BASECAMP & SARUNI COME TOGETHER
We are delighted to inform you that Basecamp Explorer Kenya and Saruni lodges & camps have Come Together. Both Basecamp and Saruni combined have for the last four decades pioneered conservation practices and safaris in Kenya and both believe that Africa needs community-based approaches where local communities’ income from wildlife conservation leads to more entrepreneurial and educational opportunities.
Thanks to this significant coming together, Basecamp Explorer Kenya will expand its reach to Samburu in Northern Kenya, adding to its existing circuit of eco-luxury safari camps in Naboisho Conservancy and the Masai Mara National Reserve. Importantly, it will also become a member of Lemek Conservancy, Mara North Conservancy, Kalama Conservancy and Sera Conservancy, thus increasing its direct financial support to tens of thousands more members of local communities.
The coming together of Basecamp Explorer Kenya and Saruni lodges & camps will further advance these goals while offering guests a safari circuit of seven different properties in the Masai Mara and two in Northern Kenya. In addition, both will offer enriching experiences through special activities such as the exhilarating and unique experience of tracking endangered black rhinos using traditional Samburu methods, advanced wildlife education programs through the Enjoolata! Centre, and active and wellness opportunities.
Basecamp and Saruni lead by example. They employ over 200 women and men directly in the lodges and camps, with 90% coming from the local communities. The combined wildlife area where Basecamp and Saruni operate in their respective Community Conservancies covers a total of 170,000 hectares. Both companies share a similar philosophy when it comes to hiring female guides and female managers as well as providing opportunities for career advancement.
Riccardo Orizio Svein Wilhelmsen
Riccardo Orizio, Founder and CEO of Saruni stated “Basecamp has the vision, drive and ability to take Saruni to a higher level, ensuring long-term success to Saruni and expanding our common values”
Svein Wilhelmsen, Chair & Founder, Basecamp Explorer Kenya commended the alliance, ‘‘this exciting alliance comes at a significant point in the history of Basecamp as it looks to continually expand and develop the shared community and conservation values of both companies in Masai Mara and Samburu’’
We shall continue to provide you with updates on the next steps of this dynamic partnership.
All Basecamp Explorer Kenya properties and Saruni properties will remain in operation and retain their current identities