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, and plant to a big elephant.
Mwangi’s knowledge of the natural and cultural environments of these areas is immense. His attention to detail and amazing ability to spot birds has earned him a reputation for having ‘hawk-eyes’. Birders commend his professionalism, reliability, and great company on tour. Having met and worked with so many people, Mwangi is highly adaptable and exceptionally delivers his work in ways that suit everyone’s needs, whether it is a birding tour or wildlife guiding. 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.