WHO WE ARE

AKE

AKE LINDSTROM

has spent most of his life in Sudan and Tanzania after being born in Kenya and educated in the UK. He is one of East Africa’s most knowledgeable and innovative guides. After many years working with award-winning tourism companies, Ake founded what has quickly become one of the best mountain climbing outfitters in East Africa. He can often be found guiding mountain expeditions, exploring remote wilderness areas on foot, or biking to unexplored places.

His ability to pioneer and execute new adventures for all types of travelers, from enthusiastic beginners to highly-skilled adventure seekers, brings a wealth of invaluable experience to Adventure International’s programs.

Ake has successfully climbed and guided many peaks including Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, and Cotopaxi to name just a few. With Ake leading your trek, climb or safari, you are sure to become fast friends and will be planning your next adventure!

FRANK CASTRO

grew up in Malibu, California and has spent much of his life traveling and working with management teams on film productions, restaurants, and lodges in Los Angeles, Spain, South Africa and Tanzania. After managing a leading luxury safari lodge in Tanzania, Frank joined a mountain climbing outfitter there as the International Sales & Marketing Director before partnering with Ake at Adventure International.

He also has climbed a number of peaks including Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, Mt Meru, and Mt Whitney to name a few. His passion for finding and organizing adventures is a great asset to Adventure International and he spends countless hours carefully planning tailor-made trips around the world. His considerable knowledge of safari destinations comes from his first-hand experience at many of Africa’s premiere safari lodges and tented camps.

You will often find him surfing or exploring a new remote wilderness area to add to AI’s list of exciting destinations. Frank guarantees your trip is planned well and executed with impeccable service from start to finish.

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BEN MCCULLOUGH

Ben is passionate about Epic Adventures, Ethical Travel and Sustainable Tourism. Born and raised in the South West of England, He has travelled and worked across continents from South America to East Africa with a little Europe in between. He's a qualified Wilderness First Responder with an interest in high altitude medicine paired with significant high altitude trekking experience.

Captivated by the beauty of Tanzania and her people it was inevitable that he would find a way to live there. After climbing with our team on Kilimanjaro in 2009, Ben “just had to know how it all works” and how he could be part of it. Ben became General Manager of the Tanzanian operation not long after and made Tanzania his home. Ben loves to be out on the trails, has fantastic people skills is a strong leader and loves a good story. He has guided and climbed with groups across the European Alps, The Himalaya, Peru, Ecuador, North Africa and several East African peaks, Kilimanjaro will always be the one mountain that keeps him coming back for more.  Having guided large groups and our more private boutique trips, he has the experience and ability to carefully assess a team, make strong informed decisions that ensure our crew and guests stay safe, get the best from their experiences and ensure all of our guests have the very best chances to achieve their goals.

When he's not out adventuring or building new experiences, Ben also handles International Sales and Operations for Adventure International. You can be confident he knows and understands all aspects of our adventures from bottom to top and can tailor an incredible experience for you!

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