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Gamewatchers Safari Named Top Tour Operator by Skal International Ecoutourism Awards

Seattle, WA and Nairobi, KENYAGamewatchers Safaris of Kenya was named the winner of the Skål International “EcoTourism Awards” in the Tour Operator & Travel Agent category.  Gamewatchers, represented by the Kusini Collection in North America, operates a wide variety of safaris in East Africa and owns and manages the Porini Camps in Kenya.

Skål, founded in 1934, is the largest organization of travel and tourism professionals in the world. It is the only association which embraces all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, in five continents, 90 countries and at over 500 locations, with 20,000 members. In 2002, Skål introduced the Ecotourism Awards to promote and recognize conservation efforts, and responsible and sustainable tourism world-wide. Moving forward, the awards will be called the Sustainable Development in Tourism Awards.

“Gamewatchers Safaris is honored to receive this revered ecotourism award,” said Jake Grieves-Cook, managing director of Gamewatchers Safaris.  “Our goal is to provide travelers with an eco-conscious and culturally sustainable tourism experience that does not compromise quality of wildlife viewing or comfort of accommodations. We greatly appreciate this acknowledgement – it means that we are achieving our goal!”

Gamewatchers is a specialist tour operator based in Nairobi, Kenya with over 20 years of experience operating luxury and wildlife safaris. Gamewatchers works with all of the leading safari camps and also owns and manages the Porini Camps in Kenya (http://www.porini.com/kenya.html?sub=porini-camps), which offer a highly authentic safari experience. All of the Porini Safari Camps are run on environmentally sound principles, specially designed to have minimum impact, with no permanent structures, using solar power for electricity and heating water with special eco-friendly sustainable charcoal briquettes. The camps offer visitors the experience of staying in a small, high-quality safari camp comfortably furnished with private bathrooms, solar lights and located in exclusive wildlife conservancies in some of the finest big game areas in Africa. Here travelers escape from the crowds and experience the African wilderness without the presence of other tourist vehicles and with the personal attention of qualified safari guides. Walks with Maasai warriors and the opportunity for night game drives in exclusive wilderness areas are included where available. Game drives in the conservancies are in open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles, with expert guides. As a tour operator, Gamewatchers provides our trade partners with commissionable net rates, wide product knowledge of the top luxury camps and lodges and high levels of customer service throughout the booking process.

The Kusini Collection ( http://www.kusinicollection.com/) is a US-based travel marketing firm that represents an exclusive group of complementary, owner-operated camps and ground handlers in Africa. The Kusini Collection is entirely focused on connecting highly-qualified, knowledgeable North American agents and outfitters with elite operating partners in Africa.

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