Everything you need to know about African Outdoor Expeditions
Our home, Tanzania, is a land of great contrasts and variety. The size of California, Oregon and Nevada combined (or Western Europe if you prefer) it is the largest country in East Africa. Tanzania contains the highest point, the deepest lake and the largest game reserve in all of Africa. Over a quarter of the country has been set aside as national parks, game reserves and game controlled areas and five areas within Tanzania have been approved by the World Heritage Committee to be on UNESCO’s World Heritage List; the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Selous Game Reserve and the Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara.
Tanzania’s population includes more than 120 ethnic groups and a dozen of these groups together make up roughly half the population. Tanzania is peculiar in that no single ethnic group dominates in terms of size or political influence; and though the variety of ethnic origins and cultures throughout Tanzania is enormous, our ancient customs and the fundamental ideas and values of the family are widely adhered to.
AOE is owned and managed by Allan Philemon Mbaga, a native Tanzanian who was given the nickname “Kiliman” after guiding the mountain for several years. Born and raised in the Pare Mountains of Northern Tanzania, he is fluent in Kiswahili, Kipare, and Maasai as well as English. Guiding since 1992 and a business owner since 1997, he and his staff have helped hundreds of clients enjoy his home by sharing the physical beauty and cultural diversity of Tanzania. A knowledgeable naturalist, botanist, and ornithologist, Allan is well-versed on the wide array of animal, bird and plant life of Tanzania.
Along with safaris, Allan has led over 150 successful trips to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. He co-lead the first annual “Climb for Care” fundraising event on Kilimanjaro with Scott Fisher of Mountain Madness in January 1996. He also led Boyd Matson to the summit for an episode of National Geographic EXPLORER which was televised in the spring of 1997. Allan was included in the broadcast (with speaking parts!). Allan has also been mentioned by name in several published accounts of climbs, including the May 1999 issue of San Francisco magazine and the December 1995 issue of Travel & Leisure magazine.
In 2001, Allan accompanied David Breashears and an IMAX film crew up Kili three times for the shooting of the movie “Kilimanjaro”. He is credited in the movie and companion book (by Audrey Salkeld) under “Mountain Logistics”. ..In the book, you can find Allan standing right behind David Breashears in the summit photo.
The January 2007 issue of Outside Magazine featured a description of Allan’s climb of Ol Doinyo Lengai which includes a trip to Lake Natron near the Kenya border. Read more about it on our climbing and trekking page.
Allan holds multiple certifications for advanced safari guiding, a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) diploma, certification in backcountry first aid and in 2001 he completed a 10 day First Responder Course in the States. In the past, he served as Vice Chairman of the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania and is currently a council member of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO). He has travelled throughout East Africa including Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia and has also made many trips to the United States hiking in the Grand Canyon and on the Pacific Crest Trail are among his many