Some years ago we got to know and love Africa and since then we have travelled East Africa and Southern Africa several times. We know the question marks that you have in your head when planning a trip on this continent. We had them too before our first holiday in Kenya and yet we, my partner and I – very bravely – booked a 4-day safari inclusive beach holiday afterwards.
To make a long story short, we were lying on the beach afterwards and were already dreaming of our next safari. We were even amused about ourselves, why we thought so much about small insects, spiders etc. Of course there are those in Africa, but also not more than in Spain or any other European country in the south. It goes without saying that you wear long clothes in the evening and sleep under a mosquito net. Or you don’t walk barefoot across the green meadow, alone in the dark through the bush, the wildlife camp or the city.
If you also know a little Swahili, you’ll quickly have nice contact everywhere, maybe even beyond your holiday.
We think Tanzania is ideal for adventure! The country offers opportunities for sports enthusiasts like hikers and divers, but also safari travelers and beach holidaymakers who prefer to take it easy. Both the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, safaris in the Serengeti as well as beach holidays on Tanzania’s coasts or on Zanzibar offer unique experiences. Also due to its changing political past, Tanzania is partly less developed than some neighboring countries, which gives it a special charm as a tourist destination.
Especially in the low season one can travel authentically far away from mass tourism and to almost any budget in Tanzania and discover almost untouched nature. People are obliging and happy about visitors, especially as tourism plays an important role for the country.
We believe every one of us is looking for adventure. Because adventure means nothing else than to do something unusual, to experience something new. You broaden your horizon, develop further and grow. Something that every human being is ultimately looking for!
Our experiences, our network and travel, we pass directly on to you and make unique experiences in Tanzania possible for you.
Our aim? To offer individual, authentic and sustainable travel for every budget. Because every person has their own understanding of adventure and should have the opportunity to experience a suitable one for him- or herself!
Ilona, Managing Director
“Leading Jambo Kilimanjaro means to me that a circle is finally closing. Because after a degree in tourism and a small detour through the banking and finance sector (in which I will continue to be involved), the foundation of a non-profit association “Mbuzi Chizi Ostafrika e. V.” for various projects such as the goat cheese project for single women and mothers in Tanzania and many important experiences later, I can now do what I love to do from the bottom of my heart – organizing trips and this on my own responsibility as a tour operator for trips to Tanzania!”
Jambo Kilimanjaro was founded by Alex and Timo. They founded the company after a trip to Tanzania with the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro and since then they have provided dozens of travellers with unique experiences.
However, in addition to the founding team in the background, there are many more people who are committed to the project and support it through their role as experienced travel specialists, translators, guides, cooks or other partners. In the following we introduce a few of them to you.
On site in Tanzania, the two guides Erasto and Amos have been accompanying the project since its beginning, as well as Leon and George as further guides. Together they cover the languages German, English and French.
Erasto has been working as an official tour guide since 2008. Before that, he worked as a porter for five years to get to know Kilimanjaro and earn some money. Thus, he was able to pay his tuition fees, learn English and French and attend courses to become a tour guide. For almost a decade now, he has accompanied people to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, on hikes in Kilimanjaro National Park and on safaris.
“I climb Kilimanjaro about 20 to 30 times a year and have already been several hundred times on the mountain! Even though I have climbed Kilimanjaro so many times, I always discover new things on the mountain. If you want to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, you really must want it from my point of view and be prepared to rediscover the mountain and yourself during the ascent.
Anyone can make it to the summit of Kilimanjaro. But you have to be prepared, physically and mentally, and ready for an adventure!“
Amos has been accompanying people to the summit of Kilimanjaro since 2011. Before that, he worked for a year as a porter to get to know Kilimanjaro better and to train the ascent. He also accompanies travelers to the summit of Mount Meru, which lies next to Kilimanjaro in Arusha National Park, and undertakes safaris with them.
“I do about 20 to 30 hikes a year and have climbed Kilimanjaro more than a hundred times. I think it is great to climb Kilimanjaro because it is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Even if it is almost on the equator, there is still snow on its summit!
