FOLLOW YOUR LEADER
For those of you who have previously traveled with ElderTreks, you may know one or even several of our tour leaders listed below. Their expertise, commitment and sensitivity to our travelers as well as the people and environments we visit are the reasons we get such great feedback on our guides from our past travelers.
The following is a tentative schedule of our tour leaders upcoming adventures. Please bear in mind that this is only a provisional schedule and while these leaders are scheduled to be on these trips, circumstances beyond our control may change these schedules.
We are proud of all of our first rate tour leaders, but if you have traveled with one and really want to travel on another trip they are leading, we extend to you a formal invitation to "Follow your Leader".
Roger has led innumerable ElderTreks trips, and as a veteran tour leader, he brings a wealth of experience to his job as all-round trip facilitator. Roger's travels have taken him all over the world, including Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. His keen interest in local people and cultures often offers travelers the unique opportunity to visit local homes, orphanages and schools. An avid animal lover, Roger has even been known to bring treats for local cats and dogs.
Jan 03 - Feb 03, 2024 The Grand South-East Asia Adventure
Feb 08 - Feb 28, 2024 Laos
May 01 - May 27, 2024 The Stans of Central Asia
Jul 01 - Jul 17, 2024 Mongolia
Aug 15 - Sep 04, 2024 Papua New Guinea
Sep 10 - Sep 30, 2024 Papua New Guinea
Jan 08 - Feb 01, 2025 Grand South-East Asia
May 07 - Jun 02, 2025 Stans of Central Asia
GUILHERME (GAFA) STAMATO
Guilherme is a native Brazilian (nicknamed "Gafa") and graduated from Sao Paulo University with a degree in Physical Education along with a Black-belt in Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. He lives in Sao Paulo and has two children, Raphael and Sophia. Gafa is an excellent photographer and wildlife expert who will add great local knowledge to the explorations on your tour.
Sep 15 - Sep 30, 2024 Brazil
Sep 14 - Sep 29, 2025 Brazil
Lajos (pronounced Lay-osh) is a proud native Hungarian and, as a biologist, has a formidable knowledge of natural history and the underwater world. Lajos brings a wealth of experience and character to his job and will be outstanding as all-round facilitator on your trip. In addition to travelling extensively in Eastern Europe, he also feels at home around the Mediterranean, as well as having a serious travel passion for many countries in Africa. Lajos loves the great outdoors and sometimes spends several weeks in bush-camps in search of birds, butterflies and wildlife. His other passions include history, politics, photography, rare natural history books, fly-fishing, scuba diving, deep desert exploration and...oh yes, Hungarian wines.
May 13 - Jun 01, 2024 Transylvania
Sep 07 - Sep 28, 2024 Albania Macedonia Bulgaria
May 12 - May 31, 2025 Transylvania
Sep 06 - Sep 27, 2025 Albania Macedonia Bulgaria
Manuel originally from the Andes of Peru (Cusco), began in the travel business at the tender age of 14. He has a degree as a Professional Tour Guide, specializing in Inca Culture and is one of Peru's most experienced and respected tour leaders. Manuel has been sharing his wonderful sense of humor and love of the mountains with ElderTrekkers for many years and has hiked the Inca Trail over 250 times. He also speaks three different languages, English, Spanish and Qechua (the language of the Incas) and brings plenty of fun and learning to every adventure he guides.
Sep 10 - Sep 29, 2024 Colombia
Oct 16 - Nov 09, 2024 Peru
Nov 12 - Nov 27, 2024 Chile
Mar 04 - Mar 23, 2025 Colombia
Oct 14 - Nov 07, 2025 Peru
Eric was born in the Netherlands where he studied Environmental Engineering at Wageningen University. During his studies he trained in Tucumán, Argentina, 1,300 km northwest of Buenos Aires moving there in 1992. He has traveled extensively throughout South America and has been guiding tours in Argentina and Chile since 1996 specializing in the Patagonia region. Since 2012 Eric has also been leading trips for ElderTreks in Asia, Oceania and Europe. He speaks English, German, and Spanish as well as his native Dutch. Eric has worked with ElderTreks for many years and we welcome his local knowledge and international flair. You are in very capable hands with Eric.
