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Kenya

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Happy birding.



G. Gakuo



Maps
NairobiNyanzaKenya
Area


Available
Fri eve, Sat, Sun, Tues, Weds

Languages
English and Swahili
Note
I am a holder of a BSc in Zoology and botany. Field assisted Ornithology at university level fro three years whilst a student. Currently professionally engaged in Climate Change, International Relations and Development. Sites I visit are

1. Lake Baringo for a selection of passerines;- such as the colourful and beautiful Barbets.
2. Lake Nakuru for a selection of wetland birds such as greater and (more abundant) lesser Flamingos.
3. Nairobi National Park for a selection of rare birds of prey.
4. Lake Naivasha for a greater selection of birds of prey and wetland birds.
Area
Nairobi National Park, Hells Gate, Nakuru National Park, Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo

Area Birds
Non-passerines such as Ostriches, Hamerkops, Storks, Commorants, Kingfishers, bee eaters, kites and eagles. Passerines such as Wagtails, Bulbuls, Thrushes, Shrikes, Starlings, Weavers.



M. Onyambu



Maps
NairobiNyanzaKenya


Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Kiswahili
Note
I want to encourage any birder who wants to bird in the Rift vally, Kakamega forest, Lake nakuru, Lake Victoria and Kisii Highlands to Join me anytime of the week but mostly during weekends. The areas mentioned boasts a rich bird diversity ranging from terrestrial to water birds. Birding is still my hobby despite my routine lecturing Job. I look forward to hearing from you and fellow birdingpals.

 
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Peter Liech

Maps
NairobiNairobiKenya

Company
Origins Safaris


Available
Anytime (July to November tourism peak season)

Languages
English and Kiswahili
Note
I am 50 years and have taken part in the Wednesday morning birdwalks and other field trips organised by Nature Kenya since 1995 and has become a competent and enthusiastic bird watcher.

I have participated in World Watch, Nairobi bird ringing group, have attended a variety of Nature Kenya events, and is also a safari guide by profession, and has led bird trips.

I am friendly, outgoing and with good spoken English.

* "Born in Kenya and attended high school courtesy of America's charity organization the Christian Children Fund now CCF. Has worked as a professional safari guide in Kenya since 1996. A member of Nature Kenya, Kenya professional safari guides association, Kenya Museum society and Wildlife club of Kenya. Has been a member of Nairobi museum bird ringing group, and Nature Kenya's every Wednesday morning birdwalks. Lives in Nairobi."
Area
Kenya is in the tropics of East Africa comprising of snow capped mount Kenya, the great rift valley and its many salty lakes, open grassland savanah and dry thornbush country north of the country. It has remnants of dry forest as well as fresh water lakes,and indian ocean coastlines.

Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Nairobi National Park, Kakamega forest, Arabuko Kakamega Forest, Arabuko sokoke forest, Lake Nakuru for lesser and greater flamingos, Lake Naivasha National park, Samburu game reserve, Masai Mara game reserve, Amboseli National Park.


Area Birds
flamingos, ostrich, martial eagle, fish eagle, giant king fisher, blue hd bee eat



Peter Wairasho



Maps
NairobiNairobiKenya
Specific map


Social Media
Facebook

Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Swahili, Japanese
Birding Pal

Note
Peter is a trained Bird Guide whose engagement in several ornithological research and safaris has earned him intimate knowledge of the African wilderness be it Flora or Fauna.

Moreover he engages in Bird Ringing/Banding with the Nairobi Ringing Group and in Tsavo West National Park [Ngulia] with other International Bird ringers. He is part of the Raptor Road Survey Team under the Peregrine Fund and the Raptor Working Group.

He is a Co-author of "Being a Bird" book and has also helped run the Fundamentals of Ornithology course, in the past, which trains both amateur and professional birders from Kenya and other African countries.

Peter is a well renowned, experienced bird guide certified by Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, confident, hardworking, honest, time conscious and with good interpersonal skills as well as good sense of humor!
Birding Pal

Area
Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Aberdares Forest, Mt Kenya, Kinangop Grasslands, Lake Bogoria/Baringo, Kakamega Forest, Lake Victoria, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Naivasha,Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East/West National Park,Arabuko Sokoke Forest,Mida Creek, Samburu National Reserve, Lake Magadi

Area Birds
African Crowned Eagle, Martial Eagle, Jackson's Widowbird, Sharpe's Longclaw, Aberdares Cisticola, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Turner's Eremomela, Papyrus Gonolek, Blue Swallow, Ross's Turaco, Giant Kingfisher, Goliath Heron, Magadi Plover, Scimitarbills, Tsavo Sunbird, Sokoke Scops Owl,Crab Plover, Golden-breasted Starling, Rufous Chatterer, William's Lark, Crested Lark.
Birding Pal




Tours

Email: wairasho@gmail.com

Phone: +254 722 336 456


18-Day Itinerary "Birdwatching in Kenya" (PDF)



Bernard Mwangi

Maps
NanyukiRift ValleyKenya

Company
Bernard M. Mwangi Adventures


Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Note
Birding Away Kenya
Regular departures every month
from 1st of every month 7 days coastal Kenya trip.

7th of every month: 7 days Masai mara and Lake Nakuru tour.

14th - 21st: Birding in sites around Nairobi.

21st - 28th : 7 days Mount Kenya trek, Chogoria -Narumoru route.

28th to end month:3 days Meru- Samburu tour.
Area
Masai mara, Lake Nakuru, Nairobi, Mount Kenya trek, Chogoria Narumoru, Meru- Samburu



Moses Kandie




Maps
NakuruRift ValleyKenya

Company
Birdwatching Kenya


Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Birding Pal

Note
Born in 1979 in Lake Baringo a popular birding destination, I grew up watching tourists comb the bushes in my neighborhood in search of birds, whose names I did not know by then. In my primary school days, I started moving closer to the birders as I could say one or two things in English.

