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Birding Tours in Kenya

Washington Wachira

Tour Leader, East Africa (Photography & Videography Guide)

Washington has been leading Wildlife and Birding Tours in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda for many years. He has a taste for everything in nature, from the small to the big and everything in between. His education background is in Environmental Science (BSc.) and Animal Ecology (MSc.). He has continued to enrich his knowledge through many trainings, including the Certificate course in Fundamentals of Ornithology and Certificate course on the Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles. He is a member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). He was awarded the African Sustainable Tourism Fellowship Award in 2016. He co-authored the Guidebook to the Birds of Dakatcha Woodland IBA. He wrote the first Checklists to the Birds of Eburu Forest; and the Birds of Kenyatta University. He founded the Kenyatta University Birding Club in 2014. Over the years, he has worked and interned with many organisations; including the Ornithology Section of the National Museums of Kenya and Giraffe Center. He previously served as the Manager for the Kenya Bird Map Project. He is a member of the Bird Committee of Nature Kenya, and chairs the National Bird of Kenya Sub-committee. He is the Chairperson of the East African Rarities Committee. He serves as the Country Representative for Kenya at the Youth Africa Birding. He is a National Geographic Explorer, on his work with African Crowned Eagles. He is a passionate film maker, and released his first documentary, “Urban Crowns”, in 2017. He is also an experienced nature photographer and has won many awards, including First Position in the Underwater Category of the 2016 East African Wild Life Photo Competition. He is a featured photographer in the ON THE ROAD INITIATIVE by NIKON. He is also a member of the African Primatological Consortium for Conservation. He is a former Chairperson of the Kenya Herpetofauna Working Group. He is also a TED Speaker, and gave a TED Talk titled “For the love of birds” in 2017. Washington has also discovered a lizard species new to Science (year 2021), which was named after his second name (Agama wachirai).

Birding Tours in Kenya

Alex Mwangi

Tour Leader, East Africa (French-speaking Guide)

Alex was born and raised at the foothills of Mt. Kenya; where his interest in nature and animals began. Today, he is one of the top naturalists in the beautiful Mt. Kenya region, Africa’s second highest mountain. During his childhood days, he would spend his leisure time watching National Geographic films. He continued his passion for nature through his school days. He enrolled as a member of the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya and begun practicing as a tour guide while still in high school. He later joined Dedan Kimathi University of Technology for a Tourism Management degree. After completing his university education, he joined the Mt. Kenya Biodiversity Conservation Group; a local Site Support Group affiliated with Nature Kenya. Through the group, he has managed to engage local community members in birds’ conservation and regularly leads bird walks at the Mt. Kenya Forest and its environs. Alex is also a certified guide and member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). He is passionate in research and biodiversity profiling projects. While in campus, he conducted a research project on the population of Hinde’s Babblers in the Mukurwe-ini region; an endangered species that is also endemic to Kenya. He has also completed a certificate course in Fundamentals of Ornithology at Elsamere Field Study Centre. He is a member of Nature Kenya- the East Africa Natural History Society. He is also very passionate in plants and insects, and often engages his tour groups in amazing fun facts about the flora and insects of East Africa. He is also very passionate about the birds of Northern Tanzania, and has managed to see virtually all the endemics and near-endemics of that region. He has continued to enrich his skills by leading Wildlife and Birding Tours in Kenya and Tanzania, making him an all rounded and resourceful guide. His passion and humble personality in the field makes him one of the most exciting people to enjoy a safari with.

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Proscovia Nanyombi

Tour Guide, Uganda and Rwanda

Proscovia was born and raised in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Leading Birding and Big Game Safaris has always been her joy. She also thoroughly loves Great Apes Tours; where she leads Gorilla and Chimpanzee treks across Uganda and Rwanda. She is currently one of the top Guides for both Uganda and Rwanda. She holds a Diploma in Tourism Management from The Hotel and Tourism Training Institute, Jinja. She has further improved her skills through many short courses. She has done a Certificate course on Introduction to Birds and Birding from the Africa Institute of Tourism and Field Guiding. She also holds a Certificate in Bird Guiding from Makerere Biological Field study Station, Kibale. Proscovia is also a holder of the Certificate in Silver level Nature Guiding from Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. She has further enriched her experiences and skills through Bird Guides’ trainings from Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA). She has worked as a Programs Officer and Ornithologist at Wildlife Clubs of Uganda. She is one of the top Site Guides at Mpanga Eco-Tourism site and Mpanga Central Forest Reserve. Proscovia is also the Vice-Chairperson of the Uganda Women Birders Club, where she helps nurture young female guides. Her calm and jovial personality helps her connect well with guests and everyone completes the tour smiling.  

