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Congratulations to the 10th Eco Warrior Award Winners!!!

The 10th Eco Warrior Award was held on 16th October 2015 at Leisure Lodge, Diani. The award under the 2015 theme, “Sustainable Tourism: Keeping the Magic Alive”, drew a large number of tourism stakeholders locally, regionally and internationally to witness and celebrate corporates that had succeeded in championing responsible tourism in Kenya.

The Eco Warrior Award is an annual event held by Ecotourism Kenya. The award recognizes efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements for promoting responsible tourism and enhancing tourism sustainability which directly conserves the natural environment linked to local communities through mutually beneficial and equitable partnerships. Nature conservation through community development by tourism is the essence of ecotourism.

The award aims to celebrate ecotourism best practices in different tourism sectors and tourism set ups in Kenya. The general criteria were given and shortlisted candidates for each category were to demonstrate clearly elements of responsible, respectful and sustainable tourism.

The following categories were awarded in 2015 Eco Warrior Award;

The 2015 Eco Warrior Award Winners

2015 Ecotourism Community Conservancy of the Year Winner: Naboisho Conservancy

Naboisho Conservancy is a private conservancy located adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. The Conservancy was formed by a number of investors in partnership with the local community. It is a model community conservancy project that has demonstrated how tourism can benefit conservation and the local community. Naboisho Conservancy was recognized for their innovative approach in conserving and protecting wildlife areas while making conservation economically beneficial to the community through sustainable tourism practices.

The category was sponsored by Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA)

2015 Ecotourism Community Owned Enterprise of the Year Winner: Ngare Ndare Forest Trust 

Ngare Ndare Forest is a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya.  The Trust was formed to protect the forest against human encroachment and to reduce human wildlife conflict between the surrounding local community and the forest fauna. Ngare Ndare was recognized for their role in the establishment of a public/private partnership between the local community and the Kenya Forest Service. The initiative has made conservation economically viable to the local community.

The category was sponsored by African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).

2015 Ecotourism Tour Operator of the Year Winner: Game Watchers Safaris Limited

Gamewatchers Safaris is a tour operator in Kenya that has specialized in offering safari holidays for the last 25 years. Gamewatchers Safaris (GWS) has committed to helping preserve Africa’s unique wildlife, landscapes and local communities through sustainable ecotourism ventures that benefit the local communities and give their guests a rewarding experience. The 2015 Eco Warrior Award judges recognized them for their excellent approach to conserve and protect wildlife areas through partnership formed with the local communities.

The category was sponsored by Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO)

2015 Ecotourism Safari Airline of the Year Winner: Safarilink Aviation 

Safarilink Aviation is a regional airline based at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. The Safarilink management have been operating air services and providing aircraft to the local Kenyan aviation industry for many years. Safarilink Aviation was recognized for their diverse conservation projects where they demonstrated a well-structured project funding policy. Some of the projects that they fund include Lewa, Colubus Trust and tree planting initiatives with Mt. Kenya Trust.

The category was sponsored by SATIB/Liason Insurance.

2015 Ecotourism Eco-rated Hotel of the Year winner: Baobab Beach Resort and Spa, Diani.

Baobab Beach Resort & Spa is a Silver Eco-rated facility by Ecotourism Kenya. The resort is situated above a coral headland overlooking the white sands of Diani beach. It’s designed on a traditional Arabic and Swahili architecture which provides an authentic taste of Africa. The award recognized Baobab Beach Resort and Spa for their outstanding documentation and implementation of suitability practices through a clear policy with targets on their sustainability investments.

The category was sponsored by Kwale County.

2015 Ecotourism Eco-rated Tented Camp of the Year Winner: Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp located in Amboseli ecosystem, Kitirua Conservancy is a Gold Eco-rated facility by Ecotourism Kenya. It enjoys the status of being the first eco-lodge in Kenya. Tortillis Camp was recognized for its commitment to sound environmental practices, conservation and creation of opportunities for improved livelihood of the local community.

The category was sponsored by Tourism Fund (TF).

2015 Ecotourism Eco-rated Lodge of the Year Winner: Sirikoi Lodge

Sirikoi Lodge is in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on the Northern slopes of Mt Kenya and is a Gold Eco-rated facility by Ecotourism Kenya. Eco-friendly Sirikoi was recognized for among other sustainability practices, its innovative ways in community and staff empowerment, well documented impacts of conservation investments and a clear policy that guides their sustainability initiatives with a target.

The category was sponsored by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA)

2015 Ecotourism Private Conservancy of the Year: Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Judge’s Award 

The category sponsor was Laikipia County

2015 Tourism Training Institute of the Year: Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology- Judge’s Award

The category sponsor was Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT)

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 Eco Warrior Awards for their efforts in making tourism sustainable in Kenya and a big thank you to the sponsors and all tourism stakeholders who attended the Award ceremony and Gala Dinner for making the event such a success.

Featured Community
Ngare Ndare Forest Trust

  Ngare Ndare Forest is a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya used to promote peace and co-existence among the different communities in the area i.e. the Meru, Maasai, Borana and Kikuyu. The forest is also a vital corridor that links the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Mount Kenya, and one which elephants have been using for centuries. In an attempt to alleviate fatal h ..Read More

Eco-Rating Scheme

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

There are 24 establishments that have been awarded Gold Certification...View ListThere are 50 establishments that have been awarded Silver Certification...View ListThere are 28 establishments that have been awarded Bronze Certification...View List
Featured Eco-Rated Facility
Sirikoi Lodge

Sirikoi Lodge is located on a private land bordering the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. It was established in 2007 and is owned and managed by Sirikoi Limited. It is located on GPS Co-ordinates N00.206180 East 037.433790. The lodge consists of four luxury tents, a two-bedroom cottage and a three-bedroom en-suite guesthouse, with a total bed capacity of eighteen and employs 44 staff for its operations. ..Read More

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