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World Travel Awards 2013 Kenya nominees

We already know that Kenya is hosting this year’s World Travel Awards Africa, and as months go by we are getting nearer to the big day, 16th of October. Aside from Sarova hotels scooping a whopping five nominations, little is known of other nominees in Kenya’s travel industry. Here is a look at the Kenyan industry players who received nominations in various categories of this prestigious awards.

Kenya Leading Car Hire 2013

  • Avenue car Hire
  • Avis Kenya
  • Central rent a car
  • Europcar Kenya
  • Glory car hire
  • sixt kenya

Kenya’s Leading Beach Resort 2013

  • Alfajiri Villa resort
  • Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa
  • Hemingways Watamu Resort
  • Leopard Beach Resort & Spa
  • Msambweni Beach House
  • Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
  • Severin Sea Lodge
  • Swahili Beach
  • The Majlis
  • The Red Pepper House

Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel 2013

  • Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
  • Fairmont The Norfolk
  • Intercontinental Nairobi
  • Nairobi Serena Hotel
  • The Sarova Stanley
  • Tribe Hotel

Kenya’s Leading Golf Resort 2013

  • Fairmont Mt.Kenya Safari Club
  • Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort
  • The Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort
  • Windsor Golf & Country Club

Kenya’s Leading Hotel 2013

  • Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
  • Fairmont The Norfolk
  • Intercontinental Nairobi
  • Laico Regency
  • Nairobi Serena Hotel
  • Sankara
  • The Sarova Stanley
  • Tribe Hotel

Kenya’s Leading Hotel Brand 2013

  • Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
  • Hemingway Hotels & Resorts
  • Kempinski Hotels
  • Mada Hotels
  • Marasa Africa
  • Pride Inn Hotels & Conferencing
  • Sarova Hotels
  • Serena Hotels

Kenya’s Leading Resort 2013

  • Alfajiri Villa Resort
  • Diamonds Dream Africa Resort
  • Hemingways resort
  • Kinondo Kwetu
  • Leopard Beach Resort &Spa
  • Manda Bay
  • Mt. Kenya Safari Club
  • Southern Palms Beach Resort

Kenya’s Leading Safari Camp Brand 2013

  • Advantage East Africa
  • Ashnil Hotels
  • Atua Enkop Africa
  • Governors Camp Collection
  • Heritage Hotels
  • Out of Africa Collection
  • Porini camps
  • The C&P portfolio
  • The Safari and Conservation Company
  • The Safari Collection

Kenya’s Leading Spa Resort 2013

  • Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa
  • Enashipai Resort & Spa
  • Leopard Beach Resort & Spa
  • Lion in the sun
  • Ocean Beach Resort & Spa

Kenya’s Leading Domestic Safari carrier 2013

  • Air Kenya
  • Fly540
  • Mombasa Air Safari
  • Safarilink
  • Tropic Air

Kenya’s Leading Safari Lodge 2013

  • &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Maasai Mara Tented Camp
  • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
  • Elsa’s Kopje
  • Finch Hattons
  • Governors Camp
  • Keekorok Lodge – Sun Africa Hotels
  • Little Governors’ camp
  • Loisaba
  • Ol Donyo Lodge
  • Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli
  • Olonana
  • Sanctuary at Ol Lentille
  • Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
  • Serena Mountain Lodge
  • Tortilis Camp

Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2013

  • &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp
  • Cottars Safari Camp
  • Encounter Mara
  • Joy Camp
  • Kicheche Bush Camp
  • Mara Gypsy Camp
  • Naboisho Camp
  • Rekero Camp
  • Sarova Mara Game Camp
  • Severin Safari Camp

Kenya’s Leading Inbound Tour Operator 2013

  • African Quest Safaris
  • Gamewatchers Safaris
  • Hemingways Expeditions
  • Pollmans Tours & Safaris
  • Private Safaris
  • Somak Holidays
  • Sourthern Cross Safaris
  • Travelmart
  • Twiga Tours

Kenya’s Leading Travel Agency 2013

  • Bunson Travel Kenya
  • Diani Travel Centre
  • Explorer Kenya
  • Express Travel Group
  • Jet Travel
  • Pollmans Tours & Safaris
  • Sagal Travel & Tours
  • Sayari Africa
  • Somak Holidays
  • UNIGLOBE Northline Travel

Kenya’s Leading Travel Management Company 2013

  • &Beyond
  • Abercombie & Kent
  • Asilia Africa
  • BCD Travel
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel Kenya
  • Cheli & Peacock
  • Express Travel Group
  • FCm Travel Solutions
  • Hogg Robinson Kenya
  • Pollmans Tours & Safaris
  • Somak Holidays
  • The Rickshaw Travel Group

