MEET OUR Mountain Guide:
Iddy Gerald Mbalamwezi
Iddy Gerald Mbalamwezi
From the age of ten, I would go on birdwatching trips with some of the older boys in my neighborhood. One of those boys was a guide undertaking bird research, so I became interested in developing a related career after finishing primary school. After I finished school, I decided to study at the tourism college. Afterward, I started working on Kilimanjaro as a porter before being promoted to a mountain guide. I attended special training to become a mountain guide in 2012, and after that, I started work as a qualified mountain guide.
I worked with several companies before joining Easy Travel. I attended an interview for guides at Easy Travel in response to an advert. I was successful at the interview, and so from there, I started to work with Easy Travel as a mountain guide. Since I started working with Easy Travel, my experience has been that it is a very well-organized company with good management that looks after its staff and the safety of its travelers. I enjoy working with Easy Travel.
I currently live in the Sokoni One district of Arusha City with my wife, with whom I have been married for ten years. We live with our twin boys, who are seven years old.
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14 Questions and answers with Iddy
Asante Sana, which means ‘thank you very much.
Karibu Sana, which means ‘you are very welcome.’
Rafiki, which means ‘friend.’
I would advise that they should first look for a good company which will provide good service and great guides with a deep knowledge of the mountain and how to deal with emergencies. All climbers must prepare well physically and mentally. For the physical preparation, I advise them to do some exercises such as walking, running, cycling, etc. These activities will prepare the body to be ready for climbing the mountain. Climbers should also consult with their doctor if they have any medical issues.
Regarding mental preparation, having a positive mindset about climbing Kilimanjaro is important, as this will motivate you to reach the summit. It is a good idea to also prepare in terms of food consumption, eating more carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and especially fruit and vegetables. Finally, give proper attention to your equipment: trekking boots, warm clothing, hiking poles, sleeping bags, and a reusable water bottle.