Mwangi Gitau was born and brought up in Nakuru (a city west of Nairobi about 90 miles) near the shores of Lake Elementeita (one of the Rift Valley Lakes). His interest in nature was triggered at a tender age while still in primary school after seeing tourists flock to the lake to admire the huge flock’s flamingoes and other water birds in Lake Elementeita
Upon enquiring he learned that the tourists travel from all over the world to experience these unique, Fuschia-colored birds. Mwangi is now a trained professional guide, interested in anything and everything from an ant, bird, plant to a big elephant.
He is especially keen on bird tourism. His interest in birding saw him join Nature Kenya a society that deals with learning, appreciation, and conservation of nature in Kenya. Mwangi has learned much under the tutelage of Nature Kenya’s Doyenne of Birds and Nature, Fleur Ng’weno.
Fleur has shared with Mwangi Gitau much of her immense knowledge of birds, plants, and all nature.
Mwangi has participated in conservation projects and activities across East Africa such as environmental education and awareness creation, tree walks, Bi-annual waterbird counts organized by the Ornithology department of the National Museums of Kenya on all the Rift Valley lakes and wetlands. Also as a guide at the Nairobi National Museum, he has learned a lot about ethnography, the prehistory of human origin, and herpetology.
To sum it all Mwangi Gitau is a formidable all-around naturalist, an enormous asset in any field trip who is eager to learn more. He has led several safaris within East Africa. Birding has taken him all over East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia with over 1000 species seen.
In his free time, he normally joins the Nature Kenya bird walk to assist in nurturing upcoming bird guides.