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 […]

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 […]

Heading to Lapa Rios

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I first heard of Lapa Rios during the very first session I attended at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference back in 2011. Karen Lewis, one of the pioneers behind the place, was giving a presentation on how she and her husband John had created one of the most renowned ecolodges in the world. It […]