Kenya: A run on the wild side

On our last day at Campi Ya Kanzi, Andre goes for a run in the bush with Pareshi. Interesting experience to try and keep up with a marathon in two and half hours type of Maasai who seems to have springs in his legs and the regularity of a metronome ! The run quickly turns(…)

Kenya:The Green Hills of Africa

Kampi Ya Kanzi lies at the foot of the Chyulu Hills, Hemingway’s “green hills of Africa”. During our stay, we go hiking in the Chyulu Hills and visit the Cloud Forest. We start our walks in waist-high dry grass. That golden sea heaves back and forth every time the wind blows. And then the Cloud(…)

Kenya: The Maasai Manyatta

Next, we visit a Maasai Manyatta (village). Only the women and children are around. The men are out tending to their cattle. And the Moran, the young warriors, live in a separate village. I wonder what force pushes the Maasai to keep to their hard, uncompromising lifestyle when they have the alternative of employment at(…)

Kenya: An unexpected ceremony

That evening, we dine with a representative of the UNDP, here to grant the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust the biannual Equator Prize, a global prize awarded to one outstanding sustainable biodiversity community initiative. We join the celebrations the next day…  

Kenya: Campi Ya Kanzi

From the Mine, it takes us six hours to reach Campi Ya Kanzi, on a large Maasai ranch, wedged between Tsavo West National Park and Amboseli. Campi Ya Kanzi (the “treasure camp” in Swahili) is the fruit of Italian conservationists, Luca and Antonella’s dream to build a partnership with the local Maasai community to help(…)