A candid chat with Augustine Tours founder Augustin Ndikuriyo
Meet Augustin Ndikuriyo, the young Burundian entrepreneur, Managing Director of Augustine Tours , a Rwanda based tour company which recently opened a new office in Germany, Augustine Tours-Europe.
Who is Augustin Ndikuriyo and what is the idea behind your business?
I am the managing director of Augustine Tours a travel company founded in with an aim to provide Private Tours & Corporate Travels to East Africa. Inspired by St. Augustine” The World is a book and those who don’t travel only ready one page”, I believe that travel can be a great channel for both educational, cultural & business exchange. Whether we travel for business or vacation, there is always a sense of socio-economic or cultural exchange in one way or another. And this is where a travel company like ours plays a big role.
1. You are offering tours to East Africa, what sets your company apart from others?
Augustine Tours thrives to offer a personalized customer experience. Our tour programs are flexible and can always be adjusted according to the needs of the clients. Beside a local knowledge that we happily share, our personnel speak different languages English, French and German which is a plus for business connections. We have already served more than 30 countries, UK, Germany, USA, Australia, South Africa and South Korea being the main contributors to the company economic growth.
2. Is offering Tours and Corporate Travels an easy mix?
Corporate Travel Management isn’t a side work. We have successfully worked with important international private & government companies, US Marines for Europe/Africa, European Union missions, Nokia Solutions and Networks. The company has established itself as a two-way door to Leisure & Business Travelers in offering an individual customer experience, to meet ever-changing travel needs.
3. Your website features a Rwanda Green Tour Package, what is the reason behind it?
The all-inclusive 9-day Rwanda green tour package is not just a classic tour package per se but another way of learning how Rwanda has become one of the cleanest countries in Africa. The aim is to prove we can reduce the human impact on the environment.
The tour is part of our responsible tourism program benefiting both the local community and the clean environment. Wherever possible, using a vehicle will be avoided while staying in eco-lodges highly encouraged.
4. Finally, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It is always not easy to see a picture of yourself in the future. But I have always been a strong believer in hard work and dedication. In five years, I wish to be able to help people read more pages of this book we live in, Africa being a 54-page chapter of the book.