Kiroyera Tours, Tanzania, Africa
phone: (+255) 759-424-933 | e: info@kiroyeratours.com

OUR STORY

Delivering amazing experiences for almost 20 years

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Kiroyera (‘Ekiro Kyere’) means “turn the dark day bright” and this is our commitment to you when we take you on one of our tailor-made tours across Tanzania and into our neighbouring countries.

The story of Kiroyera Tours is one inspired by traditional family values, community care, hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. It grew from the passion of two loving parents (Ta Augustine and Ma Winifrida Kalemera), whose pride in their homeland and determination to make a positive difference in their community was embraced by their 5 daughters: Mary, Ediltruda, Rose, Restituta and Redempta. Together they founded Kiroyera Tours (2001) with the goal of developing tourism as a means of alleviating poverty and protecting the natural environment of the Kagera region.

Almost 20 years on, we remain specialists in Kagera and the Lake Zone region, whilst offering exciting tour packages across the whole of Tanzania, into Uganda and Rwanda. Where ever you decide to go and whatever experience decide to take, we promise that we will leave you with unforgettable memories of your travels in our extraordinary continent of Africa.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Through the promotion of community-based tourist activities we seek to preserve Tanzania’s environment whilst providing opportunities for local people to feel valued, become self reliant and achieve financial security for their family. Read more about our innovative projects at Harvard University USA:-

Heritage Initiative Kagera is a non-profit, non-governmental organization helping to alleviate poverty among disadvantaged groups by:- providing  opportunities for growth; helping others to help themselves; encouraging community development; and promoting the natural environment and beauty of the region.

Bukoba Disabled Assistance Project (BUDAP) is committed to alleviating unemployment among the disabled (particularly victims of polio) by training and employing them in the production of handicrafts including traditional drums (ngoma) for retail.

Kagera Museum is the first and only regional museum and is privately run by Kiroyera Tours. Located in Bukoba it serves to educate local school children and international visitors on the heritage of the region.

UYACHO orphanage (Ummul Yatym Orphan Childrens Home) is a non-governmental organisation (est. 1998) of which Mary is a board member. It helps children, orphans and those living in vulnerable situations by providing shelter, food, school equipment and health care. The orphanage was devastated by the 2016  earthquake, but has now been rebuilt with the assistance of many people. Please see our Youtube video.

WE SUPPORT THE GLOBAL TOURISM COMMUNITY

Kiroyera Tours is committed to the sustainable development goals of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. We have supported United Nations World Tourism Day in Bukoba from the start and on 26th September 2015 we were proud to host our regional event. We welcomed government and community officials, local tourism companies, Kagera residents and international tourists to discuss our regions tourism development and celebrate our industry in style!

INDUSTRY AWARDS

Mary Kalikawe and her team at Kiroyera Tours have made a lifelong commitment to delivering excellence in customer service for which they have won local, regional and international awards since they began, including:

2004: Millennium Tourism Award

2005: World Bank top ten Pan African Women Inventors and Innovators

2006: United Nations HABITAT Mashariki Innovations in Local Governance

2006: Winner of Tanzania ZEZE (Cultural Promotion Excellence)

2007: SNV/Zonal Governance award, Tanzania

2007: Tanzania Chamber of Commerce , SME sector ‘Service excellence’

2011: Tanzania Women of Determination – Mary Kalikawe

2012: Tanzania Women of Achievement (Business) – Mary Kalikawe

2017: Tourism and Leisure sector, Country and Regional Winner awarded to MD Mary Kalikawe in South Africa by CEO Global

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

AWARDS & ACCOLADES SINCE 2004