EcoTourism Kenya announces ‘long list’ of 2019 nominations for EcoWarrior


(Posted 23rd August 2019)


Ecotourism Kenya has just released the long list of nominees who will be contesting for the Eco Warrior Award in 2019.

The Awards, held annually, recognizes efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements for promoting responsible tourism and enhancing tourism sustainability which directly conserves the natural environment while supporting local communities through mutually beneficial and equitable partnerships. The finalists will be announced in a colourful Award ceremony held annually to recognize these unsung heroes and heroines.

To recognize the winners, Ecotourism Kenya together with her partners will host the 14th Edition of the Eco Warrior Award Ceremony & Gala Night on the theme – ‘Tourism, Jobs and the Green Economy: A Better Future for All’ on Thursday 26th of September 2019 at the Nairobi Serena Hotel.

The dress code is – Green or Gold! The event will take place on the eve of UNWTO World Tourism Day.

The nomination process for the Eco Warrior Award closed on 9th August 2016. Under the 6 categories, Eco Tourism Kenya received a total of 46 nominees as follows:

1. 2019 Green Jobs Eco Warrior

1. Sweet Waters Serena Camp

2. Mugie Conservancy

3. Peak East Africa

4. Ekorian Mugie Camp

2. 2019 Social Impact Eco Warrior

1. Amboseli Serena Lodge

2. Twiga Tours

3. Kakapel Cultural Center

4. Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

5. Otenyo Cultural Center

6. Ngare Ndare Forest Trust

7. Mlilo Ecotours

8. Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge

9. Basecamp Explorer Kenya

10. Porini Camps

11. Mugie Conservancy

12. PEAK (East Africa) Ltd

13. Turtle Bay Beach Club

14. Expedition Maasai Safaris

15. Lake Elementaita Serena

16. Napak Resort

17. Sanctuary Olonana

18. Safari Collection – Sasaab

3. 2019 Sustainable Tourism Change Makers

1. Rahmina Oyugi

2. Peter Liech

3. Minaz Manji

4. Marion Wanjiku

5. Livingstone –Mlilo Ecotours

6. Irene Muchumu

7. Henry Kimathi

8. David Marenya

4. 2019 Green Tourism Eco Warrior: Resource Use Efficiency Category

1. Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

2. Kicheche Mara Camp

3. Escapades – Kilima Camp

4. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

5. 2019 Green Tourism Eco Warrior: Tour Operators Category

1. Twiga Tours and Travel

2. Sunworld Safaris

3. Marhaba Holidays

4. Let’s Go Travel – Uniglobe

5. Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd

6. 2019 Green Tourism Eco Warrior: Minimization of Single Use Plastic Category

1. Angama Mara

2. Tawi Lodge

3. Kichwa Tembo

4. Mara Bush Camp

5. Sunworld Safaris

6. Safari Collection

7. Mombasa Serena Beach Resort

Where next from here: Judging Process

The nomination process has come to an end and it marks the onset of the shortlisting process. A team of carefully selected individuals who are professionals in sustainable tourism will embark on the judging process. A shortlist will be released one week prior to the Award night.

Together with our sponsors and host Nairobi Serena, we give a promise to make the night worth it with great fun and networking.

In addition, we have compiled a list of exciting raffle prizes that will be up for grabs during the Gala Dinner courtesy of Ecotourism Kenya members including the certified sustainable tourism accommodation facilities. To book your place at the dinner and for payment details, register at this link

Charges: Individuals: Kshs 6,000

Corporate Table of 10: Kshs. 56,000

Ecotourism Kenya members get a 10% discount.

Ecotourism Kenya is a business membership association that was established in 1996. Founded with enormous support from the tourism industry in Kenya, it is the industry association charged with the responsibility of ensuring that Kenya’s tourism is sustainable, both in terms of concern for the environment and for the welfare of local communities. With a direct membership of 250 and reaching out to hundreds more, Ecotourism Kenya brings together Individuals, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and tourism businesses in a forum where they discuss the concept of ecotourism and use the resultant knowledge to improve their operations towards best practices.

Ecotourism Kenya’s achievements include being the first Ecotourism Society in Africa; the first to develop a voluntary eco-certification scheme for hotels/lodges in Africa; managed to publish a Green Directory of producers of green products and services; worked with Travelife to develop a customized sustainability standard for Tour Operators; and developed a comprehensive guideline for Green Destination in Africa.