A picture is worth a thousand words, but the rock art of Kakapel tell a story worth several thousand years. The rock art found in Kakapel in Teso land, Busia is believed to have been the work of the Abita/ Twa hunter gatherers during the historical migration period.

Kakapel provides a perfect destination for those looking for hard and soft adventures that are both educative and thrilling. Days can be spent marveling at rock paintings, or exploring caves, or visiting the Kakapel National Monument, which is surprisingly the only rock site in Kenya gazette as a national monument.

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Prepared by EK Community Programs Team.


As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and we wish to thank you for all the support you have accorded us.

It’s been a year of change, learning and taking on new adventures in the sustainability world. We hope that 2019 has been significant to you as well. We look forward to a better 2020 with you, filled with more learning experiences.

Please note our offices will remain closed  till 6th January 2020.

Have an Eco – friendly  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Grace Nderitu | Chief Executive Officer
Ecotourism Kenya | KATO Place, 06 Longonot Road, Upper Hill,
P.O. Box 10146-00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Office: +254 20 5292078 | 726 366080
Cell: +254 721 948802
Email: ceo@ecotourismkenya.org


Thank you for the overwhelming response.

The training will commence in January 2020!

The final communication will be done before the training.

Happy Holidays!

Travelife for Accommodation and Ecotourism Kenya announce collaboration on accommodation sustainability certification

Travelife for Accommodation, an international accommodation sustainability certification scheme, and Ecotourism Kenya, a regional sustainability label, have signed an agreement to collaborate on certification for accommodation providers in Kenya.
This collaboration will enable Kenyan properties to achieve both the Ecotourism Kenya label and the internationally recognised Travelife Gold Certification after an onsite audit that will be conducted by auditors working for Ecotourism Kenya that have been specially trained by Travelife.

By collaborating with Travelife, we are making it simpler for Kenyan accommodation providers to demonstrate their commitment to operating responsibly at an international and local level so that visitors to Kenya can rely on Travelife and Ecotourism Kenya certification.” said Grace Nderitu, CEO of Ecotourism Kenya.

Ecotourism Kenya member properties will now be able to join Travelife to access a variety of online tools and resources that will help them improve their sustainability performance. When they are ready, an onsite audit will be carried out by a Travelife Approved Auditor. If successful, they will receive both the Travelife Gold and Ecotourism Kenya labels. They will be listed on Travelife’s global consumer website, the Travelife Collection, and be highlighted to Travelife’s tour operator members.
This enables tour operators, travel agents and travellers to more easily identify sustainable accommodation providers in Kenya.

We are delighted to announce this important collaboration with Ecotourism Kenya and look forward to welcoming new properties from Kenya to join our 1,500 Members around the world who are committed to sustainable business practices. Sustainability certification is a proven method for improving the environmental and social impacts of tourism and is the only way that an accommodation provider can independently verify their sustainability claims. We are confident that our work with Ecotourism Kenya will have a really positive impact in the region.” said Carolyn Wincer, Commercial Director for Travelife.

About Travelife for Accomodation

Travelife is an internationally recognised accommodation sustainability programme. In over 50 countries they have around 1,500 members who use their practical tools and resources to improve their business’s environmental, financial and social impact.
Containing a range of criteria that assess accommodation performance in the areas of human rights, labour, community engagement and environmental impacts, their GSTC-recognised standard was designed by the tourism industry, for the tourism industry. Their global team of independent auditors visit every property to conduct an audit against the Travelife Standard. Properties that meet these exacting standards receive a Travelife Gold Certification in the form of a logo and certificate that they use to show their commitment to responsible tourism. They are also listed on their consumer website, The Travelife Collection, and they work with leading UK and European tour operator members to promote Travelife Gold Members, making it easier for travellers to find sustainable accommodation options. For more information visit

Compiled by the PR Team

Ecotourism Kenya

Telephone:  +254 020 529 2078 Office Cell: +254 726 366080.

Website www.ecotourismkenya.org


Ecotourism Kenya together with her partners’ hosted the14th 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 September 2019 at the Nairobi Serena Hotel. The theme had been drawn from UNWTO’S 2019 theme, it is in this regard that the event was scheduled on the eve of World Tourism Day.

Speaking at the colorful themed event – black with a touch of gold, the Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala was optimistic that the private sector in the tourism industry will take up the responsibility of the ban on single use plastics and implement it. The ban which was sensitized by His Excellency the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta on 5th June 2019, to eradicate single use plastics from our protected areas; beaches, national parks, forests and conservation areas effectively June 5th 2020.


Sustainable Development Goal 8 aims at empowering the livelihoods and prosperity in rural communities through providing access to decent employment and through reviving traditional local industries.” CS, Hon. Najib Balala.



