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2015 Eco Warriors Awards

Sustainable Tourism: Keeping the Magic Alive

About the Eco Warrior Awards

About the Award

Eco-warrior Award is a Kenyan Tourism Award that recognises and celebrates outstanding contribution to ecotourism practice in Kenya. It is aimed at motivating winning ventures/ operations and industry at large to embrace practices that are ecologically and ethically sustainable in order to compete with the best in the world. The overall goal is to transform destination Kenya to a sustainable tourism destination.

Award Objective

Recognise efforts, achievement, and exceptional innovations that enhance social-cultural, economic, and ecological sustainability.

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Kenyans Kids on Safari with the Safari Collection

Due to the generous support of their donors, the Safari Collection recently complete the most amazing few days with children from Westgate Community Conservancy.  In partnership with Ewaso Lions, Kenyan Kids on Safari and The Westgate Community Conservancy, SC arranged a three day, activity filled camp for 24 lucky school children.

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A Kenyan Retreat

Jochen Zeitz is opening his 50,000-acre Kenyan retreat to rehabilitate the local area and develop a new type of tourism. On the Laikipia plateau, in Kenya’s central highlands, the sky feels low, the horns of the giraffe at risk of puncturing the flat-bottomed clouds. The land here ranges between 1,700m and 2,550m above sea level, and as our helicopter flies across the plateau, we pass herds of wildlife, subsistence farms – and the occasional millionaire’s retreat. We hover above Ol Jogi, a 58,000-acre wilderness owned by the Wildensteins, the French art-dealing family. Then it’s on to Segera, the 50,000-acre ranch – more than three times the size of Manhattan – belonging to the German entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz, 50. Appointed chief executive of Puma aged 30, Zeitz is now director of luxury goods group Kering (whose brands include Gucci, Stella McCartney and Balenciaga) and chairman of its sustainable development committee.

Walking Safari: Raise funds for elephants

100 miles for elephantsKarisia Walking Safaris have partnered with National Geographic Traveler and Space For Giants for the 100 Mile Walk For Elephants which they are hosting from the 17th to the 25th September in the Karisia Hills. This fantastic walk which was featured in Outside Magazine –a journey that will take you through wildlife-rich Laikipia, and ending in the high virgin forests of the Karisia Hills, each step raising money to combat poaching. For more information: http://www.hiddenplaces.net

Ol Pejeta Entrance Fee

Take a look at the 2014 ol pejeta park fees

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‘Mount Kenya – a walk on the wild side’

by Lucy Booth of Kenya Treks

Mount Kenya’s eastern side is a wonderful destination for walkingoff the beaten track.  I visit the mountain every time I’m in Kenya and when there’s an excuse for a recce to this part of the mountain, I jump at the chance.  On a recent trip of four days, Imet only one other group of three walkers.The majority of peopletrekking on Mount Kenya use the two main routes on the western side and although many descend via the Chogoria route, most visitors pass through the more accessibleSirimon and NaroMoru gates.  This is a bonus for those of us wishing to experience thisspectacular montane wilderness in awe inspiring peace!

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Kicheche Offers Safari Skills Courses

You want to be a guide for your visitors?

November 7 to 14 at Kicheche Laikipia 

Morning: Classroom courses and walk

Afternoon: game drives focusing on the theme of the day e.g. Mammals, birds, reptiles, trees and herbs, insects, taxidermy.  Andy Webb and Andrew Obaga, amazing guides, love sharing their extensive knowledge on wildlife, ecology and conservation.

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