Onesmus Ole Irungu is a private safari guide, based in Kenya. Born in Muranga County, he attended secondary school in Nairobi. His passion for nature began when he was young; he kept speckled pigeons and collected porcupine quills. He studied Tour Guiding and has a certificate in Japanese. Onesmus is a member of the Kenya Professional Safaris Guides Association (KPSGA – gold level), the East Africa Wildlife Society and the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGSAA),
Prior to becoming a private guide, he worked at Rekero Camp in the Masai Mara. He has guided groups in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. He has also been to both the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides of Victoria Falls and Burundi’s Lake Tanganyika.
During his off days, Onesmus volunteers at the Hanne Howard Fund, a grassroots charity that works with vulnerable children and youth in Nairobi’s Lenana slum. He takes young conservationists for bird walks in the nearby Ngong forest or on organized day trips with the hope that by sharing his knowledge some of the students will go on to study Wildlife Conservation.
Onesmus (a big cat enthusiast) works on long-term research projects for the Mara Cheetah Project, the Mara Lion Project, the Mara Naboisho Project, and the Mara Elephant Project. Onesmus is a regular contributor to the extremely popular “Herd Tracker” found on social media. A real time Google map shows weekly updates on the location of the annual Great Migration in the Serengeti / Mara eco-system.