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 […]

Big Sur

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On the way to Pismo Beach, where we’d have to stop for the night, we took a detour through a shaded pine forest and a small canyon. We had read about a little secret spot that we wanted to check out but it wasn’t clearly signposted and we weren’t exactly sure that we were on […]

Yosemite…

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…or, as i like to call it, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (yes, i recently discovered Game of Thrones) —  the maiden fair in this scenario being me, and the bear being, well, actually… nowhere to be seen. Nevertheless, worrying about the bears was a big part of the whole Yosemite experience (at least […]

Like a lion in Zion: Canyon Overlook, The Narrows

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As we drove into the mountains towards Zion National Park, we really didn’t know what to expect – i’d never heard of the place before, i hadn’t done any research or seen any pictures and was wholly unprepared for what was about to happen. But that turned out fine, since that’s when mind-blowing awesomeness is […]

The Grand Canyon

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After driving for about 300 km in the deserted Arizona plains, the scenery suddenly started to change around us. First, the desert was replaced by trees… and then the flat as a pancake wilderness changed into this: We were getting closer! I felt so giddy and excited. We arrived at the south side of the […]

Leaving Las Vegas (Hoover Dam and Lake Mead!)

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After a long sleepless night driving around sort of dazzled by the Vegas bling, we urgently needed some relatively healthy comfort food… but everything in the city seemed somehow very unappetizing, so we decided to do as our trusty lonely planet guide suggested and take a detour to try out a restaurant some 30 km out of […]

England in the summer

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I know, i know, when i said i’d post pictures of sandy beaches and tropical waters this is not exactly what anybody had in mind… But we’re still about a month away from the Caribbean, and lately my only contact with the sea were the (sandy: yes, sunny: nope) beaches of Yorkshire. I spent a […]