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.
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!
Find out what Arno experienced during his recent private Mobile Explorer Safari here.
Spending his childhood holidays travelling Europe in a VW kombi, Markus has now swapped the Black Forest and the Alps for Tanzania’s national parks. What hasn’t changed is his love for nature and the drive for freedom whenever he is out and about. Driving towards Lake Natron, seeing Ol Doinyo Lengai, the Mountain of God, in the distance has left him with very special safari memories. Markus has climbed and summited both Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro, making him the ideal partner to help you plan your trekking adventure. While he was happy to tick Kili off his bucket list, he was even more fascinated by the charm and scenery of the, in his opinion, often underestimated Mt Meru.
Markus speaks German and English. Get in touch with him to start your Tanzania safari or trekking adventure 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
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.