Basecamp Explorer is a tourism company that operates a collection of destinations across the globe, in an enlightened and responsible way.
HOW DID IT ALL GET STARTED?
Svein Wilhelmsen founded Basecamp Explorer in 1998, following a life-changing meeting with an old Maasai Chief named Ole Taek. Sitting around the fire one evening, the respected Maasai elder told a worrying tale about his people’s threats. Wilhelmsen was inspired by his concern to found a company that would care, a company that would leave a positive footprint wherever it operated and would have a positive impact on the people it worked with. Since 1998, the Basecamp Group has grown to incorporate unique tourist destinations spread across the globe – in Kenya and Spitsbergen. Today our responsible tourism business supports projects like reforestation, waste management, empowering women and youth, and securing land for wildlife to flourish.
MEET OUR FOUNDERS and CEO
Meet our board of directors in Kenya and Spitsbergen
BASECAMP EXPLORER KENYA LTD
60% owned by Basecamp Explorer / 40% owned by Norfund
Svein Wilhelmsen, Norway
Brita Knutsen Dahl, Norway
Justin Francis, UK
Isabella Wilson, Kenya
Board Member, Norfund
Oliver Karius, Switzerland
Board Member, LGT Venture Philanthropy
Board Member, Basecamp Explorer Kenya
BASECAMP explorer SPITSBERGEN AS
90% owned by Basecamp Explorer
Brita Knutsen Dahl
Chairman and co-owner