About Us
Our Story​

Lendimi African Safaris started as a conservation project. We became increasingly bothered by the scale of environmental degradation in the village of Seela. Wanting to do something about it, we mobilized the village community to plant indigenous trees along river banks. This idea gained wide traction and the village government was inspired to support it.

Over time, we would invite friends to visit our home and challenged them to each grow a tree. In 2018, we came together as brothers to register Lendimi African Safaris, a company whose core values would lie in the stewardship of nature, providing wildlife safaris, celebrating the cultural diversity of Tanzania, and an appreciation of Tanzania’s rich archeological history. Through planting trees, we were also following in the footsteps of our father who was an avid tree grower. Our father’s name was Lendimi-loosely, Master of the Forest in Maasai. A fitting name for a company rooted in family values and conservation. 

At Lendimi, we commit to meaningfully impact the lives of our communities, our children, and future generations. It is for this reason that part of the proceeds from Lendimi go to Boresha Meru- a project dedicated to supporting environmental conservation, health, and education in Meru.

Committing to Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism lies at the  core of our values and operations. We are recognized as a sustainable safari company by  STTA (Sustainable Travel and Tourism Africa). As of 2024, we have planted over 1000 trees in the villages of Seela and King’ori. You can read our Sustainability Plan here.

Our Team
Emmanuel Mbise

Emmanuel (PJ) has strong passion for nature and cultural heritage and sees a need of promoting ecological and socially responsible tourism. PJ enjoys sharing his broad knowledge and experience in Tanzania’s wildlife and archeological history. He started in the tourism industry as a mountain porter while in college and in due course shifted to wildlife tourism. His passion is to provide employment opportunities to the youth in Tanzania, preserve the best practices of African culture, and conserve the environment through planting trees. 

PJ is a husband and father of two boys: Imani and Ibra

 

Emanuel Nnko

Since he was little Ima’s dream was to work in tourism. He wanted to understand the system and how it all works to provide the best possible service to guests. To achieve this dream, he enrolled for a University Degree in Tourism Management which gave him extensive knowledge of  tourism and the hospitality industry in Tanzania.

Ima loves the outdoors and brings a wealth of experience organizing safaris and guiding in nearly all destinations in Tanzania. Ima has summited Kilimanjaro more than 100 times. 

Ima is a proud husband and father of three: Kiwandai, Charity, and

Nelson Nanyaro

Nelson (Nelly) is a native of Arusha born at the base of Mt Meru. He is a professional mountain guide since 2012 when he decided to leave his teaching profession and engage full time in guiding tours on Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru. Since then, he has hiked to the top Mt Kilimanjaro more than 120 times.

Nelson is co-founder of Lendimi and serves as a guide, coordinator and organizer of the mountain treks. Nelson holds a certificate in mountain guiding and is a certified First Responder. 

Nelson is a proud husband and father of two: Ian and Ryan.

Amana Mbise

Like his Lendimi brothers, Amana was born in Arusha on the slopes of Mount Meru. Outside tourism, Amana is a social worker with vast research and practice experience in international development. He views tourism as an effective tool to bring people together, foster cross-cultural understanding, promote development, and, when done right, conserve the environment. He is a proud husband and father of three: Victor-Talala, Daliso, and Masii.

Connecting Alaska and Africa

Amana currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and serves as a link between Alaska and Tanzania. In his spare time, he volunteers to support Lendimi African Safaris and is happy to respond to your questions. No, there is no moose in the Serengeti.