Meet our expert, resident Trip Leaders
With OAT since 2005
99% of travelers rated their experience with
"Godliving is a remarkably fine guide. He is intelligent, cheerful, and always helpful—a perfect gentleman. I especially enjoyed his observations about life in Tanzania and cultural traditions (old and new), as well as the fact that he introduced us to his wife and brother the day after we arrived."
–Gladyce Stais, 10-time traveler, Portland, Maine
Born in: Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania
Resides in: Arusha, Tanzania
Languages: English, Chagga, Kiswahili, Spanish
Hobbies & Interests: Traveling throughout Tanzania, learning about wildlife and local tribes
Get to know Godliving:
I feel really privileged to have grown up in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. It really allowed me to learn about the natural wonders and the diverse species found in Tanzania from a very young age. My family ran a coffee farm, which was surrounded by a forest where lots of monkeys lived. In grade school my friend had a monkey as a pet, so I decided to adopt a baby monkey as well. I named him Mr. Dizzy, and he was like a part of family—for twelve years!
My parents wanted me to become a doctor, but my interest in nature and animals was too strong. I chose to pursue a degree in Wildlife Management instead, which provided a good education in the regional animals and their behavior. At first, my parents didn’t understand, but once they saw how serious and determined I was, they became very supportive.
For me, it’s an honor to share my knowledge of Tanzania with OAT travelers. I have a lot of pride in my family and my people. There are so many amazing things to discover, even for me. You never know what the next game-viewing drive will bring.
Godliving’s Insider Tips:
Unique Food & Drink:
My tribe, the Chagga, are known for drinking banana wine. Traditionally, it’s referred to as kibo—which is also the name of one of the three peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro. Originally this wine was reserved for special occasions, especially weddings. However, now you can find different brands, such as Malkia and Meru, in most stores. Many visitors bring a bottle home to share with friends and family. Another beverage we enjoy ismbege, banana beer, which is found throughout the northern part of Tanzania.
Native Wilderness & Wildlife:
People who witness the dramatic wildebeest migration of the Southern Serengeti will never forget this memory. As the seasons change in February and March, the wildebeest follow them, looking for greener lands in order to survive. About 1.5 million wildebeest take part in this migration every year, and at the high point on the birthing season, there are about 8,000 wildebeest babies being born every day.