Gamewatchers Safaris Wins an Eco Warrior Award from Ecotourism Kenya

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Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini Camps were awarded the Eco Warrior 'Community Conservancy of the Year' award for their work with the Maasai community creating a wildlife conservancy through sustainable ecotourism. The conservancy offers a safe haven for animals, employment for local tribes and an exclusive safari experience for guests at the Porini Mara Camp.

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Gamewatchers Safaris Wins 2012 Eco Warrior Award

Ecotourism Kenya hosted the annual Eco Warrior Award Ceremony Gala night on 16th November 2012 at the Nairobi Serena Hotel.

The Eco Warrior Awards were founded to recognise efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements for promoting responsible tourism in Kenya and enhancing tourism sustainability which directly conserves the natural environment linked to local communities through mutual beneficial and equitable partnerships. Nature conservation through community development by tourism is the essence of ecotourism.

Having previously been awarded ‘The Most Responsible Tour Operator’ in 2010, Gamewatchers Safaris were delighted to be recognised for their work alongside the Maasai community winning ‘Community Conservancy of the Year 2012’ for the Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the Mara Ecosystem.

Ol Kinyei was founded in 2005 adjacent to the Masai Mara National Park and is a community owned wildlife conservancy. Gamewatchers Safaris believes the key to conserving Kenya’s spectacular flora and fauna outside the parks is to engage the local communities and to provide tangible benefits from ecotourism that exceed the returns that they are able to generate from any other form of land utilization such as farming. Approximately 16 million KSH ($190,000) flows directly into the community per year; a considerable sum when the majority of the population earns barely one dollar per day, as a direct result of the conservancy scheme. This has changed the local community’s attitude towards the concept of wildlife conservation. The members see the wildlife as a resource which belongs to them and are enthusiastic about encouraging wildlife to move into their conservancies and protecting them from snaring and poaching.

Situated within the exclusive conservancy is Porini Mara Safari Camp. The camp contains just 6 spacious guest tents which are comfortably furnished, lighted with solar power, with water saving safari showers and flush toilets. The Porini Camps are owned and run by Gamewatchers Safaris. Guests can enjoy exclusive access to wildlife, with guided walks with qualified Maasai guides, game drives in open sided 4x4 vehicles and night game drives not available within the National Parks.

Porini Mara Camp was awarded a Travellers Choice Award 2012 by Trip Advisor for being ranked #1 in Masai Mara National Reserve with 176 ‘Excellent’ reviews. Further information about the camp including suggested itineraries, safari holiday packages and booking details can be found on

Gamewatchers Safaris was established in 1989 by Kenyan citizen Jake Grieves-Cook. Jake is a passionate advocate of sustainable and responsible tourism and takes a hands-on approach to helping the local communities conserve the wildlife through ecotourism.

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