He added that stakeholders involved should come up with innovative solutions and Eco-friendly alternatives to the single-use plastics.

 Over 250 guests from different walks of the tourism industry graced the occasion. Sectors like hotels, accommodation facilities, tour operators, travel agencies, government bodies and sustainability enthusiasts were all represented. After a successful nomination process 46 facilities had been longlisted to contest, this was later reduced to 27 shortlisted candidates that went through the judging process to have 10 winners, 9 runners –up and 1 overall winner.



Uniglobe Let’s Go Travel Leisure travel manager Ms. Angela Njehia receiving the overall winner trophy from CS Hon. Najib Balala(left), EK board chairman Dr. Christopher Gakahu(middle) and CEO AFEW Ms. Christine Odhiambo(right).


UNIGLOBE Let’s Go Travel emerged the overall winners of the night having scoped an award earlier as the 2019 Green Tourism Champion in Tour Operations. Other winners were:  Mugie Conservancy, Basecamp Explorer Kenya, Gamewatchers Porini, Lake Elementeita Serena Camp, Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, David Marenya, Kicheche Mara Camp, Sunworld Safaris, Kichwa Tembo and Mara Bush Camp. To see the break down categories and other runners –up click HERE.

On behalf of the Ecotourism Kenya Executive Committee, receive our sincerest gratitude for attending the 2019 Eco Warrior Award. We thank you for sparing time from your busy schedule to come and celebrate with us the Eco Warriors who continually champion for the actualization of Sustainable Development in Kenya.

We are grateful for your continued support and we are looking forward to hosting you again during the 15th edition of the Eco Warrior Award.



For further information about the Eco Warrior Award and/or Ecotourism Kenya contact:
Public Relations and Communication Officer
Email: pr@ecotourismkenya.org Website: www.ecotourismkenya.org
Phone: 0726366080


Theme: Tourism, Jobs and the Green Economy – A Better Future for All
(we shall post the images of the award gala dinner, soon)

Ecotourism Kenya has released the winners list for the 14th edition of the Eco Warrior Award that recognizes innovation and leadership in responsible tourism.  The winners consist of Kenyan tourism operators, accommodation facilities, community tourism enterprises, conservancies and individuals with initiatives that demonstrate a linkage and commitment to responsible tourism and that promotes the transition to a green economy.

Ecotourism Kenya members have been at the forefront of promoting a green economy through initiatives as energy efficiency, water efficiency and waste management including PET plastic bottles.  This year, the Eco Warrior Award theme and dates coincided with the UNWTO World Tourism Day 2019 celebrations being held today, the 27th of September in New Delhi, India.

Winners in the 6 categories were announced on Thursday 26th September 2019 in a red carpet Gala Dinner hosted by Ecotourism Kenya and partners at the new-look Nairobi Serena. The Gala Dinner which was held yesterday on the eve of the World Tourism Day was graced by Hon. Najib Balala EGH Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife and other key industry players.

Winners list:

    1. 2019 Tourism and Green Jobs Eco Warrior – Sponsored by Kenya Utalii College – KUC

  • Mugie Conservancy – Winner
  • Peak East Africa – Runner- up 

   2. 2019 Social Impact Eco Warrior – Sponsored by Kenya Wildlife Trust – KWT

  • Basecamp Explorer Kenya – Winner
  • Gamewatchers Porini – Winner
  • Lake Elementeita Serena Camp – Winner
  • Ngare Ndare Forest Trust – Winner
  • Amboseli Serena Lodge – 1st Runner- up
  • Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge – 2nd Runner- up

   32019 Sustainable Tourism Change Makers – Sponsored by African Fund for Endangered Wildlife – AFEW Kenya

  • David Marenya – Winner
  • Rahmina Oyugi – Runner- up
 4. 2019 Green Tourism Champion in  Resource Use Efficiency- Sponsored by Kenya Tourism Board – KTB
  • Kicheche Mara Camp – Winner
  • Escapades – Kilima Camp – Runner- up

  5. 2019 Green Tourism Champion in Tour Operations – Sponsored by Kenya Association of Tour Operators – KATO

  • Sunworld Safaris – Winner
  • Let’s Go Travel – Uniglobe – Winner
  • Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd – Runner- up
  • Twiga Tours and Travel – Runner- up

   6. 2019 Green Tourism Champion in Minimization of Single Use Plastic – Sponsored by Tourism Fund – TF

  • Kichwa Tembo –  Winner
  • Mara Bush Camp – Winner
  • Safari Collection – Runner- up
  • Angama Mara – Runner- up

Read more about the Eco Warrior Award here.

National Steering Committee in session at the Nairobi City County Government Boardroom

Ecotourism Kenya has been partnering with National Environment Management Authority(NEMA) at various levels over the years. We had the opportunity to participate in the preparatory stage of this years’ World Environment Day which was a great success.

