Terry Stevenson

Field Guides Leader

Terry Stevenson, originally from England, has made Kenya his home since 1977. He is the senior author of the Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi -- the only guide in the region to have a text and maps opposite plates format; it has recently been released as an app, with the added advantage of making it possible to hear many of the calls. He is also co-author of Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Socotra. Published in 2009, this acclaimed guide is the only one to this region. He is a member/advisor to the Bird Committee of Nature Kenya and the East African Rarities Committee. On November 30, 1986, he set a new World Big Day record with 330 species seen in one day in Kenya; the record stands today.

One of Africa's and India's foremost bird-tour guides, Terry has led numerous Field Guides tours across the African continent, in Madagascar, and in India. He is currently living in a mud-and-cow-dung mansion near Mt. Kenya. Terry's tours include East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), Namibia and Botswana, South Africa, and Ethiopia. He'll also make a couple of favored detours to India as well as Hungary and Romania.

Scroll down to see Terry's current schedule of tours.

Client comment
"I have traveled with Field Guides 12 times previously and have never been disappointed. I'd had an incredible trip with Terry Stevenson to Kenya and knew that this would be a great chance to visit another area of the world and have a fantastic time birding. It was a great trip. I wish I could spend a year birding with Terry. He is very easy to bird with, never impatient, kind to a fault, keeps everyone updated and on task. He is able to get everyone onto the birds quickly. Your office does such a great job with organization, planning, communication, etc." J.H., HUNGARY & ROMANIA

Video conversation
Click here to enjoy a video of Rose Ann Rowlett talking with Terry Stevenson and Joe Grosel on the last morning of our 2018 South Africa tour.


Terry's Upcoming Tours


EAST AFRICA HIGHLIGHTS: KENYA & TANZANIA
Status: Waitlisted
Mar 7-27, 2020 ($15525) with Terry Stevenson
Tour Limit: 6
Combines the richest birding and mammal spots in Kenya and northern Tanzania: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Great Rift Valley, Kakamega Forest, and more. An impressive diversity of habitats, many with spectacular scenery.
HUNGARY & ROMANIA: THE BEST OF EASTERN EUROPE
Status: One space available
Apr 25 - May 11, 2020 ($6275) with Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Limit: 12
Fabulous birding in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Eastern Europe: the Danube Delta, Carpathian Mountains, Bicaz Gorge, Hortobagy, and Kiskunsag.
WILD KENYA: A TENTED CAMP SAFARI
Status: Open
May 27 - Jun 11, 2020 ($10675) with Terry Stevenson
Tour Limit: 6
A delightful, shorter itinerary designed to stay primarily in three tented camps, giving us a chance for the more traditional safari birding and wildlife experience (and to wake up right in the middle of it all!) under Terry's expert guidance. Limited to 6.
WILD KENYA: A TENTED CAMP SAFARI
Status: Waitlisted
Jul 11-26, 2020 ($10675) with Terry Stevenson
Tour Limit: 6
A delightful, shorter itinerary designed to stay primarily in three tented camps, giving us a chance for the more traditional safari birding and wildlife experience (and to wake up right in the middle of it all!) under Terry's expert guidance. Limited to 6.
ETHIOPIA: ENDEMIC BIRDS & ETHIOPIAN WOLF
Status: One space available
Sep 11 - Oct 1, 2020 ($7275) with Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Limit: 10
A remarkable journey to a remarkable land, from the Roof of Africa to Rift Valley lakes, the Bale Mountains, and south for Prince Ruspoli's Turaco and the strange Stresemann's Bush-Crow.
(Rock Churches at Lalibela Extension to Oct 4, 2020)
SOUTHERN INDIA: WESTERN GHATS ENDEMICS
Status: Waitlisted
Nov 1-21, 2020 ($9575) with Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Limit: 10
Journey from the mammal-rich lowlands of Nagarhole to the endemic-rich mountains of the Western Ghats and the exotic wetlands of Kochi.
May be combined with Sri Lanka
NORTHERN INDIA: BIRDS, TIGER & THE TAJ MAHAL
Status: One space available
Jan 23 - Feb 12, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$9725) with Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Limit: 9
Fantastic adventure from the Ganges plains to the Himalayan foothills, with the Bharatpur wetlands, Tiger at Ranthambhore, and the wondrous Taj Mahal.
EAST AFRICA HIGHLIGHTS: KENYA & TANZANIA
Status: Open
Mar 6-26, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$15525) with Terry Stevenson
Tour Limit: 6
Combines the richest birding and mammal spots in Kenya and northern Tanzania: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Great Rift Valley, Kakamega Forest, and more. An impressive diversity of habitats, many with spectacular scenery.
HUNGARY & ROMANIA: THE BEST OF EASTERN EUROPE
Status: Open
Apr 24 - May 10, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$6275) with Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Limit: 12
Fabulous birding in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Eastern Europe: the Danube Delta, Carpathian Mountains, Bicaz Gorge, Hortobagy, and Kiskunsag.
AMAZING ANGOLA
Status: Open
May 29 - Jun 19, 2021 (Fee TBD) with Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Limit: 12
Our new tour to this endemic-rich off-the-beaten-path destination will seek numerous endemics and pass through some impressive landscapes.
WILD KENYA: A TENTED CAMP SAFARI
Status: Waitlisted
Jul 31 - Aug 15, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$10675) with Terry Stevenson
Tour Limit: 6
A delightful, shorter itinerary designed to stay primarily in three tented camps, giving us a chance for the more traditional safari birding and wildlife experience (and to wake up right in the middle of it all!) under Terry's expert guidance. Limited to 6.
SOUTH AFRICA
Status: One space available
Oct 2-24, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$9875) with Terry Stevenson & Joe Grosel
Tour Limit: 10
Endemic-rich birding, spectacular landscapes, and a unique flora are the highlights of our energetic survey tour of this beautiful country.
ETHIOPIA: ENDEMIC BIRDS & ETHIOPIAN WOLF
Status: Waitlisted
Nov 5-25, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$7275) with Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Limit: 10
A remarkable journey to a remarkable land, from the Roof of Africa to Rift Valley lakes, the Bale Mountains, and south for Prince Ruspoli's Turaco and the strange Stresemann's Bush-Crow.
(Rock Churches at Lalibela Extension to Nov 28, 2021)