2021 FULL year SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
We’re thrilled that in 2021, Basecamp Explorer and Saruni have come together! Saruni is a collection of safari lodges in Kenya’s private conservancies, from Samburu to the Maasai Mara. Both Basecamp Explorer and Saruni have pioneered conservation practices in Kenya for the past few decades. The merger of both companies will provide our guests with a safari circuit that includes seven separate properties in the Maasai Mara and two in Northern Kenya. This includes expanding our community initiatives and support to Sera and Kalama conservancies – allowing us to reach thousands more.
This work is more important now than ever. According to the 2020 Living Planet Report, there has been a 68 percent drop in species populations between 1970 and 2016. Changes in land use and increases in the human-wildlife conflict were among the major factors that contributed. The Basecamp Explorer Foundation (BCEF) continues to support conservancies as a land protection strategy that ensures both local people, wildlife, and responsible tourism can not only co-exist, but thrive. We are making huge strides in this through community programs and education – in fact, we are scaling them – including our waste management initiative into Pardamat Conservation Area by mid-year. Our model was tested during the COVID-19 period, however, BCEF successfully continued its support to conservancies and their landowners through the generous contributions of donors, allowing this trust to remain.
On the horizon, BCEF is developing a carbon offsetting project as an additional alternative source of revenue for the conservancies. The Wildlife Tourism College of Maasai Mara is scheduled to open in August of this year, an exciting and large step to achieving one of our biggest objectives: to ensure that youth in the region have access to high-quality education.
We applaud our forestry team’s efforts as they work hard to mitigate the effects of climate change. The BCEF forest will have close to 350,000 trees planted in the Talek plots by the end of 2022!
We express gratitude to our partners, guests, and staff, without whom these impacts would not be possible. While these issues are local, they have global ramifications. With your help, we look forward to continuing our work together to make Kenya a lasting place for both wildlife and people.
ASHE OLENG (THANK YOU)
Founder, Basecamp Explorer Kenya; Chair, Basecamp Explorer Foundation