Urban Gardening in Athens

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The Greek capital is changing. Slowly, but it’s changing. Marousi, where Vicky’s parents live, is the first municipality in Athens to introduce an official urban gardening scheme. The idea is simple: take a disused, vacant piece of land and divide it into sections. Then let local residents apply for a section on a first-come, first-served […]

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 […]

Back at Free and Real

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When I left Free and Real in June, I knew I would be back again before the end of the year. It’s that sort of a place. It took slightly longer than I expected (six months in fact), but I was very happy to be finally heading back to Evia. The last time I was […]

Basecamp Masai Mara: the sustainability tour

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Basecamp Masai Mara is part of Basecamp Explorer, the ecotourism branch of the Basecamp Group, a tourism company that operates several destinations throughout the world in an “enlightened and responsible way”. Whilst in Kenya, we spent time working and learning at Basecamp Masai Mara, but also worked for Basecamp Foundation, the not-for-profit branch of the […]

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 […]

Travelling like a local in Kenya

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When we travel to new places we try our best to understand the people, the way they think, the way they act and the way they live. I find that one of the best ways to meet people in a new country is to travel like they do. It might take longer, it might be […]

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 […]

The Giraffe Centre

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After seeing all of the little elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, we were excited to see more of the amazing animals of Kenya at our next destination – the Giraffe Centre. I hesitate to use the word wildlife here, because the animals we saw that day are most certainly not in the wild. They […]

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Before the ESTC 2013 started, participants who had arrived in Nairobi early had the chance to explore the city and its surroundings. On my second day in the Kenyan capital, I decided to head to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to pay a visit to the elephant orphans. The Trust was set up in 1977 […]