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 want to share with you what we love, because we know you will love it too.
Head of Sales
Alexandra has been part of the Tanzania-Experience team since 2011 and heads our team of travel experts. 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.
Product Manager East Africa
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.
Arno also compiled a list of what he thinks are some of the best lodges for families in Tanzania.
Tanzania Travel Expert
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!
Tanzania Travel Expert
Walking the back roads not knowing where they will lead you, and by chance coming across a small local restaurant – that’s Jana’s kind of travel. She understands that travelling to Tanzania is a great adventure for many of her guests and reassures you with prompt and concise emails and phone calls. Hearing the enthusiasm on the other end of the line, she shares your excitement, noting down every detail of your wishes for your trip. Around the office, she appreciates her team and the family-like atmosphere. Jana loves to hear back from you upon your return home. Share your adventures with her!
Jana speaks English, German and Afrikaans. Contact her to plan your trip to Tanzania!
Tanzania Travel Expert
There is this magic about travelling on the African continent that makes you want to come back again and again. And this magic is exactly what Christopher hopes for you to find in Tanzania. When planning your trip with him, he will communicate openly and transparently. No false promises, no cutting corners so you know what to expect – and will still be surprised about how much more you’ll get. The vastness of Tanzania, its wide national parks and seemingly endless horizons fascinate him and motivate him to give his all every day. Let him know about your adventures when you get back home and share the Tanzania magic.
Christopher speaks English, German and Afrikaans. Get in touch and plan your safari or beach getaway with Christopher.
Tanzania Travel Expert
From growing up in a small village in the Swiss mountains to planning your Tanzania travels – Natascha’s open-mindedness and positive outlook on life have not only taken her places but make her a valuable member of our team. She enjoys the diverse tasks her job brings about, guiding you through your journey from your first contact until you are safely back home again. When travelling, Natascha appreciates the small moments in nature, being surrounded by new sounds, smells and colours, breathing it all in.
Natascha speaks English and German.
Get in touch with Natascha to plan your Tanzania travels!
Tanzania Travel Expert
When planning your trip to Tanzania with Sandra, be ready to share every little detail of how you imagine your safari or mountain climb to be – she wants to know it all. Equipped with detailed information, she will put together your individual itinerary. Sandra loves Tanzania’s diversity and the many opportunities to experience safari, mountain climbing and beach getaways in one country. She considers her job a success, when you return from your trip wanting to go back to the continent for more. More experiences, more discoveries, more adventures.
Sandra speaks English and German. Get in touch and plan your safari or beach getaway with Sandra.
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.
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!
Assistant Operations Manager
Justin will be one of the first people you will meet in Tanzania when you see him at your pre-safari briefing. With many years of experience in the travel industry and travelling around Tanzania himself, he will share useful tips for your time in the bush. As Assistant Operations Manager he also coordinates your safari crew, vehicle, national park entrances, airport transfers and anything else that will make your trip a seamless experience. Growing up in Central Tanzania, he completed his Bachelor of Tourism and Cultural Heritage at the University of Dodoma. In his free time, Justin enjoys playing volleyball.
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.
Guest Relations Officer
Eugene is one of the first people you will meet in Tanzania. Multilingual and with a big smile on his face, he greets our guests, conducts pre-safari briefings and answers every remaining question you might still have. After growing up in Dodoma, studying in Kenya, working on Zanzibar and in Iceland, he is happy to now be part of our team. He loves his job because it makes him feel as if he’s travelling, even when he’s not. After your briefing with Eugene, you’ll leave for the bush well informed and in high spirits.
Eugene speaks Swahili, English, German, French, and Spanish.
Assistant Reservations Manager
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.
Journey has worked in the tourism industry for many years and enjoys the team spirit at Tanzania-Experience. The genuine approach of working together and supporting each other to make our guests’ trip a dream come true appeal to her. Around the office she is appreciated for her positive outlook on life. As part of the reservations team, Journey is in charge of booking lodges and camps for our group safaris. A multitalented self-starter she makes sure every special request, every special need is communicated before your arrival. Born in Mwanza at Lake Victoria, she completed her studies and started her career in Arusha making it her second home.
