If you are embracing more sustainable travel, Kenya is the perfect destination to consider, with a plethora of eco-friendly lodges to choose from.
Eco-tourism is defined by The International Ecotourism Society as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people”.
Ecotourism has become something of a buzzword across the travel industry, fuelled by travellers’ raising awareness of the need to safeguard our planet. A huge wave of demand for eco-friendly holidays is gathering strength, alongside pressure from tourism bodies and many camp and lodge operators’ growing realisation of the need to work with local communities to preserve the precious flora and fauna with which we share our world. And, through tourism activity, we can contribute to the local economy too.
Particularly in wild places, supporting some of Africa’s last few remaining endangered species and marginalised communities, the importance of responsible travel is ever-present. While some operators across the sector take steps such as using solar power to support their energy consumption and seeking to recycle as much as possible, a handful of camps and lodges go above and beyond to actively deliver on the eco-message set out in their business plan and strive to have a minimal negative impact on the environment.
Kenya’s eco-lodges tend to use renewable energy such as solar power, conserve water, recycle waste, build positive relationships with the local community, and take a long-term, sustainable approach to business.
Here is our collection of eco-lodges in Kenya that have been rated by Eco Tourism Kenya for outstanding best practices.