Bonaventure Kivuyo

Bonaventure Kivuyo was born into a farming family on the slopes of Mt. Meru. A 1988 graduate of Arusha Technical College, he has been leading on Kilimanjaro since 1997 and has been to the summit of Kili over 100 times. He has completed National Outdoor Leadership School mountaineering training course on Mt. Kenya and is also Wilderness First Responder-certified. In 2002, Bonaventure assisted in the film Killer Ants, shot in Tanzania, and also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro round trip in 18 hours! He has visited the US and speaks fluent English.

Upcoming Trips:

Kilimanjaro Climb and Serengeti Safari, August 12-29, 2014
Kilimanjaro Climb and Serengeti Safari, September 9-26, 2014

Recent Photo Blog Posts

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Client Testimonials:


Bonaventure handled the complexities of the trip and the ever-changing client requirements with considerable skill, knowledge, and diplomacy. Lynne D., Wildwood GA
Serengeti & Kilimanjaro
Bonaventure is a great Trip Leader! Very knowledgeable on all components—culture history, preparation required for the climb. He went the extra mile to see that our needs were met. Joanne Rosener, Rochester MN
Serengeti & Kilimanjaro
Best trip leader of all my travels! A great organizer, motivator, guide, and mountaineer. He had great rapport with travelers and porters alike. He seemed to be everywhere, always ready to listen, lend a hand, and guide. I believe Bonaventure had a hand in my summit success. Virginia Y., Leesburg, VA Wonderful trip—Bonaventure was superb! Heather R., Toronto, Canada
Serengeti & Kilimanjaro
Bonaventure is A+ in my book. I felt completely secure with his knowledge and leadership. He made this trip an amazing experience with his knowledge, enthusiasm, and courteousness. Dawn T., New York, NY
Serengeti & Kilimanjaro
We were completely impressed by Bonaventure and appreciated his complete command of all aspects of the trip, both on the climb and safari. He instilled confidence and a sense of safety at all times, and his joy and enthusiasm were infectious.
Ted C., Orinda, CA
Kilimanjaro Climb and Serengeti Safari
I don't think I have ever traveled with such a great guide as Bonaventure. We all totally trusted and respected him in every way. He paid attention to every detail and clearly had seen it all with his clients. He listened and then skillfully had us all doing exactly what we needed to do to successfully make the summit. It was perfectly paced with all of us making it in good health. Coming down we met up with many others who weren't so lucky. Signe K., Newport Coast, CA
Kilimanjaro Climb and Serengeti Safari
Managing this moveable village under these conditions takes tremendous knowledge, organizational ability, diplomacy, and patience. Bonaventure had all in abundance. Candace S., Palo Alto, CA
Kilimanjaro Climb and Serengeti Safari