MEET OUR Mountain Guide:
Kajeli Mjeta Erick
Kajeli Mjeta Erick
I am now 42 years old and the fifth and youngest child in our family. My secondary education began in 1994 at Mungwi secondary, and I left there in 1998. After that, I managed to make my living by working in many different jobs until 2009, when I decided to attend the tourism college in Arusha. This was to study to become a professional Tour guide. At the same time, I studied on a short course to become a Kilimanjaro Mountain guide and graduated in 2010. By that time, I was already working as a mountain guide.
In 2012 I married my wife, and we are blessed with one child; she is eight years old and the joy of my life. We live happily together at Maji ya Chai, on the outskirts of Arusha city.
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14 Questions and answers with Kajeli
Karibu, which means ‘welcome.’
Asante, which means ‘thank you.’
Tembea pole pole, which means ‘walk slowly.’
My guests will be surprised to learn that I am a Wilderness First Responder with more than 13 years of experience as a mountain guide.
I advise all climbers to get the correct mountain gear, such as proper boots for trekking and good-quality, waterproof rain gear. It is also important to have enough layers of clothing to keep themselves warm throughout the hike, especially during the hours of darkness and on summit day.
I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro 18 times a year for the past 13 years, approximately 230 times.
Among the many challenges faced by me as a mountain guide, I would highlight the trekkers who have not disclosed all the necessary information about their medical history, those who do not carry all the necessary equipment (and refuse to have it checked before we set off!), and of course, the bad weather – such as heavy snow – which can very occasionally prevent a summit attempt.