is a tourism company that operates a number of destinations across the globe in a responsible & enlightened way. Thereby the company has much in common with the mission of LT&C. Basecamp Explorer Kenya is even profiled as an LT&C-Example. Other components of our responsible operations are:
Kenya, Mara Naboisho Conservancy
Basecamp Kenya also provides financial support through the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. A Basecamp initiative to partner with the community, Maasai landowners that began in 2010 to not only ensure the sustainability of the region but to also serve as a source of livelihood for the Maasai community.
Naboisho Conservancy has enabled the co-existence of tourism within the Maasai community integrating the interests of wildlife with traditional Maasai practices. By ensuring high-quality tourism experiences with a genuine commitment to conservation, the formation of the conservancy has seen a dramatic increase in wildlife with Naboisho now believed to have one of the highest lion densities in Africa and is home to over 220 recorded bird species.
|Sustainable Tourism Destinations:
Basecamp Kenya works closely with the local Masai community in the development of sustainable tourism destinations that provide economic and social benefits, for example, The Mara Naboisho Conservancy, a 50,000 Hectares of protected land for wildlife to thrive. The goal is to create an enabling environment for community wealth creation, ecotourism investments and conservation, through engaging with host communities, ecotourism investors and organizations, social investors, philanthropists and like-minded organizations to innovative approaches to natural resource wealth creation, community empowerment, resource management and traveller donations.
Basecamp Kenya aims to provide sustainable development through capacity building for the local community, provide training and education opportunities that result in economic and social benefits for the local Masai community. This is through a capacity building programme that provides educational sponsorship at Koiyaki Guiding School, an initiative that trains young men and women in professional and responsible guiding skills. Upon completion, the young men and women are employed at Basecamp and other camps around the Mara providing them with a monthly income that contributes towards the economic development of their families. On average, about fifty youth graduate from Koiyaki Guiding School every year.
Basecamp Tree Plantation:
Over 15 years ago, Basecamp established a tree-planting project to revive the Talek River ecosystem in the Masai Mara region in Kenya. To date, more than 75,000 indigenous trees have been planted.
In 2015, Basecamp Kenya and Basecamp Spitsbergen collaborated and established a new Gruve 3 forest bordering the Basecamp tree plantation in Masai Mara. Gruve 3 is an old coal mine on Spitsbergen. The mine was closed in 1996 and reopened in 2015 for visitors. For each guest visiting Gruve 3, Basecamp plants one tree and this far we have planted over 1,150 trees additional trees!
For each tree planted, we compensate apx 10 kg coal. From 10 kilos of coal, we can produce apx 70,8 kWh energy. An average oven uses less than 1 kW/hour so for one tree, we will compensate more than 70 hours of cooking.
Basecamp Masai Brand
The initiative has about 400 women who use their skills to make beaded jewellery items for sale which earns them a direct income enabling the women to provide for their families, the rewards of which are visible in the provision of education for their children.