It was through this interaction, that I came to understand, how important birds were to the curious visitors and more so nocturnals seemed challenging to them and warranted local assistance, and that is why I became a birdwatching guide.

I started getting little income from my search for rare birds, field guides and binoculars soon followed. While in secondary school my knowledge on birds soared, as I had access to books and with association of a British nestling photographer, who exposed me closely to the birds for nearly a decade.

I proceeded to university for a degree in Education Technology and did graduate in the year 2005. Lack of employment kept me guiding at Lake Baringo to date.

From links with friends abroad I have organize birding trips for as long as 22 days in all of the most popular birding destinations and my trips have turned out to be successful.

My objective is to offer spectacular birding trip, that does include the game, culture and history at a pocket friendly rate.



Testimonials

I have just returned from an excellent trip with Moses Kandie to several locations in central Kenya.

It was very well organised, with a suitable vehicle, good and safe driver, good/suitable accommodation but especially Moses was an outstanding guide. His knowledge of the locations, the birds (and animals) there and ability to find and identify birds by sight and sound were exceptional. He was focused on the birds I wanted to see and was very successful.

I hope I'll be able to join him on another trip.
- Terry Boss 2017

I visited Lake Baringo last year, and Moses came out for 3 days with me as a guide. He showed an excellent knowledge of local species, calls as well as location of some of the specialties of the area and he is a very nice person to boot. Our company is planning to run trips to Africa and for Baringo, we plan to use Mr Kandie - which I suppose sums up how much I enjoyed my time with him as my guide. Any questions, please feel free to email me.

Vandit Kalia, Photo Safari India.


Moses is a sympatic and responsible birding guide that I first met in his home village Kampi ya Samaki by Lake Baringo in 2004. He's especially familiar with the birds of the Rift Valley but has also travelled over much of the rest of Kenya. We've made one professional tour together and there are more to come. I can thus recommend Moses as your birding guide!

Samuel Hansson, Heliangelus Nature Tours, Sweden.
Birding Pal

Area
Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementaita, Lake Bogoria, Maasai Mara, Mara River, Kinangop plains, Lake Naivasha, Nakuru, Limuru ponds, Nairobi Lake Baringo, Nairobi national park, Kakamega forest, Taita hills, Mt Kenya, Arabuko/sokoke forest, Mida creek, Sabaki delta, Masai mara, Amboseli, Tsavo east, Tsavo West,Samburu game reserve, Shaba game reserve, Hell's gate, Marsabi

Area Birds
African Fish-Eagle, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Herons, Egrets, Plovers, Storks, Eagles, Vultures, Sharpes Longclaw, Larks, Bustards, Coursers, Sand Grouses, Vultures, Raptors
Birding Pal




Mwangi wa Gitau



Maps
NairobiNyanzaKenya
Specific map


Company
ConQuest Adventures Ltd.


Available
Anytime

Languages
English and Kiswahili
Birding Pal

Note
Mwangi is an avid Ornithological guide, interested in anything and everything from an ant, bird, plant to a big elephant.

He is competent, friendly, experienced with unrivalled knowledge of nature.

He will always handle your birding trip diligently making it more enjoyable and a real value of your money.

Mwangi leads several Birding Trips within East Africa.


In September 2015 we, Leonie and Rick, joined Mwangi Wa Gitau for a 6-days bird safari in Kenya. Mwangi is a very knowledgeable Guide, an official Birding Pal Professional Guide and highly recommend.

We had our first encounter through BirdingPal, and worked together to design a tailor made trip. Mwangi is a good listener and understood well that we were not in search of the big five or fancy resorts. He has the right contacts in the right places, such as Lake Elementaita and Lake Baringo. The accommodations were well chosen, simple and exactly what we were looking for. We hardly saw any other tourist and we were surrounded by birdlife.

Mwangi offers bird watching time for as long as you like. Sometimes we ran out of energy, but he was still going strong. Even during the late evenings, when checking the bird list, he was helpful reminding us the details of the birds we saw that day. This prevented some errors for our eBird submissions. And when he heard a potential lifer, he dragged us out into the bush again. Of course, we didn't mind!

Mwangi knows the bird calls, even from ones who mimic others, which is incredible. We met his trainers in Nairobi, but he has clearly surpassed them all. What is also important; Mwangi is a team player. He knows his birds, but he also receives advice form the local experts. This way we found Owls, Coursers and Nightjars in a matter of minutes. He would probably have found them by himself, but it saved time to learn about the latest roosting movements by teaming up. He appreciates the smaller, less colourful birds (Hunter's Cisticola) as much as the impressive Fish Eagle.

We dreamed of visiting Kenya and after 20 years the dream came through. However, Kenya is not off the "bucket list". Better: it will stay on the list and hopefully we'll be back within a few years.

Mwangi will certainly be part of our next trip.

We wish Mwangi all the support he needs to create better opportunities for himself. He deserve it as he is a great birder guide (and we've seen quite few over the past 10 years...).

Leonie & Rick
Birding Pals
Birding Pal

Area
Nairobi N Park, Magadi Road, Gatamaiyu & Eburu Forests, L. Elementaita,Taita Hills, Lake Elementaita, Lake Baringo

Area Birds
Maccoa Duck, Beautiful Sunbird, Black bellied Bustard, Taita Apalis, Secretary Bird, Owls, Coursers, Nightjars, Hunter's Cisticola, Fish Eagle