HELLO, NICE TO MEET YOU!
Hello, and welcome to our website! We are Chim and Liesbeth, owners of Mawenzi Adventures Ltd., and big lovers of all kinds of adventures. We can’t wait to meet you and organize your adventure of a lifetime for you!
I (Liesbeth) studied to be a construction engineer and used to run a construction business in Belgium, but the idea of opening a tour business has always been somewhere in the back of my head. I moved to Moshi, Tanzania in 2017 after falling in love with the place a few months earlier, quitting my job and selling all my stuff and created Mawenzi Adventures 2 years later in May 2019.
Chim was born and raised in Tanzania and he used to be a professional football player. He also had experience working in tourism and had climbed Kilimanjaro several times when we met, just a few months after I opened Mawenzi Adventures.
I love to make itineraries as well as deal with all marketing and publicity related topics, while Chim loves nothing more than to be on the road with clients or organize all the logistics of a trip. That makes that our accounting is the only part of our business for which we need to fight about who’s going to have to deal with it, so we think we could be worse off.
With Mawenzi Adventures, we want to help you create your dream trip on every possible level. We want it to be about stories from the road, about people and emotions, and all those moments that turn a trip into an unforgettable adventure. Because that’s what we care about most. That feeling of when a trip becomes about more than just seeing places and ticking off items from a bucketlist. We want you to truly experience every trip you make with us, whether it’s the most challenging thing you do in your life or just chilling on a beach for 2 weeks straight, whether you’re on a tight budget or have a small fortune to spend, whether you travel by yourself or with friends or family, or whether you travel with us for a day or a whole month.
Because we firmly believe that every adventure, no matter how big or small,
is a story worth telling.
Mawenzi Adventures Ltd. is a locally registered and fully licensed tour business that organizes tours throughout Tanzania. Mawenzi means ‘having a broken top‘ or ‘crooked‘ in Chagga language (the Chagga are the third largest ethnic group in Tanzania, and a lot of them live on the slopes of Kilimanjaro) and it’s also the name of the 2nd highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. So why didn‘t I name my company after the highest peak? Because the journey is just as important as the destination, and the time you take for little stops on the way to your end point is what makes all the difference.
Together with our dedicated team, we focus strongly on responsible tourism, and will always put people first. Our conscience is more important than our wallet, and your satisfaction and that of everybody that works for us or is somehow involved in our tours is our main priority. We work only with local, experienced, professional guides, that will do whatever they can to assure you have a safe and unforgettable experience. We promise to pay fair wages and assure good working conditions for our staff members, and exclusively organize tours that are respectful towards the environment and people of this country. This article is a good read if you want to know more about what we stand for when it comes to the working conditions of our crew members. When we take you to local villages, we obviously are very happy for you to actively participate in their daily rituals, but we also respect the villager’s privacy and integrity. We don’t organize any kind of tours that cause damage to animals either, and we do whatever we can to protect wildlife and our environment.
Since its creation, Mawenzi Adventures has grown quite a bit and it’s currently the brand name for 3 activities: the tours with Mawenzi Adventures, a (work)shop where we make and sell handmade kitenge handbags and accessories named Mawenzi Accessories and a home decor and furniture shop called Mawenzi Interiors. Chim and I work together on the first two, and it’s my sister Katrien and I who run the interior business. Thank you for having a look at our other activities as well, and please let us know if you want to visit either shop (both located where our office is), as some of the things we sell make perfect souvenirs!