Meet the Team
Together with the Tanzania-Experience team, you will see Tanzania through the eyes of locals who have travelled to every corner of this land, who are passionate about wildlife and fascinated by the mountains, who fall in love with the beauty of Tanzania again and again.
From our sales and marketing office in Somerset West, South Africa to our operations office in Arusha, Tanzania, we work hand in hand to make your Tanzania travel dreams come true.
We welcome you to experience what we love, because we know you will love it just as much.
Holger has travelled the African continent for more than twenty years, not shying away from an adventure or three when navigating from one country to the next on foot, by bus, boat, overland-truck or plane. After founding a tour operating company in Germany, he quickly realised that the best way to ensure his guests experienced a safari of a lifetime, he would have to drive the safari himself. Walking the talk, he and his business partner Henning founded Tanzania-Experience in 2007. Holger’s knowledge from many years of travels and sales are the foundation for most of our travel experiences. Today, he manages our sales and marketing office in South Africa.
Holger enjoys travelling with his two sons. Find out, what he thinks is important to keep in mind when going on safari with children .
Alexandra has been part of the Tanzania-Experience team since 2011 and heads our sales team. Equipped with a meticulous attention to detail and many years of experience in Tanzanian travel, she trains new colleagues and stays on top of things even in the busiest of times. As Product Manager, she designs new safari itineraries taking you along unique routes through Tanzania. When climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Alexandra learned to respect the demanding trek up the highest mountain in Africa and is proud to have made it to Stella Point. As an animal lover and resolute advocate of animals’ rights, she cares deeply about Tanzania’s wildlife and promotes the values of sustainable tourism.
Growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, Alexander spent most weekends and holidays on safari, exploring East Africa’s national parks and coastline, his fishing rod always close by. Apart from visiting almost all well- and a number of the lesser-known national parks in East Africa, he travelled to the source of the River Nil, climbed Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro and spent time on the islands of Zanzibar and Lamu. After completing his studies in Tourism & Hotel Management in Germany, Alexander returned to Africa. Since 2013 he is a valuable team member of the sales team in South Africa. With his excellent knowledge of East Africa, he looks forward to creating your next travel experience.
Alexander speaks German and English. Contact him to start planning your Tanzania adventure today!
Find out which accommodations Alexander recommends on Zanzibar: Top 5 lodges and hotels on Zanzibar
Tanya joined the Tanzania-Experience team in 2012. From her first day with us, her love for all things East Africa has grown exponentially. Born and bred in southern Africa, she knows her way around safaris, hiking and camping as it has always been part of life. Travelling to Tanzania opened her eyes to a safari experience like none other and she is eager for you to experience the same. From adventure camping to glamping, from Mt Kilimanjaro to the blue waters of the Indian ocean, she has experienced it and is the perfect partner to help you plan your travels to Tanzania – be it for one person or a group of fifty.
Tanya speaks English, German, Dutch and Afrikaans. Get in touch with her today to turn your Tanzania travel dream into reality!
Arno first arrived in Tanzania in 2004. Growing up in the Netherlands, he came to live and work at the shores of the beautiful Lake Victoria. Riding his bike through downtown Mwanza like a true Dutchman would, he realised he had fallen in love with Tanzania. Since that day, Arno has travelled and worked around the country and the continent. One of his adventures took him across Tanzania by train, from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam. He finds the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba to be the perfect spots to dust-off from safari adventures. Today, he looks forward to creating exciting itineraries with and for you, hoping that you will share his love for this colourful and vibrant corner of the world.
Arno speaks English, Dutch and German. Contact him to plan your safari experience and beach getaway today!
Evelyn has one of the best jobs of them all: as Marketing Manager, she gets to tell the whole world about the beauty of Tanzania and the excitement when travelling the vast savannahs. She finds this no trouble as she travelled the country extensively herself, being impressed by the large number of wildlife in the north and remoteness and wild nature of the south. Evelyn has been in the tourism industry since 2004 and joined the team in 2010. With her vast knowledge of East Africa and understanding of the industry she is a passionate ambassador for Tanzanian travel.
