Basecamp Wilderness

Basecamp Wilderness is a nostalgic tribute to the safaris of the early explorers and safari pioneers. Free from artificial luxury and modern disturbances and providing the perfect escape close to nature with optimal tranquillity and stunning sunrise views, Basecamp Wilderness is how safaris and safari camps were meant to be. Tucked away deep inside the “Saddle Valley” in the heart of Mara Naibosho Conservancy, one of the most beautiful and important wildlife areas in Kenya and the centre of a successful conservation experiment led by Maasai landowners and investors, the 5 tents allow for complete privacy and ultimate views of the savannah. The dining tent offers a romantic sitting area with comfortable leather chairs, carefully selected reading materials and a vintage gramophone It is just you, the Maasai, the wildlife and the stars.

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Accommodation

Basecamp Wilderness has five tents, all strategically placed around the Saddle Valley rim in Mara Naibosho Conservancy to allow for complete privacy and ultimate views of the savannah. Each tent has comfortable double beds fitted with white linen and plush duvets, a separate bathroom unit with bio-flush toilets and a traditional “bucket shower”, which will be heated at your request and a private seating area overlooking the Masai Mara landscape.

Tents

The five tents are strategically placed around the Saddle Valley rim in Naibosho Conservancy. Each tent has comfortable double beds fitted with white linen and plush duvets, a separate bathroom unit with bio-flush toilets and a traditional “bucket shower”, which is heated at request and a private seating area overlooking the Masai Mara landscape.

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Rates from US$300

See our 2024 Saruni Basecamp Rates and Terms & Conditions – simply click on the view/download button below.

Please contact us for Resident Rates applicable to residents of Kenya & East Africa.

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Activities & Experiences

  • Guided, shared day & night game drives
  • Picnics, bush meals & sundowners
  • Young Explorers Club – family activity
  • Guided walking safari
  • Tribal Story-Telling & Fireside Chats
  • Traditional ceremonies and blessings
  • Migration River Crossings
  • Local Maasai Village & Manyatta Visit
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari
  • Birdwatching

Facilities

  • Communal lounge & dining area
  • Communal fireplace

Amenities

  • Indoor shower
  • Private verandah & living area
  • Electricity

Basecamp Wilderness is located in Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara

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Basecamp Wilderness is a founding member of Naibosho Conservancy.

It is an important community-owned wildlife area in the Masai Mara ecosystem whose success has helped changing the story of tourism and conservation in the Masai Mara, improving the livelihoods of people and extending the size of protected land where fauna and flora thrive.

Tourism directly supports conservation through daily fees. This means that by visiting Saruni, our guests are directly giving back to the community who protect this beautiful land, improving their quality of life, whilst at the same time encouraging the purpose for conservation.

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Reasons to Visit Basecamp Wilderness

There are many reasons to visit Basecamp Wilderness and we have selected the six main ones to make it easier for you to feel the uniqueness of this safari lodge, where nature, wildlife and people connect in a special way.

Prime Location

Located deep inside the tranquil Saddle Valley in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Basecamp Wilderness offers ultimate seclusion and stunning sunrises, plus exceptional views of the night skies thanks to the total absence of light pollution. The area is renowned for lion sightings, while grazing antelope pass through the camp and are seen in abundance.

The Mara of your dreams

Surrounded by fifty thousand acres of pristine, untouched wilderness, Basecamp Wilderness has the most classic Masai Mara setting. It’s the ideal way to get closer to Nature, and to indulge your sense of adventure.

Exclusive experiences

Enjoy exclusive wildlife viewing when on game drives, with only a limited number of vehicles allowed in the conservancy at any one time. You can also experience the thrill of a night game drive in search of elusive nocturnal creatures – the Mara is a very different world after dark.

The old and the new

Basecamp Wilderness channels the authentic spirit and design of traditional East African tented safari camps. The camp combines the best of contemporary creature comforts with a genuine sense of yesteryear for a refreshing twist on the safari experience. Few experiences can beat sipping your first coffee of the day whilst gazing out over the endless savannah from your private deck, as the sun rises over the plains.

Positive impacts

We provide consistent support to over 500 families in the area through funds paid in the form of land-lease fees, employment and sustainability projects that are helping to improve the quality of life for many families in the Naboisho community.

Preserving a key ecosystem   

Tourism directly supports conservation through daily ‘park’ fees – this revenue
is the main source of commercial income for the community, used not only to run the conservancy but to provide members with support in areas like health and education. It also provides them with a powerful financial incentive to keep community land undeveloped and in its natural state dedicated exclusively to tourism activity, ensuring the wildlife can traverse freely and safely throughout.

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