Richard Muthoga Mwaura
Growing up on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Muthoga quickly learned the ways of the wilderness by tending to his family’s livestock. He has since trained and worked as an outdoor leader extensively in East Africa and North America with Wilderness Inquiry for Kenya trips, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the University of Minnesota, Teva Adventure, and many others. He is a certified NOLS instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and a member of the Mt Kenya Search & Rescue Team. Muthoga attended Nairobi University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in education. He has taught in a number of schools and helped form clubs geared toward making students aware of the various opportunities that people can enjoy in outdoors. Muthoga also helps raise funds and construct classrooms for local schools in the Mt Kenya area that are unable to afford adequate facilities. He is a true champion of local peoples and believes that the key to improving our future is to invest in the youth of today.
In Kikuyu, Muthoga's tribal language, his name means "one who likes to talk." No name could be more fitting, as he loves to explain his country to visitors. You can ask Muthoga about anything from wildlife behavior to politics–he has deep understanding of East Africa and the ways of the world. A trip with Muthoga in Kenya can truly be a life-changing experience.