Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Consciousness and Conservation


Campi ya Kanzi, in partnership with Modo Yoga NYC + Moksha Montreal would like to officially announce... 

If you are searching for the African safari of your dreams while deepening your yoga practice and making a difference for the local community, THIS is the Yoga Safari for you! 

Over the last year, Modo Yoga NYC and Moksha Montreal have been actively engaged in supporting the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. The decision has been made to offer a yoga safari to further connect the yoga communities of Modo and Moksha, to the work of MWCT - integrating yoga, consciousness, and conservation into a yoga experience like no other. 


You will be hosted at a beautiful home in the bush. Luca and Antonella, the founders, and the Maasai (who are the landlords of this paradise) will be your hosts. All activities will be tailor made, from classic game drives in many different habitats, to lovely game walks with a Maasai guide and tracker.  
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Itinerary

All mornings of the yoga safari will start with an optional silent meditation. Daily morning and evening yoga classes will be led by Modo Yoga NYC and Moksha Yoga Montreal co-founders Becca Foon, Guillaume Brun, and Dina Tsouluhas. Together they will be teaching a range of classes including Modo (a dynamic system of postures intended to open, strengthen, and detoxify the entire body), Modo Flow (rooted in the Modo sequence linked together with vinyassa flows), Yang/Yin (a challenging Modo flow style followed by an extended floor series to fully relax your body), and Yin (poses are held for 3-5 minutes, stretching deep muscle tissue and fascia).

During this week we will focus on methods to help us sustain our practice while deepening our intentions. Through yoga we will be connecting to different ways of exploring ourselves and seeing the world around us, while cultivating a dialogue around yoga, consciousness, and sustainable development.  

For a full 7-day itinerary, please see contact details below

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Yoga + Safari Guides

Becca is a Modo Yoga certified teacher, a Yin certified teacher, and has been practicing yoga for the past fifteen years. Becca is a green building and sustainability consultant and an avid environmentalist dedicated to integrating holistic sustainability principles, and her diverse training into her yoga teaching and practice. 

Dina is an avid student and teacher who lists "learning" as one of her favourite things to do. With an unwavering passion and innate curiousity of the human body, Dina is a dedicated student in her final year of Osteopathy and an adored teacher of Basic Anatomy at the Moksha Yoga Level 1 Training. 

Guillaume is a Modo Yoga certified teacher, a Yin certified teacher, and completed a teacher training in the lyengar tradition with Hart Lazer in Montreal. His journey into yoga started in 2007. At first, his practice focused on physical benefits, but it quickly allowed him to take a deeper look at his life. 

Samson is a Maasai warrior, son of a local chief and a respected safari guide. Parashina started as a waiter at Campi  ya Kanzi, but swiftly rose to become the President of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT). He also acts as President, and safari guide at Campi ya Kanzi. Parashina is an avid reader and taught himself animal behavior, biology, botany, and ornithology. His acquired knowledge allowed him to pass the Silver Level exam of the Kenya Professional Guide Association in 2006. In 2012, Samson was honored by the UN with a Champion of the Earth award. Samson will greet you upon arrival in Nairobi and travel with you for your duration in Kenya.  

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Trip Pricing: 

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Contact:

For any further information regarding the yoga safari, detailed information on itinerary, payment details, etc. Please use the following contacts:

Nairobi Office: +254 0 (20) 6005450, mobile +254 (0)720 461300
Campi ya Kanzi: +254 (0) 45 622 516
Modo Yoga NYC: 212 780 9642

info@modoyoganyc.com 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

An Incredible Safari!


Our Guide Stefano had an unbelievable safari experience with his guests on an excursion to Tsavo West National Park.


They caught a glimpse of a pack of the rarely seen, and extraordinarily beautiful, wild dogs!


And also caught a glimpse of this beautiful leopard in the vegetation of the lava flows. 


