The country of Tanzania in East Africa is home to the Serengeti and Mt. Kilimanjaro National Parks. Join mountain guide Wilfred Moshi, and safari guide Jombi Kivuyo as they take you on a slide show journey up to the highest point in Africa and through endless grassy plains. They’ll be sharing amazing stories of conservation efforts, natural history, the massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, and what it’s like to work in these beautiful and iconic landscapes.
The wilderness of Tanzania is truly wild because it has never been developed, and much of it remains intact and in the same natural condition it was thousands of years ago. In addition to wildlife, there is a rich culture of over 120 different tribes, many of which continue to live their traditional lifestyles as pastoralists and hunter-gatherers.
For Jombi and Wilfred, guiding is their life. They pride themselves on taking people from urban and suburban environments and introducing them to a new world that includes unique ecosystems. Their goal is to show people from around the world the wealth of natural resources in Tanzania, from the animals to the landscapes to the cultural heritage. As guides, they rely heavily on the natural resources of Tanzania and believe in the importance of conserving these resources by reducing their impact when taking these trips.
They know that many of their clients are from environments where wildlife is less abundant than in Tanzania, so they take the opportunity to educate people about the value of natural resources and how their livelihoods are dependent on these resources. Their aim is to win the hearts and minds of their guests so that they may return home with an appreciation for their own natural resources.
A trek up the mystical mountain of Kilimanjaro ascends through rainforests where exotic birds and the rare black and white colobus monkey sing and swing in the canopy above, to the Shira plateau and high savannah, and the sloping Great Barranco Valley with its giant Senecio Kilimanjari plants and towering cliffs. Wilfred will discuss efforts at conserving Mt. Kilimanjaro for future generations by working to minimize the effects of deforestation, habitat destruction and poaching, while filling viewers in on the rapid melting of glaciers on Mt. Kilimanjaro due to climate change.
Safari in Tanzania offers some of the most exquisite wildlife viewing in the world, including the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo), Ngororngoro Crater, and the great wildebeest crossing of the Mara River. Jombi will talk about his work leading safaris across Tanzania and Rwanda, and he’ll also discuss his work in conservation.
Jombi Kivuyo is the senior guide and owner of Tanzania Outdoor Adventures. He was born in a Maasai village and spent his childhood as a Maasai cattle herder. His early bush experience and expertise in animal behavior inspired him to pursue wildlife training courses in Tanzania. He gained valuable insight on guiding safaris with big commercial safari companies, and decided to start his own small boutique safari company to provide a more personal experience.
Jombi has guided safaris for world renowned groups. His knowledge and experience have attracted the likes of National Geographic, which continues to ask him to guide their expeditions in Tanzania. As a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, Jombi always desires to enrich his knowledge of ecology. Now, with 19 years of experience, he tailors private safaris to the interests, time, and budgets of his guests.
Safari locales include all the parks in Tanzania; Zanzibar Island, with its rich history and beautiful beaches; and stunning Rwanda, where it’s possible to visit the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their own habitat.
When not actively on safari, Jombi is home in Arusha with his wife and three sons, promoting conservation to school children and explaining the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced eco-system.
Wilfred Moshi is the senior guide and owner of Kili Treks Tanzania. Being the first and only Tanzanian to summit Mt Everest, Wilfred has the highest personal credentials to ensure clients have a safe and rewarding climb. He has 20 years of experience on Mt Kilimanjaro, and he has climbed the mountain more than 100 times, which makes him uniquely qualified to advise clients of the most suitable route for their group to safely reach the summit.
Wilfred is a local Moshi resident and is a member of the Chagga Tribe. He is married with four young children, and is committed to the care and protection of the local Kilimanjaro area and ensures that his team follows eco-friendly practices.
A trek to the highest mountain in Africa is a must for people from all walks of life when planning a visit to Tanzania. Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s Seven Summit challenges. Although it is the most achievable of the seven mountain challenges, it is spectacular in every sense. It is a memorable climb and rewarding outdoor experience in a beautiful and unique African setting.
Kili Treks Tanzania is a qualified Partner company with Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project and International Mountain Explorers Connection partner for responsible travel, where the personal needs of the climbing group are their first and main priority.
This presentation is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club Palo Verde Group and Arizona Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). AAEE works to support environmental educators across all sectors in Arizona and beyond, and aims to highlight the contributions to the field of Environmental Education by non-formal educators such as Jombi and Wilfred, as well as other adventurers, mountaineers, athletes, and tour guides, who inspire people to connect with nature, and be good stewards of the environment.