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Who We Are

Rundugai cultural tourism is a community tourism program located in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania established in 2014 with young entrepreneurs of the village under registration number CTP/REG.047 from Tanzania Tourist Board-Tanzania Cultural Tourism Programme and Business Registration and licensing Agency respectively the program located only 27.1 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport hence it is an ideal place to take your tour after landing or before taking your flight off when you are at Rundugai village you can explore our natural and cultural beauties of the area while local people are benefiting from tourism activities which took place at the area all our tours end at Kikuletwa hot springs for a swim.

Why is it a Community based tourism program?

  • There is a different working group from the community who are benefiting directly from this program, starting from local guides, local women who are cooking local lunch for visitors, weaving groups, Maasai dancers, midwife, herbalist
  • We are giving back the village development fund from money paid by visitors who book a tour with us to support different initiatives which take place in the community.
  • We raise seedlings and give free trees to the community for conservation purposes.
  • Area of Operation

    We conduct our cultural activities around Rundugai, Chemka, and Kikuletwa villages which are the gateway to Kikuletwa Hotsprings.

    We do Sustainable tourism

    Tourism that cares about the environment, respects local culture, ensures local people are benefiting from tours and visitor satisfaction.

    Vision

    To be the foremost cultural tourism enterprise while sustainably conducting our cultural activities.

    Our Purpose

    Our goal is to promote cultural tourism in Rundugai and Chemka villages to help in improving local livelihoods, preserving our culture, and environmental conservation.

    How

    • Creating employment for youth and women through local tour guides, handcraft makers, traditional dancers, and local cooks.
    • To support community initiative through village development funds collected from our visitors.
    • Through traditional dance groups of Pare & Maasai. 
    • To promote and empower handcraft makers to produce quality products.
    • Through a local souvenir center for local products.
    • Establishing native tree nurseries and provision of free seedling to the community.
    • Teaching students to love and care about the environment, we believe that the future of our environment depends on the well-educated community, and through the education system is where we will get policymakers who love the environment.
    • Develop cultural tours to create more experience for visitors who visit Kikuletwa hot springs and do extra.

    Our Team

    Everything is possible with a great team, we at Rundugai & Chemka villages are proud to have a great team that offers our clients the best and quality service from coordinating and organizing tours, guiding, local cuisine to traditional dancing, and the community at large. 

    We started with two members but now we are more than 50 people working in different areas along with cultural tourism.

    Meet our founders

    In 2013 Ndoss and Linus who met at the University of Dodoma in 2009-2012 and graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Tourism and Cultural Heritage visited Kikuletwa hot springs to explore, on arrival we revealed that there was no much to do rather than swimming, so we discovered that we can open chances for tourist to explore the culture of the locals who live around the hot springs and help to unlock pro-poor tourism, to offer extra activities to tourist, make locals be part of cultural tourism and get benefit directly from  tourist activities taking  place  around hot springs, since that day they started to developed the idea of Cultural tourism and Rundugai Cultural Tourism Enterprise was born in 2014,  although with little money we served from our university spending loan with started to work on the idea, the first day we sat at Bomang’ombe bus terminal  

    and we met there many times until we had our first office at Rundugai village near the railway line.


    With a lot of challenges to set the Cultural Tourism Enterprise, we keep doing everything we can to make sure we reach our goal to open extra activities around the hot springs, local people engaged in offering services and get benefits, conserving the environment and visitors have extra to do and enjoy.


    If you are interested in meeting the founders and know more about their journey, contact us.

    Meet our Guides

    Meet our Guides

    Tour guides are the ones who will make your trip unforgettable, we have experienced local guides with more than five years of working experience, all are from the two Villages Rundugai and Chemka, they speak well English and off-course we are proud of our female guides who are doing great.

    Maasai working group

    Our Maasai group is off-the-beaten-paths, they live in their real place where they take their daily activities, they are not there due to tourism business, but when we have visitors they stay at home and welcoming you, our Maasai group performing dancing,  and responds to visitors questions while assisted by our local tour guide, take you around and inside their traditional house and they are happy to be with visitors.

    Local Mama Chefs

    Meet our passionate local Mama Chefs.

    We have 6 working groups from Rundugai, Chemka-Ngulu Juu, Ngulu Chini, Tindigani, and Kikuletwa sub-villages. Both groups have more than 6 members, they are well trained to offer better service to our clients in a clean environment. 

    Weaving Group

    We have different weaving groups in both three villages. They are making beautiful arts that you can buy as a memory to take back and support them and make the culture of weaving alive. One can meet them in their homes during the tour or in a souvenir center.

    We still need resources to develop a one-stop center where all artists will display their souvenirs and clients can stop and buy and also interact with the local artists.

    Our Midwife Local

    Mama Susan.

    She is working hard to help pregnant women in our village during pre and during labor, she has fertility medicine to help women to get pregnant, labor pain, and men fertility traditional medicine, she started her career as a midwife in  1978 when she inherits midwife knowledge from her father who was assisting women during labor although she didn't go to school to study nursing and midwife's matters, most of the people around the village were born through her hands and no child loss during born. Visiting her gives you a clear picture of how the midwife’s work is important, voluntary, and gifted.

    Herbalist

    Meet our herbalist

    Mama Paulina.

    She is a talented herbalist who inherits the medical knowledge from her father and helps the village to get cured with alternative herbal medicine at an affordable cost. Currently, she cures different diseases such as high blood pressure, hernia, regulating the menstrual cycle for women, treating the urinary system for men. All medicines are made from roots, backs, and leaves of native trees. When you meet her you will hear stories about traditional medicines in our community and why people still prefer them.