Ecotourism Kenya is a member of the National Steering Committee which organises the event. The theme for this year was “Air Pollution a silent killer” with the slogan “Clean Air Our, Responsibility” (“Hewa safi, Jukumu Letu”). The National celebration which was spearheaded jointly by NEMA and Nairobi County Government was held at the Railway Training Institute in Nairobi County on the 5th June 2019.

The day involved rallying the government, industries, communities and individuals to combat air pollution. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, it is estimated that annually about 7 million people are adversely affected by both indoor and outdoor air pollution. The public were urged to stop using energy resources such as charcoal that contribute to emission of carbon into the atmosphere.



Ecotourism Kenya CEO Ms. Grace Nderitu playing golf at the golf tournament




Prior to the day and on the day of the event, various activities had been organised to encourage public awareness and action against air pollution. The activities included: environmental cleanups, tree planting, panel discussion, golf tournament, and online competition for children and youth in schools, Education for sustainable development model centres, Universities and TVET institutions.

We would like to thank the National Environment Management Authority for involving one of our officers in the National Steering Committee. Let’s strive to work and partner further together in matters environment.


Ecotourism Kenya PR Team



AquaVita has partnered with Ecotourism Kenya for this year’s Eco-warrior awards by being the sole provider of plastic-free water solutions. The awards which seek to recognize organizations, businesses, and individuals that are promoting green jobs and the green economy will be held on 26th September at the Nairobi Serena Hotel.

The partnership is aimed at raising awareness among the tourism industry stakeholders on the need to reduce plastic pollution, promote sustainability, conserve and protect the ecosystem. This is part of the wider efforts Ecotourism Kenya has been taking to manage and reduce the Industries environmental impact. “We are very happy with the steps Ecotourism Kenya has been taking to encourage sustainability in terms of tourism practices”, Barack Odhuno, COO Aquavita. “We are thrilled to continue this sustainability journey and help minimize the industries plastic footprint by providing alternatives to plastic bottles.”

The focus of the 2019 Eco Warrior Award is on four main categories that have been carefully selected to exemplify how tourism creates significant economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits on local people and places. The categories include:

  1. Change Makers Category- It involves actions, projects, initiatives, best practices or campaigns inclined towards promoting and influencing natural and cultural environment preservation, and restoration. The category is open to individuals may include Journalists, Safari guides, bloggers & students
  2. Green Tour Champions – Involves a demonstration of best practices in responsible production and consumption of resources linked to SDG 12
  3. Social impact Category – This category seeks to recognize tourism organizations that mobilize resources to eradicate poverty, implement social protection systems, support local community investments, enterprises and create jobs for local communities linked to SDG 1
  4. Promoting Decent Work & Reducing Inequalities at the workplace – This category is linked to SDG 8 and 10. It involves reducing inequalities (internally) within the business or organization by ensuring equal opportunities and promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work for all.

 Applications are now closed and the judging process is ongoing for long-listed applicants. Interested individuals can get their tickets for the Eco-warrior award gala dinner here

Link to AquaVita website HERE



The economic vision and strategy of Kenya to add value to our products and services, prioritizes tourism as one of the key sectors and growth drivers in the journey to 2030. As a result, Homestays have been identified to hold a great potential based on the niche products initiative. This is anchored on the fact that homestays serve as an alternative and affordable accommodation for any tourist interested in enjoying the experiential kind of immersion tourism.

Mr. Timothy Ouko – Director of Tourism Kisumu County addressing the stakeholders

On Friday 24th May 2019, about 50 stakeholders from the tourism industry gathered at Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi to discuss 2 progressive documents whose development was informed by the recommendations expressed by stakeholders in 3 regional consultative forums  held  in November last year. Jointly organized by Ecotourism Kenya and KECOBAT, the workshop was to ensure stakeholders participated in shaping their views and position on the homestays licensing issue. The documents discussed comprised a comprehensive technical report and the policy position paper that shall further be used to influence the relevant government organs like Tourism Regulatory Authority and the County Governments to review the licensing requirements of homestays.

Gracing the occasion was a commendable number of County Government key tourism officials and representatives; a sign of government support and cooperation. The dialogue got even more exciting when Ms. Achie Alai (CEC Tourism Kisumu County) recommended and acknowledged the capability of Homestays in being alternative accommodation that shall be considered as Kisumu City gears towards hosting 10,000 strong delegates for the Africities Summit in November, 2021.


Ecotourism Kenya delights in being part of the team that well thought-out this worthy course to promote homestays as an innovative tourism product and it is our joy to continue promoting sustainable tourism practices through sustainable product diversification and innovation.

Compiled by: The Research and Advocacy Programs Team


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