Basecamp Explorer

More Than Travel

Each of our six Basecamps in Masai Mara in Kenya is situated with all the iconic wildlife right at its doorstep. Together the camps form a circuit of complementary experiences. From the simplicity of the safari pioneers to the modernity of our most recent camps, our Maasai staff is here to welcome you. Through their friendship, wisdom, and experience you will get the full experience.
At Basecamp Explorer we work continuously and consciously with high-impact community projects. Your visit alone will matter to our work.


Together our five basecamps form a timeline circuit. From the mother of all camps, Basecamp Masai Mara, to the old school simplicity of Wilderness Camp and Dorobo, to the modernity of Eagle View and Leopard Hill. Spending time at each camp will get you the full African safari experience.

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In Masai Mara we are privileged to live among the highest density of wild animals in the world, right outside our camps. You will come close to the iconic animals and learn how they live and behave. Go on a short morning game drive at sunrise or spend a whole day driving or walking on the savannah. Find fixed programs or tailor your own safari.

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Travel facts and safari dictionary for Masai mara

We have gathered some important travel information to make your planning easier. Here we look at when and how to travel, what to pack and security and safety. And we have put together a rich and detailed safari dictionary with all you need to know about a safari in Masai Mara.

Wildlife reserves

Masai Mara is known to have the highest density of wild animals in the world. We offer safaris in Masai Mara National Reserve and Naboisho Conservancy. The two are located right next to each other, still, they are very different. Through our camps, you can visit both, which will give you the full African safari experience.


Basecamp’s most significant achievement in creating benefits to the local community is the Basecamp Maasai Brand (BMB), a community based economic enterprise that supports 158 local Maasai women providing them with a steady source of income while preserving Maasai culture. Our safari adventures give guests visiting Basecamp an opportunity to visit the workshop and learn more about how we make our products and make purchases.

We are pleased to be an active part of The Long Run community driving positive change for the health of the planet and the well-being of people.

The Long Run is a collection of the world’s most sustainable, nature-based travel destinations. Collectively, The Long Run helps to conserve over 20-million-acres of biodiversity and improves the lives of 750,000 people. By joining the movement, we have committed to a continuous journey of improvement towards excellence in sustainability via the 4Cs — Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce. Read More

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