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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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Short Term Consultancy - Strategic Plan for Ecotourism Kenya

The Consultancy will support EK in development of a five (5) year Strategic Plan by facilitating an in-depth organizational assessment, broad stakeholder consultations and critical analysis of the operating environment to identify key strategies and approaches to achieve them.

Scope of work: 

  1. Conduct a review of the current/ ending Strategic Plan 2007 - 2011 and assess the best practices and lessons learnt;
  2. Analyze to what extent was it implemented / objectives achieved;
  3. Facilitate an in-depth organizational assessment, including holding meetings with EK Staff, Board of Directors (past and present) and key informants within the industry while analyzing previous organizational assessment program reports to identify the gaps and strategies in filling in the gaps;
  4. Suggest approaches to mainstream EKs activities and program areas with its members, the County Governments, Stakeholders and Development Partners;
  5. Analyze the previous resource mobilization plan, identify gaps and make recommendations;
  6. Make a presentation of findings and recommendations during a Board and staff Strategic Planning retreat.

Consultancy Requirements:

  1. Minimum 3 years of experience in Strategic Planning, preferably within a non Governmental context
  2. In depth knowledge of ecotourism/tourism and conservation issues in Kenya and within the Eastern Africa region.
  3. Excellent communication and facilitation skills and knowledge in participatory methods and approaches.
  4. Knowledge of EK and its work is an added advantage.

Duration & Fees:

The Consultancy should be undertaken within a period of 25 days between 16th March and 9th April 2015. The fee for this assignment should not exceed Kshs. 250,000 (inclusive of government taxes). The organization shall provide logistical support as shall be agreed upon.

Application Process:

  1. Interested applicants should send a cover letter summarizing the relevant experience.
  2. Attach an updated and detailed Curriculum Vitae with full description of applicants details and experience, contacts of two (2) referees who are familiar with the applicant’s expertise and relevant work experience,
  3. Expected consultancy fee broken down to specifics.
  4. A detailed proposal and work plan on the assignment.
  5. Sample of developed Strategic Plan/s.

Note: The expression of interest should be accompanied by the following mandatory documents;

  1. Copies of PIN and/or VAT registration
  2. Copy of a valid tax compliance certificate

Applications should be sent via email to not later than 12th March 2015.

Expected Activities:


Expected Outputs

Review of Strategic Plan 2007-2011

Strategic plan 2007-2011 Review report

Strategic planning retreat & Development of new Strategy

Organizational Assessment Report,

Draft Strategic Plan 2015-2019

Finalization & Validation

Strategic Plan 2015-2019


Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Forum 2015& AGM - 22nd - 23rd April 2015

Ecotourism Kenya will be hosting the 2015 Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Forum under the theme ‘Tourism Sustainability – It’s our Time to Lead’ on 22nd and 23rd April 2015 at AMREF Training Centre (Langata), Nairobi.  Participants will be drawn from the Ecotourism fraternity, tourism industry players, government institutions, training institutions, conservation and environmental organizations, community based organizations and individuals.

The Ecotourism Forum seeks to build the capacity of tourism businesses in Kenya and individual professionals through training in standards and best practices for the promotion of sustainable tourism. The themed two day forums prime objective is to provide easy access for a wide range of stakeholders involved in ecotourism to exchange experiences and voice their comments. It is envisioned that a tour operator’s certification program and a CBTE standards framework might be two definite outcomes of the forum.

Forum Objectives:

  • To promote, develop and integrate ecotourism standards in tourism businesses and tourist product development in Kenya;
  • To create a forum and network for exchanging ideas and information focused on promoting Kenya as a leading sustainable ecotourism destination

Delegates fee to participate:

Full conference fee for the two days                    -              Kshs. 9,000

Ecotourism Kenya paid up Members                      -              Kshs. 7,000

Day pass conference fee                                                    Kshs. 5,000

Exhibition Space for Green Products & Services:                  Kshs. 18,000

Early Bird Rate applies for bookings made and paid for before 30th March 2015

How to register:


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For further information about the Forum, Exhibition and AGM, contact:

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2014 Eco-Warrior Awards: ResponsibleTourism is #WhyILoveKenya

Performances by the Bomas of Kenya dancers, over 40 prizes won at the raffle and eco-auction, the launch of the sustainability report by Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda … These were some of the highlights of the 8th Eco Warrior Awards, which took place at the Carnivore grounds on the evening of 9th October, 2014.

The colorful and vibrant awards ceremony dubbed "Kenya Night" was attended by over 600 guests, including over 180 hosted buyers who attended the Magical Kenya Travel Expo. The keynote speaker was Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie, who presented the 14 Eco Warrior trophies to the following individuals and organizations ... Read more 

For photos of the event, visit the Ecotourism Kenya Facebook page.

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

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Enduata Sidai Christian Tourism & Conservation

Enduata Sidai Christian Tourism is a Christian Community based organization. Enduata Sidai is Maa for "good vision."  ..Read More

Eco-Rating Scheme

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

There are 20 establishments that have been awarded Gold Certification...View ListThere are 50 establishments that have been awarded Silver Certification...View ListThere are 30 establishments that have been awarded Bronze Certification...View List
Featured Eco-Rated Facility
Mara Siria Luxury Tented Camp

Mara Siria Camp is located on the edge of the Siria escarpment (also called Oloololo escarpment) at an altitude of 1,800 meters above sea level hence the name Kilima which means "mountain or little hill in Swahili". It is specifically situated on Global Positioning System (GPS) Latitude: S 01 13 524 and Longitude:  E 035 01 586. The camp was established in 2005 owned and operated by J. P. R. ..Read More

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