THE COMPANY

El Mundo Safaris is part of El Mundo an educational organization committed to exploring our planet, conserving and protecting environments and wildlife, our various expeditions and adventures aim to promote conservation and sustainable development. The company is a part of Chile to Kili, an organization founded in 2007 which promoted an around-the-world cycling initiative undertaken by Elvis Munis, inspired by Ganghi’s famous quotation “be the change you want to see in the world”. Elvis biked across 57 countries in an effort to inspire action to promote conservation and to fund scholarships for disadvantaged youth.

With this same passion and vision El Mundo safaris is now born with the aim of offering fellow travelers active and engaging packages that are environmentally responsible and incorporate leisure, adventure, education, cultural exchange as well as exploration. We believe in tourism that promotes conservation and natural resource management, that gives back to the local communities and that provides guests with engaging and fulfilling experiences.

“Travel with a Purpose” is a key ethos of the company and El Mundo Safaris supports our non-profit Cycle School initiative. This exciting project offers leadership and sustainable development training to local communities. It also offers interested tourists the opportunity to participate in Action Day projects: learning from local communities, contributing their own expertise and genuinely investing in the people and the places visited. By traveling with a purpose we can all be the change we wish to see in the world.

MEET THE MAN BEHIND EL MUNDO SAFARIS

El Mundo Safaris was founded and is run by Elvis Munis. Elvis grew up in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro and has always been a natural adventurer. He made his first ascent of the great Mt. Kilimanjaro while still a school boy. Since then his desire to explore has taken him world-wide, driven in part also by his passion for the environment. He has worked as teacher/trainer in ecology and conservation, led tours and cycled solo through most African countries.

He recently found himself undertaking an epic cycling journey through 57 countries, traversing huge distances and harsh terrain alone in order to raise funds and awareness for ecological education in Tanzania, and to learn more about international environmental and conservational issues. Follow this link to read more about the epic journey of Chile to Kili (www.chiletokili.com)

It is with this passion, rich experience and determination that he leads his team of experienced guides, leaders, naturalists and trainers who will help you to achieve your own dream to learn about, experience and explore the world!

THE TEAM

Semu Nkini

Senior Tour Guide


Semu, born and raised in Arusha with Ugandan roots, has been working in the East African safari circuit for more 20 years. When he began, safari companies were still using VW buses and having to pick up their guests from the Kenyan border, as there was not international airport in northern Tanzania. His years of experience have turned him into the superstar guide that he is today. He loves to share his vast knowledge of the region and its endemic species with his guests. Typically East African, he is warm, friendly and welcoming.

Laurelee Graham

Relationship Manager, Pacific North-West

+1 206 898 0651


Lauralee has spent over 20 years in sales and marketing. In 1992, she decided to work exclusively in the travel industry. Over the years, she has developed strong industry relationships throughout the US.

Garth Anton

US Office Coordinator (Marketing Manager/Tour Leader/Product Developer)

+1 206 818 2816


Garth is a world traveller who enjoys sharing his experiences with others. He has explored the world on two wheels, his first trip starting in Europe and taking him throughout the African continent. This is where he met Elvis. From then on, a fairy-tale friendship emerged and the two adventurers explored the furthest corners of the world together.

Thomas Hart

South Africa Office Coordinator & Tour Leader

+27766886719


Thomas Hart is a photographer and anthropologist from South Africa. He has a Masters degree in Development Communication and has worked with Bushman communities throughout Southern Africa. He is a passionate historian in the development of Southern Africa, from the first humans at the Cradle of Humankind to the colonial era and Southern Africa today. Thus, he has a vast knowledge of Southern African history and culture and has traveled extensively around Africa working cultural and social projects.

Mariana Carvalho

Tour Leader


I am an experienced naturalist with a passion for Africa. Graduated from Lisbon University, I have started my professional path down south with an introductory course in Tanzania from where I engaged the track of tropical ecology. I have passed through Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Principe, Equatorial Guinea and I am presently living and working in Mozambique. With a PhD in Biology/Ecology.

I have an extensive experience in capacity building and environmental education and awareness, as well as a specialized touristic guide. I love to explore and discuss the natural world around us, even better if outdoors: walking, biking, kayaking or just sitting by the campfire.

Peter Gostelow

Bicycle Tour Leader


I was born in London, but grew up in a small village in Nottinghamshire with fond memories of my Raleigh bikes.

In 2009 I began the Big Africa Cycle, cycling from England to South Africa. I finished in 2012, having cycled over 34,000km through 30 countries. At some point I might just cross over the Atlantic and embark on a trip through the Americas, but my current focus is to write a book about the African experience.

Leaving in Tanzania, would be happy to share my experience with other travelers in Africa and beyond on bike tours. Read more about Peter’s adventure; http://petergostelow.com/thebigafricacycle
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