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About Trekili Eco Expeditions


Trekili Eco Expeditions provides the highest standard of Mt Kilimanjaro treks, Mt Meru treks and Serengeti safari experiences in East Africa. We are a company that values and celebrates the environment, ensures our clients receive the best care and attention with safety paramount, combined with quality equipment, facilities, superb cuisine, medical services, the highest trained staff; and reinvests in the local community, particularly through good conditions for our staff.

Our ethically, socially, ecologically and environmentally founded Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru trekking company is locally owned and based in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa with a branch in Australia. We are duly registered company company in Tanzania with the Business Registrations and Licensing Agency and Tanzanian Revenue Authority. We hold a TALA licence to conduct Mt Kilimanjaro hikes.

Our equipment is brand new and of the highest quality. We maintain the highest standards in service delivery and our strategic partnership with Global Rescue and the flying doctors (AMREF) ensures that client’s safety needs are foremost. We maintain membership with the Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators (TATO) and Leave No Trace, who’s principles we apply to all our operations.

Nothing is left to chance in ensuring that the customer experience is of the highest standards. We have a strong business model and a strong commitment to capacity building and sharing technical expertise with our indigenous population through access to employment, training, quality living wage and improved living conditions. Labour and consumables are all sourced locally in order to ensure a sustainable and localized business model.
We pay our team members a decent living wage (this does not occur with budget operators), update equipment regularly to maintain the highest standards of customer standards and care, offer a quality menu and ensure that we meet the highest safety standards with no compromise on client or crew safety.

Our vision

To be the provider of choice for quality trekking and safari experiences in East Africa and beyond.

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Our mission

To provide sustainable, ecologically and ethically based expeditions that provide lasting benefits to Tanzania, its people, resources, magnificent mountains and National Parks.

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Our commitment to Tanzania

Trekili is a Tanzanian and Australian business collaboration, with our head office centrally located in Arusha and a branch in Australia.  We are committed to offering ecologically sustainable treks and safaris that exceed service provision offered by other service providers on Kilimanjaro. Not only will we exceed the service delivery of our competitors our mission is to exceed our customers’ expectations.

This goal is achieved on many levels.

Equipment choice has been based on extensive research to ensure we provide the highest possible quality and offer “better than the rest” services. Equipment and service delivery is outstanding.

Safety of our customers is  paramount and reflected in the training and capabilities of our guides to render assistance should it be required. Partnerships have been established with the world’s best medical and evacuation service providers to ensure that in cases of emergencies our clients receive the highest possible level of care.

We are committed to offering “green” treks and “leave no trace” principles of mountain ethics and removing all our waste from campsites, including human waste from higher campsites where waste does not break down.

We ensure that all of our team members are treated fairly with respect and dignity, well clothed, equipped and paid a decent living wage that surpasses the majority of companies offering treks on Kilimanjaro. Guides and porters want to work for Trekili and their excitement, enthusiasm and commitment to the company flow into the way they perform their duties, interact with customers and portray a quality, positive company image.

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Our directors

Joseph Mbaga

Joseph is happy to welcome everybody from around the world to come explore, enjoy, experience and share all the wonders found in his beautiful country Tanzania, the land of Mt Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Ngorongoro Crater and the magnificent Serengeti.

For many years Joseph has held positions in the Tanzanian tourism industry in sales and marketing and as a field coordinator and finally as an operations manager. Joseph has extensive experience with Mt Kilimanjaro hikes and safaris and an in-depth  understanding of Tanzania’s Serengeti and National Parks.

While running an ecologically based Mt Kilimanjaro trekking company Joseph observed that many key factors were lacking in trekking companies. They had low quality equipment, lacked professional guides and porters, who were often mistreated, and lacked sound sustainable eco-credentials.

Joseph had a dream of establishing a sustainable, ecologically based operation that benefited his countrymen and showcased the natural resources and beauty of Tanzania.

Destiny had it that Joseph crossed paths on Mt Kilimanjaro with future business partner Roger Crawford and this formed the catalyst for a collaboration that brought together Joseph’s tourism experience and Roger’s business skills, trekking and mountaineering experience.

After extensive discussions they formulated a business plan to raise the bar and provide the highest quality, safest, ecologically sustainable Kilimanjaro trekking and safari operations in Tanzania. Joseph’s dreams were realized and Trekili Eco Expeditions began.

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Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford is an active mountaineer having travelled throughout the world pursuing his mountaineering dreams including numerous ascents of Mt Kilimanjaro.

He holds an MBA, health degree, health, safety, environment, security and risk management qualifications, and has extensive senior management experience.

Roger is a resident of both Tanzania and Australia. His strongest motivation is to share technical expertise and develop ecologically sustainable partnerships in developing countries. Roger shares Joseph’s vision to showcase the very best that Tanzania has to offer in a safe and ecologically sustainable way.

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