After various trips exploring Tanzania and Kenya, joining a Germany-based tour operator and setting up its East Africa department, Henning decided it was time to get into the field and run safaris and trekking tours himself. In 2007, he started Tanzania-Experience together with his business partner Holger. As Managing Director, Henning looks at the bigger picture without losing sight of the small details. He makes sure, the team stays informed about events in even the remotest corner of the country, has two eyes on our books and sets the strategy for the company’s development. He also came up with a secret polishing mixture to make our Land Cruisers shine after a dusty safari in the bush. If he gets the chance, Henning takes off on his motorbike or scouts the remote areas of Tanzania for new spots to make our guests’ safari dreams come true.
Andrew has assisted our operations team in Arusha since 2012 and became Operations Manager in 2013. Born in the UK, he went on a round-the-world-trip before settling in Germany for 17 years, where he qualified as Master Gardener. After a stopover in South Africa, he moved to Tanzania, travelling the country extensively: Andrew has visited almost every major national park or game reserve both in the north and the south. His passion for sport has led him to climb Mt Meru and you will meet Andrew for your pre-climb briefing when you climb Tanzania’s second highest mountain with us. He and his team are on call for emergencies 24/7. Andrew looks forward to welcoming you in Tanzania soon!
Ewan is one of two Operations Managers in the Arusha office. He is also one of the first people you will meet during your pre-safari orientation. With over ten years’ experience in the Southern and Eastern Africa safari industry he is a wealth of information. Ewan is also an avid photographer, a passion he follows when out and about in Tanzania. Born in South Africa and then exported to Tanzania, Ewan lives and breathes Africa.
Operations Manager Trekking
Abraham was born and raised on the foot of Mount Meru in the Arusha region. Staying true to his home ground, he majored in Mountain Climbing and Wildlife as part of his Cultural Anthropology and Tourism degree. It is no surprise that he found his calling as Operations Manager Trekking, coordinating all our Kilimanjaro climbs. You will meet Abraham for a thorough briefing and equipment check before your climb. Expect some genuine words of encouragement from him as he knows the strain going up, but also the exhilarating feeling of standing on top of the Roof of Africa.
Travelling has always been Luca’s passion. On various trips, she made her way to remote places off this planet’s beaten track. Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that she couldn’t reject the offer to work as sales agent in a travel agency specialised in travels to East Africa. After five years consulting travellers in finding their perfect itinerary, she moved to her main sales destination: Tanzania. As part of the Tanzania-Experience team she is responsible for our office management. Whenever she gets the chance, she explores the country’s great landscapes, meets its friendly people and just enjoys the unspoilt nature and incredible wildlife of Tanzania.
Leigh-Ann grew up in South Africa and entered the tourism and hospitality industry straight after school. After finishing her tertiary studies in Travel and Tourism she worked at numerous guest houses and hotels in South Africa, the USA and Switzerland. As Reservations Manager for Tanzania-Experience she ensures all bookings are made with the special attention to detail they need, providing guests with the lodge experience of a lifetime. Her favourite place in Tanzania are the Usambara Mountains with their many scenic villages and numerous waterfalls scattered throughout the rain forest – a paradise for nature lovers!
Neema is a real local, being born and bred in Arusha and has been part of our team since 2013. When she is not spending time with her little daughter, she loves to travel and look out for the Big Five in Tarangire, Manyara and Arusha National Park or the Ngorongoro Crater. She finds it fascinating to see different animals, big and small, living together and depending on each other. At Tanzania-Experience, Neema double and triple checks reports and statements to make sure our books are always in order.
