Onesmo was our knowledgeable guide, fearless leader and amicable com-padre for our Kili climb in August. He showed us an incredible adventure and went the extra mile every time (even when my luggage arrived late - he put together a duffel bag full of gear in case my bag didn't show up). Onesmo has been on the mountain for a long time and knows about the wildlife, the geology, the history, the weather and the safety of being on the mountain. He also has a great relationship with the porters and cooks and I must say that our porters were excellent - top notch. Many spoke english and they all spoke Swahili. They also went the extra mile: we received tea in our tent each morning, they always had an amazing dinner prepared, and they seemed to get us the best camp sites at each of the campgrounds on the way up. I could go on and on and on about how amazing our trip was, but the only real way to get a true account of the experience is to do it yourself.
Onesmo arranged everything from our pickup at Dar airport, hotel in Dar, our flight from Dar to Kilimanjaro airport, pick up from Kili airport, hotel before and after climb, food etc. etc. etc. Not only that, but he had a contact who we chose as our guide for our Safari. His name was Xiau (spelling?) and he was incredibly knowledgeable. He has worked on many documentaries and knows the Ngorogoro crater and the Serengeti very well. He is also very environmentally conscious which was important to us.