Embark on a transformative adventure with Shami Tours, where every moment is crafted to exceed expectations

By Karirima Aimable Ngarambe
On 20 June 2023 at 03:24

In the bustling city of Kigali, Rwanda, a remarkable tale of ambition, hard work, and dedication unfolds, exemplified by the extraordinary journey of Mvuyekure Emmanuel. Through unwavering determination and a passion for travel and tourism, he has transformed his humble beginnings into the remarkable success story that is Shami Tours – a fast-growing company renowned for providing reliable and practical travel solutions.

Nestled in the heart of Kacyiru, Kigali City, Shami Tours is the brainchild of Emmanuel Mvuyekure, serving as both its founder and Managing Director. With a mission to unlock economic growth and empower young individuals, including members of the Rwandan diaspora, Shami Tours has become a catalyst for change by offering a wide array of services to cater to the needs of its diverse clientele.

Since its establishment in 2012, Shami Tours has expanded its repertoire beyond the realm of renting cars and driving tourists around the country. Today, it proudly stands as a multifaceted enterprise, encompassing a captivating tapestry of restaurants, coffee shops, accommodations, and a delightful display of local works of art.

Every detail at Shami Tours has been meticulously crafted to ensure an unforgettable experience for travelers from the moment they step off the plane.

Located in Kacyiru, the headquarters of Shami Tours beckons visitors with its awe-inspiring charm. Surrounded by lush gardens and ancient buildings that adorn the hill, the premises exude a serene tranquility that transports guests away from the hustle and bustle of Kigali City.

As one strolls through the gardens, carefully tended by the dedicated team at Shami Tours in collaboration with talented artisans, the air carries a sense of freshness and vitality. These gardens serve as a testament to the company’s commitment to harmoniously blending nature’s beauty with the captivating spirit of Rwandan culture.

The success of Shami Tours is undoubtedly a collective effort, with a team of passionate individuals working tirelessly to make every customer’s experience extraordinary. With a staff of 41, including 20 full-time drivers, three talented cooks, six meticulous gardeners, and a devoted administrative team, Shami Tours boasts a synergy that permeates every aspect of its operations.

Among the exceptional individuals who contribute to the agency’s success is Igihoho Arsène, a student in Finland and esteemed member of Shami Tours’ marketing team. Arsène’s expertise and dedication bring a fresh perspective to the company, amplifying its reach and impact.

While Shami Tours primarily thrives in the realm of tourism, it offers a comprehensive range of services to ensure the utmost convenience for its clients. From car rentals and delectable dining options to comfortable accommodations, Shami Tours has curated an experience where no detail is overlooked.

Step inside the Shami Tours headquarters, and you will be greeted by an interior design that is nothing short of mesmerizing. Traditional wooden furniture, meticulously chosen, envelops visitors in an ambiance that seamlessly blends heritage and modernity. It is an invitation to immerse oneself in the rich cultural tapestry of Rwanda while embracing the comforts of contemporary travel.

Marebe Aurore, the head of communication at Shami Tours, passionately articulates the myriad of services they offer. "Anyone can find their place here," Aurore emphasizes, highlighting the company’s commitment to providing a welcoming environment. With high-speed internet, guests are invited to spend the day, indulging in a delectable breakfast or enjoying a satisfying lunch. Resting areas are thoughtfully provided, allowing individuals to unwind and even catch some sleep should they desire.

Olive Nibagwire, the company’s diligent accountant, articulates the significance of offering comprehensive services.

Nibagwire underscores the importance of accommodating the diverse needs of tourists, stating, "Sometimes, finding suitable accommodation can be a challenge for travelers. By providing everything they need under one roof, we ensure that their sojourn with us is truly memorable. We warmly welcome not only foreigners but also Rwandans, extending our hospitality to families seeking weekend getaways or small groups in need of a meeting space after our official opening."

To further enhance the guest experience, Shami Tours has erected spacious tents within its picturesque garden. These inviting tents offer a unique opportunity for individuals seeking an overnight stay immersed in the tranquility of nature.

Whether gazing at the starlit sky or waking up to the melodies of chirping birds, guests are guaranteed an enchanting and unforgettable experience.

To discover more about the services and offerings of Shami Tours, one can visit their engaging website at www.shamitoursandtravels.com.

For those seeking further details, the friendly team at Shami Tours can be contacted via email at [email protected] or reached by phone at +250 785 623 319.

In a world where dreams are often shaped by humble beginnings, Mvuyekure’s journey from a business of carrying passengers on bicycles to establishing Shami Tours is a testament to the power of hard work, dedication, and unwavering determination. Shami Tours stands tall as a beacon of inspiration, its rapid growth fueled by a commitment to providing reliable and practical travel solutions while celebrating the vibrant spirit of Rwanda.

Members of Shami Tours management in a group photo.
Marebe Aurore (right) in charge of communication at Shami Tours.
Some of artefacts made by artisans working with Shami Tours.
One of tents offering a unique opportunity for individuals seeking an overnight stay.
Visitors can experience numerous works of art at Shami Tours in Kacyiru.
Igihozo Arsènen is a member of marketing department at Shami Tours.
Shami Tours has become a catalyst for change by offering a wide array of services to cater to the needs of its diverse clientele.
Emmanuel Mvuyekure taking IGIHE journalist through the company's operations.
Shema Tours has a spacious parking.
Olive Nibagwire, the company's diligent accountant, articulated the significance of offering comprehensive services.
Mvuyekure founded Shema Tours in 2012.
Igihoho Arsène is a student in Finland and esteemed member of Shami Tours' marketing team.
Marebe Aurore, the head of communication at Shami Tours.
Eugène Bucyana in charge of logistics at the company.