The tourism and hospitality industries are among the fast expanding industries in the
world and are important top forex earners for Kenya. Kenya is endowed with rich faunal
and floral biodiversity characterised by a myriad of terrestrial and marine plant and
wildlife, natural and physical scenic features, and a growing diversity in the social-cultural heritage of the people. To date conventional tourism has dominated the tourism
sector in the region. However, the demand on land for agricultural use and other
development activities is rising threatening the future sustainability of tourism resources.
The new tourism policy has put emphasis this on involvement of the local communities in
managing tourism resources. The Government is determined to encourage and facilitate
this approach. To achieve this the emphasis must be directed to sustainable ecotourism
development as the core in this industry supported by expansion in the hospitality service
sector. There is inadequate skilled manpower in this sector but the future of tourism needs
product diversification, opening up of new tourist circuits, promotion of domestic tourism
and provision of skilled manpower. The programme in Ecotourism and Hospitality
Management is designed to train manpower to meet these challenges.
Development of ecotourism offers opportunities for diversification in tourism and
haspotential to transform economies,conserve the environment and culture. This can be
realised through increased involvement of all stakeholders in decision making and sharing
of benefits. In order to actualize the above positive attributes of ecotourism, an expanded
hospitality service network should be established. The degree programme in Ecotourism
and Hospitality Management will provide competence to service providers in this
industry by training new entrants or upgrading skills of those who are already in the
Tourism is a complex industry governed by the laws of supply and demand. The modern
time tourist, especially ecotourists, demand more information and guidance on the
tourism product‘s natural history than the amateur naturalist, who is sufficiently rewarded
if he/she can see a great eagle soar across the sky or come upon a pride of lions resting in
a thorn bush. The programme will provide the competence needed to take the client to the
next stage beyond identification i.e. to appreciate the ecology, behaviour and the tourism
product‘s interrelationship with the environment. In the case of animals, behaviour is the
most intricate and revealing part of an animal‘s natural history.
The aim of this programme is to equip the students with relevant technical and
professional knowledge that will enable them to effectively manage the ecotourism and
hospitality industry. The specific objectives of the programme is to:
i) Provide training and knowledge to new entrants in ecotourism and
ii) Upgrade skills of those who are already in the industry
iii) Enhance conservation of biodiversity through nature based tourism
iv) Equip stakeholders with relevant education in the ecotourism
v) Create entrepreneurship attitude among graduates ofthis program
At the completion of the training the B Sc. Ecotourism and Hospitality Management
graduates should be able to:-i) Analyse and explain the physical environment, ecology and behaviour of
major African fauna, floral communities and educate the client beyond simple
identification, which is the current practice in tourism.
ii) Identify, prioritize and map various tourist products, infrastructure and tourist
circuiting and associated land use in destination areas.
iii) Determine marketing and branding for destination areas.
iv) Determine realistic potential and carrying capacity for tourism development in
v) Establish planning and management guidelines for environment, business and
community involvement in tourism products.
vi) Where possible run their own enterprises including consultancy.
In addition to satisfying the minimum admission requirement for Egerton University, the
candidates should obtain at least grade C in Mathematics, C+ in Biology or B- in
Biological Sciences, C in Chemistry, B- in Geography or History and Government, and at
least C+ in English or Kiswahili at K.S.C.E. Admission will be granted to diploma
holders in Hotel or Tourism management from a recognized institution. Degree holders
from other institutions interested in this program will be considered on individual merits.
Course Structure and Duration
The programme shall cover four academic years. Each semester shall consist of fifteen
15.weeks with two weeks for examination. At the end of Year 3 semester 2, the student
will undergo an eight-week industrial attachment. The duration for Diploma and other
degree holders will depend on the number of credit hours transferred as per the University
regulations on credit transfers. Diploma students who qualify for credit transfer may
complete their programme in a minimum period of 2 ½ years, whereas those on part-time
basis may do so in 3 ½ years.The Self Sponsored Part-time students‘ Programme will be
offered at the Town Campus. The cost for SSP Programmes per year will be as per
University rates of fee payments for the SSP Science based courses. The course involves
extensive academic field trips which will require additional cost for the trips.
The coding for the courses offered in this programme is represented by TOHM followed
by a three-digit figure. The first digit represents the year in which the particular course is
offered. The second digit represents the discipline of study. For instance; 0-introductory
course, 1-principle courses, 2-ecology, 3-climate, 4-management, 5-applied, 6-planning
courses, 7- seminar, research and student projects, 8-policy, law and administration. The
third digit is the serial number of the course within that field e.g. TOHM 101 is first year
introductory course and the first in the series.
All examinations for the B Sc. in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management shall be
conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University
The grading of examination for B Sc.in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management shall be in
accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate a B Sc. in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management a student shall be
required to take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.
The classification for B Sc. in Ecotourism and Hospitality Management shall be in
accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students