Mar 01 - Mar 22, 2024 Hidden Treasures of South America
Jun 09 - Jun 27, 2024 The Baltics
Sep 04 - Sep 30, 2024 The Stans of Central Asia
Oct 02 - Oct 21, 2024 Sumatra
Oct 21 - Nov 09, 2024 Java and Bali
Jan 07 - Jan 23, 2025 Argentina & Chile
Jan 26 - Feb 10, 2025 Patagonia Trekking
Mar 17 - Apr 07, 2025 Hidden Treasures of South America
Jun 08 - Jun 26, 2025 The Baltics
Nov 11 - Nov 26, 2025 Chile
Born in Canada and having resided in 8 countries, David has spent over 40 years travelling the world - the last 25 working in the travel industry. He has designed and led numerous tours for Eldertreks. With an attention to maximizing the group’s travel experience, David’s personable and often humorous style of tour leading offers his fellow travelers many opportunities to interact with the local people and cultures. David has an MA in International Relations, and also speaks German, a bit of Russian, French and Arabic. In his spare time he writes children’s books.
Apr 10 - May 01, 2024 Iran Highlights
Nov 07 - Nov 26, 2024 Oman
Abdul Moez is a graduate of the Faculty of Archaeology and is the Director of Egyptology at the Giza Pyramids. He has worked on several important archaeological digs including Abu Rawash, Worker's Village in Giza, (pre-dynastic period at Saqqara) and currently serves as an advisor for archaelogical digs in and around the Giza area. He also holds a diploma in Tourism/Guiding from the Faculty of Tourism in Egypt and brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as Tour Leader for ElderTreks. In addition to leading our ElderTreks' groups since 2005, Abdul also had the pleasure of showing the Giza pyramids to former US President Jimmy Carter.
Feb 10 - Mar 02, 2024 Egypt
Oct 12 - Nov 02, 2024 Egypt
Feb 08 - Mar 01, 2025 Egypt
Oct 11 - Nov 01, 2025 Egypt
Douglas Brisebois has worked as a tour leader for almost 20 years. His travels have taken him to all parts of the world from Asia to Africa to Antarctica and much more. His knowledge and experience help to make each and every tour he leads an unforgettable memory.
Douglas grew up in Northern Ontario surrounded by beautiful lakes, green forests and breathtaking scenery where he acquired a healthy respect and admiration for his natural surroundings. He spent time working for his parents at the family run resort which was his first introduction to tourism. Although home is in Ontario, Canada, Douglas enjoys escaping to his house in Costa Rica overlooking the Pacific, or visiting his small finca (ranch) in the mountains close to Arenal volcano.
If you have the pleasure of being on a trip lead by Douglas, his charm, energy, knowledge and caring attitude will ensure your trip is truly a unique experience.
Sep 26 - Oct 09, 2024 Malta & Sicily
Tomas, a native Czech, received his University degree in English and American studies as well as philosophy. He has worked as a guide since 2000, specializing in Central Europe. Tomas has a keen interest in history, architecture, and post-communist development of the region. Since he has lived half of his life under the communist rule and the other under democracy, Tomas has a truly unique perspective which he loves to share with those he is travelling with. Tomas will do all that he can to make your travel experience with him most memorable!
May 23 - Jun 06, 2024 Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe
TURIN TUN MAW
Thuyein "Turin" Tunmaw Turin was born, raised and educated in Yangon (Rangoon), Burma (Myanmar) Despite earning a Physics Degree and a Computer diploma, his passion lead him towards history, geography, languages, traveling and meeting people. His Mom was working in Tourism and it seemed like a natural decision to follow in her footsteps. He recieved his guides license in 1994 and has been working as a guide and tour leader ever since. Turin speaks English, Spanish and of course his native Burmese. We know that Turin's knowledge, passion and caring attitude will make any trip to Burma a very special one. He loves to share his knowledge and experience with anyone he travels with. We are sure you will agree.
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Olman (Ollie) Quiros is a certified tour guide with more than 20 years' experience leading diverse groups in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. General and natural history are two of his interests. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to do white water rafting, surfing, horseback riding, and hiking among other activities. Ollie was a cultural exchange student in Finland and Sweden and has traveled extensively throughout Europe learning about different cultures.
His volunteer work includes working with the Costa Rican National Parks Foundation to preserve the Green Turtle and with the Mesoamerican Rescue Center to promote animal welfare, habitat protection and reforestation in Costa Rica. He speaks Spanish and English and understands Finnish and Swedish.
