Who puts the Ben in BES?
Benson (Ben) Mugambi was born in the shadow of Mt Kenya, one of Kenya's richest natural habitats. It is a place of streams, rivers, forest, heath, snow-capped peaks and lush vegetation - all teaming with birds, animals and insects. Being an active, inquisitive and energetic child he quickly developed a keen interest in nature. This led him to study Biological Sciences in school where he gained a deeper understanding of the world around him. However he realized that he wanted to share this knowledge and love of his country with others and so he completed a Tour Guiding Course at the Air Travel and Related Studies Centre-Nairobi, one of the best Tourism and Travel school in East Africa.

After qualifying as a tour guide he guided various groups of students around Kenyan and Tanzanian National Parks. He has also worked as the Resident Ornithologist and Naturalist, as well as a Guest Relations Officer in a number of the top Kenyan and Tanzania Lodges, Camps and Hotels. He has also led more than a dozen bird watching, wildlife and photography tours around Kenya and Tanzania for both local and many International Travel Companies.

In addition to this he has conducted research projects in a number of Kenya's IBAs (Important Biodiversity Areas), within where he organizes his tours. He is a member of the Kenyan Professional Safari Guide Association, Local bird club-Nature Kenya and also a member of the Bird Committee, besides many other conservation organizations.

Although he has enjoyed his relationship with the various lodges and companies he has worked with, in early 2001 he decided to start his own tour company (Ben's Ecological Safaris)  as director and guide.  This allows him to provide tours with a wider remit than just the "Big Five" or "Birder Specials". He now provides informative but fun tours which are ideal for students, holiday makers or local people who want to know more about the natural world around them. His wide East Africa's knowledge and experience, together with his fellow guides have kept travellers returning back to East Africa year after year.