Lema Peter, Company Co-Founder
Photo Credit: David Coleman
Lema is an experienced Mt. Kilimanjaro guide and a native Tanzanian of the Meru Tribe. He brings the unique combination of being raised in Africa and having lived and traveled in America with his skills as an educated and experienced guide. He has summited Mount Kilimanjaro over 200 times, safely guiding many travelers and crew on the mountain over more than fifteen years. Climbers of varying ages (from 10 to 81 years of age) and fitness level have successfully made it to the top of Mt. Kili on Lema's tours – his client climb success rate is close to 100%! Lema personally guides some groups but oversees logistics for all our climbs and safaris.
Lema's experience and training are outstanding. In addition to guiding climbs on Kilimanjaro, Lema has also led groups on Mt. Kenya and Ruwenzori mountains in Uganda. Through his work with National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), he has guided canoe trips on the boundary waters of Minnesota and backpacking trips in the mountains of Wyoming, Montana, and California.
Lema is also a well-seasoned safari guide, having taken hundreds of trips across the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, and many other eastern African Wildlife preserves. He is trained in animal and bird recognition, behavior and migration patterns. On Lema's safaris, travelers are taken on a fascinating adventure inside the world of African animals and the culture of the African people---- accomplished with a western understanding of the needs and preferences of American clients. An extraordinary blend of cultures not typically found with other tour companies.
Safety is always Lema's number one concern. His ongoing professional training includes NOLS Wilderness First Responder course in the USA, two NOLS month-long wilderness training and survival course in Kenya, and Guide School in Tanzania. Lema has lived on the West Coast of the United States but now spends his time overseeing the company headquarters in Tanzania. Read an interview with Lema on About.com's Africa Travel page.
Erika Bloom, Company Co-Founder
Erika is an American who has always loved to travel, explore and hike. She has led groups to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro eight times in partnership with Lema and other experienced local Kilimanjaro guides, and has taken groups on safari many times as well. Erika is usually your contact person and trip planner at Serengeti Pride. Erika's mission is to ensure that clients experience a memorable and successful Kilimanjaro climb or safari. One of her specialties is sharing knowledge and information to help clients prepare for their trip. Erika has many years of experience as a trip leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club, and has led hiking groups toTanzania, Glacier National Park, and the Canadian Rockies. Her experience as a Physician Assistant motivates her to ensure that all trips are as safe as possible so that clients truly have the trip of a lifetime. Erika has Advanced Wilderness First Aid training. When not in Tanzania, Erika lives in Massachusetts.
Dismas Agger , Mountain Guide
Photo Credit: David Coleman
My full name is Dismas Agger. I was born in Musoma Region, raised and grew up in Arusha. I did my studies at TCA college of Arusha. I attended courses including guiding courses, customer care and leadership skills, wilderness first responder (WFR). I have climbed Oldonyo Lengai 1 time, Mount Meru 3 times, and Mount Kilimanjaro around 100 times, with great success for my clients. I am also member of Kilimanjaro Guides Association (KGA).
To climb the Mountain, I started from porter position. I was willing to learn so I was promoted to to camp crew, then assistant guide and now lead guide (EXPEDITION LEADER). I do love and enjoy my job because it is where I meet different people from different countries, with different personalities. It is also a good opportunity to learn and gain knowledge .
My ability to help and being patient to clients and crew, bring their trust and make them feel my presence. My hobbies are: playing and watching soccer, reading books, sharing stories and telling jokes, singing and listening music. I also enjoy watching animals on film especially lion since it is my favorite animal.
Daudi Olkery, Safari Guide
Daudi is a safari driver guide with extensive wildlife experience. He was born in Oloirobi village in Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 1979. Like many other Masai warriors in his village, Daudi attended Oldonyo Sambu Seminary School, then later attended Molac Guiding School in Arusha. His passion with nature goes way back to his childhood. As a young Masai boy, he grew up taking care of his family's livestock in the middle of the Ngorongoro Crater - where he had to learn how to protect cattle from lions and other predators. He worked for many well-known tour companies before joining Serengeti Pride in 2010. He has First Aid training By Sentinel Outdoor Institute
Chrispin Shoo , Safari Guide
Photo Credit: Caroline Piccone
Chrispin was born and raised into a business family in Arusha area. He is from the Chagga tribe and proud to be Chagga. Chrispin has been on tourism industry since 2008 after graduating from a professional tour guide college in Arusha with a Certificate. In 2009, Chrispin joined the College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM- Mweka College) training on Anthology, Animal behavior and Ecology, Botany, Reptiles and Amphibians. He was also trained on Firearms and hunting protocols. He climbed Mt. Kigali in Rwanda during Gorilla trekking safaris. Chrispin joined Serengeti Pride after working for other tour companies in Arusha. For Serengeti Pride, Chrispin has been a great team player and a professional guide to our clients. He is very knowledgeable and very attentive to details. He worked with the International Wood Culture Society film festival last year where Serengeti Pride organized filming around Tanzania. When on Safari, Chrispin is responsible for our client's safety and wellbeing. Apart from Guiding, Chrispin is a good soccer player. He has been playing for his village soccer team for a while now.
