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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2013

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Unlike 2011 and 2012, this year’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) would be held outside of North America. The venue was Nairobi, Kenya – the country in which the concept of ecotourism was born over twenty years ago. I had never been to Africa before and was especially excited about discovering a totally new […]