Our safaris are led by a hand-picked team of guides who have the knowledge and experience in the field to enhance your safari.

 Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Mikey Carr-Hartley

Mikey was raised in the African bush on his family’s 45,000-acre ranch in Laikipia. He spent his childhood surrounded by local hunters, trackers and trappers gaining invaluable first-hand knowledge of African wildlife. Mikey is passionate about Kenya and loves the wilderness, the spontaneity, the freedom to go to amazing places, and the diversity of living with various cultures and wildlife. 

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Mark Barrah

Mark is a third generation Kenya. His father was a Game Warden in Kenya for 40 years and this gave Mark a unique opportunity to grow up amongst Kenya’s fauna and flora, in some of the remotest parts of the country. Mark has guided safaris all over East & Southern Africa.  Mark’s love for and understanding of Africa’s fauna and flora has led to him being appointed an Honorary Game Warden in Kenya. Mark is an avid bird hunter who also guides professional shooting safaris.


Neil McRae

Neil was born and bred in Kenya. His passions growing up were rugby, clay pigeon shooting and collecting reptiles.  He has been guiding safaris for over 20 years. He is married to Gemma and has two children, Marina and Jake, who have definitely inherited his love for Africa. He has a passion for fishing and butterflies (he even has a species named after him having found and identified it in the Rift Valley in his 20's).


Sammy Thanju

Sammy joined us on safari in 2003, as a wild Samburu Warrior from a remote corner of Northern Kenya called Maralal (where the Samburu warriors are very proud of their traditional heritage and ancient customs.). When Sammy joined the team at Specialised Safaris, he was dressed in traditional red “shuka” and laden with beads, clubs and knives.  He could not speak or understand English but his enthusiasm, charm and big smile got him through. Today his Samburu culture is still strong but the “shuka” and beads have given way to cell phones, Ipads and digital cameras. Sammy has become one of the most informed naturalists within Kenya and strives to become a gold rated guide.


Francis Ndirangu 

Having grown up as the son of one of Kenya's foremost wildlife trappers - John Mara, Francis has turned his hand to almost anything in the safari industry. He started with Specialised Safaris as a room steward, which he excelled at. He later became a truck driver, helping move the mobile camp around the country and now has become a safari guide and wildlife spotter. His passion to please people and learn is a true trait of a great companion on safari. 


John Moller

John is a third generation Kenyan and is a well-known and respected professional hunter, his knowledge of wildlife and their habit is extensive. John's passion for photography has led to his work being exhibited and sold overseas for various charitable trusts, The Tusk Trust and The African Rainforest Conservancy Trust to name a few. He concentrates on different genres of photography including wildlife and landscape and is always keen to lend a hand to anyone who is interested in learning more.

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Gary Hopcraft

Gary is a forth generation Kenyan born and brought up on his family farm on the edge of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley. As a child he was either at home on the farm or on safari with his father. This is where he learnt to love and understand Kenya's wildlife and developed a keen interest in photographing it. After being educated at Bristol University in the UK, Gary returned to Kenya where he spends his time between managing the family farm or on safari.