Ensure your safety on Kilimanjaro by trekking with Thomson’s licensed and certified Wilderness First Responder guides. With 100-200+ personal summits and extensive evacuation procedure training, your health, oxygen levels and altitude symptoms will be continuously monitored by medical experts.
Our guides have been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, MTV, and many documentaries, including the first female paraplegic’s summit of Kilimanjaro. They are true Kili experts, dedicated exclusively to Thomson Safaris, and they will help you successfully reach Uhuru Peak!
We're proud to introduce our head guides, all certified by NOLS with Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness Advanced First Aid, and Heartsaver CPR.
- Wilbard Minja
- He began his guiding career in 1986 because he loved the mountain and it gave him the opportunity to assist his family in Marangu. As a guide he has climbed the mountain over 200 times.
- Wilbard prides himself on his attention to detail, and takes great care in quietly managing all the details that make up each trek. He is dedicated to his climbers, making sure they are healthy and happy.
- Liberate Tesha
- Liberate is Tanzanian, of the Chagga tribe. He graduated from the Mweka Wildlife College (the most prestigious wildlife college in East Africa), graduating with honors with a certificate in wildlife management. He began his guiding career in 1998, quickly climbing the ladder due to his language skills, intelligence and drive. Liberate is passionate about guiding and takes every step to ensure all the climbers are safe; his intelligence and management skills ensure a smooth and safe trek.
- Bernard Shirima
- Bernard is the best representative of a new generation of Kilimanjaro guides. With a gregarious personality, a solid education and an athletic physique, he took the fast track to guiding success.
- He trained and obtained his license as a mountain guide when he was just 21 years old. Six years later, he has reached the summit nearly 100 times. Beneath his ebullient smile is a no-nonsense reverence for Kilimanjaro.
- Andrew Kitema
- Andrew grew up in southern Tanzania but moved to the Kilimanjaro region with his family in 1999. His natural skill and love for the mountain are proof that guiding is more of a calling than merely a job. He is built to climb, with a sturdy frame and incredible fortitude.
- A skilled leader, he tirelessly manages all the details to make sure your trek runs as smoothly and safely as possible. He is a certified guide with more than 150 Kili summits under his belt.
- Prosper Kamil
- Prosper began his guiding career in 1989 as a porter. He quickly worked his way to a lead guide position and joined us in 1995. He has climbed Kilimanjaro over 150 times as a lead guide.
- Prosper is an extremely capable and organized leader. His quiet confidence and professional manner, as well as his experienced crew make each trek a success.
- Kaen Kapange
- Kaen began his guiding career in 1998, as a porter, and in the same year trained and was certified as a guide. He joined us in 2002, and has climbed Kilimanjaro almost 100 times. Kaen is foremost dedicated and passionate about sharing the mountain, and at all times with a professional manner.
- Onesphory Mtui
- Onesphory (Onest) is of the Chagga tribe. He began his guiding career in 1993 because he liked the mountain and it gave him the opportunity to assist his family, meet new people, and learn about other cultures. He has led over 150 expeditions up Kilimanjaro and is known for his huge, beaming smile and complete dedication to his profession. He loves his job of mountain guiding, and each time has great satisfaction in brining all his climbers to the summit of Kilimanjaro.