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Eco-Warriors 2013 Shortlisted Candidates

As promised, the list of shortlisted finalists for the Eco-tourism award is finally out. The 7th edition of the Eco-Warriors Award Ceremony Gala Night scheduled to be at the Safari Park Hotel and Casino on 24th September 2013, will be held under the Tourism’s role in sustainable community development theme.

The Award ceremony is held annually to recognize exceptional achievers in ecotourism best practices in Kenya. Over 77 applications were received for this year’s awards, the nominees are as follows:

  • Conservancy of the Year 2013 – Private

a)Ol Pejeta

b)Borana Conservancy

  • Conservancy of the Year 2013 – Community

a)Ol Kinyei Conservancy

b)Ilngwesi Conservancy

c)Naboisho Conservancy

d)Mara North Conservancy

  • Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013 – Lodge

a)Severin Sea Lodge

b)Serena Mountain Lodge

c)Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

d)Sirikoi Lodge

e)Tawi Lodge

f)Keekorok Lodge

g)Olarro Lodge

h)Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

  • Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013 – Tented Camp

a)Ol Seki Hemingways Mara

b)Lake Elementaita Serena Camp

c)Porini Mara Camp

d)Kilima Camp

e)Basecamp Masai Mara

f)Kiboko Luxury Camp

g)Elephant Pepper Camp

h)Sanctuary Olonana

i)Sarova Mara

j)Governors camp

  • Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013 – Villas/ Holiday homes

a)Forest Dream Resort

b)Medina Palms

  • Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013 – Community Based (Supported by Kenya Wildlife Trust)

a)Porini Amboseli Camp

b)Camp Kenya

c)Kobo Safaris Ltd

d)Statunga Ecotours

  • Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013 – Tours and Travel  

a)Gamewatchers Safaris Ltd

b)Kobo Safaris Ltd

c)Exclusive Eco Travels Ltd

d)Cheli & Peacock Safaris

  • Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013 – Airline

a)Air Kenya


  • Eco-Rated Facility of the Year 2013

a)Basecamp Masai Mara

b)Ol Seki Hemingways Mara

c)Sasaab Lodge

d)Kicheche Valley Camp

e)Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

f)Lake Elementaita Serena Camp

g)Serena Mountain Lodge

h)Serena Beach Hotel & Spa

i)Porini Amboseli Camp

j)Turtle Bay Beach Club

k)Kichwa Tembo

l)Joys Camp

m)Sanctuary Olonana

n)Baobab Beach Resort

o)Kicheche Camp Ltd

  • Ecotourism Partnership of the Year 2013

a)Ol Seki Hemingways Mara

b)Sasaab Samburu

c)Porini Amboseli Camp

d)Kobo Safaris Ltd

e)Cheli & Peacock Community Trust

f)Basecamp Maasai Brand

  • Ecotourism Guide of the Year 2013

a)Christopher Letur- Saruni Samburu

b)Deric Nabaala- Basecamp EagleView

c)Nelson Ole Reyia- Sanctuary Olonana

d)Andrew Odhiambo- Kicheche camps

e)Onesmus- Rekero Camp

f)David Nganga- Mara Rianta

  • Ecotourism Journalist of the Year 2013

a)Kimathi Mutegi- People Daily

b)Aby Agina- Nation Media Group

c)Rupi Mangat

d)Carol Gatura

  • Ecotourism Student Innovation Award 2013

a)Anthony Muinde

b)Mwania Stephen

c)David Mwabili & Billy Oyaro

d)Musau Makau

  • Ecotourism Training Program of the Year 2013

a)Strathmore University

b)Kenyatta University

c)Amboseli Institute

d)Intl Hospitality & Tourism Institute

  • Ecotourism Student Host Organization of the Year 2012 (Supported by Ecotourism Kenya)

a)Mlilo Community Tours & Safaris

b)Statunga Ecotours

This year’s Eco-Warriors will be held during the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC13) Kenya Night Event. The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), organized by the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), is a unique annual conference focused on the advancement of sustainability goals for the tourism industry.

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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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

Beautiful Capturings


Don’t you like the mannerisms of lions at a waterhole ……. others drink, others keep guard … I think that helps them be at the top of the food chain …




Come, I’ll show you a place where we can leave the world behind and be one with nature.


… if only we opened our eyes and see the beautiful sights that surround us then we would see the Love and Trust that God has in us; to create very beautiful things (nature) and leave it under our care … believe me friends, God Trusts us with very big responsibilities and has confidence in us (through HIS strength in which we can do all things or all things are made possible). If we can take care of creation, everything good in creation will follow us.


Chit-chat at the waterhole ….


There’s something about Kilifi that attracts you, amazes you and make you feel high! The endless view of the sisal plantations, the massive baobabs that dot the regions past Takaungu and the gentle rolling hills … Kenya is full of friendly people – Kilifi is blessed with the friendliest of people (with a rich cultural heritage) in Kenya … has huge variety of birds … and white sandy beaches …. take a peak at Mnarani Club from the region near Tusky’s Supermarket across the bridge.


Good morning friends … is it not so beautiful to see this rhino herd in one place ??? Poaching is a despicable crime against our wildlife and trading in animal parts must be stopped by all means.


I believe that there are other animals that have never seen other animals before … clearly this spoon billed stock had never seen an agama lizard before, what with that look and one leg curled up? From the look of things each is wary of the other lol!

Lion taking cover from the hot sun under an aeroplane in the Masai Mara … 

There is a misty wilderness lying 400 metres above sea level and just 30km outside Mombasa, one of the last remaining coastal rainforests on earth – The Shimba Hills National Reserve, the only home of the Sable Antelope in Kenya and the abode of forest elephants (among other wild animals) who are always there watching you … but you got to pay good attention to spot them 

There’s trouble brewing here … silverback you better get out of the way ……. 

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Tsavo River – a raging chocolate colored river home to crocodiles and hippo – we had one snort but could not see it – the sounds of nature filled the air – to be honest this is a nerve racking part of Tsavo West – if you happen to be here alone you will want to leave in a hurry



Kutazama – just outside Mombasa – 50 km from the city Center – Suitable for day tours or 1 overnight (or more).

Kutazama is set on an escarpment overlooking the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary in Shimba Hills National Reserve and has spectacular views over uninhabited plains and forests, stretching as far as Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen on a clear day


Sunset over the Mara…stunning!!


Lugard’s Falls – Tsavo East National Park: Named after the Britain’s first proconsul of East Africa, Captain Lugard, the Lugard’s falls are in fact rapids where Galana river disappears into a rocky gorge so narrow at one part that it is possible to stand astride the cleft with the falls below. The beauty of the site are the multicoloured rocks carved over centuries by the water and taking fantastic shapes. The rapids, becoming ravaging floods during the rain seasons, plunge into a large pool below where giant crocodiles are resting and lying onto sandbanks.



The Vulturine Guinea fowl is the largest and the most spectacular species of Guinea fowl and is excellently adapted to living in dry African regions, being able to live for a long time without water, obtaining all the necessary fluid from its food which include acacia tree leaves.

Photo credits: Benson .M. Mwakugu https://www.facebook.com/benson.mwakugu/photos_all