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my name is samson lauwo and i am the owner / operator of kilimanjaro bound, based in kilimanjaro, tanzania. our focus is primarily trekking adventures on mt.kilimanjaro but we also organize safaris and beach holidays as well. and why should you consider using me as your outfitter of choice here in tanzania? suffice it to say the business of guiding people up the kilimanjaro is a family tradition. it is in my blood. if you will read this you will understand. yohani kinyala lauwo was only eighteen years old when he led hans meyer and ludwig purtscheller to the highest point of africa on october fiveth, eighteen89.his selection by the mangi (chagga chief) to be hans meyer's guide was accidental, but it forever changed his life.kinyala (as he was called) was born and lived his entire life in the village of marangu, nestled on the slopes of mt.[sensitive content]fore europeans came to east africa, many of the lauwo clan of the chagga tribe hunted the forest elephants for ivory and sold it to the swahili traders from the coast.the forest also supplied them with honey, timber, medicine and colobus monkey hides.
by the time hans meyer arrived in chaggaland, kinyala lauwo was a tall teenager who knew the forest like the back of his hand.by then, colonialism had started in kinyala's homeland and young men were being forced to construct roads.kinyala tried to dodge the 'draft', but was caught.as a result, he was summoned for trial at mangi marealli's palace.coincidentally, hans meyer had just arrived at the palace asking for permission to climb the mountain and guides and porters.the mangi's wachili (advisors) spotted kinyala, knew that he was of the lauwo clan, and asked him to guide the expedition.the event led kinyala (later called mzee lauwo) to guide mt.kilimanjaro climbs for more than seventy years! for his first climb, he was only wrapped in blankets.over the years, he obtained appropriate clothing and hiking gear.when mzee lauwo turned one-hundred years old, the tanzania national parks gave him a beautiful, modern style house painted in light purple and pink pastels.here he lived with his two wives until his death on may one0th, one996, after a grand life of a [sensitive content] years! mzee lauwo was our grandfather and now you see...no one has been climbing this mountain longer than the lauwo's. i would like very much the opportunity to guide your clients.