Basecamp Foundation is a non-profit tourism based organisation that works with host communities and partner organisations in tourism destinations to create sustainable destinations in developing countries. Basecamp Foundation creates a forum for host communities to demonstrate positive impacts of tourism on the natural, social and economic environment. Basecamp vision is to transform lives through responsible tourism. Click here for more information.
ECO TOURISM KENYA
Ecotourism Kenya promotes responsible tourism practices in the tourism industry in Kenya through an eco-rating certification scheme. This scheme assesses best practises by accommodation businesses in relation to their environmental, economic and social impacts. The awarded certificate has three categories, Bronze, Silver or Gold, based on the accommodation’s performance. Click here for more information.
SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL & TOURISM AGENDA
STTA is a social enterprise providing support to companies, NGOs, governments, communities and destinations on a wide range of sustainability issues.
STTA operate as an international consultancy and resource for companies, NGOs, governments, communities, learning institutions and destinations. As a social enterprise, it provides a platform for learning and sharing. We are keen to see sustainable tourism become a movement that transforms how people travel and how the business of tourism is conducted. For more information click here.
THE HERITAGE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Heritage Environment Management Company (Heritage) developed the “Heritage Environmental Certification Programme” in order to provide tourism businesses with an effective environmental management system designed to reduce and limit the environmental impact of the businesses. Heritage offers a hands-on environmental approach for businesses on resource management that delivers financial returns and at the same time enables businesses to position themselves as environmentally responsible. Click here for more information.
Kenya officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in East Africa and lies on the equator. With the Indian Ocean to its south-east, it is bordered by Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya has a land area of 580,000 km2 and a population of a little over 43 million residents. The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and second among Africa’s highest mountain peaks. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi.
Kenya’s climate varies across the country, from the tropical humidity of the coast, the dry heat of the savannah or semi-arid areas and the cool air of the highlands. Temperatures in these areas are fairly constant year round with an average of 27°C (80°F) at the coast, 21°C to 27°C (70°F to 80°F) in the hinterland, while in Nairobi and the highlands over 5,000 ft, the daytime temperatures normally range between 19°C and 24°C (66°F to 75°F).
Most parts of the country experience two rainy seasons: the ‘long rains’ falling over a ten week period between April and June, and the ‘short rains’ over a five week period between November and December. The rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short and heavy tropical downpour.
According to Ethnologue, there are a total of 69 languages spoken in Kenya. This variety is a reflection of the country’s diverse population that includes most major ethnoracial and linguistic groups found in Africa. Most languages spoken locally belong to two broad linguistic families: Niger-Congo (Bantu branch) and Nilo-Saharan (Nilotic branch), spoken by the country’s Bantu and Nilotic populations, respectively. The Cushitic and Arab ethnic minorities speak languages belonging to the separate Afro-Asiatic family, with the Hindustani and British residents speaking languages from the Indo-European phylum.
Kenya’s various ethnic groups typically speak their mother tongues within their own communities. The two official languages, English and Swahili, are used in varying degrees of fluency for communication with other populations.