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.
Two eyes for detail, her drive to meet deadlines, love for numbers, and genuine passion to keep things in order make Sporah an invaluable member of our accounting team. Born and raised in Arusha, she studied accounting and worked as a translator before joining our team. Around the office she appreciates the calm and friendly atmosphere as the perfect backdrop to keep a clear head and do a great job. Her favourite spot in Tanzania is Zanzibar where she takes lots of pictures to remember relaxing days in the sun.
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
Daniel has been with Tanzania-Experience since the very early days. His calm and engaging character, wealth of experience, and commitment to delivering a great service have made him a favourite amongst our guests since 2008. Daniel lives on the foot slopes of Mt Meru and close to Arusha National Park, where wildlife is ample, and the vegetation is lush. As a safari guide and nature lover, Daniel is happiest, when in nature. Having completed his wildlife studies and mechanics courses, he knows that you can learn a lot from reading books, but nature will teach you something new every day. He regularly meets with other safari guides to discuss new developments in the fields of conservation and safari. When you return home, Daniel hopes you will have become an ambassador of Tanzania’s natural beauty, sharing it with everyone you meet.
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
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
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
Growing up near the foothills of Kilimanjaro, Daniel’s first job lead him to the Roof of Africa – as porter and later as mountain guide, he climbed the highest mountain in Africa more than 200 times. His heart however had always been in the bush and on safari. Following his dream, Daniel completed his tourism and German language studies and became a safari guide in 2010. While guiding at luxury camps in Tarangire and Serengeti National Park for several months, he discovered his favourite animal: the Giant Verreaux Eagle Owl. This smart predator is only active at night, but Daniel will show you their resting spots during your game drive together. In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading a good book and is a successful cat fish breeder.
Max has been working as a tour guide since 2012. He grew up in Ngongongare, the last village before the Arusha National Park. His father has a coffee and bees farm here, making Max a coffee expert. Becoming a safari guide was his dream ever since he was a little boy. When he was young, he would see the jeeps with visitors in the Arusha National Park. One day he came home and told his dad that he wanted to take travellers to the bush. Every night, he studied to learn more about wildlife and nature. He is very interested in thoroughly understanding situations he encounters on safari and has a lot of in-depth knowledge about the social structures and dynamics of wild game. He is also very knowledgeable about birds: Max knows over 525 bird species. Moreover, he is familiar with plants and insects. What Max loves most about Tanzania is that the country makes an effort not to disturb the wilderness. His favourite places are the Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro National Park because of their incredibly diverse landscapes and wildlife in a relatively small area.
Max speaks English, Swahili and the Meru language. He is currently learning German.
Born in Tanga, on the Indian Ocean, Witson came to Arusha for schooling. Here he also studied to become a safari guide. Witson worked as a guide in Tanzania for eight years before joining Tanzania-Experience in 2011. Since he was young, he loved to watch wildlife. When his father asked him, what he wanted to study, there was only one possible answer: tour guiding! For Witson, every safari is something special. He says that because every safari is different, every single safari has the potential to be the best he has ever done. He loves his job because he can always learn something new. What he likes most about Tanzania is the beautiful scenery and that he feels free here.
Witson speaks English and Swahili.
Jeremiah was born in the Kilimanjaro region. He has been working as a safari guide since 2016 and joined Tanzania-Experience in 2019. He says he wouldn’t want to do anything else; tour guiding is the right job for him. For Jeremiah, guiding is all about knowing as much as possible about as many things as possible. He is particularly knowledgeable in biology and thinks guiding can be similar to teaching. He loves connecting with his guests. To him, people are the most important part of the safari. Jeremiah is also a hobby marathon runner; in 2019 he ran three full marathons in Kenya. His favourite place in Tanzania is the Ngorongoro Crater, which he has visited over 200 times. Its beauty and the wildlife there still amaze him and make him proud of his country. What he loves most about Tanzania is that the people are very friendly and welcoming.
Jeremiah speaks English, German and a little bit of Dutch.
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.