The Sun Safari Club Hotel brings innovation, experience and the highest international standards to Burundi’s rapidly developing tourism industry. Launched in 2005, the family-owned property has grown over the years and now contains 60 guestrooms in five categories, from singles to a sumptuous Presidential Suite. Owner Audrey Mugisha says, “When my husband and I opened the hotel, it was one of the first privately-owned hotels in Bujumbura. Now the local tourism industry is starting to pick up, and we have a huge advantage because of our years in the market.”
The hotel offers a range of amenities for both business and leisure travellers, including two restaurants specialising in African and international dishes, a convivial bar, an outdoor swimming pool, wireless Internet connections and facilities for children. The Sun Safari Club Hotel’s wide choice of meeting rooms range from well-equipped boardrooms to a main hall which can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Audrey Mugisha points out, “We are a top choice among business visitors and we offer great conference packages.Our location in Bujumbura is ideal since it is quiet but close to the centre of town, in a picturesque setting overlooking the city and Lake Tanganyika. We welcome many guests from the East African Community and we are the hotel of choice for embassies as well as other institutions and associations.” In addition to catering to business guests, the Sun Safari Club Hotel is expanding its services for families and other leisure travellers.
Focus on services
To ensure the level of service that international travellers demand, the owners have placed a high priority on training their 120 staff members. Faced with increasing competition, including price wars in the local hotel sector, the Sun Safari Club Hotel will continue to differentiate itself through its quality. Audrey Mugisha says, “We prefer to set ourselves apart by living up to international standards. The guest is our main concern.” The hotel offers a number of attractive packages and is stepping up its international marketing efforts, including through its own web site.
The Sun Safari Club Hotel will soon have 100 more rooms, which will add to its appeal as a choice for conferences. Audrey Mugisha says, “My husband and I came back to Burundi and we wish to help develop it. I am proud of what is going on in this country today and I welcome all your readers to experience beautiful Burundi and to stay at the Sun Safari Club Hotel.”