Kenya – “did you say Eco-tourism option?”

A Kenya safari is a good choice if you are looking for an eco-friendly safari that also takes into consideration the welfare of the local communities. The environment has always been an important aspect to the tourism industry in Kenya and today, more than ever, tourism and nature enjoy a symbiotic relationship.

The Kenya government is very aware of how eco tourism benefits the local communities and how important it is to protect its wildlife for future generations. Ecotourism is a very rewarding experience for tourists as visitors can play an active part in conservation projects.

Real eco-tourism has a zero impact on the habitat and the Kenya government has introduced a rating scheme to determine the social and environmental impact of tourist ventures.

Community tourism is a growing concept and is growing globally at a rate of 20-30% annually. The benefits are easily seen and tangible. The evidence is in the schools that are being built for local children, clinics and boreholes to provide communities with water.

Some of the most successful of these community projects are found in the Laikipia area, Namunyak, Magadi and Amboseli.

Community involvement ranges from partial ownership where the community leases the land to investors, to complete ownership.

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