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A 3 DAY SAFARI IN KENYA TO BASECAMP MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE WINS INTERNATIONAL ECOTOURISM AWARD.

Experience the magic of the Masai Mara, the jewel of African Safaris and reserves hosting more than 95 mammals, thousands of insects and more than 550 different birds. Drive across the impressive Great Rift Valley; spend two nights on Basecamp – a small tented camp embedded by trees at the very edge of savannah. Challenge your curiosity in a unique meeting place. Prepare to meet the wild.
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DAY 1 OF THE KENYA SAFARI BEGINS AT MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, OVERNIGHT AT BASECAMP MASAI MARA *4, MEAL IS PLAN FULL

Arrive at Masai Mara Airstrip from Mombasa or Nairobi. Here you will be greeted by your tour guide driver and taken on a short game drive en-route to Basecamp. Arrive at Basecamp for lunch; welcome briefing by management and staff. Your Kenyan Safari takes you on an afternoon game drive and magic moments out in the grass savannah or maybe along the beautifully meandering Talek River. Return to camp before sunset, sit around the campfire, and hear the sounds of the night, dinner and overnight stay at Basecamp

DAY 2 MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, OVERNIGHT AT BASECAMP MASAI MARA *4, MEAL IS PLAN FULL

Have your morning tea or coffee in the dining or by your tent then morning game drive and watch the savannah waking up. You would return to the camp for a full breakfast, take a guided camp walk to learn more about sustainable tourism in practice and meet the women doing beadwork at the Maasai Arts & Crafts training centre.

Lunch would follow in the open air restaurant, treat yourself with a siesta and prepare for another game drive in the afternoon. Sit by the campfire, story telling by the Maasai then dinner and overnight Basecamp.

DAY 3 OF THE KENYAN SAFARI- FLY BACK TO NAIROBI OR MOMBASA, LUNCH ONLY

Early in morning you would have tea or coffee then game viewing drive, back at the camp for breakfast, relax, enjoy your lunch and transfer to the Airstrip for your afternoon flight to Mombasa or Nairobi.

PRICE
When safari is starting from Mombasa and returning to Mombasa
Price per person sharing is USD 1,550.00
Child sharing with 2 adults pays 75%
Single room is USD 120.00

When safari is starting from Nairobi and returning to Nairobi
Price per person sharing is USD 1,495.00
Child sharing with 2 adults pays 75%
Single room is USD 120.00

This program is inclusive of:

All Park entrance fees
All the safari transfer
2 nights at Basecamp Masai Mara
English speaking guide/driver
Full board during safari
Game viewing drives
Drinks (House wine, local beers, sodas and water)

This program is NOT inclusive of:

Personal expenses; tips etc.
Additional excursions. Balloon safari for example
International flight
Any drinks in Nairobi

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Radio communication for safety when in the bush walking, first aid kit provided for

Personal equipment
Good trekking shoes, a pair of shorts, long trousers and sweater for the evening, extra pair of socks, sun hat, sun lotion, sun glasses, binoculars and a torch.

Walking safari
Minimum 18 years of age or 15 of age when accompanied by parents

Note
The Masai Arts & Crafts not open on Thursdays and Sundays, Talek school not open on Saturdays and Sundays – check with reception if need to change program!

Basecamp Masai Mara – the world’s best ecotourism hotel

Basecamp Masai Mara, an exclusive safari camp in Kenya, wins prestigious international ecotourism award. Basecamp was declared the world’s best ‘Ecotourism hotel’ by Skål International. Skål is the world’s largest association for professionals within the tourism industry, with 20 000 members in 90 countries.

“Look to Basecamp”, says Jack Soifer. “In the opinion of the jury Basecamp won this prestigious international award because they are taking in the best of Africa, highlighting the importance of education, and combining high quality trips with a strong commitment towards sustainability, conservation of nature and support of local cultures. We want to highlight best practises within ecotourism, and Skål believes that Basecamp represents the future of the tourism industry”.

Basecamp Masai Mara won in the category “Rural Accommodation”, which comprises hotels connected to mountains, beaches, national parks, rivers, savannahs and forests.

This is the camp Barack Obama and his family chose for a unique safari experience when they visited Kenya prior to the presidential election. Perhaps because “Yes, we can!” and “Time for change” are slogans that also suit this special gem of a place, in the middle of Kenya’s classic safari country.

“I chose Basecamp Masai Mara for their sustainable business approach and for their commitment to the Maasai people, and to the Mara ecosystem”, Obama said of his visit. The camp also offers comfort, high quality food, and exclusive walking safaris lead by local Maasai guides, while maintaining its environmental profile. This ensures that guests like the Obamas take more back with them than only spectacular wildlife photos.

“Our goal is to ‘Leave a positive footprint’ through our presence at each destination”, says Judy Kepher-Gona, former head of the Ecotourism Society of Kenya, now CEO of Basecamp Foundation in Kenya. “This prize, and the recognition it brings to our efforts over the past decade, will enable us, and our guests, to leave even larger positive footprints in the future – which we find very exciting!”, she continues.

Basecamp Masai Mara has been a pioneer in finding new and sustainable ways to provide safari experiences to discerning guests, while using the business to protect wildlife and nature, and to support the local Maasai and their culture.

Basecamp Explorer has over the past 10 years built up a complete safari experience on the Kenyan savannah consisting of three safari camps: Basecamp Masai Mara, Basecamp Wilderness, and Basecamp Dorobo.

At Lamu, on the Kenyan coast, Basecamp operates a small boat building school, providing work for unemployed youth and preserving the ancient Dhow building craft. Basecamp guests can thus combine a safari in Masai Mara with sailing in the beautiful Lamu archipelago in the Indian Ocean on a 56 foot traditional Dhow, comfortable for cruises.

The Basecamp “difference” is often described as a special blend of unique destinations, operated with a strong focus on sustainability: At Svalbard in the high Arctic Basecamp Explorer offers accommodation at a ship frozen into the ice – the northernmost hotel in the world, a Trapper’s Station, a hotel made of local driftwood and an old legendary radio station rebuilt to a modern hotel. A 300 year old fortress in Rajasthan and a refurbished romantic stone mansion in the French Pyrenees are other examples of Basecamp’s “hidden secrets”.

“Basecamp Explorer views responsible tourism as an important tool for sustainable development. We have successfully built up a range of conservation and development projects at our destinations, in close cooperation with local communities, private organizations, corporate sponsors, and guests wanting to maintain support for our places. This prize is also a victory for all of our partners, guests and supporters” says Judy Kepher-Gona from Basecamp Foundation, while quoting the Norwegian Minister for Environmental and Development, Erik Solheim, who says “Travel more, but travel responsibly”.

Basecamp’s commitment to sustainable tourism has already won the company several awards. National Geographic has recognized Basecamp Masai Mara as one of the 10 best safari experiences in the world. In 2005 Basecamp received “The Responsible Tourism Award” at the World Travel Market in London, and in Kenya Basecamp Masai Mara has a “Gold Eco Rated” status as the best ecocamp in Kenya.