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Hillary Mandia

Hillary was born in Moshi, in 1970, on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. He was educated in Moshi, Mbeya and Arusha and after completion of high school joined Mweka Wildlife College, where he spent 2 years. During his time at Mweka, Hillary got the chance to climb Mt Kilimanjaro three times, where he gained his initial experience of hiking at high altitude and long distances. 

When Hillary moved to Arusha, he joined a privately owned safari company, which was predominantly working in the South of Tanzania, including Selous Game Reserve and Katavi National Park. Here Hillary experienced the workings of mobile camping safaris and led small groups during their safaris.

Luckily Hillary joined us in 1999 and has gained a huge and invaluable knowledge of the Northern Circuit of Tanzania. His predominant interests are bird watching and conservation. He received our Guide of the Year award in 2010.

Hillary lives in Arusha with his wife Benedicta and daughter Shannon who was born in 2002, son Phillip in 2006 and daughter Ayana in 2009.

Client Feedback

Hillary was a wonderful guide- so knowledgeable and we learned a great deal from him. He was also an excellent spotter- Jeff and I could not believe the animals he would see that were completely camouflaged and this allowed us to see much more than we probably would have! We saw all of the animals on our list (multiple times each) and much, much more and a lot of that was thanks to Hillary's spotting abilities.

Theo was a great guide as well- such a nice man and also very knowledgeable. We enjoyed getting to know him although spent much less time with him than Hillary obviously due to the duration of that part of the trip.
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Sara Fulton
Our guides (Hillary Mandia, Davis Matafu and Elibariki Pallango) were again fantastic. All were very knowledgeable and could clearly communicate about the animals, the country and the culture. They were very patient in answering the numerous questions of both the adults and children (6 to 15 years of age).

We never saw a moment of frustration. We became very attached to them. They were family and all of us were sorry to part with them at the Seronera airstrip. They were very competent drivers of our three vehicles.
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Paulette and Jack King


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