Flora is an Arusha local and studied Tourism and Hotel Management before entering the tourism industry in 2008. At Tanzania-Experience she makes sure you spend the night in the room with ocean view as you requested, booking not only accommodations, but also domestic flights and cultural excursions. She knows the ins and outs of a vast number of properties in Tanzania, having visited them in the Serengeti, Tarangire and Arusha National Parks and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Being out and about, she of course didn’t miss the opportunity to watch the wildebeest and zebras of the Great Migration swing by.
Levina grew up in Tanzania and has vast knowledge of the country and all its natural wonders. She trained for three years in Air Travel at a college in Nairobi, Kenya, before joining the reservations department of a small bush airline. Loving mother of two beautiful girls, and a valuable member of the reservations team for Tanzania-Experience, she handles all incoming bookings with the greatest accuracy. Combining her knowledge of the great variety of properties in Tanzania along with her thorough know-how of the airline industry, you can rest assured knowing your booking is in good hands.
Meet some of our professional Safari Guides and the Head Guides of our experienced Mountain Crew
Growing up close to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tumaini spent his childhood weekends on game drives in the Crater and camping with his parents and siblings. After graduating from the renowned College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, in Moshi, he joined our team in 2013. Father of a young son, he plans on taking him on safaris once he’s a little older. At Tanzania-Experience, Tumaini enjoys going on safari with families, being amazed by the children’s genuine curiosity and intelligent questions about nature and wildlife. Believing in lifelong-learning, he keeps up to date with conservation developments, researching in books, online or talking shop with rangers in the national parks.
What our guests say about Tumaini:
“The trip will remain memorable mostly thanks to our excellent Guide Tumaini. He was always punctual and ready way before the agreed departure time. He always tried to get us as close as possible to the animals without scaring or disturbing them. He outdid himself every single day.” Dieter and Renate from Germany
“Tumaini Mano– safari guide, great person, subject matter expert, excellent driver and best DJ (thanks for on demand Jambo song and Kenny Rodgers)”, Mirek from Ireland
“Tumaini, having a degree in Wildlife Management, has a vast knowledge of the region’s animals, vegetation and its history. There was not a single question I asked him that he could not provide a comprehensive answer to. It was clear that he has absolute passion for his job as a guide. I am most thankful for having had the pleasure of spending so much time with him, I was able to learn and appreciate nature’s gifts and had a lot of fun at it.” Fernando from Peru
Lazaro’s career in guiding began in 2007 and he joined our team in 2012. At Tanzania-Experience, he is the group whisperer, turning strangers into friends on our scheduled group safaris. To him the secret for great group dynamics lies in finding out about everyone’s personal expectations and wishes on what to experience on safari; then making sure everyone in the group has the safari they always wanted. Lazaro enjoys the long conversations at the dinner table, learning about different cultures and lifestyles and sharing his love for his country Tanzania with you. On game drives, he not only looks for his favourite animal, the rhino, as part of the Big Five, but also the members of the Little Five. And these, he wants you to know, are in fact more difficult to spot than their big and well-known counterparts.
What our guests say about Lazaro:
“His knowledge of all things safari, country and region was excellent. For three full days Lazaro was always available to answer questions and help us get anything we needed. He was extremely patient while we spent long periods of time taking pictures. His animal spotting skills were top notch as well.
He was open to altering the daily schedule to meet the preferences of the group – which meant he had to be ready even earlier for us to go out for the day. Lazaro was certainly one of the best guides I’ve had on any tour, my wife claims he is THE best.” Jonathan from the USA
“Thanks to Lazaro’s profound knowledge of the nature and culture, we learned an awful lot and we saw much more in these seven days than we ever expected to see.” Dieter from Switzerland
“We were lucky enough to have Lazaro as our safari guide. He is not only a good soul and always friendly and supportive, but was also highly motivated and dedicated while spending all our safari days with us.” Carsten & Sandra from Germany
After graduating from the renowned College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, Michael joined our team as safari guide in 2009. He is not only an experienced guide, but a passionate ambassador for nature and wildlife conservation. Until today, he keeps in touch with his professors at Mweka to stay up to date with the latest research on wildlife management. On safari, he takes the opportunity to share his vast knowledge about the state of conservation efforts with his guests. To give his guests the safari experience, they are looking for, Michael makes a point of getting to know you and your expectations. He shares scientific background information with you or lets you enjoy these special safari moments in rewarding silence. When he is not on safari, Michael goes to his home in Dar es Salaam, where he regularly visits a primary school, promoting awareness for conservation needs among young Tanzanians.
