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Our Story

A person and a place are made by so many things. All of which deserve to be seen and thoroughly told. History is no different. On his return to Rwanda, our founder (A Rwandan Canadian) wanted to learn more about cultural sites, understand the history of Rwanda, and immerse himself in everything he heard from his Rwandan grandparents.

Yet, he could not find tours that specialize in an authentic cultural experience. He realized that there is a need for tours for unique cultural experiences.

Despite Africa’s rich history, culture, and traditions, the gap to tell these stories authentically still stands. That is where we come in. We bring a solution on our hands for the matter at hand.

Our company name ZaNiheza combines three words in Kinyarwanda Murakaza Neza (Welcome) and Niheza (it’s beautiful).

In 2019, ZaNiheza was launched in Vancouver, Canada.

Our Mission


Connecting Travellers with Local Experience Curators who offer immersive, fun, and authentic travel experiences.


Our Vision


To be the world’s unparalleled immersive experience platform.


Our Supporters

We are proudly supported by North America’s leading startup incubator programs

Meet Our Leadership


Charles Shima Kishi


Charles Kishi is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Storyteller of ZaNiheza. He started the journey in 2019 upon his return from Rwanda, East Africa. He is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. Charles Kishi is passionate about excellent customer service, travel and cultures.


Hannah Smythe


Hannah Smythe is the CTO and Technical Co-Founder of ZaNiheza. She built the Beta version of our platform and is responsible for our technology and systems. An avid traveler, Hannah has backpacked, hitchhiked, and Couchsurfed through 87 countries. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.


Eric Benjamin Mutuye

Head Of ZaNiheza Travel

Eric Benjamin Mutuye is the Head of ZaNiheza Travel where he oversees the delivery of travel experiences in Rwanda. Eric Mutuye is one of the first employees of ZaNiheza. He joined in March of 2020. Eric Mutuye is a talented writer who is working on his second book.