maasai-owned reserve – a sprawling 283 000 acres of pristine wilderness. Campi ya Kanzi is a partnership between Luca and Antonella Belpietro as founders and the local Maasai people as landlords. Because of its privileged position, conservation is high on the agenda – benefiting both the natural wilderness and the Maasai people. When the camp was built, back in 1998, it was done by employing and upskilling the local Maasai rather than contractors. Local materials were used and not a single tree was cut down during the building process.

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“We believe true eco-tourism should be based on the use of the best available technologies, to have the lowest impact on the environment,” says the camp’s press pack. This vision guides the day to day running of the lodge and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, which works to protect the biodiversity of East Africa through conservation that directly affects and benefits the local Maasai communities. Also, every visitor’s stay is carbon neutral – their journeys to and from the camp within Kenya, and all carbon emissions related to running the lodge, are offset through the Chyulu REDD+ Carbon Project.

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Guests can stay in either the luxury tented cottages and suites, accommodating 16 in total, or in the Kanzi House and Swimming Pool Cottage. In total, the camp has capacity for 26 people, and they’re encouraged to spend a minimum of 4 nights in the area to fully appreciate the setting. One of the experiences offered, and encouraged, is to connect with the local Maasai – a Maasai tracker guides guests on foot through the incredibly biodiverse region of Savannah, river and clouds forest.

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Electricity

Solar energy is used throughout the camp, powering all appliances, from lamps to fridges. Solar energy is captured through photovoltaic panels and stored in a bank of batteries. It’s then later transformed to 220V and 415V through three interfaced inverters.

Water

Rains are harvested through a huge water catchment system of about 12000 square metres, and through a roof system of 16 000 square metres. It’s then stored in PVC tanks and bladders, totally up to 1 600 000 litres storage capacity and covering the totality of their water needs. Low energy dishwashers and washing machines are used, saving water consumption, and a water metre monitors the consumption of each unit. Ecological soaps are used throughout the property, ensuring the chemical purity of the water. Grey and black waters are recycled through filters imported specially from Europe. The water will lastly pass through a reed bed before being used in ponds for the wildlife in the area.

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Waste

All organic wastes are processed into compost, all recyclable items are recycled, and anything that’s left over is incinerated in a special incinerator that’s been built on a UN recommendation. However, before all that, staff are trained to minimise garbage production.

Food

Even food is an integral element of Campi ya Kanzi’s sustainability focus, saying that “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.” Food scraps are used in the organic vegetable garden, and the camp’s chickens and cows provide organic eggs and milk.

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How are you embracing sustainability in your establishment? We’d love to hear your stories! Send an email to sarah@augmentcreative.com and tell us more.

More about fanute

fanute is a specialist hospitality solutions company. We believe that by being innovative in our thinking and adventurous in our actions, we can provide valuable services to the market, and in just a small way, help to save our ailing planet.

We are not afraid of being first or in being the only player in a space – because we love starting with a blank piece of paper and designing our own future.

We’re obsessed with sustainability, simply, because we are all stewards of our environment – and for us this includes our beautiful land, our people and culture and our very scarce natural resources.

We help because our linen rental business drives scale in the short-term lettings industry, which means no more washing linen with domestic machines or walk-in laundromats, which consume huge amounts of water and energy.

And our near-waterless industrial laundry systems deliver meaningful savings of those same scarce resources, offering the only real innovation in laundry in over 60 years.

For more information, visit the fanute website.

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