About Us

Where the world of nature and adventures are found

Our Story

We had a group called UMOFA, which stands for Umoja wa Familia (Family Unity), and I was the chairman of this group. We planned to visit the Ngorongoro Crater and searched for companies in Mwanza to provide us with tourism services for our trip to Ngorongoro. Many of the companies were owned by Indians who rejected us because they saw us as lacking money since they only charged in US dollars. This made me wonder why only Indians owned tourism companies.

On my wife’s side, she likes us to visit tourist attractions every year to give our children exposure and help them understand their country, especially for their geography studies. With this plan from my wife and our UMOFA group, we were able to visit the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Rubondo National Park, Songea (Lake Nyasa), and Zanzibar Island. Combining my wife’s and my own interests, the idea to start a tour company came to me, and that’s when the name Burigi Tours and Safaris Limited came to mind, leading us to establish the company with that name.

About Us

Where the world of nature and adventures are found

Burigi Tours and Safaris is derived from the Burigi – Chato National Park, which was officially established in 2019 and opened by the late President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli. On that opening day, our director envisioned the idea of naming our company after the Burigi reserve to honor the President’s contribution in developing and expanding tourism in Tanzania. Therefore, the board of directors decided to establish Burigi Tours and Safaris Limited in 2019. Our company, founded by two directors, Osward Mbonde and Leocardia Sakila, is a family-run business. We established this company out of our passion for tourism, as we travel to various parts of Tanzania every year to explore the geography, visit wildlife reserves, and enjoy beach vacations in Zanzibar, especially during the month of December. Through our visits to different attractions and encounters with fellow tourists, we discovered the vast opportunities in the tourism sector, which inspired us to open this tourism company and enhance our family’s income.

 

Why Us?

Health and Safety

Burigi Tours and Safaris commits to:

Providing a detailed safety briefing to all trekkers prior to the trek.

Ensuring that all guides are Wilderness First Responder Certified (WFR), are licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park, have significant experience climbing Kilimanjaro and speak English fluently.

Carrying all necessary safety and precautionary equipment including pulse oximeters, emergency oxygen and first aid kits.

Organizing emergency evacuations if necessary.

All trekkers will have insurance to cover the payment of this if problem arise.
Providing clean, purified water to trekkers throughout the trek.

Porter Welfare

Burigi Tours and Safaris commits to:

Limiting porter loads to 20 kg per porter.

Paying porters a fair salary.

Ensuring porters have enough food for the duration of the trip.

Ensuring that porters have suitable shelter for the duration of the trip.

Providing porters with adequate clothing for the harsh mountain climate.

Treating porters with the respect they deserve.

Quality of Service

Burigi Tours and Safaris commits to:

Answering emails from all clients in a timely manner.

Ensures that our clients receive comprehensive information necessary for making informed decisions about our services. We prioritize equipping our clients with accurate details, enabling them to confidently choose the right options that perfectly suit their needs.

Providing high quality service throughout the trek, including quality tents and sleeping mattresses, and quality food.

Our Legal Status

Burigi Tours and Safaris is a registered company, with certificate of incorporation number 140388106 issued on 13/11/2019. Our Tax Identification Number (TIN) is 140 388 106, and we hold a valid TALA license with the number 017553. Additionally, our LATRA C/N is 202011003167. It is important to note that Burigi Tours and Safaris is an independent company and has no affiliation or association with any other tourism company based in Tanzania.

Our Area of Focus

Burigi Tours and Safaris presents a wide range of captivating experiences. Our primary focus is on wildlife safaris, accounting for 65% of our services. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of nature as you encounter magnificent animals in their natural habitats. We also specialize in thrilling mountain adventures, encompassing 30% of our offerings. Embark on exhilarating expeditions to conquer breathtaking peaks and witness panoramic views that will leave you in awe. Moreover, we extend opportunities to explore the stunning paradise of Zanzibar, contributing 5% to our diverse portfolio. Relish in the tropical bliss of pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and crystal-clear turquoise waters. With Burigi Tours and Safaris, you are guaranteed an extraordinary journey filled with unforgettable moments that will be etched in your memory forever.

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Wildlife Safaris

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Kilimanjaro Trekking

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Zanzibar Exotics Holidays

Our Safari Vehicles

Burigi Tours and Safaris offers three high-quality vehicles for tourist transportation. All our vehicles are Toyota Land Cruisers with closed roofs, capable of accommodating up to seven passengers each.

