BIO ::: Justice Rwechungura
Co-owner of To Africa Tours & Safaris, a native of nature-rich Tanzania, Justice Rwechungura was largely influenced by the environment of the small mining town in which he was born. His mother was a nurse at the local diamond mine and his father was an engineer in the mine. Justice followed in his father’s footsteps by also pursuing a career in engineering.
He was well on his professional path as Senior Electrical Inspector at the Tanzania National Electric Supply Company when he was sent by his company on an extended study program in Germany. There he told his fellow students such compelling stories about his native land that many of them were eager to accompany him during their vacation time to Tanzania. He began to organize small groups of friends and students to visit Tanzania and was so successful as a travel planner and host that the trips continued even after he returned home.
It was during this time that Justice had the notion he might actually be successful at making the transition from amateur travel organizer to professional tour escort. Justice’s tribal name of "Rwechungura" translates to “the person who saved himself,” and it could well be interpreted that Justice indeed prepared and preserved himself for this new life in tourism. After much planning and marketing, Giant Tours and Travel was born on the Spice island of Zanzibar.
In those early days in the 1990s, Giant Tours was a member of the American Society of Travel Agents. On its behalf, Justice attended various international tourism exhibitions, meetings, seminars and conferences. Occasionally he was also asked to represent his country as a delegate for the Tanzania Board of Tourism when attending these travel shows. In 1997 while participating in the Global Africa Travel Show in Paris, France, he was honored as Best Participant.
Also in 1997 Justice was appointed manager of the highly regarded Chumbe Island project, winner of numerous international eco-tourism awards for its environmental achievements and community involvement. One special award bestowed on the project, the Year of Coral award, was due directly to his efforts in creating a protected area for marine life and coral beds. In addition to overseeing other building projects and development plans, Justice also served as a translator of educational materials used in an outreach program targeting local children.
In 1998 Justice joined the President of the United Republic of Tanzania on a prestigious promotional tour to the Eastern Hemisphere, including Japan and South Korea. Justice represented the tourism industry in a delegation that included key businessmen and women in all areas of trade—the arts, mining, agriculture, hospitality and more.
Throughout the years, Justice has taken part in many acclaimed world travel exhibitions and shows. These include a number of ASTA shows in the United States, the World Travel Market in London, BTM in Berlin and Milan, the South African Incentive Travel Market in Orlando, Florida, the Incentive Travel Market in Toronto, Canada, and the British Travel Exhibition in Dublin—to mention only a few. He has also tirelessly attended meetings sponsored by organizations such as the African Travel Association and the Association for the Promotion of Travel to Africa to further tourism and travel to Africa.
Justice today works to introduce more Americans and nature lovers to Africa and to his home country of Tanzania. He speaks Swahili, English, German and a number of Tanzanian languages. With him and his expertise in Tanzania and Africa, you’ll never get lost in translation.
In his native tongue, Justice takes this opportunity to let all guests know they are most welcome to Africa: Karibuni sana Africa!