Dec 01 - Dec 15, 2023 Costa Rica
Jan 09 - Jan 23, 2024 Costa Rica
Jan 30 - Feb 13, 2024 Costa Rica
Feb 15 - Feb 29, 2024 Costa Rica
Dec 03 - Dec 17, 2024 Costa Rica
Lucas was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania. Has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the UK, attended a wildlife college in Kenya where he obtained Diploma in Tourism and Tour Guiding, receiving further training in tour leading and guiding, as well as first aid in South Africa.
He has been guiding and leading tourists’ groups in Kenya and Tanzania for 20+ yrs. He has a keen interest in ecology and truly enjoys being with people, so that he can share his knowledge of the flora and fauna of East Africa as well as the vibrant culture.
Lucas is married and has three children (Sylvia, John, and Jovin) and while not leading trips, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Oct 27 - Nov 15, 2024 Kenya and Tanzania
Oct 26 - Nov 14, 2025 Kenya and Tanzania
THUY NGHIEM HONG
Thuy is a graduate of English at the National University of Hanoi. She has been a national tour guide in Vietnam since 1991 and is well versed in the countries rich history, culture and culinary reputation. Thuy is always eager to share her life experiences, growing up in a rapidly changing Vietnam. Her style of tour leading is a direct reflection of her Buddhist and Confucian beliefs which place an emphasis on responsible tourism and a general respect for all sentient beings.
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Damla Arslan was born in Istanbul and graduated in history from Bogazici University. She also attended the program of Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management at Koç University. Her specialty is the ancient history of Anatolia and she has also been working as an archaeologist in various excavations around the country since 2005. Her latest excavation is in Batman, southeastern Anatolia, and she is working on an upper Mesopotamian mound by the Tigris called Gre Amer. She has her tourist guide license from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and has been leading tours all around Turkey with a special interest in Eastern Turkey. Damla's extensive education and desire to share her knowledge of Turkey's history and culture, will be a delight for anyone lucky enough to travel with her.
Sep 09 - Sep 29, 2024 Classic Turkey
Guillermo or 'Guiper' has been leading for twelve years and has a passion for the Mayan world - its history, its culture and of course the incredible legacy of Mayan sites. You will be impressed by Guiper's knowledge of the Mayan world as well as contemporary knowledge of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. Guiper is well certified in the art of guiding, safety and first aid but it just might be his sense of humour and energy that will leave the greatest impression on you. We hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy ElderTreks' Lost World of the Mayans with someone as capable and passionate as Guiper.
Jan 09 - Jan 28, 2024 Lost World of the Mayans
Feb 05 - Feb 24, 2024 Lost World of the Mayans
As a professional guide, Kamel graduated from the Tunisian College of Tourism with a focus on history, both modern and ancient including the second world war. He is well educated and his extensive expertise at historic sites and museums is almost taken for granted but very impressive. He is fluent in English, French and German and has enjoyed showing people from all over the world the treasures that one can find in Tunisia. However, what makes Kamel special as a tour leader is that he is immensely helpful, caring, respectful, flexible and really wants to look after his guests. Despite his wealth of knowledge, Kamel feels he learns just as much from the guest he is looking after. With his endearing sense of humility, knowledge and caring attitude, Kamel will show you a Tunisian experience you will not soon forget!
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SUZANNE IVAN (MANKA)
We are thrilled to welcome back Susanne, (or 'Manka' as she is known) to the ElderTreks family of expert leaders. For many years Manka led our Transylvania and Adriatric Adventures, along with her husband Lajos, and after a hiatus of several years devoting time to their two children, Manka is returning to the job she loves - as a tour leader.
Manka brings not only her great smile and wonderful communication style, but also degrees in biology, marketing and tourism, and most recently, a doctorate in the Evolutionary Psychology of the Roma (gypsy) people. As if this background and expertise weren't impressive enough, did we mention she speaks word-perfect English and German as well as her native tongue? All that's left to mention is her adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors, and you'll see why Susanne is everything you could hope for as your guide. In fact, to use the words of one of her clients, “you will be in the best of hands”.
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Sammy graduated from Hawassa University as well as the Institute of Tourism in Addis Ababa, specializing in Ethiopian History & Cultures, Agriculture and Tourism. He speaks English, Amharic and Oromifa (the national and local language of Ethiopia). He has lead tours for numerous passengers including journalists, photographers, and film crews from all over the world. Sammy has recently been acknowledged in a published novel by Manola Lizy titled "Ethiopian Highlands" and in an article by Anna Murphy titled "Holy days and Highland Rock Churches of Ethiopia". With Sammy's passion for history, archaeology, photography, anthropology and birdwatching combined with his incredible guiding experience, you will have an unforgettable adventure!