What our guests say about Michael:
“I was very lucky to have Michael as guide on this trip. He was a careful driver and always showed respect for the animals. Highlights for me were the moments when Michael shared his knowledge and competency not only about all the animals but more importantly about nature conservation and the environmental threats to the national parks.” Turid from Norway
“Thank you so much for making our safari breathtaking and unforgettable. You certainly made us experience much more than we had ever hoped for. And we loved your wit and sense of humour!!!” Lucie and Susanne from Germany
“Our Guide Michael was nothing short of exceptional. His intelligent conversation and knowledge of all aspects of Tanzanian life, ranging from the Africa Animal Kingdom to local village life, political and social awareness made our safari. No words can express our admiration and thanks to him for making our safari the experience it was.” Simon and Prudence from Australia
While Charles has been guiding travellers through Tanzania’s national parks since 2010 and lost count of how many safaris he’s been on, he still gets excited every single time one of his guests experiences their first wildlife sighting. Sharing in their joy is what makes guiding such a rewarding job for him. His guests come from all walks of life and Charles gives his all to offer new insights into local wildlife and nature – even if you are a safari or conservation expert yourself. He does so in English, Swahili or Spanish, and even with an American accent he acquired over time. If Charles can choose the route, he will take you to Tarangire National Park during the dry season, to look for the rare African Wild Dog, one of his favourite animals.
What our guests say about Charles:
“Our highest praise goes to our Guide Charles, who impressed us over and over again with his knowledge of flora and fauna. We felt completely at ease throughout our trip.” Laura and Lisa from Germany
“Our trip was absolutely amazing; our Guide Charles was fantastic. He is very knowledgeable about the country and animals and seemed to be able to put us in the perfect place at just the right time, along with managing to keep us out of the craziness of the other tour vehicles. Thanks again it truly was a trip of a lifetime!!!” Spittal Family, New Zealand
Together with his family, Rashid lives only a few kilometres from Arusha National Park, sharing his neighbourhood with the occasional buffalo, antelope and many different types of birds. Growing up in a village close to Lake Victoria, he has always loved spending time in nature. That’s why he completed his wildlife studies in Arusha and embarked on the adventure that is safari guiding ten years ago. In 2014, Rashid joined our team at Tanzania-Experience. As father of three, he enjoys going on safari with families, always ready to answer inquisitive and curious questions of the young safari goers. Protecting nature and wildlife is a matter close to his heart as he wishes for his children and the generations to come to be able to experience magical moments in nature.
What our guests say about Rashid:
“Our Safari guide Rashid really made the entire trip a joy. He was patient, attentive to our needs, knowledgeable about all kinds of wildlife, and an excellent driver. He also demonstrated remarkable senses of humour. I was very happy to spend two weeks with him and would do it all again.” Sean from the USA
“Thank you so much to Rashid for sharing your knowledge and for being our ‘father’ for a week. We’ve learnt so much with him and we had so much fun during our trip. It was a great experience and we would recommend it to everybody.” Malissa and Johanna from Switzerland
As safari guide with Tanzania-Experience, Alphayo enjoys meeting guests from all over the world in his home country. Hosting travellers from different cultural backgrounds gives him the opportunity to get an insight into different ways of life, without having to travel far. He believes, a good guide has not only excellent knowledge of flora and fauna, but should give first time visitors an insight into the culture and traditions of the Tanzanian people. Knowing that you are here to enjoy every second of your safari adventure, he doesn’t mind getting up extra early and is always happy to structure the day around your preferences. Alphayo’s favourite national park is the Serengeti. The seemingly endless savanna reminds him of a vast ocean, dotted with little islands, also known as kopjes.