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Kombo Hamad

Tour Guide, Pemba and Zanzibar Islands (Tanzania)

Kombo is the top Tour Guide based on Pemba Island, in North-Eastern Tanzania. He is famous for his skills to find all the endemic birds of Pemba Island with considerable ease (Pemba Scops-Owl, Pemba White-eye, Pemba Green Pigeon and Pemba Sunbird). He was born and raised on Pemba Island, where he has managed to tour extensively. It is on this magical Island that his interest in nature and wildlife – both flora and fauna; was thoroughly nurtured. Growing up near the forest helped him enjoy forest birds and mammals from a tender age. This has made him a top spotter and listener for all forest birds on Pemba. Further, he has extensively travelled on the neighbouring Island of Unguja, famously referred to as Zanzibar. He has vastly led tours here; both wildlife trips and the famed cultural, plus spice farm tours. He also leads ethno-tours, teaching guests about local medicine and traditional ways of life from the Indian Ocean Islands. He is a very diverse guide and has furthered his studies in multiple fields. He holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute Of Public Administration (IPA). He attended advanced Tourism training at the Zanzibar Tourism Organization (ZATO), supported by UNICEF. When not out guiding tour groups, he works at Ngezi Forest station as a Tourism Guide/ Officer. Any day spent with Kombo is a wonderful experience and his guests always acknowledge how much fun they had exploring with him.

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Diana Jerop

Tour Guide, Kenya

Diana was born and raised in the Southern Rift Valley region of Kenya. She is currently one of the few Women Birding Guides in Kenya. Growing up in the rural countryside near the amazing South Nandi Forest sparked a great passion for nature from a young age. She has a deep passion for flora and fauna with a bias on birds. Over the years, she has managed to explore many parts of Kenya and has gained field experience from Coastal to Western Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Science – Hospitality and Tourism Management, from Pwani University. Diana is also very passionate about nurturing upcoming Women Guides and is the current Chairperson of the Kenya Women Birders Club. She is also a very skilled driver and this has set her atop the guiding fraternity in Kenya. Diana is an active Citizen Scientist, contributing data for the Kenya Bird Map. She regularly takes part in the annual waterfowl census hosted by the National Museums of Kenya and Nature Kenya. She is also a member of the South Nandi Biodiversity Conservation Group, a community group aimed at conserving the unique South Nandi Forest. She is very experienced in First Aid and fieldwork safety; and has spent several years volunteering with the Kenya Red Cross Society. She is also very passionate about camping and spends a lot of time in the field exploring. She has been leading Wildlife and Birding Tours in Kenya, helping guests enjoy this great country. Diana is a very jovial person to be with and every day spent with her is a memory. 

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Lenard Korir

Tour Guide, Kenya

Lenard was born and raised in the Southern Rift Valley, near the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. He has been a keen nature lover all his life. Today, he is one of the top naturalists in the beautiful Masai Mara ecosystem, in Southern Kenya. Lenard has worked as a guide in the greater Masai Mara ecosystem for many years helping him to know this place deeply. Lenard holds a Diploma in Tourism Management and Travel Operations. He has been an active member of the Lake Naivasha Nature Club, a local birding group located in the Central Rift Valley region of Kenya. He is also a certified safari guide and member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). He has been actively participating in research and monitoring of wetlands and Important Biodiversity Areas (IBAs). He regularly volunteers at the national waterfowl census conducted by the National Museums of Kenya, Nature Kenya and Kenya Wildlife Service. Lenard has also been an active volunteer during the mammal census and surveys conducted by Kenya Wildlife Service. He has gained great experience guiding birding and wildlife safaris across Kenyan parks and other attractions. He is well experienced with all major tourism circuits of Kenya, from the North to the South. He is one of the top wildlife spotters in Kenya, where his sharp eyes and keen nature interpretation skills set him on top of his colleagues. He is a highly skilled 4 by 4 driver and has gained experience driving across all types of roads in Kenya. Lenard is known for his passion and dedication, where he is always eager to show his guests the beauty of Kenya.

