Who we are

Inviting all to protect nature

Basecamp Explorer Foundation is a non-profit organization working with local communities to safeguard nature. Basecamp Explorer Foundation helps with strategic fundraising for the relevant projects in the regions where we run our tourism business. We always seek a broader approach that also invites our guests, partners in tourism and institutions to join in.

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To demonstrate how to conserve key global ecosystems through co-existence between wildlife and humans.


To lead in social & environmental impact, using profitable tourism as the commercial instrument (triple bottom line approach).

Board of directors

Svein Wilhelmsen, Founder and Chairman of the Board
Camilla Magnus
Stine Ringnes Wilhelmsen
Brita Knutsen Dahl

Key associates

Hans Christian Magnus – CEO
Brita Knutsen Dahl ‚Äď Representing Basecamp Explorer AS
Bitte Berner – CFO
Nils Narum – Auditor


Basecamp Explorer Foundation
Mustads vei 10
0283 Oslo 


982 20 8610


Hans Christian Magnus

Our main projects are carried out in cooperation with either local or international implementing partners. Each partner plays a key role in our succesful opeartions in Maasai Mara.


Part of Basecamp Explorer Group

Svein Wilhelmsen founded Basecamp Explorer in 1998, following a life-changing meeting with an old Maasai, Chief Ole Taek. Around the fireplace one evening the respected Maasai elder told a worrying tale about the threats facing his people and the wildlife. As a tribute to the man who inspired the founding of Basecamp Explorer, the first camp was built on land owned by Taek family. Basecamp Explorer now owns and operates 9 permanent camps; 5 in the Maasai Mara and 4 at Spitsbergen in the High Arctic.

Mara Naboisho Conservancy management company

MANCO is the management company of Naboisho Wildlife Conservancy. Through MANCO, selected tourism operators are given licenses to operate within this private wildlife conservancy. Both the landowners and the tourism partners have an equal representation at the board. The model is rooted in a firm belief that the only way to achieve long-term coexistence between people, livestock and wildlife is through close cooperation with local people. At the same time, such a model of ‚ÄúComing Together‚ÄĚ is lifting a larger number of marginalized people out of poverty and through long term leases and community based capacity building. We support MANCO through our camps in Mara Naboisho Conservancy and through the¬†Naboisho Project.


Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

Masai Mara Wildlife Conservancy (MMWCA), is a non-profit umbrella organization for all private wildlife conservancies in¬†the Masai Mara ecosystem. It was established to conserve the Maasai Mara ecosystem, forming a network of protected areas for the prosperity of the wildlife and the local Maasai community. To date, MMWCA has a total of 15 conservancies covering 135,458 hectares and further 6conservancies covering 26,811 hectares are proposed. MMWCA currently has more 49 tourism facilities that secure payment of lease fees to the land owners. Basecamps key support is through international fundraising for a wide variety of MMWCA projects, from securing wildlife corridors ‚Äď via community projects to livestock management projects, as well as vocational training for youth – Koyaki Guiding School.



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