What do you need to successfully climb Kilimanjaro? Positive thinking, of course, and you should be mentally and physically well prepared. Kilimanjaro is waiting for you, Hakuna Matata!”
Michael is a very experienced safari driver guide with almost three decades at the wheel. Without maps and high-tech he navigates you through the national parks so that you are guaranteed to be at the right place at the right time. Because good timing and a solid knowledge of the national parks allow you not only safe travel, but also the most extraordinary discoveries!
Zawadi and his community have decades of experience in looking after guests from northern Germany. If you decide to stay overnight in his village near Moshi, he will be happy to show you around. In any case, he will be happy to take you on full-day or half-day tours and show you coffee and banana plantations, local breweries, historical monuments and diverse nature.
The Tides Lodge team will take care of all your wishes regarding beach and sea at Tanzania’s coast. Samir is your man for good cocktails and visits to coastal villages. On Zanzibar Fadhil is your trusted partner with whom you can do pretty much all activities on the island.
In addition, numerous porters and cooks support us on every tour, some of whom our guides have had working relationships with for decades.
“During the hikes I get up every morning before our guests and go to sleep after them, so that they go well strengthened on the hike.
But working as a cook is fun and very sociable, as I usually meet other teams and their cooks during the tours and also talk to our guests on a regular basis.“
Why Jambo Kilimanjaro?
We offer an incomparable focus on detail and Tanzania, and maintain a close proximity to the team and the local people. In other words: we only do one thing – but we do it with passion!
This also means that we live our leitmotifs authentically from the beginning to the end of a journey.
We give you the level of comfort and structure you are looking for. From complete packages with high comfort to budget bookings and simple ascents of the Kilimanjaro, we have everything in our program for you. If, for example, you have food intolerances, we will of course take them into account.
We engage an interdisciplinary team, some of which is firmly rooted in Tanzania. This enables us to cover all the essential travel components in the country. You know with whom you travel, because you have already got to know part of our partners on our website. From overnight stays in luxurious lodges to hostels and in private persons’ houses, safaris and ascents of Kilimanjaro in a group or rather alone, we offer you everything.
We work together with TourCert and always strive for new partnerships and engagements, which support a careful treatment of people and nature. In addition, all our trips are carried out under the guidelines of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) with regard to payment and equipment of porters and mountain teams.
From the very beginning, we have built up our company using the latest technologies, means of payment, partnerships and more. Consequently, you will find everything you need for a successful adventure and safe travel, but for example no old structures that take up resources without providing you with added value. This enables us to offer you the best services at a very fair price, regardless of whether you choose a budget or a higher-priced travel package.
In addition, we will of course provide you with all the important information you need for a trip to Tanzania. We know that an ascent of Kilimanjaro is more than a simple day hike over the hill at your doorstep. Accordingly, we accompany you in all aspects of the ascent and, if desired, also offer the necessary support during the preparation. You are the focus of our attention and we will do everything we can to ensure that you have a great experience!
Therefore, you won’t find any hidden costs with us. We communicate all cost components including the recommended tips before departure. Since we pay our teams fairly in accordance with the KPAP guidelines, our recommendations for tips are lower compared to some other tour operators. At first glance, these operators may thus seem cheaper, but in the end, you pay more than you originally thought.
Moreover, we only use our own high-quality equipment. This also includes outdoor tents, chairs and kitchen utensils. Unlike rented equipment, we can thus offer you a consistently high quality. The teams accompanying you regularly undergo training and we check the validity of their work permits. In this way, we ensure that the quality of the support provided by your mountain or safari team is consistently high.
Last but not least: Your money is safe! As required by German law (§ 651k BGB), all payments made during travel are subject to insolvency insurance. This means that even if Jambo Kilimanjaro has to file for bankruptcy before the start of your trip, your payments will be refunded. All funds are managed on our German business account, whose deposits are secured according to the German Deposit Protection Act. Since we accept payments by bank transfer as well as PayPal, you can ultimately decide which payment method you prefer.