2022 was the year of coming out of Covid. It was a year of change and progress and new visions and dreams. A year of taking on the challenges and ambitions related to securing wild space, strengthening community resilience and setting new goals for the Basecamp Explorer Group.
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.
Basecamp Nature Forest – 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!” 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.
This book is a rich presentation of Basecamp Explorer´s 20-year journey from the equator to the high Arctic. Sit back and enjoy a large number of high-quality images and a selection of our stories. At Basecamp Explorer we are wildlife conservationists. The revenue from the sales of this book goes entirely to our conservation work. All the proceeds from this book, we will be used to fund a clean drinking water project in Talek.
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.
Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA)
Basecamp Explorer partners with key sustainable organizations one of which is the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA), an umbrella organization for conservancies in Maasai Mara.
The 2021 full-year sustainability report highlights the work that our dedicated team completed despite the months of uncertainty and challenges that we faced. This includes- having a plantation area with over 300,000 indigenous trees, including 44,000 that were planted in 2021.
The 2021 Sustainability report highlights the work that our dedicated team completed despite the months of uncertainty and challenges that we faced. This includes signing a new 15-year lease agreement with Landowners at Pardamat Conservation Area (PCA). This is an extension of their existing agreements through to January 2033.
This report highlights the work that our dedicated team completed while our camps were closed, including building a new borehole, which serves 500 community members between Basecamp Maasai Mara camp and Leopard Hill. We also planted 90,000 trees in our reforestation project, and have 80,000 seedlings prepared to plant in 3 plots in Pardamat Conservation Area - with plans to scale rapidly in the area and invest in a revenue generating carbon credit program.
We welcomed more guests to our safari camps in 2019 than any other in our 21-year history. This allowed us to contribute $785,000 USD directly to the Maasai community in the form of land lease payments, salaries to wildlife rangers, and school scholarships, an increase of close to 75% over 2018. This groundbreaking partnership between conservation efforts and economic empowerment in Naboisho Conservancy was recognised by the United Nations in a landmark award and publication on Sustainable Human Settlements.
2017/2018 Sustainability Report Executive Summary
Basecamp Explorer is a company that makes a difference. Founded over 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.