What our guests say about Alphayo:
“Our greatest highlight however, was our guide – Alpha. We hadn’t expected that a local would speak German so well. We have great respect for him – especially since German isn’t an easy language to learn. He really did tell us a lot about the wildlife. None of our questions was too much, no question was left unanswered. He was incredibly patient, stopping wherever we wanted and giving us all the time we wanted.” Beeke and Kristian from Germany
“Even more compliments go to our guide, Alpha. He was absolutely great. He really made the experience a lot of fun and was very attentive to everything we asked. He was really easy going and had a great sense of humour. He was also very well informed about the parks, the animals and also about the history. This really allowed us to have great conversations with him during our stay.” Elis and Wybe from the Netherlands
David is a team player and likes the great team spirit amongst the Tanzania-Experience safari guides and operations team. In another life, he worked as a business man, travelling all across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Being a nature lover, he soon said his goodbyes to the corporate world to return to college and study tourism. Since 2013, he is part of our team. David not only knows his flora and fauna, but has an expert understanding of cars, making him a reliable navigator on the bumpy roads of the Tanzanian bush. He loves looking for the Big Five in Tarangire National Park together with his guests. His favourite animal however, is the giraffe with its peaceful and sympathetic look on its face.
What our guests say about David:
“Thank you for allocating David as our guide, just like on our last safari. It made the whole experience very intimate and was very nice and personal. It was like coming home.” Andrea Specker from Germany.
“Special thanks to our host David, who is a true ambassador for your company and for Tanzania. We parted friends.” Otto and Philé Knoesen from South Africa
“Thank you for an unforgettable experience! David was the best guide you can imagine. We had a fantastic week together!” Julian from Germany
Ernest joined the Tanzania-Experience team in 2012 because he loves to travel off the beaten track and show his guests the more remote corners of Tanzania: hiking in the Usambara Mountains, swimming in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Pangani and going on a boat safari in Selous National Park. While on safari, he pays attention to the little wonders of nature and will get you excited about dung beetles crossing the road, bees buzzing in Baobab trees and share his knowledge about the stars in the endless African night sky. After completing his studies in Wildlife Management, he started his guiding career in 2007. Having spent many days in the bush, Ernest knows that every moment in nature is unique and no two hours will be the same. Thanks to his great sense of humour, you can expect to not only learn a lot, but to laugh just as much. Ernest speaks English and German. His favourite animal is the black-and-white Colobus monkey, that looks like it has just gotten a fresh haircut.
What our guests say about Ernest:
“In Ernest we had a Guide who left an impression on us. He made our trip the extraordinary experience that it was. He is extremely polite, friendly, attentive, patient and spoke German very well – anything was possible with him.” Sylvia Metzler from Germany
“Thanks to the friendly and competent guiding of Ernest, this trip turned into an experience of a lifetime.” Astner Family from Germany
John has been part of the Tanzania-Experience team since 2008 and is valued by colleagues and guests for his many years of experience and kind character. He fell in love with the idea of being a safari guide on a school trip to Lake Manyara many years ago. Starting off as a mechanic, he soon added safari guiding to his skills set and embarked on his dream career. John shares a fascination and love for big cats with many of his guests, always scouting for lions when on safari. Hiking in the Usambara Mountains is another of his favourite activities while out and about with his guests. A family man and nature lover that he is, he makes sure his three children grow up appreciating Tanzania’s wildlife and natural heritage.
