Kenya Wildlife and Birding Tours
After a 3 month stay in Maun (Botswana) in 1994 as a trainee in a safari company, I (Elvira Wolfer) moved to Kenya in 1999 taking over Bush Trucker Tours Ltd. Wildlife from big to small, birds, plants and photography is my passion. What is better than having worked out an itinerary based on your wishes by a Kenya Professional Safari Guide (silver level) who knows the parks, reserves & conservancies, good birding spots outside protected areas, Kenya wildlife tour and accommodation? Being a small safari company provides very personalised service and individually worked out safaris. Elvira is also guiding and corresponding in German.
All our driver/guides have 10 -25 years of experience in the bush, have undergone training within and outside Kenya, are tested by Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association (KPSGA), have valid Tourism Regulatory Authority licence, love and understand wildlife and have great knowledge about flora, fauna and regions. They gladly go an extra mile to fulfil your wishes and keep you off the crowded areas as good as possible. With their skills, they know how to track down and spot game. For birding tours, we advise having a special birding guide with you additional to the driver/guide. It is not easy to drive and spot. In special birding areas, local birding guides will take you around in their homeland where they know where to find elusive and rare or endemic species.
A bird photography tour with Swiss photographer Lorenzo Barelli is something really special. Not only does he know about Kenya wildlife tour packages well since he had lived in Kenya, but also he is very enthusiastic about birds.
The closest you can get to nature is with our mobile tented camp. No fence between you and wildlife but still the luxury of a bush toilet and a hot shower as well as a tent you can stand up inside. A safari cook will serve you delicious meals. Lodges and luxury tented camps are chosen according to your budget, their rating in Eco-Tourism and their location for game drives.
We offer some set departures but mostly private safari at a date and route of your choice. Travelling in small groups (2 to maximum 6 / except for closed groups/families) allows more flexibility on game drives since less diverse wishes will come up. We guarantee 6 window seats per vehicle. Our cars have pop up roof and large (some have removable) windows for better viewing and photographing.
Lorenzo Barelli had lived in Kenya for several years and is a passionate bird photographer. He speaks English, Italian, German and French. He is the perfect man for special bird photography safaris. Lorenzo has been out in the field with a local and a foreign birder. Together they have made a book of over 700 Kenyan bird species. Many of Lorenzo’s photos, also of very rare and hard to find species are on our website.
Joseph Mwangi has over 25 years experience on safaris all over Kenya. He has the senses to track animals and is also excellent in spotting birds. He has driven people on safaris with the most diverse interests and all ended the tour with a big smile on their faces. A good number of our guests have returned and wanted to travel with Joseph again. He will make you love Kenya’s wilderness and also tell you about its history and tribes.
Onesmus Irungu is a Gold level Guide at Kenya professional Safari guide association. Onesmus has done many guide courses, one even in South Africa. He has worked in high-end camps and also done photographic safaris. Onesmus gets very quickly what your wishes are and will not shy away from any effort to fulfil them. With his knowledge and good humour he will make your tour an exceptional experience.
Bush Trucker Tours has the required licences (Tourism) and is a member of Eco-Tourism Kenya.
Karibuni Sana – a warm welcome to Kenya
Forests are disappearing rapidly and so I have donated trees to a Maasai area and to Jim Justus Nyambu (the elephant man) who plants trees in schools and other places with his young team. When I participate I also teach about the importance of trees and which tree has which characteristics. Jim has walked thousands of kilometers in Africa to create awareness about elephants and healthy natural vegetation. http://elephantcenter.org/
When we do our safaris we include where possible eco lodges who also employ local tribes and assist them in learning.
With our visits and payments to areas where local people take big efforts to protect the environment and therefore habitats we give them support. Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Mida Creek, Kakamega Rain forest and Lake Baringo.
We regularely visit and sponsor Paul who is protecting the rare and endangered Mackinder Owl (Bubo capense mackinderi) in the Mt. Kenya/Aberdares range.
I educate who ever I can and some listen and implement.
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