About our community

Our team of porters, the true G-fighters

You can’t climb Kilimanjaro without porters. We, the porters “the Genius Kilimanjaro Fighters” carry your gear while hiking Kilimanjaro. On a longer trek, expect a team of over 10 porters for just two climbers! Being a porter is a heavy job. We work with a mostly fixed team of porters, people we trust and we care about. The G-Fighters give their best years, so Genius Kilimanjaro gives them the best in return. A team feeling, personal development, education and a good salary. If you climb with Genius Kilimanjaro, you climb with a team of friends! Below you can read some of our life stories. At the mountain, we welcome you for a talk about your life, our life, our shared passion for the beauty of nature and Africa. Karibu Sana!  

Erick Laizer

"My dream is to be the best chef on the mountain"

Emmanuel Massawe

"Before, I had a bicycle and offered taxi service with it. Now I am Camp Manager on Kilimanjaro"

Noel Benjamin

"I love to be a chef on the mountain and make sure the whole team has energy for the climb"

Our mission and vision

Our mission is to guide you safely to Mount Kilimanjaro and back to the valley and give you the experience of a lifetime on the Roof of Africa.

In our vision, the whole team, guides and porters, should be able to realize their dreams. We believe in education and training. A trained team gives you a safer journey. The education not only benefits the guides and porters, but the wider community around them. 

Our management

Genius Kilimanjaro is 100% owned by Patrick Makere since 2015. Patrick used to be a porter and trained to be a mountain guide, working as a contractor for big outfitters. Building an  own company that truly respect the needs of the porters has always be his dream. It is not easy, it has to be done between climbs and in the low season. In 2022 Steven and Lisette climbed with Patrick and his team and were impressed with Patrick’s vision and drive to improve porter live. They are happy to support Patrick in further developing Genius Kilimanjaro as advisors and non-executive directors. They receive no reimbursements.

Patrick Makere

Managing Director

My name is Patrick Makere. I was born in 1988 in Arusha Tanzania. I got interested in Kilimanjaro at a young age. In 2006 I started taking part in Kilimanjaro expeditions as a porter.
In 2009 I fully qualified as a mountain guide after training. I have since led expeditions up the mountain 200 times all with 100% success rate.
I am a director of Genius kilimanjaro climbing
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Steven Lugard

Steven (1965) is non-executive board member for Genius Kilimanjaro. His role is to support Patrick in policymaking and financial planning. Steven was the CEO of a consulting company with over 100 people and non-executive board member to a Swiss local tourism organization. During his twenties Steven was UIAA mountaineering instructor. He climbed Kilimanjaro for the first time in 2022.

Lisette Bakker

Lisette (1987) is non-executive board member for Genius Kilimanjaro. Her role is support the management in policymaking, HR strategy and customer satisfaction. Lisette studied Human Movement Sciences and works full time in sport. Amongst other roles she is coach for the Dutch National Para Hockey team. She summited Kilimanjaro for the first time in 2022.

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My name is Eric Frank Laizer. I am twenty six years old (26).I am a Tanzanian, born and raised in Arusha in a small town called Moivo.
I completed my primary education in 2011 at Ilboru and continued with my secondary education at Enyoito secondary school and completed in 2015.
There after I started engaging myself with work and I had a chance to work in a tourism industry mainly as a porter.
Working at the tourism industry has exposed me with different experiences, skills and knowledge among other things it has built my work ethics. I have learnt to work hard and smart, to respect others, team work, to communicate and live with people from different countries.
From the industry i was also motivated to learn about food production as they say good food is a foundation of genuine happiness. I am currently enrolled in food production classes and i aspire to be the best chef who is able to professionally cook dishes from different cultures.
Tourism work has helped me to pay my bills and be able to take care of my family (my child and mother) who depends on me for food, cloths, shelter and other needs.
Lastly my biggest aspiration as mentioned earlier is to be the best chef and be able to provide for my family also to inspire other youth to follow their dreams so as they can live a life with a positive impact. And now I am working with GENIUS KILIMANJARO CLIMBING


My name is Emmanuel Massawe. I am a Tanzanian born in 1988. I attended my primary education level in Loruvani primary school in 1993 and in 2001 I joined Enaiboshu secondary school. Unfortunately, I only attended two levels in my secondary education as my parents were not able to pay for me school fees and other requirements to finance my secondary education.
Not being able to continue with my studies was a massive shock to me, as I hoped education would later help me and my family to manage life needs.
Eventually I had to accept and started to work so as to contribute in the family based on the financial hardships that was already there. As I was unable to finish school and still young in age I struggled to get an employment for a long period of time. I thought of self-employment as the only other option. I Had a bicycle and I used it to as means of transport for other people and charged them. The money I got helped but it was still inadequate so I also started other smaller business to support my family as I was already a father of two kids.
I later on made a decision to join tourism industry as a porter and I had a chance to carry guests luggage’s to Mount Kilimanjaro. It was a new yet nice experience for me to connect with new people and change all the things that I knew previous .To date I still work as a porter and I do not regret joining the tourism industry as I have grown to love and understand my work .Being a porter is now my full time job and it is helping me to support my life and children. I intend to give my energy and attention to ensure to assist and give the best experience to the guests that I will attending as this is where I see my future. And now I am working with GENIUS KILIMANJARO CLIMBING as a camping manager