Active Kilitop & Safaris is a unique, independently owned tour operator, dealing exclusively with holidays in Tanzania. Our team of travel experts has firsthand knowledge of what Tanzania has to offer.

Our in-depth knowledge of the country provides an outstanding safari holiday for groups and independent travellers, from majestic mountains, beautiful beaches to untamed wilderness where the timelessness of old Africa pervades.We are closely tied together by a true desire to make your African Vacation with us the very best. Our passion is to take you off the beaten track into the heart of the destination and create lasting travel memories.

Our adventures are accompanied by naturalist guides who have established a new standard of excellence in wilderness travel.They are known for their friendly, caring hospitality and their knowledge of the culture, wildlife, history and ecology of Tanzania. They simply turn holidays into lifetime experiences. Our goal is to offer you an authentic, unique journey that puts you in greater touch with the world around you. Whether you are climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, enjoying a hot air Balloon safari in Serengeti National Park or enjoying a beach holiday in Zanzibar, we are confident that you will feel inspired and rejuvenated after a trip with us!

We look forward to sharing our passion for adventure with you and warmly invite you to join us.


Active Kilitop & Safaris was established in 2008 by Gabriel Nkini who is a certified Safari and Mountain guide. Before founding his company, he had worked for a number of leading Safari companies based in Arusha, Tanzania.


We offer a variety of Safari experiences in Tanzania that ranges from camping Safaris, Adventure Tours, Wildlife viewing, Photographic Safaris, Cultural Tours, Traditional home stays, walking & trekking safaris, camel safaris beach holidays and more.

We do NOT Sub-contract – We have our own dedicated Mountain Trekking & Safari operations, giving you peace of mind that when you book with us, it is us handling your climb or Safari as opposed to an anonymous sub-contractor.

We always ensure that our equipment on the mountain is the best and suited for the harshest mountain conditions, the equipment can withstand heavy rains and strong winds. We also ensure that all equipment is replaced in good time, to ensure that the quality is maintained.

We provide two-person (Mountain Hardware) tents of proven quality and specifically designed for mountain use. These tents have plenty of personal space, an ample luggage storage area and a separate external flysheet. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in our separate mess tent with folding chairs and tables. We take your safety very seriously and it is always our number one priority and nothing trumps its importance. Safety equipment like oxygen bottles are carried on every single climb, as well as first aid kits and multiple communication devices.We have mountain guides and other staff who are highly trained in high altitude rescue operations and most have Wilderness First Responder certification,all our mountain crew also work hard to maintain our strict standards of safety. All our guides are trained in wilderness first aid practices by a certified professional trainer and go through a refresher course once a year.They draw from their wealth of mountain knowledge, experience, and training to make sound decisions that maximizes chances of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Porter and other mountain crew welfare is an important part of our staff policy. We pay a good salary and ensure that our staff have sleeping tents on all camping routes. Porterage is the largest single cost element on mountain climbs and the temptation to reduce this cost always exists. We have professional and dedicated cooks who will prepare your food for the entire climb or camping Safari. We provide excellent variety in meals; we think about good nutrition and we only work with cooks who are skilled at taking care of people’s feeding needs at high altitude.




My name is Gabriel Nkini, Managing Director, and Expedition Leader. I was born and raised in the Western Kilimanjaro Region and look forward to sharing the wonders and culture of Tanzania.Read More



To provide our customers with an authentic East African safari experience that is superior at every point of our service to them.

To provide our customers with an authentic East African safari experience that is superior at every point of our service to them.


To encourage sustainable environmental practices that maintain and enhance the unique natural ecosystems in which we operate.


To improve the quality of life and economic well being of the local communities from which our employees come, through fair treatment, good wages, and focus on building community values.


John Maeda

Trip Leader

John grew up in Marangu at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, where he began climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as an assistant guide.

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Goodluck Jonas

Mountain Guide

Goodluck gained invaluable knowledge about Mount Kilimanjaro from his grandfather, a young boy, he would go out into.

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Innocent Mmary

Mountain & Safari Guide

Innocent is an extremely passionate mountain & Safari guide. He began guiding in 2008 and shares his passion for the mountains .

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Samson Saitoti

Mountain Guide

Samson Saitoti is an exceptional, knowledgeable, and extremely passionate Mountain guide that is always happy to share his knowledge .

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