I truly do not think you can improve your services; the safari was flawless. You are a wonderful organization, staffed by fabulous people.
Alex Eby, USA
The Safari exceeded our expectations in every way. It was far more exciting, interesting and enjoyable than any other trip we have ever taken.
Natalie Katz, Australia
Our safari exceeded our expectations in many ways, comfort, variety, beauty, quality of care. But our favorite part of our safari was the Matembezi Classic camp.
Gary Boehm, USA
Professional guides for East
Remote wildlife travel in the African bush demands professional guides with exceptional hands on bush experience and technical skills. Our clients demand personable, knowledgeable, and hard working guides. Matembezi is fortunate to have an astoundingly skilled, informed and passionate group of guides working with us.
Ethan Kinsey was born and raised in a small village near Arusha. Being outside, immersed in nature, has always been a part his life, from catching tadpoles, birding and other outdoor pursuits..
Ethan completed a guiding course in South Africa and is a certified First Aid Wilderness Responder; He holds a post grad degree in Biodiversity Conservation & Management through the University of London.
Upon returning to Tanzania, Ethan began work managing safari camps and lodges in Ruaha and the Serengeti, guiding and leading walks. Since 2008 he has been working as an independent guide and now works with Matembezi. A passionate conservationist and activist, Ethan was a driving force behind the forming of the Tanzanian Interpretive Guides Society. Not only is Ethan considered to be one of the most respected private guides in Tanzania, but also one of the pre-eminent guide trainers in east Africa. He lives with his wife and young daughter in a village outside of Arusha.
Hagai, the founder and co-owner of Matembezi, was born in Ethiopia to an anthropologist father and spent his early years there. An avid naturalist he returned to Africa in 1992, and back-packed extensively, exploring the wilderness areas of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. In 1994 he began guiding wildlife safaris and natural history tours, while traveling further through Africa, the Mascarenes and further afield in Asia and South America, everseeking the best wildlife experiences. In 2001 Hagai made the choice to start his own safari operation in Tanzania, his personal Eden.
Hagai spends his free time exploring, birding and scuba diving in Africa and the Western Indian Ocean basin. Hagai holds B.F.A. in photography from the Bezalel academy of arts in Jerusalem, and is a member of the Interpretive Guides Society. He lives with his wife and daughters in a village outside of Arusha.
Hagai, I just wanted to tell you again what a fabulous time we had on our safari with you.I have travelled far and wide, and in my eyes you are the best guide I have ever met. I read somewhere that when you travel, the people you meet along the way are just as important as the places you see. In this case I couldn’t agree more
Julius was born in Hai, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. In 1998 he joined the Mt. Meru College in Arusha for an advanced diploma in tour guiding. In the year 2000 after graduation, he started guiding, and advancing his knowledge and interest in wildlife. Julius joined Matembezi in 2006, guiding through out Tanzania, has been a part of our family ever since and is one of the backbones of our operation. Julius is friendly, warm and welcoming and loves sharing his vast experience and knowledge with our guests, building a following of dedicated repeat guests that would only travel with him. He is fluent in French, English, Chagga and Kiswahili. When not on safari he lives in Arusha with his wife and two kids.
I cannot emphasize enough how amazing and incredible Julius has been as a guide. He has so much knowledge and was always happy to share it with us. He had a fantastic work ethic, we were very fortunate to have met him and have him as our guide.
Elisha hails from Arumeru, at the foot of Mount Meru. After completing his high school education, he joined the Mt. Meru College and studied for a diploma in wildlife tourism. Gifted with languages, Elisha also studied French and Spanish which he now speaks fluently, along with Kiswahili, Kimeru and English. After graduation, he started guiding in 2006, before joining Matembezi in 2008. Elisha loves to share with his guests more than just his wildlife knowledge, he also loves discussing Tanzania’s culture, history and politics. He particularly enjoys travelling with families with kids, and through the years, has made many lasting friendships with young travelers. Elisha feels the most connected to the Serengeti out of all the Tanzanian parks, saying that the landscapes and diversity simply resonate with him. When not on safari he lives in Arusha with his wife and 2 kids.
Its was such a pleasure to experience Tanzania with Elisha, he had so much knowledge and sahred it in an interesting manner, spoke perfect French, and above all was so kind and dedicated.
Zepha, was always a passionate naturalist. He started his formal training under the Mikumi National Park Park ecologist for over three years in 2000. He then joined Beho-Beho Lodge in Selous working as a resident guide, training as a walking guide and as a safari boat handler. Through the years, he participated in many training programs, from walking safaris guiding in Zimbabwe to human adaptive behavior and client care work shops. In 2006 he moved to Arusha, and joined Matembezi, where to this day he is one of the most passionate and dedicated guides in our team. A knowledgeable guide, Zepha led safaris all over Tanzania and participated in many scientific forays to pursue his passion for wilderness and wildlife. He is a member of the Interpretative Guide Society as well as the Red Cross of Tanzania. When not on safari, he resides in Arusha.
