Kenya is a favorite among travelers for its breathtaking landscapes teeming with animals of all kinds and the welcoming kindness of the local people. Today, many organizations are working to help preserve the country’s natural beauty and traditional way of life.
Started in 1983 by David and Delia Craig, this sanctuary encompasses some 60,000 acres and is home to 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population and 14 percent of its white rhino population, not to mention the world’s largest population of Grevy’s zebras. In addition to its conservation program, the conservancy also engages in community healthcare, water management, micro-lending and other social programs.
Il Ngwesi Lodge
The Il Ngwesi Masai community set aside 80 percent of their land for conservation activities, creating a safe home for some 250 species of birds and 50 species of mammals. Il Ngwesi Lodge, built with locally harvested wildwood using traditional methods and holding the distinction of the first and only luxury eco-lodge that is owned and operated by the Masai people. The income that is generated by the lodge is reinvested into the community and conservation efforts.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy
Meaning “coming together” in the Masai’s Mara language, Naboisho consists of 50,000 acres of land leased to safari camps by 500 local landowners, making it the second-largest conservancy in the region. Naboisho works to promote appropriate land-use and protect the area’s wildlife, which includes some of the largest lion and giraffe populations in Africa. The conservancy also maintains programs to monitor and protect the development of their lion and elephant populations, two species typically under threat by poachers.
Working with host communities in Kenya, Basecamp strives to improve access to healthcare, support community conservation efforts, mitigate the impact of climate change, support education, preserve local cultures and generate jobs for the people of Kenya. The foundation’s many initiatives range from the Basecamp Explorer safari camps committed to responsible tourism in the Masai Mara, to community health clinics in Talek and Ole Sere. Additionally, the Basecamp-supported Koiyaki Guiding School provides Masai people with the skills necessary for responding to and benefiting from the country’s tourism industry.
Learn more about these organizations on our Kenya Wildlife Safari.