2017/2018 Sustainability Report Executive Summary
Basecamp Explorer is a company that makes a difference. Founded 20 years ago, Basecamp endeavors to conserve key global ecosystems through co-existence between wildlife and humans while using profitable tourism as the commercial instrument.
Waste Management and clean-up
As a responsible tourism operator, we at Basecamp Explorer recycle the solid waste produced by our business. More importantly, we extend our program of waste collection, management and recycling to benefit the local communities. We wish to empower the Maasai people by facilitating sustainable development on their land.
Reforestation – Rewild the Mara
Basecamp Explorer aims to implement tourism operations in a responsible way by creating positive impact in the regions where we are active. One of them is the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem, nowadays facing unprecedented environmental challenges. We have taken action to restore the biodiversity of one of the most important habitats left in the world and empower the community to become resilient towards the negative effects of climate change.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy
In 2010, the Basecamp Explorer Group (Basecamp Explorer together with Basecamp Explorer Foundation) initiated the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, today protecting 20’000 hectares of pristine wildlife in the Maasai Mara region. Naboisho is the leading private conservancy in Kenya, based on an innovative partnership model between Maasai landowners and ecotourism operators with equitable decision rights and income participation.
The Basecamp Maasai Brand
The Basecamp Maasai Brand (BMB) is a community-based handicraft workshop that empowers disadvantaged Maasai women and preserves the Maasai beading tradition at the same time. The fair trade certified BMB enables Maasai women to apply their beading skills to produce and sell their handcrafted products, providing them with a reliable source of their own income. Basecamp Masai Brand was initiated by Basecamp Explorer in 2013 as part of its responsible tourism operations and community based development
Enjoolata Awareness and Training Centre
“Enjoolata!” describes the joy felt when something hidden becomes known. To create more “Enjoolata moments”, Basecamp Explorer Kenya will establish the Enjolaata Awerness and Training Centre in the midst of Basecamp Explorer's birthplace – the Basecamp Maasai Mara in Talek. The philosophy of the center is founded on our belief that the best ideas, solutions and results are generated in a community of likeminded people.
Eat This! Culinary Training
This is is a cookbook dedicated to passion, courage, and possibilities! The cook book is a fundraising initiative that was curated by Benson Ole Soit the executive chef at Basecamp Explorer in Masai Mara. Benson is a self-made success story who learned how to cook through experimentation and couragment by Basecamp managers. In return, the proceeds from his cookbook is used towards educating a passionate young Maasai in the local culinary school.