Our guides

We often hear the following from our guests after their trek: “without our guide I couldn’t have made it to the summit”

Truly, our guides will take care of you right from the beginning when you leave your hotel to embark on your adventure. They explain everything you are going to see and feel on Mount Kilimanjaro and they give you their support, which means always a helping hand and the advice to go “Pole Pole”, slowly slowly. But most importantly: they use their techniques and extensive experience to keep you going when you are close to reaching your limits.

Our guides are all fluent in English, have been trained in first aid and hold a valid license to climb all routes on Kilimanjaro. In case of an emergency they will help you to come down via the evacuation tracks to the nearest gate. All our guides, like many Tanzanians for that matter, have a good sense of humor and will help make your trip the experience of a life time.

Our Kilimanjaro guides are organised in the Kilimanjaro Guides Association (KGA). We currently employ 15 permanent guides. Each guide is in charge of his team consisting of assistant guides, cook(s) and porters. Let us introduce some of our guides:

Felix

Name: Felix Kessy
Age: 45
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 200+
Why do you like your job as guide?
I like to meet with new people and exchange ideas.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? Machame
Information: Felix has been working for more than twenty years and has attended oxygen training. He lives in Marangu near the Marangu gate and farms during the low season.

Joseph

Name: Joseph Kessy
Age: 41
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 200+
Why do you like your job as guide? To meet different people; I learn every day.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? Machame
Information: Joseph likes the mountain and dedicated his life to work as a mountain guide. He has good experience in leading groups and has been trained to operate oxygen cylinders.He lives in Marangu and farms during the low season

Laurence

Name: Laurence Mtui
Age: 36
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 350+
Why do you like your job as guide? It’s my calling.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? All camping routes and Marangu route.
Information: Laurence speaks excellent English and is from the village of Marangu. He belongs to the Chagga ethnic group and farms in low season. Laurence has been trained in first aid and oxygen.

Peter

Name: Peter Mushi
Age: 40
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 100+
Why do you like your job as guide? To improve the environment and to meet different types of people.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? Machame
Information: Peter has been a guide for about eight years; he is trained in first aid and oxygen and received a scholarship through his job. He is calm and has a keen sense of when he is needed. He is from the Rau village on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

Saidi

Name: Saidi Muna
Age: 47
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 120+
Why do you like your job as guide? Exchanging ideas with different people.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? Machame
Information: Saidi is trained in first aid and oxygen andhas an excellent knowledge of the flora and fauna of Mt Kilimanjaro.Saidi is gentle with an outgoing personality.  Originally from the Singida region, he lives in Uchira and farms ground nuts.

Hadibu

Name: Habibu Macha
Age: 42
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 50+
Why do you like your job as guide? To meet with different people from the world to exchange ideas and views…
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? Machame
Information: Habibu holds an assistant guide license for over four years and has participated in first aid and oxygen training. He comes from Machame village but lives in Moshi.

Kundaeli

Name: Kundaeli Lyimo
Age: 38
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 60+
Why do you like your job as guide? To make the guests happy and to more tourists coming to Kili.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? All routes.
Information: Kundaeli is a very intelligent and sympathetic man. Originally from Marangu, he is a farmer in his free time.

Nicas

Name: Nicas Mtui
Age: 38
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 250+
Why do you like your job as guide? I like my job because through travellerss I learn good things for the development of myself and my community.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? Machame
Information:  Being extremely polite, Nicas makes a trip up Kili a pleasant experience.  He grew up and lives near the Marangu gate and in low season works on his farm.

Joshua

Name: Joshua Mwakalinga
Age: 51
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 400+
Why do you like your job as guide? I get the chance to meet with different people and share ideas.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? All camping routes.
Information: Joshua has more than ten years experience and is trained in oxygen. He came from Mbeya region to look for work as a porter and has now become a professional tour guide leading large groups. He lives in Himo town.

Paulo

Name: Paulo Sekiete
Age: 30
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 200+
Why do you like your job as guide? I like my job as I am learning many things from visitors.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? Camping routes.
Information: Paulo has been trained by KINAPA as an assistant guide and is also trained in first aid and oxygen. A charming guide and always smiling, he knows what guests need, just by observing. He lives in Himo town.

Filbert-Macha

Name: Filbert Macha
Age: 38
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 150+
Why do you like your job as guide?
I like my job because I can promote Tanzania to people from all over the world.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? Machame
Information: Filbert is a mountain guide by heart. He was trained as National Firefighter and knows what to do in tricky situations. He has participated in oxygen training and has also climbed Mount Kenya. He lives in Moshi.

John

Name: John Mtui
Age: 35
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 300+
Why do you like your job as guide? It is my calling, I love spending time in nature.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? All camping routes and Marangu route.
Information: John has been trained by KINAPA as assistant guide and participated in oxygen training. He is very passionate about his job and he lives in Marangu village.

Batchi-Donati

Name: Batchi Donati
Age: 38
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 350+
Why do you like your job as guide? The chance to meet different people from all over the world.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? All the camping routes.
Information: Batchi is one of our most experienced guides and is trained in first aid and in the use of oxygen. Originally a teacher he started his career as a porter then progressed to cook. Now he leads big groups of up to 50 guests. He is from Rombo and lives in Himo town.

Sospeter-Shekika

Name: Sospeter Shekika
Age: 35
How many times on Kilimanjaro? 70+
Why do you like your job as guide? I like my job as I get to spend time outdoors being active.
What is your favourite route on Kilimanjaro? Machame – because of the excellent views.
Information: Sospeter is a professional tour guide with good communication skills. He has been a guide for eight years and has been trained in first aid and oxygen use. He lives near Moshi and is usually seen with sunglasses…