What our guests say about John:
“Our Guide John is a very attentive and prudent driver while at the same time spotting wildlife and beautiful birds along the way. It was rainy season, very wet and thus difficult to manoeuvre the vehicle along the roads, but John mastered the challenge perfectly.” Hanne and Hugo from Germany
“Our guide, John, was knowledgeable, patient, as well as a sharp animal spotter. Everything about our day was perfect – thank you for a wonderful memory!” JD from the US
“Ahsante sana Little John and Daniel! You made our trip unforgettable. You became good friends, you know more than our books and you drive very well.” Jacqueline von Arx from Switzerland
Going on safari with Eligard, no two days will ever be the same. He makes it his priority to take different routes, focus on different animals and share the incredible diversity of wildlife and nature with his guests. Eligard grew up close to Mt Meru, taking long walks in the forest after school. His love for nature only grew and after completing his studies at the Mweka College of African Wildlife Management he joined the Tanzania-Experience team in 2011. Over the years he gained vast experience and knows the national parks like the back of his hand. During his free-time, he still enjoys embarking on forest walks and playing basketball.
What our guests say about Eligard:
“Our guide, Eligard, was amazing. He was so knowledgeable about the wildlife (animals, birds, vegetation) and extremely nice. He clearly knew the areas we were visiting and showed us such a great time. Spending eight days with him was very easy. I have to say it was ten-times my expectation.” Conny Hoy from the USA
Enock started his career in the hospitality and service industry. Working at a lodge in southern Tanzania, he saw guests embarking on game drives day after day and got curious about their adventures out in the bush. Determined and eager as he is, he changed career tracks and qualified as safari guide in 2009. His many years’ experience in the bush combined with his sense of quality service make him an invaluable member of our team since 2013. Even after many years on the job, Enock strives to deepen his knowledge and values continuous education and training – as only a smart guide is a good guide. Over the past years he discovered a new passion: photography. When you’re out and about with Enock, you can be sure to return with stunning photos as he knows how to position you to get the perfect shot.
What our guests say about Enock:
“Our Guide, Enock, with his pleasant, capable, calm and friendly demeanour, contributed much to the success of our tour. From the very first moment we felt at ease and he was able to tell us so much about his country, people, culture and animals – it was perfect! With eyes like a hawk he spotted animals from miles away and the joy and respect he has for nature and the people really impressed us.” Bianchi Family from Switzerland
“A HUGE thankyou to Enock our Guide and Godwin our Cook who were fantastic and honestly two of the nicest individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with.” Sean Cleary from Dubai
“Our Guide Enock was very friendly and professional. We saw lots of animals and he always gave us enough time to take pictures and videos.” Phillip Schuegner from Germany
The moment Faraja saw an elephant for the first time as a young boy, he knew, he wanted to spend his career working with the gentle giants. Fast-forward a number of years, he holds a Diploma in Tourism and Animal Behaviour from the renowned College of African Wildlife Management Mweka in Moshi. Faraja joined our team in 2013 and enjoys going on safari with families in particular. Having everyone together, sharing stories over lunch in the bush puts a big smile on his face. To him safari is not only about ticking off the Big Five, but educating his guests about the social structures and behaviour of animals and the fragile ecosystems they live in. He enjoys travelling to the southern parks Ruaha, Selous and Mikumi. Having studied in Germany, getting to know a different culture, he looks forward to sharing Tanzania’s culture with his guests.