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David Njenga

Tour Guide, Kenya

David is one of the top guides in Kenya, having gained experience for many years as a Driver-Guide. He has lived in Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi for most of his life. He is one of the all-rounded guides in Kenya, who has deep interest and passion in many fields – botany, zoology and cultures of Kenya. He has taken part in the Waterfowl Census project hosted by the National Museums of Kenya over many years. He has also served as a City Guide at the Nairobi City Park and Nairobi Arboretum. He is a member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA) and a member of the East Africa Natural History Society – Nature Kenya. He has been a resident Guide based in Kenya’s top National Reserve, Masai Mara for many years. He holds a Diploma in Tour Guiding and Administration from the Kenya Institute of Professional Studies. He also holds a Certificate in Fundamentals of Ornithology, from the National Museums of Kenya. He has also trained at the San Tomas Tourism College; where he covered the Spanish Language Module One. He has completed the Kenya Accounting Technician Course (KATC) at Vision Institute of Professionals. David has further completed the Trade Test Certificate Grade III from the Technical Institute, Kenya. He has continued to increase his experience in different fields within the tourism and hospitality industry. He has also served in the restaurant sector where he gained skills on food and beverage preparation and presentation. David has gained great driving skills and has managed to acquire basic mechanical skills; which helps him greatly when handling tough African roads. His calm nature and excellent communication skills help him to interact very well with his guests.    

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Simon Ndegwa

Tour Guide, Kenya

Simon is a dedicated driver-guide who has spent most of his life between Nairobi, Rift Valley and Central Kenya. He is currently one of the best animal spotters in Kenya, making him a great guide to have on any safari or adventure tour. His interest in nature started from a young age; but he never got the opportunity to practice this passion until later in life. His career began when he met a Cisticola Birding Team on a safari at the iconic Thomson’s Falls. Simon was automatically hooked and he requested to join the group as a trainee for a few days; an experience that kick-started his career in tour guiding. Today he is a very enthusiastic birder, driver and camper. Simon is an experienced driver for many years, handling different types of off-road vehicles and luggage trucks. This has given him a great edge ahead of his colleagues and has enabled him to drive groups to some of the best hidden locations across Kenya. He holds a Certificate in Tour Guiding; and has continued to enrich his knowledge and skills through various short courses. He is an active member of the Friends of Kinangop Plateau, a local community group that focuses on the conservation of the Sharpe’s Longclaw (a species endemic to Kenya). He also often takes part in the birdwatching activities led by Nature Kenya, the East Africa Natural History Society. Simon is also active in the annual waterbird census conducted across the Rift Valley Lakes of Kenya; in partnership between the National Museums of Kenya, Kenya Wildlife Service and Nature Kenya. He is also an active member of the Kenya Herpetofauna Working Group, and often takes part in field expeditions to look for rare reptiles and amphibians.

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John Gitiri

Tour Guide, Kenya

John was born in a small village in Central Kenya next to the major catchment, Aberdare Ranges. He developed high interest in nature by joining environmental clubs in both primary and secondary school. He later joined Friends of Kinangop Plateau for Biodiversity Conservation where his quest for nature interpretation was nurtured through bird walks and nature hikes. He then travelled to the Kenyan Coast and worked with A Rocha Kenya; where he interacted with coastal birders. While there, he worked with the research and monitoring department at A Rocha and contributed to ornithological data collection in Coastal Important Biodiversity Areas (IBAs). He has been an intern with the National Museums of Kenya, Ornithology Section. He regularly takes part in the annual waterfowl census hosted by the National Museums of Kenya and Nature Kenya. He currently serves as a community representative official at Friends of Kinangop Plateau. He holds a Diploma in Tour Guiding and Administration. He is also a certified member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). He has done a first Aid course with St. John Ambulance. John has travelled to almost all regions in Kenya; doing avian research or conducting tours. He leads groups; doing his number one hobby (birding), hiking, camping, mountaineering, rock climbing among other outdoors’ activities. He is also a passionate environmental educationist and travel/environmental blogger. He is an experienced bird ringing expert and often joins ringing sessions across Kenya. A field day with John is a great mix of fun and knowledge; and you engage with a wonderful friend.

