Charles Morgan Kisitu – Founder
Has always had a passion for the travel Industry. The manifestation that is 1000 Shades of Green Tour and Safari was inspired partly by his experience as a tour guide, driver and interpreter in Uganda.
His enthusiasm for providing tour and safari services began while working for one of Uganda’s leading safari companies. He transported and guided tourists in East Africa, and arranged safari packages for organizations and media outlets that include: The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Guardian, Essence Magazine photographers and European Press Photo Agency’s journalists.
He traveled to the United States of America in May 2006 to further his studies and earned a Bachelors degree of Arts in Business Administration, with a major in Entrepreneurship, from the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
This tapestry of experiences – as well as his education at the University of St. Thomas– was the foundation for the manifestation of a vision to establish an avant-garde tour and safari business. He is inherently adept and keen on meeting new people, loves God, traveling, learning about other cultures, languages and is passionate about helping the underprivileged.
Favorite Quote: “When you love people and have a desire to make a profound, positive impact upon the world, then you will have accomplished the meaning of life” Sasha Azevedo
Milton Owinji (The Silverback) – Senior safari guide
I was born and raised at Masindi is a town in Western Uganda, which lies on the road from Kampala to the Murchison Falls National Park. It is the ‘chief town’ of Masindi District and the district headquarters are located there. Living between the Baganda, Banyankole and members of my own Banyoro tribe, I have learned their unique languages. I also read and speak Swahili and English. I love guiding tourists and share the rich knowledge of Uganda. I am patient, love people and am fascinated by the environments in which they live. I am also a great travel companion and the senior guide aka “The Silver Back”.
I graduated from Mwiri College and later took birding and Wildlife course with Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA) the only tourist guides association officially recognized by the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage in Uganda. I graduated from USAGA in 2009 with a full certificate in Birding, and a certificate in tourism training. I have more than 16 years working experience in the wildlife field as a tour group leader guiding tourists in Uganda and Rwanda. I have led groups for big companies like the Volcanoes and my favorite guiding trips in include birding, wildlife safaris and the mountain gorillas.
Mohamed Luzinda – Safari Guide
I was born in and raised in Buganda central Uganda in the heart of the Pearl of Africa. I currently live in Kampala with my wife and 4 children. I chose guiding because I love to express to clients all about nature and wildlife in my country. I speak English, Kiswahili, and my mother tongue is Luganda. My hobbies include traveling, guiding and studying nature.
I studied Wildlife Management at Tourism Institute Jinja majoring in Natural Resources Management and Biodiversity Conservation and was awarded an advanced diploma in Wildlife Management. My fieldwork was conducted in various protected areas in Uganda that gave me a lot of wilderness experience. I have a diverse professional background in tourism and adventure specialist that includes over 13 years leading wildlife safaris, and gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda.
Sammy Sikombe – Safari Director / Safari Guide (Arusha Tanzania)
I have a unique, positive, confident, and dynamic personality, excellent interpersonal and decision making skills, patience, a high level of integrity, and flexibility adapting to a changing environments. I am fluent in written and spoken English as well as Swahili. My personal interests and activities include environmental conservation, traveling, hiking, shooting videos and photography, music, singing, video shooting, editing and production.
I graduated from the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka in Moshi Kilimanjaro, Tanzania with a full certificate in African wildlife management and, and a certificate in tourism training with field specialization in communication, the service journey, the cultural dimension, the art of guiding, security and first aid, health and hygiene. I also have field specialization in man and wildlife, ornithology, mammology, Ecology, botany and herbarium technique. My training includes a general and advanced Certificate of Education.
My publications include “A breeding record of the white-ramped babbler” (Moyer, DC and SW Sikombe, 1992, Scopus 6:103), “Notes on the birds of southern/western Tanzania” (ibid, Scopus 16:55-56). Presentation submitted to the Bulletin of British Ornithologist Club, “Mensural and molt data from afromontane forest birds in National Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania.”
I have more than 15 years working experience in the wildlife field as a tour group leader guiding tourists in the African bush, a wildlife researcher, teacher training students and professionals about African wildlife, biodiversity, and ecology. I have led National Geographic Expeditions since 2007. My teaching has included coordinating overseas programs teaching inner-city children in America about African wildlife. My positions in wildlife research have included birding and elephants. In my most recent post at Tarangire Elephant project, I have been described as Bwana Tembo meaning Mr. Elephant. My duties included observation, collection of data, and analysis of elephant movements and human-elephant conflicts around Tarangire National Park.
Samia Asindamu – Mountain Guide (Arusha)
I was born and raised on the southwestern slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro and currently live in Arusha with my wife and three children. I chose to be a tour leader based on my interest in teaching and my love for people, outdoor exposure and nature. Taking care of people and sharing with them my growing outdoor knowledge and spirit makes me feel great. I speak English, Swahili and Chagga. Several years ago, to broaden my own cultural horizons, I toured Poland and America. While in America I took care of injured birds of prey at the University of Minneapolis’ Raptor Center and in Los Angeles I taught lower school students Human Evolution. I also visited the Amish in Io wa, who have ancient cultural traditions similar to the Maasai people. In addition to travel I love watching animal actions, blooming plants, playing soccer, and listening to music.
I have been involved in outdoor tourism and adventure for over 22 years. I am extensively trained in mountaineering with over 15 years of experience, summiting Mt Kilimanjaro over 200 times via all routes. In 1999 I won the first prize in the Mt Kilimanjaro 18 hour running race from trailhead on the Lemosho Route (7,500 ft) to the summit of Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft) and down to road head Mweka Gate (5,600 ft), which normally takes tourist trekkers 6-7 days. For the past 13 years, I have been teaching first aid skills to Tanzania National Parks Rangers and other companies’ safari guides from Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Tarangire National Parks
My wilderness adventure training includes Wilderness First Responder, Snow and Ice safety on Mt. Kilimanjaro, administering High Altitude first aid, search and rescue practical tests on the Western Breach Route on Kilimanjaro (16,000 ft elevation) intensive Advanced Mountaineering course training at Mt Kenya’s advanced Technical climb Programmed which included instruction in rock climbing, ice climbing and advanced navigation skills. I also participated in a National Outdoor Leadership course conducted on Mt Kenya focusing on crisis management, accountability, communication, management of emotions, prioritizing tasks, reducing legal exposure and documentation of the incidents.