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Mike McCartney

Born in Nairobi in 1967, Mike McCartney is a second-generation Kenyan whose grandparents moved to Kenya from Ireland in the early 1920s. On the farms where he grew up, and encouraged by his father’s passion for wildlife and wild places, Mike quickly became an avid naturalist, delighting in the study of birds, plants, butterflies and wild animals. His principal hobbies as a child were fly-fishing and butterfly collecting, which led him to explore many wild parts of Kenya.

Educated at a public school in the United Kingdom and later at the University of Reading (U.K.), Mike graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Human and Physical Geography, specializing in Tropical Resources and Recreation and Tourism. He then received an MS degree in Tropical Agriculture from the same university in 1990. After leaving university, Mike worked in England for two years with a consultancy firm, specializing in rural development, natural resource management and agriculture in developing countries.

In1992 Mike returned to Africa to lead college students from the US on trips to remote parts of Northern Kenya to study pastoralism and its impact on the environment. He also helped guide ecology tours to the Maasai Mara and worked on a lion research project there. During this time, as he deepened his knowledge of the Mara/Serengeti ecosystem, Mike developed a great love for the region.

Mike has been guiding safaris regularly since the early 1990s. Between 2002 and 2006 he also worked for a conservation group, managing conservation and community development projects in the Maasai Mara and Buffalo Springs/Shaba game reserves north of Mount Kenya. From 2005 to 2007 Mike was conservation manager for Ker and Downey Safaris, managing projects in the Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Buffalo Springs/Shaba. In 2008 Mike turned to guiding safaris fulltime, as well as continuing other tourism and conservation work on a freelance basis. Mike has professional guiding experience in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

When he’s not on safari, Mike often works as a relief camp/lodge manager for high-end Kenya tourism companies. Mike has previously served on the Kenya Tourism Federation Environment and Conservation Committee and the KTF Safety and Communications Committee. He also served on the committee of Ecotourism Kenya and was secretary to that committee for two years. Mike is a Silver Level member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and assists with marking their examinations. He also frequently trains and assesses Kenyan driver guides at various smaller lodges and camps around Kenya.

Mike enjoys his nomadic lifestyle. He is a patient, knowledgeable and extremely personable guide who enjoys helping to create a fascinating, fun and informative safari experience for his appreciative clients.

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