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Shortlisted finalists of the The Eco Warrior Award 2013 are expected to be announced on the 8th of this month under the theme: Tourism’s role in sustainable community development. The Eco Warrior Award is designed to recognize, encourage and applaud leadership and innovation in tourism business planning, development and management centred on community participation and natural resource conservation. Finalists will feature under various categories:
  • Conservancy of the Year 2013 – This category has two awards
  1. Private conservancy (for privately owned conservancies)
  2. Community conservancy (community-owned nature conservancies)
  • Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013 – This category has 6 awards
  1. Accommodation – Lodge
  2. Accommodation – Tented Camp
  3. Accommodation –Holiday homes
  4. Community Based Tourism Enterprise
  5. Tour Operator
  6. Airline
  • Eco-Rated Facility of the Year
  • Eco tourism Partnership of the Year 2013
  • Eco tourism Guide of the Year 2013
  • Eco tourism Journalist of the Year 2013
  • Eco tourism Student Innovation Award 2013
  • Eco tourism Training program of the year 2013
  • Eco tourism Student Host Organization of the Year 2013


Winners will be announced during a Gala Dinner ceremony which will be held on 24th September 2013 at the Safari Park Hotel & Casino.

Be on the look out for the list of Finalists!!

Sarova Hotels scoop five nominations for the World Travel Awards 2013

Kenya welcomes the “Oscars of the travel industry” with this year’s World Travel Awards being hosted in Kenya. Sarova Hotels, Resorts & Game Lodges are honored to have received nominations for  five key awards as below:-

Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel 2013- Sarova Stanley

• Kenya’s Leading Hotel 2013- Sarova Stanley

• Kenya’s leading Beach Resort 2013 – Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa

• Kenya’s Leading Safari Lodge 2013- Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

• Kenya’s Leading Safari Tented Camp 2013 – Sarova Mara Game Camp

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. In 2013, WTA will celebrate its historic 20th anniversary year. The annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry. In 2011, 791,358 individual votes were cast by travel professionals and consumers in 171 countries. Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

Click on the links below to vote for Sarova Hotels!

Vote for Sarova Stanley as Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel 2013

Vote for Sarova Stanley as Kenya’s Leading Hotel 2013

Vote for Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa as Kenya’s leading Beach Resort 2013

Vote for Sarova Shaba Game Lodge as Kenya’s Leading Safari Lodge 2013

Vote for Sarova Mara Game Camp as Kenya’s Leading Safari Tented Camp 2013

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy; Safaricom marathon

The 14th edition of the Lewa Safaricom marathon took place last week, 29th of June attracting a myriad of participants. Through the partnership of Safaricom Ltd, Tusk Trust and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the world-renown marathon event which began in the year 2000 has grown from 180 runners in 2000 raising $50,000 to 1000 runners in 2012 raising $574,000. Regarded as one of the toughest marathons in the world, the annual Lewa marathon was this year host to 1000 runners from over 20 different countries. Participants are comprised of those who are just in it for fun, walkers as well as professional athletes. The event is a blend of both fun and social responsibility giving the runners a chance to enjoy some of Africa’s most breath-taking scenery as well as giving back to society at one go.




The Lewa marathon features a half (21km) and full (42km) marathon; half marathon being a team event featuring a minimum of  five and a maximum of ten runners per team whereas the full marathon is an individual event. The course is set on dirt roads that take the runners  through the reserve, across savannah plains, along river banks and through acacia woodland before finishing close to Lewa’s headquarters. Half Marathon runners complete one loop of the course, Full Marathon runners, two.


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The route is watched over by a large and experienced team of armed rangers, with two helicopters and a spotter plane in the air throughout the race. Water stations and first aid points are situated every 2.5km along the course. Medical support at the finish is provided by AMREF – the flying doctors, the Kenya Red Cross and local hospitals. On completion of the race each runner is presented with a medal and goody bag. Prizes for race and age group category are awarded at a prize giving ceremony at the end of the event.




Since its inception the event has raised over $3.8 million. The event is organized annually by Tusk Trust as their flagship fundraising initiative to support pre-defined conservation, education and community projects supported by Tusk in Kenya. This year’s event, held under the banner “Run Wild, for the Wild” aimed at raising Sh60m, most of which will go towards conservation efforts against a backdrop of increased poaching. Last year, education and healthcare projects got Sh5.46m and Sh3.78m respectively whereas a further 35% of the revenue was invested in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy which is home to a variety of large African wildlife including lions, elephants, rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo amongst others.




Safaricom has been the marathon’s Title Sponsor since its inception in 2000 over which time the amount of sponsorship has risen to the current level of Ksh 9.6m. Additional co-sponsorship arrangements roughly double the overall sponsorship secured by the event. A unique aspect of the event has been its ability to bring together the business community in Kenya. Many companies use the event as a team building opportunity, which engenders a real sense of camaraderie amongst staff, as well as a healthy dose of inter-company rivalry!


