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Ecotourism Kenya promotes responsible tourism practices within the tourism industry. This entails encouraging the adoption of best practices in the use of tourism resources, working with local communities and managing wastes and emissions.

dew_drop.jpgUnderstanding Ecotourism

According to The International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is, ‘Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people’. (TIES, 1990)... Read More on Ecotourism

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2014 Eco-Warriors Awards: #ResponsibleTourism is #WhyILoveKenya

The 2014 Eco Warrior Awards will be held 9th October 2014 at The Carnivore, Nairobi during the Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) that will be hosted by KTB.

The gala dinner is part of the itinerary for the 200 International Travel Trade ‘hosted buyers’ who will be attending the exhibition.  The MKTE to be held at KICC is commencing on 8th and ending on 10th October 2014.  We therefore present this as your chance to get recognized for your efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements in promoting responsible tourism and tourism sustainability in Kenya.

Take advantage of this wonderful networking opportunity; registration is ongoing. To register, click this  link 

There are also numerous prizes up for grabs at the dinners raffle which include:

  • Complimentary vouchers to award-winning camps, lodges and hotels,

  • Specially commissioned paintings by local artists

  • Items made from recycled materials.

Click on the link for more information on the raffles.

For further details, drop us an email on or call us on 020 257 4059 or 0726 366 080.

The Eco-rating Certification Scheme

The Eco-rating certification Scheme is a sustainable tourism certification program that aims to promote responsible tourism in Kenya. Launched in 2002 by Ecotourism Kenya in cooperation with tourism stakeholders in Kenya, the programs focus is to recognise best practices in environmental conservation, responsible resource use and socio-economic investment among tourism accommodation facilities by awarding qualified applicants assessed under the scheme with a Bronze, Silver or Gold eco-rating certification based on their performance.

The Eco-rating certification scheme follows a systematic procedure that assesses a tourism accommodation facility on its environmental, economic and socio-cultural performance. The criteria has been designed to suit local requirements and is aligned to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) formed under the umbrella of the United Nations (UN). Through the Eco-rating certification scheme, Ecotourism Kenya aims to promote environmental, economic and social best practices by accommodation facilities within the tourism industry...Read the Eco-rating Certification Guide

Featured Community
Ngare Ndare Forest Trust

Ngare Ndare is Maa for "goats water". Ngare Ndare is a gazetted forest used to promote peace and co-existence among the different communities in the area - the Meru, Maasai, Borana and Kikuyu. The forest is maintained primarily by the local communities as the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, under the supervision of Kenya Forest Service(KFS). Ngare Ndare forest has several attractions which can be of i ..Read More

Eco-Rating Scheme

Ecotourism Kenya manages a certification scheme for tourism accommodation facilities based on environmental and social criteria.

There are 13 establishments that have been awarded Gold Certification...View ListThere are 54 establishments that have been awarded Silver Certification...View ListThere are 30 establishments that have been awarded Bronze Certification...View List
Featured Eco-Rated Facility
Great Rift Valley Lodge

GRVL is built on the Eburru, a mountain that the Maasai people call Ol Donyo Opurru, meaning mountain of smoke. The lodge was established in 2000. It is owned and operated by Heritage Hotels. It has 30 guest rooms and 120 cottages. It employs a total work force of 307 employees (229 males and 78 females). GRVLs uniqueness can be attributed to its 18-hole Golf Course, the proximity and magnificent ..Read More

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News Updates
2014 Eco Warrior Award Raffles
4 new Facilities Awarded Gold Eco-rating Certification by Ecotourism Kenya
2014 Eco-Warriors Awards Nominations are now Open!!

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