From the Cradle of Mankind to the last Frontier

Nature and man meeting in this global story

On a journey from the Cradle of Mankind in Maasai Mara, where man first stood upright to the High Arctic of Spitsbergen the final frontier for many polar expeditions Destinations which are poles apart but deeply connected.

At the same time as Basecamp started here we started up in the Arctic at what’s called the Archipelago of Spitsbergen, Basecamp Spitsbergen which is as close to the North Pole as you can get. And why? Because I think we sail or sink together, we’re in the same boat.

Svein Wilhelmsen, Founding Father and Owner Basecamp Explorer

Jemimah Sairowua
Project Manager At Basecamp Maasai Brand, Kenya

When I first visited Norway it is totally a different country. I was amazed to see the snow down and I had to hold some snow and even I thought I could pack some but unfortunately I could not, I was told it will melt in the bag, I wanted to come and show the women, even my family because we’ve never seen snow here.

Some researchers say that we all come from a few thousand individuals that evolved in this area, so we all have genes that probably come from the same heritage.

Svein Wilhelmsen, Founding Father and Owner Basecamp Explorer

Renate Pedersen
Destination Manager Basecamp Spitsbergen

I think it was most surprising for them that the wildlife up here is not the same of course as in Mara where you can go behind a bush and see a lion but here you really have to look for the animals.