The non-profit Basecamp Foundation works with communities like the Maasai to develop a sustainable tourism industry that helps the area's residents and its ecosystems.

By Melanie Lieberman
February 04, 2016

Follow GLP Films to Kenya, where the non-profit Basecamp Foundation is helping communities such as the Maasai develop a sustainable tourism industry. Children—boys and girls—begin studying early at the Koiyaki Guiding School, where they learn and develop crucial skills about how to lead authentic, eco-conscious safaris through the rich savannah. Travelers to this land can expect to see herds of elephant, eland, impala, giraffe, zebras, and even the elusive Mara cheetah. Meanwhile, women in the Talek community create traditional leather and beaded handicrafts for a reliable source of personal income and to perpetuate their culture. The Basecamp Foundation strives to transform tourism into a positive, rather than an eroding, force. The organization's projects empower the Maasai and strengthen the vulnerable ecosystems in the area, while opening up these extraordinary and beautiful destinations to travelers from across the globe.