Laura Pritchard, USA
Zefa was simply the best guide imaginable! True companion, Incredible Knowledge, We will back to travel with him!
Onesmo started his wildlife education in 1998, while working with iconic safari guide Paul Oliver. He has since studied wildlife management in Mweka college and traveled to South Africa, Malta and the United Kingdom in his pursuit of education and knowledge, attaining a formal accreditation as a walking safari guide, a first aid responder, and even attended a marine rescue course. He has been guiding professionally since 2003. Onesmo is a well rounded guide with a deep understanding of the ecology of Tanzania’s ecosystems, and a passion for ornithology. His curiosity, cheerful character, and his natural ability to engage people has earned him a sterling reputation as one of the top safari guides in Tanzania. Onesmo loves exploring untouched wildlife areas and holds a special place in his heart to the grand Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania, where he spent many years as a resident guide. Onesmo is fluent in English, Kiswahili and Kimeru. When not on safari Onesmo lives in Arusha.
Onesmo Was an excellent guide, his knowledge is immense; he is an excellent 4×4 driver. He has high level of service awareness, is friendly, a great companion and all in all he is simply a top class guide.
Seba was born in Mbeya, in Tanzanian’s southern highlands, and came to Arusha in pursuit of his wildlife passion. He enrolled to the Mt. Meru College in 2000, attaining an advanced diploma in tour guiding. In the year 2004 he started guiding with Aberkrombie and Kent, and in the year 2005, he joined Matembezi, guiding throughout Tanzania. Seba is our linguistic wiz kid, speaking no less then 6 languages, and guiding in Italian, Spanish, French and English, apart with his native Kiswahili. Seba is easy going, friendly, and has a great sense of humor which he loves sharing with his guests. Seba is the envy of his peers, in that he has an uncanny ability to figure out the expectations of each of his guests, and fulfil their every wish. When not on safari he lives in Arusha with his wife and two kids.
Our Safari was amazing, simply perfect. The lions, and cheetahs and the huge herds of Wildebeest crossing the Mara River. Sebastian’s knowledge was endless, his smile infectious and we simply loved his fascinating stories.
Maxi, as he is fondly called by all, followed his passion for wildlife and his dream to work in the field and joined Matembezi in 2008. At the time he was a manager in a flower farm, but he left his successful career in the field and spent the next 3 years doing in-house training in Matembezi – from working in the garage for 6 months learning about vehicle mechanics, and working in the office with the operation and reservation teams, to spending long spells in the field with our various camping units. He participated in training sessions and workshops, and gained important experience, until, at last at 2011, he received his own safari vehicle and started guiding. Maxi has never looked back, he brings to every safari an unyielding commitment, his passion for wildlife and love for Tanzania. A warm, intelligent and caring person, Maxi has become a superb guide, which we are pround to count amongst our best. Maxi is fluent in English, French, Kiswahili and Kimeru. When not on safari he lives in Maji ya Chai with his wife and two kids.
Maxi is an unbelievably excellent guide; clear mastery of core guide requirement. His ability to spot wildlife is frankly unbelievable. But what made the experience so special were the small but very thoughtful moments, having my kids interact with Maasai children, stopping in a village to eat red bananas, walking hand in hand with my 9 year old. The only way I think you can improve your services is by cloning Maxi!
Duncan hails from Moshi, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. He started his wildlife education early in Miwewe academy in 1999, and returned to school to the prestigious Prots school to finish his studies in 2000. After graduation, he started guiding in 2004 for various top- end safari operators, gaining invaluable experience. He has a special place in his heart to the southern reaches of Tarangire National Park where he spent many happy moments, especially in the long dry seasons. A relative newcomer to us, he started working with Matembezi in 2012. Well-read and travelled, Duncan is an excellent guide. He loves the interaction with his guests and learning about their cultures and life experiences. He is fluent in English, Chagga and Kiswahili. When not on safari he lives in Arusha with his wife and three boys.
We had enlightened spiritual moments in the Serengeti with Duncan, our guide. He was just incredible.
Since his teenage years, Njano criss-crossed Tanzania’s furthest corners with the Tanzania Bird Atlas Team, led by Liz and Neil Baker; birding, mist netting and ringing. A keen ornithologist, he has since worked with many researchers, exploring the remote montane forests of North Tanzania, extinct volcanoes, and up to the lowland forests of Minziro on the shores of Lake Victoria, bringing to bear his in-depth knowledge of the wilderness and Tanzanian fauna and flora. In 2003 he made the natural switch to wildlife guiding as a resident guide in Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire and never looked back. His easy manner with people, deep knowledge of the wilderness and vast experience have quickly led him to become one of the foremost Tanzanian guides in northern Tanzania. Njano is fluent in English and Kiswahili. When not on safari he lives in Arusha with his wife and three kids.
I cannot say enough great thinkgs about Njano! He went above and beyond on all fronts. I loved the most the many additional interesting local activities he organized, allowing me to learn so much about local culture. What a great guide, travel companion and interpreter!