#EcoTourismKenya publishes #EcoWarrior2018 shortlist


(Posted 19th September 2018)

1. Best Tour Operator in Engaging People and Culture – Sponsored by Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO)

· Uniglobe Lets Go Travel

· Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd

2. Best Student in Engaging People, Culture and Heritage – Sponsored by African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW)

· Lenny Macharia

· Jeremiah Njogu

· Peter Muthanji

3. Best Conservancy in Promotion of Culture and HeritageSponsored by Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT)

  • Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli
  • Batian Conservation, Kirinyaga
  • Orage Ke, Kisumu

4. Best Destination in Promoting Culture and HeritageSponsored by Kenya Tourism Board (KTB)

  • Elgeyo Marakwet County
  • Siaya County
  • Uasin Gishu County

5. Best in Protecting Marine HeritageSponsored by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)

  • The Sands at Nomad
  • Serena Beach Resort and Spa
  • Local Ocean Conservation

6. Best Tourism Training Institution in Promoting Culture and Heritage – Sponsored by Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT)

  • Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
  • Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute

7. Best Blogger/Journalist in Promoting People, Culture and Heritage – Sponsored by Go Places

  • Wangeci Gitahi
  • Thomas Mwiraria
  • Wangeci Kiongo

8. Best Community Based Tourism Organization in Promoting Culture and HeritageSponsored by Crowne Plaza, Nairobi

  • Mlilo Community Based Tourism Association
  • Kakapel Cultural Centre
  • Otenyo Cultural Group

9. Best Heritage AttractionsSponsored by Zuri Events

  • Lamu Museum
  • Kitale Museum
  • Karen Blixen Museum

10. Best Accommodation Facility in Promoting Culture and HeritageSponsored by Tourism Fund (TF)

  • Cottars’ 1920s Camp
  • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
  • Kicheche Mara Camp

The annual Eco-Warrior Awards recognize efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements for promoting responsible tourism. The emphasis is on enhancing tourism sustainability which directly conserves the natural environment linked to local communities (either credible individuals or groups) through mutually beneficial and equitable partnerships. Therefore, the award aims to celebrate ecotourism best practices in different tourism sectors and tourism setups in Kenya. Eco-Warriors Awards truly recognized these unsung heroes and heroines for their effort to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in Kenya. The unique characteristic of ecotourism is its cardinal principle of linking tourism to nature conservation and community development, especially for local people who have conserved the environment since time immemorial through their traditional customs and cultural practices. For further information on the 2018 Eco Warrior Award visit


Ecotourism Kenya itself is a business membership association directly serving more than 350 members, and reaching out to hundreds more in Kenya and East Africa. Since its inception in 1996 Ecotourism Kenya has been involved in a wide range of activities to promote and broaden the industry understanding of sustainable tourism, and attract membership beyond the mainstream tourism industry. For further information visit their website http://ecotourismkenya.org/

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