Lewa Downs – On safari!

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After a delicious first dinner and an eventful night at Sirikoi (we were visited by this guy: ) we woke up at around 5.30 to the smell of hot coffee and freshly baked ginger cookies – we wanted to get an early start on the morning game drive, but it seems that when you’re staying […]

Lewa Downs – Sirikoi Safari Lodge

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Kenya has many faces – from the slums of Kibera to the unbelievable luxury of some safari lodges, from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi to the vast emptiness of the savanna, from the stunning views of the Rift valley from the open windows of a matatu bus to the stunning views of Mount Kenya […]

Samburu National Park: a day at Sasaab Lodge

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As I’ve already mentioned, there is nothing typical about a typical day at Sasaab. Even just waking up to this sight would be enough to make any average day pretty cool… And of course this sight, along with the fresh hot coffee waiting for you on the deck, makes waking up at 5.30 slightly more […]

Samburu National Park: Arriving at Sasaab Lodge

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It has been snowing in Freiburg the past couple of days and, even though it’s beautiful, the cold weather has made me daydream about warmer climates. I can’t stop thinking about our last trip to Kenya, and what a stunningly beautiful country it is. Volunteering with Basecamp in the Masai Mara was an unforgettable experience […]

Early mornings at Basecamp

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Early mornings at Basecamp were beautiful. With most of the guests gone on their morning game drives, we usually had the camp to ourselves, and it was the perfect time to chat with the rest of the staff and enjoy a quiet (delicious) breakfast with a gorgeous view over the fire pit towards the national […]

Arriving at Basecamp Masai Mara

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The time we spent with Basecamp in the Masai Mara was like a dream – it went by way too quickly, and I’m left wondering – were we really there? Funnily enough, Basecamp Masai Mara was originally called Dream Camp, and it’s easy to understand why: it’s a shady and cool oasis in the middle […]

Talek Primary School in the Masai Mara

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Basecamp Explorer Kenya, the company that operates the (unbelievably beautiful) Basecamp Masai Mara safari ecolodge, is so much more than your average tourism company – and they take the concept of sustainable tourism to a whole different level. Apart from being uncompromisingly eco-friendly, their involvement with the local community is constant and extends way beyond […]

Black Forest Brevet pit-stop

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About a month ago, Chris decided to take on a pretty impressive challenge – the Black Forest Brevet, which would require a team of riders to ride up and down five of the biggest Black Forest peaks around Freiburg: the Kandel (1241m), the Schauinsland (1200m), the Belchen (1360m), the Hochkopf (1079m) and the Hochblauen (1165m). […]

Urban gardening update

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Hey everyone – I bet you’re just dying to know how things are going on the urban gardening front!   Well, look no further: here’s an excruciatingly detailed update, from a very proud gardening mama. Wait, don’t go away yet! There’s lots of nice pictures of plants and stuff. So, after the last post, the […]

Guess what….

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We can officially start an Africa section on the blog because…. We’re going to Kenya!!! Now that all arrangements have been made, and I’m not afraid I’m going to jinx it, I can finally spill the beans on our next adventure… Africa, here we come! So here’s the deal: Chris will spend a month in Nairobi […]