Makau as he popularly known is a Kenyan who is committed to sharing the heritage of his nation. As a guide, teacher, and international lecturer, James shares his love for the natural and cultural heritage of a land that many believe is the home of the first modern man, and still is the home of the great wildlife herds that live on the Kenyan plains.
James was born into two worlds. His father was an accountant and his grandfather a “herbal doctor”. He often spent his days as a child hunting for plants and potents with his grandfather.
He received his training in Nairobi at the Skyways Travel Institute and later with the American National Outdoor Leadership School. He is a trained mountain guide and naturalist. He has participated in treks including 50 climbs to the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt. Kenya. He speaks English, Spanish and Swahili and has worked with 10 of the 42 tribes of Kenya. James has led countless excursions in Kenya and Tanzania, focusing on wildlife and in particular, his first love of birds. He has lectured in many countries including the USA with the National Park Service.