Lema Peter

Company Co-Founder

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 Bloom, an American Physician Assistant by training, co-founded Serengeti Pride together with Lema Peter. After over a decade dividing her time between two worlds (adventure travel in Tanzania and medicine in the United States), Erika returned to full time work in medicine in 2018. She is proud to leave such a well established, socially responsible company in the very capable hands of Lema Peter.