Jan 16 - Feb 07, 2024 Ethiopia
Sep 16 - Oct 08, 2024 Ethiopia
Jan 15 - Feb 06, 2025 Ethiopia
Sep 16 - Oct 08, 2025 Ethiopia
Christos has been guiding tours in Greece for 10+ years. He has excellent communication skills and is very enthusiastic to show people his country. He holds an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics from University College London (UCL) and has recently published two hiking books about Crete and Mount Parnitha. You are in great hands with Christos who always receives rave reviews from clients who have toured with him.
May 01 - May 17, 2024 Ancient Greece
Sep 10 - Sep 26, 2025 Ancient Greece
Jeff was born in Madagascar and has worked in the tourism industry for over 30 years. Jeff fluently speaks English, French; various dialects found in Southern Madagascar, and currently learning Japanese. Jeff's holistic leading approach combined with his caring personality, extensive knowledge and passion for the local culture and wildlife will be sure to make your experience as wonderfully diverse and unique as Madagascar itself.
Oct 01 - Oct 18, 2024 Madagascar
Oct 09 - Oct 26, 2025 Madagascar
Daniel was born in (San Luis) “Pinar del Rio” a region known for producing the best tobacco in Cuba. Daniel grew up on a farm helping his family with their crops and livestock. He obtained his degree in foreign languages from the Pedagogical University and speaks Spanish, English, French and German fluently. Daniel was an English professor for junior and senior high schools students as well as in a tourism school for many years before deciding to follow his dream. Daniel's passion for nature and the great outdoors brought him to the Biosphere reserve “Las Terrazas” where he has been a nature expert guide for over 12 years. His favourite activities include bird watching, trekking, and swimming. Daniel enjoys sharing anecdotes of his personal life as well as his experiences as a Cuban. Daniel will keep you laughing and learning during your adventure.
Jan 16 - Jan 28, 2024 Classic Cuba
Jan 28 - Feb 11, 2024 Eastern Cuba
Feb 06 - Feb 18, 2024 Classic Cuba
Feb 18 - Mar 03, 2024 Eastern Cuba
May 07 - May 19, 2024 Classic Cuba
SAMIR HARIT EL MIR
Samir Harit el Mir has been leading ElderTreks Morocco tours for the past 10+ years. He studied in Casablanca before attending university and studying tourism in Tangier City. He has been guiding English speaking groups since 1987 and has covered every corner of his country. He specializes in the history of Morocco as well as of Islam and the Arab world. He speaks English, Arabic, French and Japanese. His Moroccan colleagues look to Samir for his knowledge and guiding expertise.
Feb 24 - Mar 11, 2024 Morocco
Oct 06 - Oct 22, 2024 Morocco
Feb 08 - Feb 24, 2025 Morocco
Apr 01 - Apr 17, 2025 Morocco
Oct 05 - Oct 21, 2025 Morocco
Ruwan Balasuriya has been leading tours in his native Sri Lanka for more than 7 years highlighting its history, culture, wildlife and of course, the people. After having toured the country with Ruwan, you will leave with the lasting impression of having visited the real Sri Lanka.
Oct 22 - Nov 09, 2024 Sri Lanka
Oct 20 - Nov 07, 2025 Sri Lanka
Joel is born and bred in Namibia. He has an outgoing personality and has been in the tourism industry for the past 9 years. He grew up in the northern part of Namibia that is also where he completed primary and secondary school and then moved to capital city. While in Windhoek he completed a diploma in tourism management from The Association of Business Executives (ABE) UK via distance study. After Joel obtained his diploma, he started tour guiding courses with NATH while working as a camp assistant for a tour operator. Joel was later promoted to senior tour guide, thereafter he started taking on various tours as a freelance guide. His interests include hiking, wildlife, birds, flora, geology, astronomy, and Namibian culture. He speaks Nama-Damara, Oshiwambo, English and Afrikaans.
Nov 01 - Nov 23, 2023 Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Jun 06 - Jun 28, 2024 Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Jun 07 - Jun 29, 2025 Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Karl has a degree in Marketing and a background in diverse activity apart from being an Iceland guide. He also takes Icelanders on guided tours all over the world during winter. Among his interests are the Icelandic Sagas and the geology of Iceland.