All photos are courtesy of Stefano Ricci! 
What an amazing safari they had! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fly Camping - Sleeping under the Stars


In the early days of safari's, a hunter looking for game wanted to be able to move lightly and quickly from camp to camp. Based at a main camp, he would put up a fly camp in remote areas looking for wildlife. "Fly" is the name of the top sheet of the tent. Hunters would take this sheet, and just sleep underneath it; hence the name fly camp


We are very happy to offer this unique camping experience to our guests. Depending on the season, and the movement of the wildlife, we set up a simple camp either on the banks of a river at the foothills of Kilimanjaro, or in the plains near a lake. These were the locations where Ernest Hemingway camped; having the opportunity to immerse yourself in the same environments that inspired him so greatly. 


Pristine wilderness and serenity at its' finest. You will dine under the stars, walk along the river in the morning, hear the wildlife walk past your tent, while falling asleep to the sound of barking zebras, and maybe even elephant footsteps. 


Book your safari to Campi ya Kanzi today! Extend your safari to make time for this incredible experience. 

Visit www.masai.com 


Stunning photos courtesy of Guide Stefano! 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Being Responsible

Responsible Tourism is of key importance here at Campi ya Kanzi. As a destination for responsible tourists, our focus on environmental sustainability is a key part of our core values. True eco-tourism requires full commitment, without cutting any corners or sacrificing important beliefs. We think of this daily in the operation, maintenance, and future plans of our eco-lodge, and it has guided our decisions since our beginnings more than 15 years ago!


We use only renewable energies here at Campi ya Kanzi - 132 photovoltaic solar panels provide the camp's electricity and solar boilers heat our water. We cook our food in "Agha" stoves using charcoal made from coffee husks! A wonderful and innovative technology!


For water, we fulfill all our needs through a rainwater collection system, cropping the rains and storing water in special PVC bladders. This qualifies us as self-sustaining and eliminates further pressure on the already-sparse wells in the area; it also eliminates the time and fuel needed to bring in water from many miles away! We have a water catchment range of approximately 10 000 square meters, and a water storage of approximately 1 400 000 litres - enough to last us through the dry season!

Innovative "water bladders" for storing the water caught from the rain
Water catchment area
We always make sure to inform our guests of the extreme value of water in this region; and ask for their cooperation in using only as much as necessary during their stay. Out tents are stocked with special ecological soaps designed to assure chemical purity in the water, so that it can safely be recycle for use by the wildlife at our water hole!

All of our taps and toilets are outfitted with low-flow features, and we recycle all black and grey water through special filters that use an anaerobic reaction to ensure maximum cleanliness! Further, we reuse or recycle all possible items and wastes - organics are composted, and items like glass, plastics, and cardboards are recycles. We very closely track our carbon footprint and purchase carbon from a Chyulu Hills REDD+ project, to offset our use; all guests are charged for the carbon generated during their stay.


Our building are constructed solely with sustainable materials collected locally - such as lava rocks and thatched grass roofs; and landscaping is avoided!

And finally, we buy locally when it is a good environmental practice, but unfortunately this is not always the case - local farming is very unsustainable and rapidly leading to subdivision and degradation of community land. For us, "buying locally" and saving on logistical costs is not worth supporting these environmentally harmful habits. When necessary, we buy from Nairobi in bulk, using the best of our knowledge to support suppliers who care about the environment.

For more information, you can visit our website at www.maasai.com 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Camera Trap Photos - 02/14

It has been a quiet month at the Campi ya Kanzi water hole- but that doesn't mean we haven't had our fair share of beautiful and exciting visitors to our camera trap at the Campi ya Kanzi water hole! Check out some of these great photos captured by day and night!

Giraffes enjoying a drink just before the sun sets!

Collared lion, Namunyak, and fellow female lions stop by for  drink

A male buffalo is very curious of the camera!

Some unexpected rains this month has caused much of the wildlife to spread to other areas, with abundance of water available in locations other than our water hole. But as we see this month come to a close, we see the wildlife moving back towards came, as the rains have stopped!

A rare, but beautiful, shot of a spotted hyena in the daytime

A giraffe makes a splash as he comes up after taking a drink!
As always, be sure to check out our Facebook Page for more photos and daily updates!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Elephants: will they be gone for our children?

