About Us

We are a self-established, self-motivated company based in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa with a contact in Los Angeles, California. Our dedication is to provide you with not only one of the most rewarding, positive and memorable travel experiences of your life, but also the BEST combination of SERVICE, SUPPORT and PRICE that can be found. Because we are a small and personal organization, and not a large U.S. based company with massive overhead, we can offer this combination.

Founded by Kapanya Kitaba and Terry Richter, we are backed by years of widely varied experience. Through that experience, along with our dedication and commitment, we strive to establish special relationships with our clients... the kind of relationships that form lifelong friendships.

We want you to go on that adventure you've always dreamed of. Take the journey that's always been a fantasy and experience for yourself what life, and the world, has to offer... YOU CAN DO IT!


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The moment you see Kapanya in a group of people you know immediately who is in charge. He is a born leader with an unforgettable, magnetic and magnanimous personality. Originally from the Chunya District of Southwest Tanzania, but now a long time resident of Arusha at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, he has been leading and guiding expeditions on KILIMANJARO and SAFARI adventures since 1994. Kapanya has been trip leader and head guide for such well established companies as ABERCROMBIE & KENT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, MOUNTAIN MADNESS and Arusha based AFRICAN ENVIRONMENTS, the local ground operator for Mountain Madness, MT SOBEK AND WILDERNESS TRAVEL. He holds a diploma in African Wildlife Management from International Wildlife College in Mweka and has been employed by the Government of Tanzania, Mweka International Wildlife College, private hunting and expedition companies and researchers both well known and well respected in their field. His positions include:

  • Game warden, Tanzania Game Department
  • Assistant to Dr. William D. Newmark on two separate bird research expeditions in the Usambara mountains of Northeast Tanzania. 1987
  • In charge of Wildlife Study at Mweka International Wildlife College
  • Local guide and professional hunter for Tanzania game hunting expeditions with various hunting companies based in Arusha and Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. 1989 - 1992
  • Assistant Project Manager. Promoted to full Project Manager at Mweka International Wildlife College 1992 - 1993
  • Advanced course in Behavioral Guide to African Mammals conducted by Dr. Richard Estes
  • Trip Leader and head guide for African Environments and Mountain Madness
  • Current Certifications in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and WFR (Wilderness First Responder) in both the US and Tanzania. Most recent re-certification May 2011.
  • Studied basic rock climbing and mountaineering skills at Mt. Baker in Seattle, Washington
  • Guided three back-to-back and consecutive climbs of Mt. Elbrus, Russia, to both peaks in 2000 and again in 2002
  • First Aid course with the Tanzania Red Cross
  • Has been teaching tour guide courses since 1994 as part time job
  • Currently studying the French language at communications consult.



Originally from the Midwest (St. Louis and Detroit), Terry is now a long time resident of Los Angeles, CA where he founded and ran his own film, tape and digital post-production/editorial business for 23 years. With a love of hiking and high altitude trekking, in 1998 he took a trip to Nepal, from which he never really returned... and that changed his life forever. The following year he met Kapanya on a trip to East Africa and found that they shared a vision. He now wants to share and promote these same kinds of experiences with and for others. Terry holds a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering and has had a wide range of careers, occupations, interests and experiences, some of which include:

  • Editor/Owner - Retired, Terry Richter, Inc. Editorial
  • Avid amateur photographer
  • Self-suppressed songwriter/musician
  • Busboy, Waiter, Bartender and Night Manager - Alice's Restaurant, Westwood,CA
  • Stage Manager - Los Angeles Actors Theatre
  • Industrial Engineer - General Motors Corporation, Fisher Body Division and Hygrade Food Products - Corporate staff
  • Treks and travel experiences include - Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania , Zanzibar, Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico, England, France and the U.S.

Terry's personal web site can be found here: trichter.com

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