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. By age 14, he was already on a career path towards nature interpretation and conservation. 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 an experienced Safari Guide and is a member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). He was awarded the African Sustainable Tourism Fellowship Award in 2016. He is a member of the Kakamega Rainforest Tour Guides Association. He has been part of many research projects and has led many birding trips or expeditions across the entire East Africa. He is a passionate author having written articles in many local and international publications. 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 a member of the East African Rarities Committee. He is also a member of the Kenya Wildlife Conservation Forum. 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 dedicated film maker, and released his first documentary, “Urban Crowns”, in 2017. More of his films are shared on the YouTube Channel – The Safari Naturalist. 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 the Chairperson of the Kenya Herpetofauna Working Group. He is a member of the Environment Institute of Kenya. He is a certified Associate Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit Expert. 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).
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.
Abdul was born and raised in Northern Tanzania. From here, he started and nurtured his guiding career as he explored various hotspots around the region. From his primary school days, Abdul has been a passionate naturalist. Abdul is currently one of the top Birding Guides in Tanzania, with great knowledge of the country and the local birds. He has further improved his birding skills by traveling and guiding groups in Kenya. He holds a Diploma in Tour Guiding and Leadership, from the Professional Tour Guide School (PROTS). Abdul is a pioneer member of the Attraction Birds Conservation Organization and a lead trainer at the Attraction Birding Club. He has taken part in many bird monitoring projects across Tanzania, spanning locations such as the Usambara Mountains, Pugu Hills, Dar es Salaam and Tanga. He is also a skilled bird ringer and takes part in ringing sessions across Tanzania. His bird spotting skills are renowned as he is often nicknamed the “hawk-eye”. He has also mastered the art of bird sounds and is currently one of the best ear-birders in Tanzania. He compiled the checklist to the Birds of Longido Game Controlled Area (Important Bird Area – IBA), in Northern Tanzania. Abdul has a very humble personality and is always a joy to bird with. His charming enthusiasm makes every tour a great experience for all guests.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 walks. 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.
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.
Jack was born and brought up in the central highlands of Kenya; at the foothills of the mighty Aberdare Ranges and National Park. He has been a keen wildlife enthusiast all his life. His love for nature begun after joining the Friends of Kinangop Plateau, a local community conservation organisation that works towards the conservation of these unique highland grasslands. He has since lived and worked in the Kinangop Plateau; serving tour groups as a local guide to this vast area. Jack is one of the few people who can easily show you the rare Kenyan-endemic; the Sharpe’s Longclaw. He has for a long time worked in many research projects on birds in different parts of Kenya and Tanzania. He is a member of the Nairobi Ringing Group, and often takes part in bird ringing activities across Kenya. He has also taken part in the Ringing Course conducted by A Rocha Kenya, at the Mwamba Field Study Centre, along the Indian Ocean Coast. He is a regular volunteer at the Annual Waterfowl Census conducted by the National Museums of Kenya and Nature Kenya. He is a passionate Driver-Guide; and is highly skilled in the cities and national parks across Kenya and Tanzania. He is also a passionate vehicle mechanic, a skill that gives him a huge advantage when driving in the remote areas of East Africa. He is a beneficially of the Canada World Youth- Young Leaders International Exchange Programme. He is a keen contributor to the Kenya Bird Map Project; and is also an active member of Nature Kenya.
Nicholas was born and raised near the shores of the mighty Lake Victoria, in Western Kenya. He is today one of the top Safari Guides in Kenya having worked across various parts of the country. His passion ranges across all forms of wildlife – birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, plants and more. He is also very experienced in guiding cultural and photography tours. He attained a Certificate in Tour Guiding and Administration from the Centre for Tourism Training and Research. He further studied a Diploma in Tourism and Wildlife Management from the same institution. He is also a certified member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). He has also received training in Bush-craft and Survival Techniques by Wildlife Clubs of Kenya and Mbugani Outdoor Adventures. He also holds a Certificate in Leadership Skills from the Kenya Institute of Management. He has gained vast experience during internships and jobs at various institutions including the Elewana Collection and Giraffe Centre. His driving skills and understanding of manual 4×4 vehicles is great; including his knowledge of basic mechanical operations. Nicholas has a warm and kind heart and is always very calm around different groups of people. His jovial mood makes every tour a great experience for all guests.
Dorothy is a Kenyan who lives and works in Nairobi. Like the Swahili language itself, she was born and raised in the Kenyan Coast, so her proficiency in Swahili comes naturally. Her experience with languages and culture since childhood, has been a major contributor to her undisputed passion in Swahili, a language with its roots in the interaction of Arabic culture with the numerous communities at the coast. Furthermore, she studied Marketing and Communications and is currently pursuing a degree in Sociology. She has helped a number of people of all ages to learn Swahili, both formally and informally. Whether a beginner, intermediate level or at any age, you will certainly enjoy the series of flexible classes that are tailored to suit your needs.
Carol is a dedicated conservationists and environmental educator, who has worked with Cisticola Tours for several years now. She has a background in Environmental Education, having studied her Bachelors Degree at Kenyatta University. She is a dedicated sportslady, having taken part in various disciplines across her education years. Today, she plays volleyball as a hobby, during her free hours. She has been a member of various environmental clubs in her school, including Kenyatta University Environmental Club (KUNEC). This has helped her nurture her passion for conservation, and equipping her with the right skills to steer Cisticola Tours’ sustainability agendas. She has continued to build on her skills through various jobs and internships, with organisations such as The Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI). She has also worked at Imagine IMC and Dairyland as a sales ambassador, where she helped market various products for the two companies. She is a member of Kenyatta University Birding Club; where she gets to nurture her birding skills. She enjoys participating in community service activities such as cleanups and helping the less fortunate in her society.