At Songa Africa we have expertise in both tourism and conservation, having traveled extensively in the region and around the world. We speak all official East African local languages, and have a wealth of experience in the tourism industry, with an ever-growing network of partners in conservation, travel, tours, accommodation, and dining to offer our guests a memorable stay with us.
ROSETTE CHANTAL RUGAMBA
FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Rosette Rugamba, Songa Africa's founder and lead consultant has been in the travel and tourism industry for the past sixteen years. From her days heading Sales and Marketing in British Airways to her position as Head of Tourism and Conservation in Rwanda, Rosette brings a wealth of public sector insight and experience in mobilizing public-private partnership to grow tourism effectively and responsibly. During her tenure as Head of Tourism and Conservation in Rwanda, the number of tourists visiting the country grew from 13,000 to 790,000, annually. Tourism became the number one foreign exchange earner for Rwanda and Rwanda won Best Exhibitor in the Africa region at the ITB in Berlin for four consecutive years.
Rosette has been recognized by the East African Community Secretariat as one of the leading tourism and conservation strategists in the region and she is an avid traveler who believes that travel should be amazing, exciting, intriguing, rejuvenating, and memorable. Rosette is passionate about contributing to the growth of a robust tourism industry in Rwanda and East Africa and has therefore created a company staffed by the most knowledgeable, passionate, and enthusiastic experts available who are committed to creating inspirational experiences for each traveler.
MERARRY KANYESIGYE KABARISA
SENIOR TOUR CONSULTANT
Merarry is an avid collector of African arts and an enthusiastic fan of the British Monarchy. His favorite part of being in the travel and tourism industry is learning about other cultures and having the opportunity to share Rwanda's unique culture and heritage. He is also passionate about conservation and sustainable tourism. Merarry is your perfect guide to shopping in the various bazaars and markets in East Africa and the best part of his job is designing the perfect itinerary and experience for each Songa Africa client.
FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
Clarisse is--in short--responsible for making all the magic happen. She is passionate about financial planning and analysis and dedicated to ensuring the smooth flow of all operations for Songa Africa. When not producing meticulous and accurate financial data and offering financial advice, Clarisse loves spending time on the beach, watching movies, and meeting new people.
LEAD TOUR GUIDE
Nuuru has five years of experience as a tour guide in Rwanda and he has worked with clients from all over the world, with a variety of backgrounds. Born and raised in Rwanda and committed to conservation, Nuuru is the perfect person to ask anything and everything during your tour. When not on the road to incredible destinations, you can find Nuuru on the soccer field or somewhere listening to good music and making new friends.