Our Guides

At Planet Africa, our selected guides are our pride and joy. We invest substantially in training our guides as astute naturalists, local historians, conservationists, and of course vehicle mechanics. But more importantly, they are just fantastic travel companions. Our clients consistently report that their guide was the highlight of the safari, that they felt they were traveling with a friend who really took their needs into consideration. If you have a request for a specific skill, we will try to match you with the right guide. Your experience with us will be tailored, by you, from start to finish, and your guide will be there with you every step of the way.

Kevin Mlay


Kevin was born on the slopes of Kilimanjaro in the Marangu region, in 1972. Since 1995, when he first attending an East Africa Natural History Society bird walk, he has made dramatic progress in natural history in general. He worked as a volunteer with Kenya Museums, moving through the Entomology, Ornithology and Botany departments before pursuing his passion for Ornithology, in which he received his diploma.

Since then he has been involved in many important studies including being team leader for water bird counts in the Selous Game Reserve, on behalf of the National Museum Department of Ornithology. Amongst Kevin’s many other achievements are his four year stint working for bird author Don Turner at his company, now named Origins Safaris, in Kenya. Kevin makes an excellent general wildlife guide and has about 15 years experience in both Kenya and Tanzania. He now resides near Mt Meru, Arusha, with his wife Ruth and son Mkaro. A highlight of his career was spotting a rare mountain vulture known as Lammergeyer, whilst climbing Kilimanjaro.