Tumaini Twati , Mountain Guide
My name is Tumaini Twati, from Arusha Tanzania. A Maasai by Tribe, I am proud of my tribe since it is a strong tribe in Tanzania. I have secondary level of education and am a Mountain guide by profession. I started climbing Kilimanjaro as a porter with Serengeti Pride Safaris and worked in different positions like Camp Crew and waiter. For being humble and ability to learn, they promoted me and Iwon the trust from my bosses and clients. I have attended Kilimanjaro guide training and Wilderness First Aid Course. I also attended Tour guiding and Leadership skills training and became a member of Kilimanjaro Guides Association. My hobbies are playing and watching soccer, hiking, and telling jokes.
John Mollel, Chef
Photo Credit: David Coleman
John was born and raised in Arusha area. He is the 8th child in a family of 10 children. His Father, Mzee Shangarai, was a very respected farmer in his village which was named after him ( Shangarai Village). John is married, with one child. He speaks Masai, KiSwahili, English, and Kisonjo. John started working for Serengeti Pride as a porter and made his way up to assistant cook. Now, he is a head chef for both Kilimanjaro and Safari.
John's hobbies and likes:
I love and enjoy doing my job because this where I find satisfaction in my life.
I like driving car, motorbike and bicycle.
I am big fan of football. My best team in my country is Simba while internationally I am a fan of Manchester.
I like to share ideas with positive minded people and helping others
I like to respect people despite their age, religion, race and where they come from; I hate racism as we all found ourselves born where we are.
Frank Tarimo , Chef
I was born and raised in Kilimanjaro region which located on the south west slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I'm from Chagga tribe. I am a mountain and safari cook. For my education and training, I attended Hotel Management college. Also I have First Aid training. I am proud to be a part of Serengeti Pride. Previously I worked with many different companies as porter, camp crew, Assistant Cook since 2003. My intention is to become a Kilimanjaro and safari guide in the future.
Interests and Hobbies.
I like talking with people coming from different places around the world and change our aides.
I like watching football especially England League, since I'm really an Arsenal fan. I like watching pool table as well as playing since I'm a professional player.
Ever Peter , Serengeti Pride Office
Ever Peter (Mama Johnson) has been working with Serengeti Pride since 2009, handling reservations, group departure preparations and inventory control. She holds a diploma on Hotel management. Mama J has three young boys, Johnson, Junior and Jeremiah. When not at work, Mama J spends most of her time with the boys and baking cakes.
Deo Peter joined the tourism industry in 2000 after graduating from Arusha Technical college. He worked for several tour companies as a mechanic and later he became a porter. While climbing as a porter, Deo went back to school studying hotel management and hospitality so he could change his career path to become a chef. Deo has been a great support for Serengeti Pride. He has been with the company 5 years now and often trains new cooks for us. Just ask him for a good recipe, he is our "master chef". When not on the mountain or safari, Deo enjoys spending time with his daughter Deborah.
Banga Meruss , Cultural Guide in Lake Eyasi (Hadzabe and DaToga tribe visits)
My name is Banga Meruss, a professional guide born in Lake Eyasi, to the land of the Hadzabe Bushmen and Datoga tribes. This is the area I have lived all my life. I belong to the Datoga tribe, I don’t do farming I just raise cattle (few cows, goats and sheep). I know the tribal people very well as I’m among them. My family is a bit big as I have got three wives and sixteen children. All my wives are from Datoga tribe. I also have two grandsons and I live with them too. Four of my children are in primary school, while one is in secondary. For the past 15 years I have been guiding tourists from all over the word. From my years of experience I have gained the experience to know traveler needs, to organize and guide in my home grounds of Lake Eyasi.