What our guests say about Faraja:
„We’ve been on many safaris, but this was the best safari by far – especially thanks to Faraja. He was welcoming, always ready to assist us and always on time; really outstanding! He was always eager to show us as much as possible and share his knowledge at the same time.” Nicole and Peter from Germany
„You could see day after day how much joy he finds in his job, his home country and the wildlife in particular.” Sandra and André from Switzerland
„Faraja had a unique ability to find the most interesting animals. This ability, the natural surroundings and animals which we experienced up close coupled with Faraja’s knowledge about Tanzania and the different game reserves made this safari an unforgettable experience for us.” Marc and Johannes from Germany
„Warm greetings to Faraja – who bore our quirks uncomplainingly and even shared in our unconventional humour. It was touching how well he took care of us and we always felt in good hands.” Silke from Germany
Silayo grew up in Moshi at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. On safaris with his parents and siblings, he fell in love with nature and wildlife at an early age. Lake Manyara, Arusha National Park and Ngorongoro Crater are not only places of childhood memories, but Silayo’s office under the open sky. Starting his guiding career as English to German translator, he graduated from his Wildlife Management studies to become a safari guide in 2006. Since 2013, he is part of our team. One of his favourite parks is Tarangire National Park where you can spot wildlife along the river year-round. During the rainy season, when the grass is high and spotting wildlife is more challenging, Silayo’s expert knowledge of Tanzania’s national parks leads him off the beaten track to locate animals in unusual places. A sighting of twenty giraffes chasing a lion is one he will remember forever.
What our guests say about Silayo:
“I’d like to say thank you once again to Silayo. He was a very good guide and driver and always managed to find the best spots to observe the wildlife.” Barbara from Germany
Batchi is one of our most experienced mountain guides and has been part of our team since day one in 2007. As Head Guide, he leads big groups to the top of Kilimanjaro, making sure that not only all climbers are safe and enjoying their experience, but also coordinating the many crew members it takes to lead a bigger group to the Roof of Africa. He is a professional and responsible role model for other guides, always giving his very best. Studying Tourism at the Bridge Institute of Business Studies in Arusha has equipped him with important expert knowledge. When the climbing gets tough, Batchi reminds you that conquering Kilimanjaro is not a competition. It is just you and the mountain. Take it slowly, one step at a time.
Batchi has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro more than 200 times.
What our guests say about Batchi:
“Our mountain trek was fantastic, we were looked after so well by our Guides Batchi, Kunda and Felix. Batchi was incredible, he set the pace for us and was our leader. He was very knowledgeable and informative. he made sure we knew what each stage involved and briefed us every night. On the last night up to the summit these amazing men sang as we trekked in the dark and it really helped us to stay focused and determined to succeed.” Keren from Australia
“Batchi Vitalis – chief guide on Kilimanjaro. 100% made it to the top. Good motivator and very helpful”, Mirek from Ireland
Joseph grew up in Marangu, close to the border of the Kilimanjaro National Park. Many residents of the village work on the mountain, so when Joseph chose a career as mountain guide it didn’t come as a surprise. After climbing Kili as porter for two years, he completed his guiding training and has been part of the Tanzania-Experience team since 2011. When climbing Kili, Joseph reminds you not only to focus on making it to the top, but to take in the scenery as well, appreciating the diverse flora and fauna of Kilimanjaro.
Joseph has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro more than 200 times.
Guiding travellers from around the world to Uhuru Peak since the year 2000, Saidi has invaluable mountaineering experience. He has been part of the Tanzania-Experience team since day one in 2007. Looking back, he still remembers his first cold summit night and his exhaustion looking at the distant stars sparkling in the night sky. When the warm sun began to raise, Saidi regained his strength and made it to the top. He is very experienced in assessing when it is time to encourage you to keep going and when it is necessary to call off a climb and get you downhill to safety. As Head Guide, he is aware of the responsibility he has not only for you, but for every assistant guide, porter and waiter on his team. At home, he enjoys spending time with his family and three teenage children.
Saidi has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro more than 200 times.
What our guests say about Saidi:
“We were lucky to be accompanied by our Guide Saidi who is very experienced, capable and absolutely reliable. He has a big knowledge and advised us very well. Saidi and our Assistant Guide Hudson informed us in detail and turned out to be great motivators. Both are wonderful persons, very respectful and I liked their humour and kindness.” Madeleine from Switzerland
Kundaeli is a stalwart of Mt Kilimanjaro and knows the mountain like no other. He has been a mountain guide since 1997 and part of our team since 2011. Growing up only 40 kilometres from Kilimanjaro, the mountain has always been part of his life. When climbing with Kundaeli he will point out his favourite view points along the way and share his knowledge on flora and fauna with you. After summiting Kilimanjaro hundreds of times, he still finds joy in taking climbers to the top and seeing them light up when their dream of summiting the highest mountain in Africa comes true.
