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Our Story

After having experienced the hardship of life in rural Tanzania, Godwin Temba was determined that he would not be a statistic. He believes that no one is destined to be poor, as each person is endowed with special talents. The energy to be spent on lamenting over what one does not have is best spent on going after what one can achieve. Living by his philosophy with unyielding optimism, Godwin Temba founded Amani Afrika in 2007, with no investments but his own savings from working as a mountain guide and safari guide. Having no computing skills and little English, Godwin managed to build Amani Afrika’s first website after spending a year at an internet café, absorbing everything that everyone was kind enough to share with him. Eventually, Godwin saved up enough to buy a laptop and never looked back since. Not only has Amani Afrika brought him the means to sustain his everyday life, and to support the families of all his fellow workers he built the company with, Amani Afrika has also brought Godwin his wife, Vivian, who travelled to Tanzania in 2010, because her friend had decided to travel with Amani Afrika and took her along. Amani Afrika is now a family-run business. Under the direction of the husband and wife team, Amani Afrika is a boutique tour operator that serves discerning travelers who are looking for a private tour with personalized service that is second to none.

Godwin Temba (Owner and Director of Operations)

Godwin Temba grew up in rural Tanzania. As a way to make a living after moving to Arusha, Godwin paid his dues to work as a porter on Mt Kilimanjaro. Receiving a dollar a day for his work, and carrying up to 40kg of luggage at times, Godwin quickly learned how tough life was being a porter. After working as much as 3-4 trips a month, for month after month, Godwin finally saved enough money to pay for tuition fees at tourism colleges. After receiving his qualifications, Godwin worked as a mountain guide and a safari guide for various companies. It didn’t take long until unfair working conditions and lack of pay motivated Godwin to strike out on his own. As owner and founder of Amani Afrika, Godwin Temba leads the company with consummate passion. Godwin always does his very best to accommodate each client’s requests, and to anticipate the needs of each client even before the requests are made. As Director of Operations, Godwin Temba ensures that all aspects of the tours are well being taken care of and that clients’ satisfaction always remains the top priority. Nothing is ever too much for Godwin Temba. His motto is: “There is always a way”!