Photo courtesy of Richard Moller, Tsavo Trust

There were elephants tracks this morning near the camp.
And elephant dung on the forest walk I took the the other day.
Elephants are part of my daily life at Campi ya Kanzi.
Will they always be?
My best experience was years ago, in the plains in front of the camp. I was taking on safari some legendary guides and former hunters - Tony Seth-Smith, Tony Archer, Alfredo Pelizzoli, John Fletcher.
These were the hunting grounds for Ernest Hemingway in the 30s, for Robert Ruark and the Hollywood jet set in the 50s.
We saw 122 elephants that afternoon. A blessing for their visit to these places which were a must during the hunting safari era.
When I invited Tony Dyer (president of the East African Professional Hunter Association for 30 years) to my wedding he told me he would come, but had no desire to see Iltalal and the plains near camp: he wanted to remember them as they were 40 years before. He told me that his last visit to Iltalal was in the 60s, with a documentary crew. They "shot" on camera 40 rhinos, in one day.
Pashiet, the Maasai tracker who I started guiding with at Campi ya Kanzi, is of my "age set". He tells me of how, as a kid, he remembers rhinos scratching against his mud hut.
And as a kid I remember my visits to Amboseli, in the 70's: amazing yellow fever acacias and many rhinos.
Both are gone.
Peter Jenkins was the warden in charge of building a road through the Chyulu Hills, in the 50s.
From his camp, each afternoon, he liked to count the rhinos over the hills. Never less than 30, each single day.
The road is still there.
The rhinos are gone.
Rhinos were part of the normal life of guides and hunters, just 40 years ago. 
As Elephants are part of my life today.
Will they be part of your and mine children lives?
No, if things do not change.
Read this beautiful blog by amazing film makers Mark Deeble and Vicky Stone.
It is moving and it inspired me to share these thoughts.

In these days where all are focused in talking about anti poaching, I prefer to invite for a different line of thoughts.
Elephants are killed because, to many people, are more valuable dead than alive.
We will not save the Elephants with just anti poaching, we will have Elephants for our children if the people co-existing with them decide to protect them. That protection will happen if those Elephants will benefit economically those very same people who today close an eye on poachers or actually do business with them.
If you are reading this blog and you are an agent, I invite you to think about what you sell: a safari experience. If you are a person willing to go on safari, please know that in just few years it could be a zoo safari one, which you could take in San Diego, not needing to come all the way to Africa.
That safari experience will be one without Elephants, if we do not create conservation dividends for local communities.
You, being an agent or a prospective traveler, have an amazing weapon in your hand: responsible tourism. It is much more effective than anti poaching. Chose for your safari a camp that is really involving the local communities. Not with green washing marketing, but walking the talk.
We proudly do that and I have no discomfort in writing these lines and saying that visiting Campi ya Kanzi is the best form of conservation action you can take.

Luca Belpietro, Campi ya Kanzi and MWCT Founder 




Wednesday, February 12, 2014

LLJ Assists in Tsavo-Mkomazi Elephant Census


Our Chief Pilot, Bill, along with our aircraft 5Y-LLJ spent last week participating in the Kenya Wildlife Service Tsavo-Mkomazi Aerial Elephant Census! 

LLJ ready for four days of flying!
Tsavo National Park is the third largest National Park in the world, and inevitably, the largest National Park in Kenya (covering 4% of the country's landmass). Campi ya Kanzi borders Tsavo West National Park. The park is one of the most vital ecosystems in the country, full of wildlife, and most importantly, hosts the largest elephant population in Kenya.

The aerial counts are done to establish the trends of elephants in the expansive Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem; and is completed over the course of 4 days with the use of 15 aircrafts. Over 130 people were responsible for the completion of this exercise, and we, along with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, were delighted to be a part of it! 

Beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro as LLJ covered an area around Rombo Group Ranch. Observers would analyze their observations on either side of the aircraft in between the two markers you see in the photo. This designated 500 meters on the ground, allowing for accurate observations when flying 
You can check out this video Pilot Bill created with some footage of the many flights as well as the hardworking crew! 

Click HERE for the video