Kundaeli has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro more than 200 times.
Growing up in Dar es Salaam, Joshua heard stories and read in books about the highest mountain in Africa as a young boy. When he saw the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro with his own eyes for the first time, there was no stopping him: starting out as porter, he quickly moved on to become a qualified trekking guide, taking travellers to the Roof of Africa. Since 1994 he shares his passion for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with his guests; since 2012, he shares it as part of our team. A family man that he is, he also took his two children to see Uhuru Peak. On each trip, Joshua makes sure to pack warm socks for the cold summit night.
Joshua has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro more than 400 times.
Brighton is a proud ambassador of Kilimanjaro and his home country Tanzania. On the long hikes climbing Kili, he will happily share his expert knowledge and entertaining anecdotes to lighten your stride. Starting out as porter, Brighton knew right away he wanted to climb the career ladder and become a guide. He went to study at the Udzungwa Mountains College in Moshi and joined Tanzania-Experience as guide in 2011. He remembers how strenuous and challenging he experienced his first climb up Kili many years ago. Today, he is an excellent mountaineer, but hasn’t forgotten the challenges a mountain-novice may encounter. You can expect empathy and encouragement from a man who knows what it feels like to conquer the highest mountain in Africa.
Brighton has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro more than 100 times.
Being a Mountain Guide on Kilimanjaro is a dream come true for Filbert. Since he was a young boy, he has always wanted to guide travellers to the Roof of Africa. Taking a detour, he studied to be a firefighter after school, before training to be a qualified mountain guide. His dream of standing on to Uhuru Peak became reality on the last day of the year 1999, when he welcomed the new millennium alongside many other climbers on the top of Africa’s highest mountain. He has been a guide since 2007 and part of our team since 2013. As former firefighter Filbert is a very responsible and safety conscious mountain guide. His advice when tackling the mountain is to take it one day at a time and pacing yourself even when you still have the energy to go fast.
Filbert has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro more than 80 times.
Elipokea is a true self-starter and dedicated mountaineer. He started his mountain career as porter in 2007 and has been part of our team since our early days. Rising through the ranks of waiter, tent crew and summit porter, he knew he could go even further. After obtaining a Wildlife Management certificate and completing further training, Elipokea was promoted to Assistant Guide in 2013 and Head Guide in 2016. He absorbs knowledge whenever he gets the chance to, be it educational degrees or intercultural skills when spending time with his guests. He will happily share his vast knowledge about the mountain, the animals and Tanzania’s culture with you. At Tanzania-Experience he is valued for his commitment and dedication. His aim is to guide you safely to the top, and more importantly safely back down.
Elipokea has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro more than 120 times as guide and many more times as porter.
Emanuel believes in life-long learning and sees every day as an opportunity to learn and grow. Starting out on Kilimanjaro as porter in 2005, he trained to be an assistant guide in 2009 and finally became head guide in 2012. Shortly after, he joined our team at Tanzania-Experience. Emanuel knows that communication is key when motivating his guests to keep going. That’s why he is studying French during is off time, with the goal to be even more approachable for his French-speaking guests. When climbing Kili, Emanuel knows how important it is to have the right equipment with you. You won’t see him on a climb without his rain trousers and favourite pair of boots. Once you have retreated to your tent for the night, he will stay up just a little longer, reading a novel or catching up on first-aid and other specialist literature. In Emanuel, you will find an experienced, professional and dedicated head guide, who’s goal it is to help you make your dream come true.
Emanuel has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro more than 250 times.