As an example the following Kenyan based companies kindly provided valuable co-sponsorship towards the event in 2012: Andy Forwarders, Braeburn Schools, British Airways, Broadband Communication Networks Limited, Cisco Systems, DHL, Ericsson, Forward Mobiles, G4S, GlaxoSmithKline, Highlands Water, Huawei Technologies, The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists, Kenya ICT Board, Land Rover, Nokia Siemens, Pesa Point, Radio Africa, RedSky, Safarilink, Samsung Electronics, Sea Submarine Communications, Standard Chartered Bank.


In addition, the event has attracted teams from major international companies who have sent teams out to Kenya from the UK and US (including Black Rock, Deutsche Bank,, Investec, and Artemis Investment Management). These overseas teams have raised a substantial proportion of the funds for the good causes.

Lewa Marathon, One of the 10 “must do” marathons in the world.

Rhino Charge 2013

Having gained immense popularity overtime, and  ranking as one of Kenya’s top highlights in the social and entertainment calendar, Rhino Charge is clearly no longer solely a preserve for the motorsport fraternity. The event currently has over two decades of physical endurance testing, extreme driving skills showcasing, tough challenging experiences, as well as lots of excitement under its belt. Rhino charge is not for the faint at heart!


The three day event, organized by The Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, is held to raise funds for a very noble cause – conservation of Kenya’s Aberdare, Mau, Mt. Eburu, and Mt. Kenya  Ecosystems. Individuals set to compete are required to raise the minimum sponsorship set by the organizing committee.

Rhino Charge competitors are required to visit 13 points scattered over approximately 100 square kms of rough terrain within a 10 hour period. The location of the event is kept secret until the start off which makes it even more challenging for the competitors as they are not accustomed to the terrain. Competitors are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue, co-ordinates of the 13 Control Points and their Start position (at one of the Controls). Each competitor must plot the Control Points on the map and decide his/her route. Navigation is by compass/GPS and the winner is the competitor who visits all controls in the shortest distance (GPS measured).

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For those not taking part in the exciting challenge, this is the time to have fun camping in the wilderness, mingling with friends, not  forgetting cheering on the contestants as they tough it out.

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Day                       Time                    Activity

May 31 (Fri)           8.30 am             Rhino charge scrutineering

June 1 (sat)            7.30 am              Rhino charge event

June 2 (sun)         10.00am              Rhino charge prize giving

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What to carry:

  •  A digital camera, its charger and a downloading cable.
  •   While Camping… you need to carry warm clothing for the night ,Slippers, Torch, Soap, Tooth Paste, Tissue Paper,  snacks and ID card
  •   Pocket money for departure days, en-route lunch, park fees, drinks, tips.

Miss Tourism Kenya set to take stage in September

Miss Tourism Kenya is  geared towards promotion of Tourist attraction sites  as well as creating awareness of Kenya’s diversity in  flora and fauna. The event is globally recognized and its aim is to promote tourism both internationally and locally. This year’s contest will feature county competitions as Kenya has since recognized a new form of government.


The County Competitions will follow a ‘heats’ model whereby preliminary competitions will be organized and some contestants selected to go further to the County Final competition. At the County Final contest, every county will parade a minimum of 12 contestants from which a County Delegate will be selected to represent that county at the National Final competition in Nairobi. Heats therefore will be organized in the major towns of each county. Training for the competition will focus highly on Deportment, Beauty, Public Speaking and Personality.

To join the Miss Tourism Kenya Contest follow the link; and apply!

Kenya to host Africa’s Travel Industry ”Oscars”


The Kenya Tourism Board have been bestowed the owner of hosting this year’s World Travel Awards (WTA) – African region. The Awards, dubbed  “Oscars of the Travel Industry” will be held on the 16th of October and are bound to highly boost Kenya’s tourist market. The hosts were awarded – Africa’s leading Tourism Board – by WTA last year in December and also scooped the – Best African Tourism Board – in the Africa Safari awards held in London in February; beginning of this year.

“That WTA has chosen Kenya for the African region ceremony as part of the world grand tour, is an endorsement of the country as a preferred tourism destination in the world”, Says KTB Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa. Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, WTA, added, “The selection of our hosts is fundamental to the success of our awards programme, and Kenya as a nation has all the ingredients to rise to the challenge of hosting our Africa Ceremony – a warm, vibrant and progressive nation, brimming with enthusiasm and creativity. Tourism is vital to Kenya’s economy, contributing 12 percent to its GDP and sustaining one in ten jobs. The future is bright for Kenya, given the nation’s overwhelming natural resources, its unrivalled wildlife experiences and pristine beaches.”

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