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

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