Jun 11 - Jun 23, 2024 Iceland
Jun 10 - Jun 22, 2025 Iceland
Surya holds an Honours BA in English from the University of Delhi and has enjoyed working as a Tour Leader since 2015 with groups from USA, UK and Canada. His outstanding interpersonal and communication skills enables him to engage and captivate audience of varying size and backgrounds. He brings excellent knowledge and passion for his home country of India and is well versed in the history, culture, geography and local customs.
Oct 31 - Nov 20, 2024 Classic India
Born in Johannesburg, Dylan spent his childhood years traveling with family all around Southern Africa. Moving to the Wild Coast he developed a love of nature, which led to a career in tourism. Early trips included overland camping tours through Southern and East Africa which evenatually expanded to 11 countries in Africa. Dylan enjoys showing the amazing sights of Southern Africa to his clients while at the same time focusing on ways to increase the environmental and sustainability of tourism for the future of the region.
Sep 06 - Sep 30, 2024 Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Though Taichi was born and brought up in Nagoya, he had always a close relationship with his grandparents in Kyoto who taught him about Japanese tradition. After visiting over 80 countries as a tour leader, he realized the beauty of Japan, which gives him a strong passion to be a professional guide so he can share his knowledge in both traditional and urban culture with international travellers.
Oct 16 - Nov 04, 2024 Japan
Sep 25 - Oct 14, 2025 Japan
Ron Sperber has worked in tour guiding since 1993, having roved far and wide across Aotearoa, NZ in this time. His particular passion is in the ecology of NZ's wild places and Maori culture. Ron is also a practitioner and teacher of permaculture, which uses ecological design, social innovation and appropriate technology to empower resilient living. He has a BA in Psychology, PG Diploma in International Communication, and is a qualified Outdoor Instructor. Ron lives in rural Northland on a lifestyle farm raising animals, subtropical fruits and running a small AirBnB with his wife and two children.
Feb 12 - Feb 27, 2024 New Zealand
Feb 04 - Feb 19, 2025 New Zealand
HARENDRA "HARRY" SINGH
Harendra ‘Harry’ Singh has been leading tours in India specializing in culture, wildlife, and photography since 2008. He was selected by the Ministry of tourism to be trained as a cultural guide for northern India. He specializes as a naturalist with a keen understanding animal behaviour, tracking and animal/bird identification in the jungles. Harry has enjoyed the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading photographers in the field while leading wildlife and cultural tours throughout India. He is trained in both hospitality and first aid and is very excited to share his passion for Indian history and heritage with his groups.
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GANGADHAR "INDRAJIT" LATEY
Indrajit has worked in the field of adventure sports and wildlife for the past 19 years. His passion for wildlife & nature was ignited in his childhood years, since he spent most of his summers in the Melghat Tiger Reserve in Northern Maharashtra. With an intense passion for photography, he has a proficiency in ornithology, mammals and natural history. He started his outdoor career with Nature Trails – an environmental education campsite and went onto work with WWF Pune as a Naturalist. Having spent over 5 years working in Kanha national park (Madhya Pradesh), he has gained insights and expertise in central Indian forests. He has travelled extensively around the country and whether he is guiding wildlife groups, diving in coral reefs or skiing in the Himalayas, Indrajit is at home in all terrains. He believes that the urban man has lost touch with nature and strongly feels that educating and helping people – especially locals – reconnect with nature will go a longway in invoking the spirit of awareness and conservation. According to Indrajit, conservation of wildlife and natural landscapes is essential for the long time survival of the human race.
Nov 16 - Dec 05, 2023 Lions & Tigers of India
Nov 13 - Dec 02, 2024 Lions & Tigers of India
NIKOLOZ "NICK/NIKA" MAZANISHVILI
Nikoloz (Nick/Nika) Mazanishvili has been working in the travel industry since 2007 and has extensive knowledge of all the tourist sites in Georgia, as well as a deep knowledge of Azerbaijan and Armenian tourist sites.
He is from the Kakheti region (Georgia) which is the main wine producing of the country and is well acquainted with the wine industry. He has a detailed knowledge of Georgian Christian art, frescoes and iconography, plus more than a passing acquaintance with Georgia’s pagan, pre-Christian roots.
Outside of work he loves French history and culture, and detective series from all over the world. He is a fluent English and Russian speaker.
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