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Birding and Nature Tours – Guides
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.), Animal Ecology (MSc.) and Animal Ecology (PhD.). 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).
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.
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.
Ken is one of the top guides in Tanzania having trained and worked for multiple tourism establishments over the past ten years. He was born and raised in Southern Tanzania, around the bird-rich region of Iringa. He is a certified Safari Guide and has acquired many qualifications including the Field Guide Course at Mwagusi Camp. He also holds a Certificate in Hospitality and Tour Guiding from the Delima Hotel and Tourism School. Ken is also an experienced Driver having driven 4×4 vehicles for many years. He is a skilled walking guide and also has a great passion for astronomy. He has had the opportunity to serve as a waiter and guide for many companies including Mwagusi Safari Camp in Ruaha National Park and Africa Safari Camp in Selous Tanzania. He is an experienced bird ringer and bird monitoring expert, having trained under Nature Tanzania and the University of Dar es Salaam. Ken is also a skilled Spanish and Italian languages speaker, and trained with The Loro College of International Languages and Tourism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 any day. He has for a long time worked in many research projects on birds in different parts of Kenya and Tanzania. He has taken part in African Stonechat, Sharpe’s Longclaw, Grey Crowned Crane and Placid Greenbul research projects in Kenya and Tanzania. He has also taken part in filming projects and he assisted a team that was filming the courtship behaviour of the iconic Jackson’s Widowbird. 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. Jack is also a Certified Member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). He is a passionate Driver-Guide; and is highly skilled in the cities and national parks across Kenya. He is a skilled vehicle mechanic, a talent 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. Jack has a very kind personality and ensures all guests enjoy their tour to the fullest.
Benson is one of the best guides in the North Rift region of Kenya. Born and raised along the shores of Lake Baringo, he developed a keen interest on birds, insects and other wildlife species from a young age. He has further perfected his field guiding skills by traveling across all parts of Kenya, both as a guide and a driver. Benson is a great driver and has been driving 4×4 vehicles for over ten years. He also has basic vehicle mechanical knowledge, thus making him a great expert to be with in the African bush. Other skills that Benson holds include building construction and cooking meals at tourist lodges. He is also an experienced coxswain and has worked with boats for many years, serving tour groups around Lake Baringo. He is a member of the Lake Baringo Biodiversity Conservation Group and Nature Kenya, where he volunteers his time as a Citizen Scientist and community trainer. He has served as a field assistant in several research projects and programs. Benson also speaks basic Italian.
Litason was born and raised in the Laikipia Plateau on the border of the famous Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves in the Northern Kenya. He has been a keen nature lover and enthusiast from a young age. Today, he is one of the top naturalists in the entire Northern Kenya region – having covered the flora and fauna of this region in great detail. Litason has worked as a Tour Guide in Laikipia for many years; where he also worked as a cocktail mixologist. He is an experienced Safari Driver, handling different types of off-road vehicles. He holds a Certificate in Tour Guiding from the famous Kenya Utalii College. Further, he has continued to enrich his knowledge and skills through various short courses and training. These include Introduction to Birds and Birding and the Advanced Birding Course held at Suyian Soul Camp in 2021. He also trained with the Bio-Ken Centre on snake handling procedures, safety measures and First Aid at the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia. He is a certified member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). His passion and skills span across various disciplines; including birds, mammals, plants and reptiles. His evident passion and dedication in the field makes Litason one of the most exciting people to enjoy a safari with.
Martin was born and raised in the Central Kenyan highlands, a place rich in biodiversity and history. This immensely developed and influenced his love for the outdoors and adventure. He later joined the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya at his former school. Martin holds a Diploma in Tourism and Wildlife Management from the University of Eldoret and a Certificate in Tour Guiding and Administration from the Wildlife Club of Kenya College (Center for Tourism Training and Research). Over time, he has garnered skills in interpreting the flora and fauna of Kenya; whilst having traveled to most of the tourist circuits in Kenya. Having undertaken his field attachment at the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya Coast Region Office, he was exposed to the history, marine life and cultural heritage of the Kenyan Coast. He has further continued to improve on skills and experience by participating in short courses and trainings like Nature Photography and Drawing Challenges. He is also equipped with First Aid training from St. John’s Ambulance Kenya. He is a certified and licensed safari driver-guide by the Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA). He is also a member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). A day in the field with Martin, is always full of learning and fun.
Francis was born and raised in the North Rift Valley, around the world-famous Lake Baringo. It is here that he nurtured his passion for nature and especially for birds. He has become famous for his keen eye, where he is able to find dozens of Owls and Nightjars at their day roosts in the Baringo area. This skill, combined with his sharp ear for bird sounds, makes him a great Bird Guide to spend time with on a tour. He has been an active member of the Kenya Bird Finder and Common Bird Monitoring work under Nature Kenya. He has further improved his skills through many short courses; such as the Catering Tourism Development Levy Trustees (CTDLT) training in Conjunction with Tourism Trust Fund. He is a Member of Lake Baringo Biodiversity Conservation Group (LBBCG); a local community group that is helping conserve the biodiversity around this Great Rift Valley Lake. He is also a skilled Tour Driver, with great knowledge on the tourism circuits of Kenya. He continues to volunteer his time towards conservation programs, such as the annual Global Birding Big Day, where he represents Team Kenya. He has also volunteered at Bird Ringing sessions with the Max-Planck Institute of Ornithology from Germany. Today, he is one of the top Birding Guides across the entire Kenya. He has led many birding and wildlife safaris to all parts of the country, from Western, Rift Valley, Central and even Coastal Kenya. His kind and polite personality makes Francis a favourite for many birding and nature exploration groups.
Jackson was born and raised in Kenya, having spent most of his life in Laikipia County, at the foothills of Mt. Kenya. Laikipia is the region with the second-highest number of wildlife in Kenya. He has been passionate about wildlife and nature since childhood where he participated in different school trips and tours. From here, he enrolled to Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology, where he graduated with a Diploma in Tourism Management. He continued growing his skills through many volunteer and job opportunities across Kenya. He worked as a specialist camp naturalist and guide in Laikipia and the neighbouring Samburu area. He has also further worked as a guide in Meru National Park and Karen Blixen Museum. He has managed to travel to most parts of Kenya, guiding groups and showing them the different cultures of his country. Jackson has many years of experience in driving 4×4 vehicles, with adequate mechanical skills. He is a registered Jackson loves meeting new people and this trait helps him bond very well with all his guests on safari.