CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN KENYA

WINNERS OF THE 2023 ECO WARRIOR AWARDS

The Kenyan tourism and hospitality industry reached new heights as it celebrated and acknowledged the
remarkable achievements in sustainable tourism at the highly anticipated 2023 Eco Warrior Awards
hosted by Ecotourism Kenya on the 26th of October 2023 at Trademark Hotel. The 16th edition of the awards with the theme; Sustainable Tourism: A Brighter Future for People, Planet, and Profit, was graced by luminaries from the Kenyan tourism, hospitality, and conservation sectors.

The 2023 Eco Warrior Awards gala ceremony brought together a diverse array of industry leaders,
conservationists, government officials, and eco-conscious travelers. The event not only celebrated the
remarkable winners but also reinforced the message that sustainable tourism is essential for preserving
Kenya’s natural and socio-cultural treasures and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

The Chief Guest for this occasion was the Principal Secretary, of the Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Hon. John Ololtuaa. His presence along with other key tourism leaders showed stakeholder engagement and support for responsible tourism.

The 2023 Eco Warrior Awards spotlighted the tourism industry players who have demonstrated notable
achievements in the pursuit of sustainable tourism in their operations. They have shown dedication to
safeguarding Kenya’s stunning natural landscapes, engaging local communities and building the local
economy in their respective award sub-categories.

With much excitement here are the winners of the 2023 Eco Warrior Awards;

ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES
Addressing Climate Change Through Adaptation & Mitigation Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.
1. Emboo River Camp -WINNER
2. Mara Serena Safari Lodge -WINNER
3. Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge –1st RUNNERS UP
4. Asilia Kenya Limited -2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Biodiversity Conservation Sub-Category sponsored by the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers & Caterers.
1. Serena Beach Resort and Spa -WINNER
2. Governors’ Camp Collection –1st RUNNERS UP
3. Saruni Rhino -2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Heritage & Cultural Integration Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.
1. Serena Beach Resort and Spa -WINNER
2. Basecamp Maasai Mara –1st RUNNERS UP
3. Sarova Lionhill Game Lodge 2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Local Economies Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.
1. Basecamp Maasai Mara -WINNER
2. Leopard Hill –1st RUNNERS UP
3. Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp Maasai Mara -2nd RUNNERS UP

TOUR OPERATORS
Promoting Biodiversity Conservation Sub-Category sponsored by the Kenya Association of Tour Operators.
1. Let’s Go Travel -WINNER
2. Kampur Travel Diaries –1st RUNNERS UP
3. Intrepid DMC East Africa –2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Local Economies Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.

1. Let’s Go Travel -AWARD RECOGNITION

Promoting Responsible Tourism Practices in Operations Sub-Category sponsored by Tourism Fund.
2. Let’s Go Travel -WINNER
3. Intrepid DMC East Africa –1st RUNNERS UP

AIR OPERATORS
Promoting Best Practices in Operations Sub-Category sponsored by Kenya Tourism Board.
1. Air Kenya -AWARD RECOGNITION

CONSERVANCIES

Promoting Community Development Sub-Category sponsored by Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association.
1. Mugie Conservancy -WINNER
2. Ngare Ndare Forest Trust 1st RUNNERS UP
3. Mara Naboisho Conservancy 2nd RUNNERS UP

Promoting Human-Wildlife Coexistence Sub-Category sponsored by the African Wildlife Foundation.
1. Mugie Conservancy -AWARD RECOGNITION

COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM ORGANIZATION
Promoting Heritage & Cultural Preservation Sub-Category sponsored by GO4SDGS.
1. Beulah Hills – Beulah Gardens Mbulia – AWARD RECOGNITION

YOUTH-LED INITIATIVES
Advocating for Conservation in Tourism Sub-Category supported by Ecotourism Kenya.
1. Tembea Make an Impact – AWARD RECOGNITION

TRAINING INSTITUTIONS
Integrating Sustainability into Tourism Curricular Sub-Category sponsored by GO4SDGS.
1. Kenya Utalii College -WINNER
2. Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology 1st RUNNERS UP

INDIVIDUAL

Best Digital Content Creator in Advocating for Conservation in Tourism Sub-Category supported by Ecotourism Kenya.
1. Anthony Ochieng -WINNER
2. Dibblex Soiyantet -1st RUNNERS UP
3. Belinda Smetana -2nd RUNNERS UP

Best Safari Guide in Promoting Responsible Tourism Practices Sub-Category supported by Ecotourism Kenya.
1. Isaac Mwangi -WINNER
2. Newton Kongo -1st RUNNERS UP
3. John Lesinko -2nd RUNNERS UP

Best Student in Addressing Climate Change Through Adaptation & Mitigation Sub-Category supported by Ecotourism Kenya.
1. Shirley Akinyi -WINNER
2. Mark Miano -1st RUNNERS UP
3. Mallayka Lanna -2nd RUNNERS UP

Kenya continues to shine as a beacon of sustainable tourism, the 2023 Eco Warrior Awards highlighted
the leaders who are shaping the future of responsible tourism.
Join the promising trajectory for the Kenyan tourism industry, and make the dream of a brighter and more sustainable future a reality!

The 2023 Ecowarrior Awards Winners’ Booklet

The gala ceremony photos.

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1 reply
  1. Dr.John Wandaka
    Dr.John Wandaka says:

    Congrats EK for continuously setting and maintaining standards in Sustainable Tourism in East Africa. The Eco Warrior Awards 2023 event was well organized. Keep it up!

    Reply

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