This month we lost a cherished member of the Kiroyera Tours family, Mr Super Kalemera, known simply as ‘Mr Super’ to many travellers and friends the world over. He was an experienced tour guide, qualified driver, mesmerising storyteller and one of the kindest and wisest teachers you could ever wish to meet.
Mr Super worked for Kiroyera Tours as a driver-guide at the start of our company in 2001. He was a pioneer in tourism when the industry was little developed in northwest Tanzania, believing it should be a force for good in bringing together people from all worlds to better understand, appreciate and respect our homeland and each other.
Mr Super had a passion to share his knowledge of the heritage and natural beauty of the Kagera region with all visitors who came his way. In his old and reliable Land Rover, he guided our clients every year through Biharamulo Forest Reserve on route to the famous Rubondo Island National Park – a journey which few would undertake, as a high level of skill and intelligence was needed to navigate the bad roads and outwit the many forest bandits who knew that driver-guides had to carry large amounts of cash as credit cards did not work in the bush!
Mr Super was as brave as he was committed to his work, one season leading 15km walking tours despite having a badly sprained ankle – not that anyone knew due to his permanent smile! His informative and amusing stories, composure, wisdom and kindness always ensured that clients of Kiroyera Tours arrived as inquisitive strangers but left as enlightened friends.
We have lost a very special man in Mr Super, who leaves behind a legacy of dedication and service to cultural, wildlife and educational tourism within Tanzania. In his honour, the ‘Super Kalemera Lake Victoria Tourism Awards’ will be held annually to recognise the contribution of individuals and companies that have helped develop tourism in the Lake Victoria region.
The first ‘Super Kalemera Lake Victoria Tourism Awards’ is scheduled to take place in June 2023. More details will be released about this new and very special event nearer the time.
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