About Me


Joe Aengwo is a Kenyan ornithologist and a travel guide.Joe’s deep interest in birds,owls in particular started during his early childhood and ever since he has built his life around this passion.He is formally trained in tourism and wildlife management from Moi University and a member of Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association with a bronze badge. He was born and brought up on the shores of Lake Baringo, a birding heaven at the heart Kenya Rift Valley and since then, this area has been his home.

Kenya is a fantastic destination for both serious birding and amazing wildlife encounters and above all you will see some of the best scenery in Africa.

As a full time naturalist, He aims to make birding and birdwatching in Kenya easily navigable, less stressful and fun. For information on birding and general safaris in Kenya, Northern Tanzania and Uganda, please feel free to drop him a line at: joe.aengwo@gmail.com

As the leading tour leader, he craft expertly-guided group and tailor-made wildlife holidays in East Africa. On one of our holidays, you can be assured that our passionate team will enable you to experience and enjoy the best of the East Africa wildlife and natural spectacles in as comfortable and rewarding a manner as possible, caring as best we can for the environment in the process. He is proud to provide:

  • The widest choice of wildlife holidays in East Africa
  • Tours managed and led by naturalists, for naturalists
  • Outstanding value and exceptional customer service

Photo@Joe Aengwo

Photo by Juhani Vilpo

11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi. Thanks for “liking” my post on http://accidentalbirder.wordpress.com/. When I looked you up, I was reading this page to my husband and he stopped me when I read about Lake Baringo Biodiversity Conservation Group. He started to tell me that Lake Baringo used to be named Lake Hannington prior to post-Colonial Kenya. It was named Lake Hannington in honor of Bishop Hannington who was the first Anglican Bishop in East Africa circa the 1880s (he thinks). He and his party were massacred by order of the King of Uganda, as he wasn’t fond of Europeans. My husband’s last name is Hannington and Bishop Hannington is a distant relative of his. Interesting coincidence! (I, too, would also be a Hannington legally if I had chosen to change my name, but I’ve stuck with my maiden name.) Perhaps when we make a trip to Kenya for one of our birding adventures we shall look you up!

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Thank you so much for your comment which I liked it a lot. I love the pictures in your blog!! They are impressive. The Scarlet Tanager and Red-bellied Woodpecker are great shots, I however think that the Woodpecker is poorly named, unless you tell me they are diamophic? I will easily called it Scarlet-naped Woodpecker!! I like that woodpecker.

    Now, interesting how much you know about my home area! Actually what used to be known as Lake Hannington is Lake Bogoria, and not Lake Baringo, though the two are very close to each other that someone can easily mistake them. They are 36 km away from each other. Lake Bogoria is a purely alkaline lake while Lake Baringo is semi-alkaline.

    Both lakes are important bird areas, with Bogoria hosting the largest population of both Lesser and Greater flamingo. High alkalinity in its water favors the formation of blue-green algae (spirolina) which form the major diet of Lesser Flamingo.

    Contrary to Lake Bogoria, Baringo is a birding paradise with over 500 species ever recorded. Other than its bird life, the lake provides a home to over 300 hippos and an unknown number of Nile crocodiles. There are five species of Fish with Oreochromis niloticus baringoensis being endemic to this wetland.

    It is my pleasure to warmly invite the Hanningtons to go birding at Lake Hannington!!!!

    Cheers and have a great birding week.

    Birding Jo!

  3. Hi Joseph, thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the idea of birding in Kenya and am looking forward to reading more of your posts. I hope to get to see your fabulous fauna in person some day.

  4. If you want a spectacular trip full of African wonders, from birds to mammals, from insects to reptiles, Joseph is the best guide. I truly recommend him, both as a professional guide and an enthusiastic nature admirer.
    ******* Star service.

  5. Hi Joe
    Great to know an expert birdwatcher….
    I have a team of very enthusiastic bird watching group who are into wild life .
    In March April interested student wud like to visit Kenya or east Africa for all wildlife oriented activities…..
    Kindly let me know if any field trips n serious birding can be organised.
    Thanks 🙏🏽

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