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Initial Last Name Area Available Language

N Wachira Mombasa, Coast Province Anytime am available Eglish and Swahili.
Am a Kenyan lady 28yrs of age. Am very passionate when it comes to birds. Looking, observing and learning about birds always keep me going and make my life more and more interesting every passing day.

It's so wonderful how this amazing creatures survive! With me am sure you will enjoy the bird watching in Kenya.
Parks and Forests

Area Birds:
morning thrash,piapiac,guinea fowls,different types of owls,go away bird etc.
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, swimming, beach, surfing, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, biking, long walk, portage, canoe, ship, : tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, competition, swapParticipate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine.
L Makiadi Kisumu, Nyanza Anytime English, writen and spoken
I have a degree in Conservation Biology.
F Reid Nairobi, Nyanza Anytime English
Nairobi has over 600 species of birds. More than any capital (and many countries!) in the world. Within a couple of hours from the city there's an amazing variety of habitats, from salt pan to highland forest; from freshwater lakes to grassy plains.
H Musina Nairobi, Nyanza Anytime English

E Nguno Nairobi, Migwani, Kitui County Anytime Weekends and also during vacations
Am aged 20 years. I grew the interested of watching birds when I was young and it became like an habit to me and part of me,

I personally appreciate those wonderful creatures and enjoy every moment of my life watching birds .
Lake Victoria

Area Birds:
humming bird, nectar birds, chiping sparow, flamigoes , guinea fowl among many others
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky divingTravel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobileVisit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, techAttend: concert, horse race, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swapParticipate: night life, party, dance, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, social games, computer games,

R Nyaosi Nairobi, Nyanza Anytime English, Kiswahili, some French
I am a graduate of the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton with extensive information and experience of the Birds and Mammals of East Africa. I have a degree in Conservation Biology which furthers my responsibility to nature and humanity. Birds are a Lifelong passion and hobby. My favourite bird is... the Robinchat, and am just as noisy.
C Mariera Nairobi, Nyanza Weekend Kiswahili, English
I love birds and would love to share the Rift valley birding experience.

G Gakuo Nairobi, Nyanza Friday evening through to Sunday evening and Tuesdays and Wednesdays English and Swahili
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.
Interests: birdwatching, nature, photography, night life, tourist sites, wine, sports, theatre, convention, show, shopping, selling, science, dance, rocking, country, swinging
Map: Google Maps

A Sango Eldoret, Rift Valley Weekend English, Luhya, Kiswahili
I am potential birdwatcher in North Rift. Love birds and fun.
S Otieno Naivasha, Rift Valley Anytime English, German, French
P Kipchumba Naivasha, Rift Valley Anytime English
M Onyambu Rift Valley Weekend English, Kiswahili
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 hear from fellow Birdingpals.

Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

First Name Last Name Area Available Language

Peter Liech Nairobi, Kenya Anytime (July to November tourism peak season) English and Kiswahili
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 profesional safari guide in Kenya since 1996. A member of Nature Kenya, Kenya peofessional 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."
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
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, long walk, />Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech, casino
Attend: live music, sports event


Moses' Birding Pal Kenya Tours

PDF file of a Kenya Trip Report
  Moses Kandie Nakuru, Rift Valley, Kenya & Nairobi Anytime English

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.

Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementaita, Lake Bogoria, Maasai Mara, Mara River, Kinangop plains, Lake Naivasha, Nakuru, Limuru ponds, Nairobi

Area Birds:
African Fish-Eagle, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Herons, Egrets, Plovers, Storks, Eagles, Vultures, Sharpe’s Longclaw, Larks, Bustards, Coursers, Sand Grouses, Vultures, Raptors

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Please see this DOCX itinerary for the 6 DAYS TOUR

Please see this DOCX itinerary for the 10 DAYs TOUR

Please see this DOCX itinerary for the 12 DAYS TOUR

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 focussed 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 sympathetic 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.

Nature: birdwatching


  Mwangi wa Gitau Nairobi, Nyanza Anytime English and Kiswahili

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.

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

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

Nature: birdwatching, photography, hiking, butterflies, fishing

Below are links to our itineraries:

3 DAY Forest Birding

6 DAY Birding

15 DAY Kenya Birding

Mwangi wa Gitau's Twitter

Mwangi wa Gitau on Google Map

B Mwangi Nanyuki, Rift Valley Anytime English
I am a freelance tourguide and live West of Mt Kenya.


  Peter Wairasho Nairobi Anytime English, Swahili, Japanese

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!

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.

Nature: Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing,swimming, beach, surfing, stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, biking, long walk, packpack, tourist site, museum, trail, monument, arboretum, theatre, live music, sports event, wine, social games


Phone: +254 722 336 456

18-Day Itinerary "Birdwatching in Kenya"

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Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Kenya
Local weather Yahoo
Nature Kenya Conservation
A Rocha Kenya (ARK) Conservation
Kenya Birds Sites
African Bird Club Kenya
Kipepeo Butterfly Project Butterflies
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