Popular with tourists across the world as the perfect place to spot ‘The Big Five’ game animals of Africa - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros, Kenya is a land rich in history, culture, and wildlife. The lush green lands of Kenya have been inhabited for millions of years, from hunter-gatherers to Swahili people to Arabs and Asian traders to European colonists. Many cultures and ethnicities have influenced the Kenya of today. Tourists throng to this beautiful country for its numerous attractions like wildlife safaris in about 60 game reserves and national parks, the wildebeest migration, picturesque views of Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro, stunning beaches along the Indian Ocean, tea and coffee plantations, forts, mosques, and more! The diverse climatic conditions add to the tourism appeal of Kenya. Since many years, Kenya has started focusing its efforts in the sphere of eco-tourism, and there are many eco-friendly and sustainable accommodation options available to tourists. To know more about all the eco hotels available in Kenya, take a look at the options that we have expertly selected for you.
Experience rustic living at the Maasai-inspired Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. Located within an acacia grove in Amboseli National Park, this eco hotel is peaceful and secluded, offering guests comfortable accommodation with all the required amenities. The hotel’s beautiful architecture blends into the environment and each room is a single-story building that opens directly to the park grounds. The rooms have locally sourced artifacts and furnishings, and hand-painted wildlife murals. The hotel is also committed to preserving the delicate ecosystems around it by reducing wastage and using recyclable/biodegradable packaging material. They also source their food from local farmers and suppliers.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Address: Amboseli National Park P.O BOX 48690 Nairobi
Packed lunches Airport shuttle Babysitting/child services Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Physical distancing in dining areas Game drives Shared lounge/TV area Concierge service
Enjoy a tranquil yet eco-friendly stay at The Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort that offers an 18-hole golf course, and gorgeous views of the Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha. The hotel conducts many environmental conservation activities like tree planting, general clean-ups, plastic waste reduction, energy management, wastewater management, etc. All organic waste is composted, waste is separated at source, and grey wastewater and sewage water are sent to a water treatment plant. The entire facility is fitted with energy-efficient bulbs and LED lights. Guests are also encouraged to participate in low-impact activities like nature walks and bird-watching to learn about the surroundings.
Wayando Lodge is a beachfront property in rural Rusigna Island, on the shores of Lake Victoria. With permaculture firmly established as the goal of this eco hotel, Wayando Beach Eco Lodge implements practices like organic gardening, sustainability, composting, recycling, etc. Guest accommodation is in local-style round huts called ‘bandas’ made from natural materials, with simple yet comfortable furnishings, and surrounded by birds and wildlife. Another great eco-friendly feature of the rooms is that the toilets do not flush with water but with composted sawdust. Bird-watching, hiking, nature walks, garden tours, are just some of the fun activities offered at this eco hotel.
Other eco-friendly lodges
Situated amidst the sand dunes off Kizingo Beach on Lamu Island, Kizingo eco hotel provides guests with rustic and natural accommodations that have breathtaking views of the ocean. Guests stay in bandas or huts, built by islanders using organic materials like mangroves, coconut palms, star palm leaves, etc. This helps the lodge blend into the landscape. Each chalet is simply furnished, airy and very spacious. At this beautiful island lodge, sustainability is practiced in every possible way - from solar-powered electricity to shower water and kitchen greywater recycling to self-sufficient gardening to turtle conservation.
Hidden among local plants and trees, the oasis-like Tawi Lodge has been awarded a ‘gold rating’ by Eco-Tourism Kenya. The hotel is designed in the local Maasai architecture on land leased from the Maasai. Some of the hotel’s sustainability initiatives include solar-powered energy, organic gardening, wastewater management, organic waste composting, providing locally made biodegradable soaps and shampoos in guest rooms, reusing glass bottles as drinking water cisterns, and plastic waste reduction by providing guests with reusable water bottles during game drives. To cut back on vehicle use and reduce their carbon footprint, this eco hotel encourages guests to participate in low impact activities like bird watching, camel rides and guided nature walks.
Situated on the lovely Lamu Island, Banana House and Wellness Centre is a beautiful property surrounded by verdant gardens and ocean views. The eco hotel offers accommodation in the form of rooms, penthouses or a whole house! Each accommodation is decorated in a simple and tasteful style. There are shells and fish decorations in the bathrooms, collected from the local beach. Banana House and Wellness Centre also fulfill their social responsibility by supporting many social projects like helping their staff fund their children’s school fees, cleaning the beach and the local village, collecting household garbage, etc. Daily yoga classes and wellness treatments are also available at this eco hotel.
Offering mesmerizing Chyulu Hills views from its rooms, the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is an excellent eco hotel to stay at during your vacation in Kenya. Located in the Tsavo West National Park, this hotel has beautiful rooms, a swimming pool, bars, restaurant and even their own watering hole where you can watch a variety of game daily. Built in a rustic style, each room at the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is made from natural volcanic stone walls and furnished with artwork, fabrics, and furniture inspired by local people. The central dining area for guest meals has a locally made thatched roof. The hotel also strives to support small scale producers and disadvantaged groups by sourcing produce from them.
At the Olarro Lodge in Masai Mara, Kenya, guests can indulge in luxury while taking in the beauty of the African Savannah. Perched on the Loita Hills, Ollaro Lodge has been awarded ‘gold rating’ by Eco Tourism Kenya. The eco hotel’s rooms and suites are luxurious yet very connected with nature with their use of natural materials like wood and stone, elegant decor of white and natural colors and the entire hotel is powered almost entirely by renewable energy. This eco-paradise also undertakes social projects like offering livestock protection advice and services to local villagers, building boreholes and schools, powering village homes with solar energy, etc.
Perched on a hilltop with splendid views of the Masai Mara National Reserve all around, Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is a secluded, peaceful retreat away from the hubbub. This eco hotel provides guests with luxury tents facing the plains or the green woodlands. The palace-like tents are erected on elevated decks in the Kenyan ravine forest and have eco-friendly features like wooden flooring, tiny niches bedecked with local African artifacts, mesh windows, canvas flaps, etc. Plush rugs, luxurious bedding, and top-notch service and other such features make the Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge a fantastic Kenyan vacation retreat!
At the budget-friendly Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers hotel located between the Kilifi Creek and the Fumbini village, you can enjoy an environmentally and socially conscious living in the middle of nature. This eco hotel is ‘bronze rated’ by Eco Tourism Kenya, and offers a dormitory, safari tent, double room, and private family room accommodations. All the accommodation is made from eco-friendly materials, spacious and very well-ventilated. In the family 'banda’ accommodation and double rooms, you can find outdoor bamboo showers, custom-made wood furniture, and shelving, along with glass bottle wall designs. The waterproof tent accommodation is equipped with solar lights. Guests can also join the hotel staff on a weekly beach cleanup drive and get a delicious local drink as a reward!
Sustainable living in Kenya
Eco-tourism is actively promoted in Kenya, and there are plenty of sustainable, green and eco-friendly accommodation options to be found here. From eco lodges and beachside retreats to traditional bandas and luxury tents, take your pick, and on your next vacation in Kenya, be sure to stay at one of our suggested eco hotels.
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