Eco safari, Kenya eco tourism
ECO SAFARI | KENYA ECO TOURISM | AFRICAN ECO TOUR | KENYAN
ECO TOURISM | ECO TOUR
Eco tourism has been expanding rapidly since the early 1990s
and stems from the earlier global environmental movement that had its naissance
in the late 1970s. The aims of ecotourism as outlined in the 1992 Agenda 21
guidance for the tourist and travel industry are to promote responsible travel
to host regions which not only plays a part in the conservation of the local
environment but aims to improve and offer future opportunities for indigenous
Over the years, the buyout of land owned by local
smallholders in Kenya to further the needs of intensive farming and big
business has not only left many communities displaced from their traditional
homelands but has also removed a sizeable proportion of habitation previously
used for grazing by the local wildlife. Lack of local business skills and
finances means there have been too few opportunities and no real incentive for
the local population to understand the benefits of wildlife conservation.
It is against this backdrop that Smile to Africa Adventure.
The company, headed up by local Kenyan is applying the principles of ecotourism
literally at the grass roots level by developing conservation areas for
wildlife on land that it leases from local communities in Kenya. These tracts
of land border national parks and extend the habitat of threatened species.
The key to Smile To Africa's success has been in sharing its
private sector commercially gained expertise and experience to work with the
local community to demonstrate that there are real tangible benefits in
treating the land as a resource, that can provide wildlife protection zones
while at the same time bringing in income gained from tourism and the resultant
employment opportunities to support it that it offers.
Smile To Africa's is responsible for putting into place the
infrastructure necessary to support tourism facilities that will have minimal
impact on its environs, thus respecting the principles of ecotourism e.g by the
building of a restricted number of access roads to the camps, the setting of
selected tracks to view game, and operating campsites only using renewable
energy sources which accommodate a strictly limited number of guests.