Our Company

Who We Are

Ascend Tanzania LTD is a locally owned & operated Trekking and Safari Outfitter operating from Moshi, Kilimanjaro on the slopes of the world famous mountain of the same name. Ascend Tanzania was established to specialize in adventure holidays in Tanzania and East Africa. Ascend Tanzania LTD is a Registered and Licensed Tour Company by the Government as well as Tanzania Tourism Licensing Board. Click Here to see Registration Certificate. Click Here to See License.

Predominantly centered around Mt Kilimanjaro and the various trekking routes, the company has expanded to include trekking on the lesser-known Mt Meru and to encompass wildlife safaris in the Northern Tanzania Game Parks. Over the years the company has accumulated a wealth of experience and would like to use their knowledge of Tanzania to give any traveler a wonderful and memorable experience.

What We Do

At Ascend Tanzania we want to make your holiday experience one to remember. Our well-trained staff and unrivaled knowledge of the country and its people puts us among the top tour companies in Tanzania.

We tailor-make our trips to fit as closely as possible to the requirements of our clients. All of our trips are custom designed and we take your interests and budget into account while planning your mountain climb, trek or safari.

We organize personalized mountain treks to Kilimanjaro, and Mt Meru. The health, safety and welfare of our clients and staff are of paramount importance to us. We are not the cheapest tour operator in town, but our prices are competitive. We believe only with realistic prices can we maintain the professionalism, efficiency and high standards of service that has earned us the reputation of being a tour operator who provides the best value with the utmost reliability.

Allow us to give you a Taste of Real Africa – we assure you, you will be more than happy you planned your African Holiday with us!

It All Started Here…

Fred Namwandu
Owner / Chief Guide

Fred Namwandu, the owner and chief guide has a lifetime of experience not only on the mountain, but with the entire Tanzania National Parks system. He is originally from Mbeya region in southern Tanzania and moved to the Kilimanjaro area more than 10 years ago. He has been working in the area in the tourism industry ever since.

Specifically within Kilimanjaro National Park, he has worked on cleaning crews, as a Rescue Ranger, Park Ranger, porter and assistant guide before becoming a senior guide and starting his own company.

He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and is trained in Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR. All guides with Ascend Tanzania are trained in Wilderness First Aid including altitude sickness and carry their own emergency gear.

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Why Ascend Tanzania

Trips Tailored to You – Our trips are designed for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts from those who want to sit back and have a leisurely beach holiday to thrill seekers looking to climb to the “Roof of Africa.” Whether you like to walk, run, hike or bike, we have a trip for you. Let us show you the wonders of Tanzania – a country of rich culture and majestic beauty!

Safety – Your safety is our highest priority. Our Ascend Tanzania mountain guides have experience at altitude and are trained in High Altitude and Wilderness Medicine. We carry wilderness first aid kits on all treks and a portable decompression chamber and oxygen cylinder are available for hire on request. Each day, our guides check the health of each member of the group ensuring it is safe to continue. Our guides will acutely manage any situation on the mountain and if necessary, arrange for rescue usually by wheel or shoulder stretcher. Air evacuation is also possible in emergency situations.

Experienced mountain guides – Senior guides for Ascend Tanzania have had at least 5 years experience as mountain guides on Mt Kilimanjaro and have summited the mountain over 100 times each. They lead trips with knowledge of the mountain and a passion for what they do. They receive regular training during the off-season, so you can count of having some of the best-trained guides on the mountain.

Licensed Company – Ascend Tanzania LTD is a Registered and  Licensed Tour Company by the Government as well as Tanzania Tourism Licensing Board.

Success Rate – We have a greater than 95% summit success rate on Mt. Kilimanjaro. We like to keep groups small, so we can give everyone the attention they need in order to get them to the top!

Ascend Tanzania will handle all aspects of your visit to Tanzania including:
– Trekking on Mt Kilimanjaro in mountain huts or tents
– Trekking on Mount Meru in tents
– Wildlife and camping or lodge Safaris in the Northern Tanzania game parks of Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti, Olduvai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater
– Camping equipment and outdoor gear store for rentals
– Airport transfers
– And More

Great equipment – We have recently replaced all our tents, sleeping mats, mess tables and stools. We take care in ensuring all the equipment we use on Mt Kilimanjaro and on safari is of a high quality and maintained to the very highest standards to ensure it will survive the rigors of adventure travel.

Experienced safari drivers and guides – The success of every safari largely depends on your guide who does double duty as your driver. We take great care when selecting our guides to ensure they act in a professional manner, show good judgment and are patient and supportive to allow the client the best possible safari experience.

Reasonable Price – We tailor our trips to your wants and needs meaning our prices are generally mid-range. We could charge less, but that would mean compromising your safety, comfort and enjoyment as well as disregarding the health and well-being of our guides and porters. However, we are far from the most expensive company operating in Northern Tanzania. We do not have the high overhead of American and European run tour operators. We are Tanzanian-owned and operated helping our clients enjoy the beauty and excitement of our country while investing in the people of Tanzania.