Our Team

Godbless Emil Swai – Founder and Managing Director

My name is Godbless and I was born at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro in a village called Machame.  I saw the mountain every day when I walked to school and knew that one day I will be standing at its top.

When I completed Secondary School I started working as a porter, which was truly the hardest job I ever had. I saved up money to put myself though Safari College and became an assistant and later a lead mountain guide, reaching the top of Kilimanjaro more than 100 times.

In 2009 I made my dream come true and I started Bless Africa Tours and Safaris and today, I am proud to share my knowledge and passion for Kilimanjaro and Tanzania’s National Parks with our clients.

Having worked myself to the top I have true appreciation for the work that the guides and porters do and what it takes to provide great service and an unforgettable experience. Our clients and their satisfaction are of the utmost importance to me and I am proud to share a piece of Tanzania with them.

Karibu Sana (You are very welcome here)

Our Tours Guides and Porters

The importance of having competent, high quality guides and porters cannot be overstated when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Bless Africa guides have received extensive training in first aid, mountain rescue, flora and fauna, and history. All are registered with Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA).

Our Kilimanjaro guides are very experienced, with most having climbed more than 100 times! They are professionals who intimately know the mountain.

Danny Emil Swai – General Manager

My name is Danny and I manage the day to day operations of Bless Africa Tours. I make sure your equipment and supplies are in order for a Kilimanjaro climb or a safari, I communicate with all the guides and porters and you will most likely see me at the gate wishing you good luck or welcoming you back.

I’ve been part of Bless Africa Tours and Safaris since 2012 and I am proud to be a member of this family owned and run business. I am very proud of the country I live in and the service our company offers and it is of utmost importance to me that your trip is an unforgettable one.

You can expect the following from your Kilimanjaro guide:

  1. High Safety Standards Your guide can identify and avoid potential hazards such as slippery trails and loose rocks. Your guide can prevent, recognise and treat altitude-related illnesses.
  2. Climb Knowledge Kilimanjaro trails are clearly marked, so following a trail should not pose a problem. But there are more intricate things that your guide will take into consideration when deciding when, where, and how to move the party. These things include weather conditions, trail density, rest stops, pace, etc.
  3. Mountain Facts Your guide is knowledgeable about general mountain facts. He can tell you about the climate zones, the altitudes of and distances to campsites, and information about the geology, flora and fauna. These types of facts increase the enjoyment during the trek by giving you more information about what you are seeing and feeling.

Our porters take care of you, so we take care of them.
We take porter welfare very seriously and we do our best to ensure that all our staff is treated well. We strive to have the best porters through fair and honest treatment of our staff. We ensure that:

  1. Our porters have the proper gear and equipment to handle the mountain. Their clothing, sleeping bags and tents are sufficiently warm and/or waterproof.
  2. Our porters are fed nutritious meals in adequate amounts of their preferred local foods.
  3. Our porter loads are limited to 20kg. The porter to client ratios we utilize are sufficient to handle the equipment needed. If more porters are needed for a party, we will add more.
  4. We pay our porters the recommended salaries.

Our porters take care of you, so we take care of them.

We take porter welfare very seriously and we do our best to ensure that all our staff is treated well. We strive to have the best porters through fair and honest treatment of our staff. We ensure that:

  1. Our porters have the proper gear and equipment to handle the mountain. Their clothing, sleeping bags and tents are sufficiently warm and/or waterproof.
  2. Our porters are fed nutritious meals in adequate amounts of their preferred local foods.
  3. Our porter loads are limited to 20kg. The porter to client ratios we utilize are sufficient to handle the equipment needed. If more porters are needed for a party, we will add more.
  4. We pay our porters the recommended salaries.