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Wilson Tiren

Tour Guide, East Africa

Wilson was born in Kenya, and has been a passionate nature interpreter all his life. Having grown up by the shores of Lake Baringo, Wilson is one of the leading authorities on bird identification and distribution in the Baringo region of Kenya. He participated actively in supplying the necessary data regarding the bird species check-list development of Lake Baringo. He brings with him vast experience in bird spotting and identification gained from working with World leading ornithologists who visit his home area frequently.  He recently undertook the Fundamentals of Ornithology course at Elsamere Field Study Centre and a Certificate Course on the Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles. He has actively participated in conservation efforts undertaken by Lake Baringo Biodiversity Conservation Group (LBBCG) of which he is a member. He has expanded his knowledge on birds by taking part in expeditions to many other parts of Kenya. He has been taking part in the annual waterfowl census organised by the National Museums of Kenya. Wilson enjoys birding just like he enjoys leading birding tours. His interests span beyond birds to other aspects of flora and fauna. He has perfected his biodiversity handling and study skills by working with many leading ornithologists, zoologists, botanists and other researchers. Over time, he has expanded his guiding knowledge beyond Kenya, and has now gained great experience in countries such as Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. His passion and jovial mood in the field has made him one of the clients’ favourites on each tour. He is also a passionate nature photographer and has been very instrumental in making our photography tours a success.

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Tonny Sserugga

Tour Guide, Uganda and Rwanda

Tonny was born and raised in Uganda, where his passion for nature and guiding was nurtured. He is currently one of the top guides in both Uganda and Rwanda, having taken part in many expeditions and tours across both countries. He has further done more birding in Kenya. He takes part in many Citizen-Science projects across Uganda and Rwanda; such as leading volunteer teams on the annual Global Birding Day. He is a committed member of the Uganda Bird Guides Club, Uganda and Rwanda Guide Club and Nature Uganda. He has continued to increase his knowledge and skills through many courses. He has taken two courses on Tourist Guiding and Nature interpretation by Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA). He also attended a Tour Manager Training Course by the Africa Institute of Tourism and Field Guiding. He is also a trained educator and holds a Degree in Education from Nkumba University. This has enabled Tonny to be one of the best nature interpreters and communicators. He is a trained First Aider, having attended the First Aid Course by Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). His driving skills are a great talent and he regularly manages to take the toughest roads in Uganda with commendable ease. This helps him reach exciting and rare species hidden along unbeaten roads and unique locations. Tonny is one of the best friends to meet on safari and he always endeavors to make your trip memorable.   

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Patrick Ngotho

Tour Guide, Kenya

Patrick was born and raised in Central Kenya. It is here that he nurtured his interest in wildlife as he observed small mammals and birds around his home and nearby forests. He continued nurturing his passion through the Wildlife Club at his school; where he also took part in many tree planting projects. Patrick holds a Diploma in Travel and Tourism Operations. He also completed the City Park Nature Guide Training Course in the year 2017. Patrick is a Certified Member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). He is a regular volunteer and Team Leader at the Annual Waterfowl Census hosted by the National Museums of Kenya, Nature Kenya and Kenya Wildlife Service. He has also been an active member and volunteer at Nature Kenya; where his skills have helped him get assignments to co-lead Wednesday morning bird walks. He is also a keen bird ringer and takes part in the weekly ringing sessions hosted by the Nairobi Ringing Group. Patrick is thoroughly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of Kenya and enjoys sharing his knowledge with guests. Patrick is a very friendly person and handles all situations with utmost calm and wearing a smile.

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Amina Simba

Tour Guide, Kenya

Amina was born and raised in Kenya, having spent most of her life along the magical Indian Ocean Coast. She has been passionate about nature since childhood and has spent many days in the field camping and contributing to research projects. Today, she is one of the top young Female Tour Guides in Kenya, with her main passion being birds. She is an active member of the Kenya Women Birders, a club that is nurturing female Tour Guides across Kenya. She spends most of her time guiding guests along the Kenyan Coast, where she leads tours to Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kilifi County and the historical Gedi Ruins Museum Monuments. She is also a very skilled guide on Big 5 Safaris. To expand her knowledge, she has visited many other locations across Kenya; including Northern Kenya, Central Kenya, Western Kenya and the Great Rift Valley Regions. She is an active Citizen-Scientist contributing data for Kenya Bird Map Project. She also volunteers with A Rocha Kenya on bird counts, bird ringing and biodiversity walks. She holds a Diploma in Tour Guiding and Administration. She has further continued to enrich her skills and experience through many short courses and trainings. These include the Introduction to Birding Course held at Mt. Kenya in 2019. She is a member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). Amina is also a story teller and she likes nurturing children and her local community about conservation. Her warm and exciting personality is a key highlight and makes her a great friend on safari.   

Birding Tours in Kenya
Birding Tours in Kenya
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Birding Tours in Kenya

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