Additionally, our safari vehicles feature hatched roofs to provide shade against the sun in the African wilderness. They have spacious seating that allows guests to sit comfortably and stretch out their legs. Each guest is guaranteed a window seat for optimal viewing. The vehicles are equipped with fridges, power charge sockets, and VHF radio calls for easy and efficient communication with our base office. Our drivers are highly skilled and each vehicle is custom-designed with an extra-large photographic roof hatch, additional dust proofing, comfortable seats with seat belts and canvas covers. We also provide first aid kits, binoculars, a selection of field guides, and complimentary bottles of mineral water for our guests. To ensure everyone’s satisfaction, our safari vehicles accommodate a maximum of six passengers, guaranteeing a window seat and access to the photographic roof hatch throughout the entire safari. Additionally, all our vehicles are equipped with a long-range radio system connected to our head office in Arusha, and are serviced after every safari.

Responsible Travel

Burigi Tours and Safaris is committed to upholding the following guiding principles: recognizing that every destination is someone else’s home, ensuring that we leave places in the same condition as we would like to find them, and ensuring that the communities we visit benefit from our presence. As part of our efforts, Burigi Tours and Safaris actively supports local communities and schools in planting trees to preserve and sustain the natural environment.

Give Back to The Community

Burigi Tours and Safaris is proud to contribute to community charity initiatives by providing football jerseys to the Buswelu Veteran Club team in Mwanza. We believe in the importance of supporting local organizations and promoting the spirit of sportsmanship within our community. By offering these jerseys, we aim to empower the Buswelu Veteran Club team and enhance their sense of camaraderie. As a responsible and dedicated tour company, we are committed to making a positive impact beyond tourism and creating lasting partnerships that benefit the communities we operate in.

Our Team

Burigi Tours and Safaris is an exceptional company, boasting a small but dedicated team of experts who ensure that your Safari and tour in Africa with us is an unforgettable and stress-free experience. With a workforce of no more than six individuals, we prioritize personalized attention and unbeatable customer service. In addition, we proudly hire mountain porters for expeditions, guaranteeing immediate payment for their incredible efforts. Trust Burigi Tours and Safaris to provide you with the utmost professionalism and expertise on your next adventure.

Osward Egno Mbonde

Osward Egno Mbonde

- Managing Director

Osward Egno Mbonde, Managing Director and Founder of Burigi Tours and Safaris, holds a master’s degree in Finance from St. Augustine University of Tanzania. With a distinguished career history, he has worked at various esteemed institutions. Osward was attached at CITIBANK – Mwanza branch in 2003 and subsequently worked as a Cash Officer at EXIM bank from 2003 to 2004. From 2004 to 2012, he served as a Float Officer, Customer Consultant, and Business Banker at Stanbic Bank. From 2012 to 2016, Osward held the position of Corporate Relationship Manager at NIC bank. Since 2021, he has been the Managing Director of Burigi Tours and Safaris Limited. Alongside his professional accomplishments, Osward is known for his strong work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit, and problem-solving abilities.

Leocardia Katemi Sakila

Leocardia Katemi Sakila

- Director

Leocardia Katemi Sakila is the Director of Burigi Tours and Safaris. With a strong background in the finance industry, she brings valuable experience to her role. Prior to joining Burigi Tours and Safaris in 2021, Leocardia worked as a branch manager at Brac Tanzania from 2006 to 2012. She then served as a cash officer at Standard Chartered Bank from 2012 to 2018, and at Dcenti Financial Service Ltd from 2018 to the present. Her commitment and expertise make her a trusted leader at Burigi Tours and Safaris.

Flora N Sakila

Flora N Sakila

- Manager

With a Diploma in Marketing from CBE, will elevate your experience with our guided tours led by Flora. Her expertise ensures exceptional services. Trust in our team’s commitment to providing top-notch service and unforgettable adventures.

Emmanuel I Nangu

Emmanuel I Nangu

- Driver & tour guide

Emmanuel Israel Nangu, driver and tour guide, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Burigi Tours and Safaris. With a decade of experience at TAN TOURS and five years at Laitoria Tours, Emmanue will ensure exceptional service.

Derrick Mashimba

Derrick Mashimba

- Driver & tour guide

Derrick Mashimba, a skilled driver and knowledgeable tour guide, is a valued member of the Burigi Tours and Safaris team. With his exceptional experience, love, and passion for tourism, you can trust Derrick to enhance your safari experience in Africa.

Joachm Y Kifaru

Joachm Y Kifaru

- Driver & tour guide

Joachm Yodwa Kifaru, a skilled driver and tour guide, with 48 years of experience in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, brings exceptional expertise and insight to Burigi Tours and Safaris. Trust Joachm and the team to deliver an unforgettable adventure in the UK.