- Respect the privacy of the wildlife, this is their habitat
- Beware of the animals, they are wild and can be unpredictable
- Don’t crowd the animals or make sudden noises or movements
- Don’t feed the animals, it upsets their diet and leads to human dependence
- Keep quiet, noise disturbs the wildlife and may antagonise your fellow visitors
- Stay in your vehicle at all times, except at designated picnic or walking areas
- Keep below the maximum speed limit (40kph or 25mph)
- Never drive off-road, this severely damages the habitat
- When viewing wildlife keep to a minimum distance of 20 meters and pull to the side of the road so as to allow others to pass
- Leave no litter and never leave fires unattended or discard burning objects
- Respect the cultural heritage of Kenya. Never take pictures of the local people or their habitat without asking their permission. Respect the cultural traditions of Kenya and always dress with decorum
- Stay over or leave before dusk. Visitors must vacate national parks between 7pm and 6am unless they are camping overnight Night game driving is not permitted in national parks
In order to ensure a high quality holiday with low environmental impact, it is recommended that transport, accommodation and activities are booked only with reputable operators and qualified safari guides.
The associations listed below provide vital certification that protects visitors to Kenya, conserves Kenya’s environment and supports local communities.
The Kenya Association of Tour Operators, KATO
The Kenya Association of Tour Operators represents over 250 of the leading and most experienced professional tour operators in Kenya. The association provides a mechanism that ensures Kenyan tour operators maintain the highest standards of service and value.
Visitors to Kenya wishing to book travel, accommodation and safaris through a registered KATO member should go to www.katokenya.org
Ecotourism Kenya certifies tourism establishments and community-based tourism initiatives according to their sustainable tourism practices. The society promotes concern for the environment and the welfare of local populations.
Certification is bronze, silver and gold.
Visitors to Kenya wishing to get the current list of Ecotourism Kenya certified tourism establishments should go to www.ecotourismkenya.org
The Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association, KPSGA
The Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association provides certification for safari guides, naturalists and individuals in the tourism sector. Individuals certified by KPSGA are not only knowledgeable in their own specific field, but in first aid, mechanical skills, etiquette and client safety. Certification is bronze, silver and gold.
Visitors to Kenya wishing to get the current list of KPSGA-certified guides should go to www.safariguides.org