Firms advised to target value addition

By Metro Reporter

Firms investing in Kenya are being advised to target value addition to enable the country improve on its trade and balance of payment.


Moses Kandie, your local birding guide

Meet Moses Kandie, self-trained birding expert guide in Lake Baringo


Moses Kandie, your local birding guide

 Born in 1979 near 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 bird-watching 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 graduated in 2005. Lack of employment kept me guiding at Lake Baringo to date. From links with friends abroad, I have organized birding trips for as long as 22 days in all of the most popular birding destinations and my trips have been successful.
 My objective is to offer spectacular birding trips that include game, culture and history at a pocket-friendly rate.

Clients’ comments and testimonials

"My wife and I hired Moses Kandie to lead us on an eight-day birding trip in Kenya. Our rough itinerary was Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Kakamega, Lake Baringo, and Lake Naivasha, Crater Lake, with many stops in between. Moses did an excellent job of selecting hotels that were comfortable and safe for us. The food at all stops was excellent as well. Moses is a world-class bird guide, and knows every bird by sight and sound. He was quick with his spotting scope, and used bird calls with discretion.
 Due to his expertise, we were able to spot rare birds such as Great Blue Turaco, Africa Broadbill, Red-headed Malimbe, Hairy-chested Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Amethyst Sunbird, Three-banded Courser, White-faced Scops owl, Blue-headed Bee-eater, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Maccoa duck, White-spotted Flufftail, Red-chested Cuckoo, Rufous-crowned Roller, Hemprich's Hornbill, Red-fronted Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Red-throated Wryneck, Shelley's Greenbul, African Shrike Flycatcher and Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, just to name a few. Moses and his driver were patient and pleasant, and we had an amazing experience logging 350 plus species of birds with him. I highly recommend Moses for any east African bird trip you might be planning.
Jason Westfall, Sonora, California

 Moses Kandie has an excellent knowledge of birds and habitats of where to find a wide variety of birds in Kenya. Moses birds by his ears as well as by sight! His repertoire of bird sounds is amazing and accurate ... we found so many great birds because Moses heard them first among the many other bird sounds that one hears in the habitats of Kenya.
  Moses is very patient, thorough and determined to find and identity birds observed. He does not mind checking the bird books, asking for field marks identified, etc., before calling the name of a particular bird. He is very open to debate and very easy to communicate with throughout the long days of birding. We started early in the am, took breaks at mid day or while travelling to other sites. And even during those times, we stopped many times to confirm sightings along the road, etc. Moses loves sharing his birding expertise and his beautiful country ... a really great guy!
  Moses went to some extreme measures to find such rarities in very confined habitats such as the Sharpe's Longclaw, a globally threatened bird ... Senrgal Thick-knee, Kori Bustard, Malechite Kingfisher, and, owls such as African Scops, White-faced Scops, Verreaux's and Spotted Eagle Owls and Slender-tailed Nightjar ... amazing Craker birds!
  Some habitat sites we visited included Lake's Nakuru, Naivaisha and Boringo ... Moses's home area which he knew very well, Naiberi River Camp (7742 feet/2360 metres) for some higher elevation birds such as Bush Pipit, Yellow-Rumped Tinkerbird, Long-crested Eagle, etc. We covered reedbeds, shorelines, escarpments, grasslands, streams, forests, islands, lakes, etc. In total we recorded 277 birds during the 6 days birding in Kenya.
 Thanks for a great birding experience, Moses! Greatly appreciated Birdingpal Gordon Saunders, Qatar. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I visited Lake Baringo last year, and Moses came out for three 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. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Moses is a sympatric 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.( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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Tawny Eagles feeding on a Dik-dik at the Samburu Game Reserve

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