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About Summits Africa

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Equal opportunities and a fair deal

If you expect to be the best then you can never exploit your workforce. Summits Africa tries to keep all of our team constantly involved and well paid. We attempt to create a career path for all of our team to progress through training and sponsorship opportunities. We expect and hope that the best of our teams will one day run their own companies and teams with a similar ethos and commitment to their fellow workers. Summits Africa is an equal opportunities employer and we do have a written series of commitments that make up our code of conduct.

How we began

6 years in the making Summits Africa was created through the combined experience and vision of over 50 dedicated Kilimanjaro and trekking specialists from senior managers to porters. Most of the Summits Africa team have been working together since 2001 shaping the way we do business and that makes for a very dedicated and close nit team. It is that team is Summits Africa. Members start at the bottom and work up - after all if you have been a porter as a guide you can properly emphathise with their position and earn their respect.

Career progression

At Summits Africa the formal career progression path for most team members is as follows:

  1. Porter
  2. camp crews
  3. Trainee guide
  4. Assistant guide
  5. Head Guide
  6. Trip leader

Our management team is also made up from head guides and trip leaders that have taken the initiative and shown interest in Management. Where ever possible we always try to hire from within and promote according to initiative and competence backed up by supplemental training.

Management team

All of the management team are also trip leaders as well as managers. As they are on the ground managing and also spend some time of the year leading trips their product knowledge is always up to date and first hand. We expect all of our management team and sales team to have been to all areas we cover or have participated in trips we run so that our clients always receive the most accurate information on a given topic. Two key players you are very likely to meet are:

Ake Lindstrom Ake Lindstrom: founder and General Manager of Summits Africa. Most likely to be seen at briefings or evacuations. Preferably the former! With an slightly more than healthy addiction to systems and a love for the great outdoors, Ake has lead many trips on Kilimanjaro, developed many of the adventure trips Summits Africa operates and is a good person to bounce itinerary ideas off. You can contact Ake on
Emanuel Motta Emanuel Motta: Operations Director and guy with the most time consuming job of all! The Summits Africa way of operating means keeping in constant contact with all crew, porters, cooks and sales team as well as checking every zip and peanut that goes on a Summits Africa trip! Hard to catch him without a grin on his face and he lost count of the number of times he climbed Kilimanjaro after 50 or so ascents. You can contact Emanuel on

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