I Innocent Willington Mmary was born and raised on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro on the Western side in Tanzania. I am Chagga by tribe and speak Chagga dialects fluently, Swahili is my National Language. In addition I speak and write English fluently and I know some German, Spanish and Chinese as well. My Village is situated close to Kilimanjaro National Park and it’s the forth village from the start of the Montane forest in Sanya Juu. I lived in Kilimanjaro region for twelve years where I took all my education from elementary to secondary. Secondary school I attended at Faraja Seminary under the Catholic Church for four years.
I have always been surrounded with Majestic views decorated with beautiful landmarks including the African natural wonder, Mount Kilimanjaro. Living in these beautiful areas, I was very fascinated and eager to know and learn many things that can be seen in nature and I felt in love with nature. My passion for the natural world started at a young age when I used to see a big white shining Mountain far in a distance and kept asking why Kilimanjaro was always seen with snow and why is it sometimes covered with clouds, Also I did many visit to our national parks as class tours and my main interest was to see animal behavior and their body language in their normal life in the wilderness.
After finishing High School I joined a tour guide training college in Arusha. “Tropical Institute College of Guiding and Wildlife Management” For two years with field works in Tarangire National park for three months. I was awarded Certificates for all courses. I am also certified by Phoenix Expedition Medicine in Altitude Medicine and Sentinel Outdoor Institute in Wilderness First Responder.(WFR)
My dream has always been to have a career working in the wilderness. I have been climbing Kilimanjaro regularly since 2010. I started as a porter and moved through the rank of camp crew, assistants logistics guide, head logistics guide, assistant trip leader and now I have achieved the level of trip leader. Every stage I passed through my passion grew. I have always loved my job and Kilimanjaro has become my office, I have climbed Kili more than 80 times. I have led clients of all different ages and abilities. I led a 32 years old girl who had only ten percent of her vision and she was completely deaf. I have led eight years old boy, and an 83 year old, the oldest person in my career, to the summit.
I am now a expedition Leader on the mountain, safari Leader as well as a walking safari expedition Leader. My personal approach in leading groups is to make visitors trips memorable and to fulfill their desires, meet their expectations and touch every corner of their interest in learning about the wildlife and culture of the country.