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The Eco Warrior Awards 2016
14th October 2016
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Elgon Rd, Upper Hill, Nairobi
Theme: Sustainable Tourism - Our Diversity Our Strength

The winners of the Eco Warrior Awards 2010 were announced during a colourful dinner held at the Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi on Thursday 25th November, 2010.

A total of 6 winners were announced in various categories as follows: 

CATEGORY: Most Responsible Tour Operator’ Category (Sponsored by Kenya Wildlife Service – KWS) 

WINNER: Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd

Mr. Muigai Chairman EK, Mohanjeet of Gamewatchers, Dr. Western of ACC & Mr. Mwathi of KWS

Amboseli Porini

Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd. presented clear written policies on their engagement in all areas of sustainable tourism including energy, water, waste and land management, conservation of natural resources and promotion of community integration and partnership. Gamewatchers partner with booking agents to contribute a portion of every booking as a donation to a school they have supported in Kibera which has doubled its enrolment from 70 to 140 students. Gamewatchers Safaris is the exclusive booking office and marketing arm of Porini Camps which as a result of Gamewatchers Safaris business has been able to help conserve over 57,000 acres of wilderness and employ over 120 community members.

Contact Details

Village Market Complex, PO Box 388-00621, Nairobi
Tel: +254 (0)20 712 3129 +254 (0)20 712 3129, 712 2504, 712 1851
Fax: +254 (0)20 712 0864

CATEGORY: Tourist Accommodation Facilities >50 beds (Sponsored by Kenya Tourist Board – KTB)

WINNER: Severin Sea Lodge

Mr Muigai, Ms. Opondo of KTB, Mr. Muir of Severin Sea Lodge & Dr. Western

Severin Sea Lodge

Severin Sea Lodge showed exemplary leadership in water, waste and energy management. Some notable activities include pre-heating of hot water before entering it in a centralized boiler system which in turn runs 70% of its machinery through steam. A grey water recycling plant is used to recycle 150,000 litres of waste water daily and is used to water the hotel grounds. A hotel owned bio farm in Kikambala near Mombasa grows vegetables and fruits without using artificial fertilizer and employs locals. In addition their efforts in conservation and community integration and partnership were particularly commendable. This was demonstrated through the support they give to a local orphanage called Mji wa Salama. When the children become of adult age, they have an opportunity to join the hotel. This initiative has been the base for another children’s home in Mtwapa.

Contact Details

P. O. Box 82169-80100, Mombasa
Tel: +254 (0)41 548 5001+254 (0)41 548 5001/5
Fax: +254 (0)41 548 5212

CATEGORY: Tourist Accommodation Facility 2 – 50 beds. (Sponsored by Africa Conservation Centre – ACC) 

WINNER: Sanctuary Olonana

Mr. Muigai, Dr. Western with William & Gloria of Sanctuary Olonana

Sanctuary Olanana

Olonana shared their vision on how the Mara or any area in Kenya can become sustainable in terms of energy production and use and what they themselves are doing towards this objective.  In addition, they provided a clear example of innovation in waste management and how this can be replicated.  Sanctuary Olonana together with Friends of conservation have established an indigenous tree planting project that guests can participate in which they hope will be replicated in the Mara to help curb deforestation.

Contact Details

P. O. Box 41789-00100, Nairobi
Tel: +254 (0)20 695 0002+254 (0)20 695 0002/0244
Fax: +254 (0)20 537 173 or 695 0320

CATEGORY: Most Sustainable Community Based Tourism Enterprise (CBTE). (Sponsored by African Wildlife Foundation)

WINNER: Camp Kenya

Simon of Camp Kenya receiving the award

Camp Kenya

Camp Kenya partners, employ, buy from and build within community areas.  By so doing, they achieve sustainable development by creating alternative business opportunities for the local communities to avoid sole dependence on environmentally damaging activities.  They run over 80 projects that are developed in partnership with local communities and provide travellers with unique meaningful and influential experiences. Some of the business enterprises they have helped launch include Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, Kaya Muhaka Sacred Forest, Small-scale bio-fuel production in Muhaka sustainable forest, and support for Imani Women’s Group.  Camps international started in Kenya and the model has been so successful that it has been replicated in Tanzania, Zanzibar, Borneo, and Cambodia. They intend to open in Vietnam and Uganda in 2012.

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CATEGORY: An individual who has initiated an innovative tourism project 

WINNER: Jagi Gakunju (Sponsored by Ecotourism Kenya – EK)

Mr. Muigai, Mr. Gakunju with Dr. Western

Wajee Nature Park

Mr. Gakunju, the CEO of AAR has showed exemplary initiative in his conversion of private land into a sustainable eco-tourism enterprise.  Community involvement and empowerment is the bedrock of his strategy.  He has chosen to provide an affordable tourism product for all Kenyans and those who visit this country.  He has also started to replicate his original model in different parts of the country and has developed 4 homesteads. Wajee Nature Park one of his initiatives has been running since 1991 and was identified as an Avian training centre by the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya which has a membership of over 3000 students. It is also utilized by the surrounding communities as a training centre for skills in business improvement some of the activities have included Home Stay Training, where the community has been trained in this aspect of tourism and they have begun to host tourists who are looking for an authentic cultural experience; water harvesting and a credit system, training on use of biogas.

Contact Details

P.O. Box 148, Mukurwe-ini, Kenya
Tel: +254-61-60359+254-61-60359, Mobile phone numbers, +254-723-830516+254-723-830516, +254-733-742313+254-733-742313

CATEGORY: Most Responsible Carrier’ category (Sponsored by Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi)

WINNER: Safarilink Aviation Ltd

Ms. Khavere of Southern Sun, Mr. Muigai, Ms. Vohora of Safari Link Aviation & Dr. Western

Safari Link Aviation plane

To offset their carbon emissions Safarilink has partnered with Mount Kenya Trust and donates funds to plant trees on and around the slopes of Mt. Kenya, in addition to supporting local women’s groups by providing them with training, equipment and trees. Safarilink donates a proportion of its ticket fee to a number of carefully selected conservation initiatives in Kenya such as the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Colobus Trust which undertake a variety of activities including support for education, health, tree planting and wildlife conservation.

Contact Details

P. O. Box 41937-00100, Wilson Airport, Nairobi
Tel: +254 (0)20 600 777+254 (0)20 600 777


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Telephone: 2724403, Mobile Number 0726 366 0800726 366 080

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