Basecamp Explorer: Masai Mara Kenya Community Wildlife Conservancy

Basecamp Explorer: Masai Mara Kenya Community Wildlife Conservancy

Basecamp Explorer

In 2009, Basecamp Explorer, in partnership with 500 masai landowners, agreed to create a 20,000 hectares community wildlife conservancy in Masai Mara Kenya. The called it Naboisho, which means togetherness in local Maa language. Unique to this conservancy is that each of the 500 landowners is guaranteed of monthly income paid as rent for fifteen years, for setting aside part of their land for conservation. the rent is determined by the number of acres a landowner has contributed to the conservancy and will increase each year based on inflation rates.

 

The conservancy will create some 200 jobs for guides, camp staff, scouts, research teams, community outreach personnel, project officers, managers among others. the conservancy, now operational will have five eco-camps operating at the highest levels of ecotourism with all required to have Ecotourism Kenya's Silver eco-rating certification within two years of operation.

 

A big cat monitoring project and elephant monitoring are being implemented. through a volunteers program, Naboisho is inviting the world to share in this incredible project. within the conservancy, is the only community guiding school in Eastern Africa. Basecamp has been appointed the main consultant in steering the school to the highest levels of academic excellence. The choice of Basecamp as a partner by the community in the conservancy project, is not by coincidence. it a result of trust built over ten years where Basecamp has proven that tourism can benefit host communities through effective involvement.

 

Basecamp through an effective CSR program has initiated projects in health, education, culture, conservation and climate change. our education program has seen close to 100 masai girls access education and enabled 115 women earn a regular income through an enterprise dubbed Basecamp Masai brand. Masai brand is a provisional member of Fair Trade having been awarded fair trade label by the Confederation of Fair Trade in Africa (COFTA). Basecamp has a similar initiative with women from the village of Chandelao in India, where it runs a lodge. Basecamp Explorer is indeed a showcase of responsible tourism.

 

 

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