Who owns Majestic Kilimanjaro Treks & Safaris?
Majestic Kilimanjaro Treks & Safaris is owned by Tumaini Sandi, born and living in Tanzania and Steve Giles & Liana Di Stefano from Sydney, Australia. We are incorporated in Tanzania and all profits stay in Tanzania. Steve and Liana take no income or profit from this business and instead donate it all to our Foundation which funds and organises local community work in Arusha Tanzania.
Our guides have years of experience in leading treks and climbs on Kilimanjaro and safaris in Tanzania. They all have a love for their country that they take great pride in sharing with visitors.
We promise we will work harder, from your first contact with us, to ensure that your experience is a great one. We will not be complacent with your expedition.
In 2011, Steve & Liana achieved one of their major life goals and retired at the age of 49. In December that same year they summited Kilimanjaro with Tumaini as their guide.
"In conversation with Tumaini over the many hours of walking, we found out that it was his dream to have his own trekking company. He knew it would take many years before he could save enough money to make this a reality.
Steve, my Husband, was the one who was the trekking enthusiast having already trekked to Everest Base Camp, and the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. I had come on the trek with great reservations about my ability to summit. I had trained before hand, but was still not confident. The attention and level of service Tumaini provided meant that Steve could focus on himself. In his gentle, unassuming way, Tumaini reassured and kept me going. It wasn't all hard work, we laughed lots and enjoyed the spectacular changing scenery.
Tumaini, hard working, well educated, intelligent and deeply humble touched our hearts. We both knew that with a little assistance he would be successful. So we decided to offer him the opportunity to be a partner in his own company and he accepted.
Steve and I recognise that we are fortunate to have been able to retire, so we take no income and profits from our share of the company are put towards works in Tanzania, currently the New Paradiso Orphanage which is home to 24 children and our Porters Scholarship Program. This program pays the full tuition fees for Porter education in learning English, driving school and a trade or career of their choice. We also pay them an allowance so they can continue to look after their family whilst studying - an opportunity most Porters never have the chance to do.
Life also took us to Uganda in 2016 and we now run a Learning Centre that teaches English literacy and numeracy as well as computer training for free. We have 80 adult students enrolled who are refugees and locals. We also started a small business loans program for refugees. The businesses are varied and include a plastic recycling business, shoes, green bananas (matoke), pig food and beaded bags. These loans make a difference very quickly to the lives of the families involved. Of course, not all of the businesses work well straight away but we stick with them and do our best to provide some mentoring to help them get through the considerable roadblocks and set-backs they face in trying to do business as a refugee in a foreign country. "
Please consider Majestic Kilimanjaro for your trek and safari. We promise to do all we can to make it an experience you will always remember well.
Tumaini, Liana & Steve
Majestic Kilimanjaro Treks & Safaris
P.S. Here are some reasons to choose us for your Kilimanjaro climb or safari.
Steve Giles & Liana Di Stefano