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Kenya is named by many anthropologists as the 'cradle of humanity.' It boasts magnificent wildlife parks, beaches, thriving coral reefs, breath-taking mountains and ancient Swahili cities. Safaris include unforgettable moments such as the mass migration of wildebeests in the Masai Mara.

Find an eco tour in Kenya. A list of eco tour operators, travel agents and accommodation providers either based in or that can organise trips to Kenya. Each listing includes a full page description so click for more information.

Travel Agents, Tour Operators & Eco Accommodation in Kenya

Ontdek Kenya
Kenya based specialist for guided walking, birding and wildlife tours away from mass tourism. Zebras, gazelles and giraffes give exciting breaks during the walks - genuine alternatives to minibus safaris. Small groups or customized. Lodge accommodation.

Gecko's Adventures
Small groups, great prices; Gecko's offers the value and freedom of backpacking, without the hassles. Your local leader will take you off the beaten track, but you won't miss out on the famous sites! 181 adventures across 50 countries.

Diamond Beach Village
Diamond Beach Village is situated on the beachfront of Manda Island, Lamu. It is a small lodge with traditional style huts, a tree house and a restaurant serving local cuisine, seafood and much more.

i-to-i Meaningful Travel
i-to-i is the world leader in ethical volunteer and gap year travel. We send 5,000 people a year to work with 500 important community development, teaching, and conservation projects in over 30 countries across 5 continents.

GSE EcoTours
An independent, well established tour operating company specialising in community-based ecotourism holidays to Kenya. (based in the UK)

ecoAfrica Travel
Explore Africa's untamed wilderness in the company of reliable, responsible hosts. Compare our select range and choose the itinerary that suits you best, or create your own - we take care of the rest.

A Closer Look Travel
Specializes in booking eco travel, community (real cultural connection) travel and volunteer travel. We have one of the largest databases (about 3,300) of worldwide sustainable travel opportunities in the US.

Explore Worldwide
Explore pioneers small, group adventure holidays around the world. Explore's responsible tourism policy is the cornerstone of the company's approach to tour operating.

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Travel with Respect

Although Kenya is predominantly Christian and somewhat liberal, there are areas with major Muslim influence, such at the Coastal regions, where it is considered indecent to wear short dresses. This is true in rural Christian areas as well.Beachwear is acceptable on the beach but not while strolling around town. Even though some hotels allow topless or nude sunbathing, these are in restricted areas and not in public areas.Kissing or heavy petting is frowned upon in public, even though Kenyan youth engage in both liberally in night clubs.Homosexuality is against the law but is practiced secretly. Any overt displays of homosexuality may, at times, result in open hostility. It is best to be discreet if engaging in any such activities with travel mates or locals. However, it is customary to hold a same sex person's hand while engaged in conversation.

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Travel Safe

Kenya had an uncharacteristic bout of intertribal violence in January 2008 after a disputed presidential election. Things have now quieted down and the country is considered safe for travelers, but the situation remains somewhat on edge, so follow local news carefully.Stay alert when walking or driving through Nairobi. You should be careful always to be aware of your surroundings and, if possible, ensure that you have a guide with you. Even daylight muggings on crowded streets are not uncommon. Particularly avoid walking after dark. Take a taxi if you can afford it, or a bus if you can not.Avoid ostentatious displays of wealth and property, particularly tempting objects such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops, MP3 players, etc. The bus from the airport to downtown is a notorious target for pickpocketsIt is advisable for women travellers to avoid travelling alone and to have a male companion so as to present less of a tempting target. Muggings and robbing are a regular occurrence in downtown Nairobi but are less prevalent in the uptown areas of Nairobi such as Westlands which have very good security due to the well off individuals who live and work there.If you are unlucky and get mugged, a good tactic is to wave your arms and start screaming at the would-be mugger. Confrontations with armed robbers, however, should be avoided in this instance, remember that your possessions are far less important than your life. Most criminals in Nairobi are more interested in a quick grab and dash than they are in a prolonged encounter. Since robbery is frequently punished by lengthy prison terms or even death, most muggers can be dissuaded by a good show of force. It is perfectly possible to see much of Nairobi without incident if you take sensible precautions.The north of the country has a reputation for lawlessness, becoming more dangerous the closer you get to the Sudanese, Ethiopian and Somali borders. Armed robberies and abductions by shiftas (bandits) on the roads in these areas are frequent. Avoid travelling to this part of the country if possible, and take special precautions if travelling by road. Armed convoys are normal for this part of the country. Visitors to Lake Turkana (indicated on the map as Lake Rudolf) in the northwest and Lamu in the northern end of the coast are advised to travel there by air. Lodwar, Lokichokio ('Loki') and Moyale are towns best avoided by the casual traveller, unless you have business with the humanitarian organisations based there.

Information from wikitravel.org*


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* ecotourdirectory.com is not responsible for the travel advice and travel with respect sections on this page. We would strongly advise that before traveling to Kenya you consult your countries embassy for the lastest guidance.

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