UKEREWE CULTURAL TOURISM PROGRAMME

Ukerewe Island Ukerewe is the largest island in Lake Victoria and the largest inland island in Africa, with an area of approximately 530 km². Ukerewe Island is situated in the Ukerewe District, nearly 50 km north of Mwanza to which it is linked by ferry, and it takes 3 to 4 hours to travel. The shoreline of Ukerewe Island is carved into numerous bays and it is surrounded by 27 small islands surrounding the neighbourhood with 3 of them not occupied by humans and the rest are occupied by fishermen with their families. Its largest community is Nansio. It’s simple lifestyle and rocky terrain broken by lake vistas and tiny patches of forest, makes an intriguing, offbeat diversion. With a population of over 400,000 people Ukerewe is populated by natives, an indigenous of one ethnic group, which has lived traditionally depending on fishing and subsisted by farming.

With its indescribable beauty, fresh air and excellent panorama, spiced up with a rich history and friendly and cultured people, one cannot afford to miss the beauty of Ukerewe.

The few proper sights include agricultural activities in which the residents farm maize, sweet potatoes, millet, cassava and rice, including the main activity here, fishing. Seen from Nansio are 27 small islands surrounding the neighbourhood with 3 of them not occupied by humans and the rest are occupied by fishermen with their families. The are visits to Kagunguli, the oldest Roman church built in 1895 located near a hill with the same name; the old school and dispensary which were built in 1911 and surviving to date with few repairs all are still in use. The Chief’s palace (the modest 1928 European-style palace of the island’s former king) which is still in use is a must see place if you are in the area and find out from the palace guide why one of its rooms has remained closed more half a century.   Others include, Irondo point where visitors see amazing views of Mwanza city, Entebbe in Uganda and Nairobi in Kenya; a chance to be part of a traditional dance group Buzebwa staff band that is sure to leave you fascinated; a visit to the historic sites, including the Kings graves in Murutanga/Kitare village. As part of the activities here, visitors are introduced to local fishing, canoeing, biking, village tour, farming, teaching English at the nursery school and secondary schools, volunteering in hospital for treatment , sharing life with the Kerewe people by living with them at BWIRU VILLAGE , learn how to cook the Kerewe traditional food and more are mildly interesting, but the deeply rural life between them is the real attraction

With a population of over 400,000 people Ukerewe is populated by natives, an indigenous of one ethnic group, which has lived traditionally depending on fishing and subsisted by farming.

With its indescribable beauty, fresh air and excellent panorama, spiced up with a rich history and friendly and cultured people, one cannot afford to miss the beauty of Ukerewe.

ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSION  

 A:   Half day tour

Experience the lifestyle of the native  fisherman by joining them on fishing tour. You fish from a  small wooden canoe and try to see who can make a big catch  of the delicious Tilapia or Nile Perch. At the end of the  day someone will prepare your catch for you so you can  enjoy the fresh fish of Lake Victoria at Lunch or Dinner.

 B:  Half day tour

Take a journey through Nansio town  of this Ukerewe district headquarter and visit the first  missionaries’ settlement in Hamuyebe village, climb to the  top of an escarpment Kahangara hill and see breathtaking  views. Germans grave, Boma and a cross erected by Kerewe  Roman Catholic to mark 100 years of Roman Catholic Church on  Ukerewe Island.

 C: Full day tour

Here your imagination will move into overdrive  as you here tales of the use of the cave by warriors in ancient tribal wars. A panoramic view of the different  Ukerewe village, a picnic site with a breathtaking view.    A visit to Rubya forest will give  you a chance to enter the enchanting Rubya forest and  succumb to its charms as you relax and enjoy the wander of  nature.

 D: Full day tour

Stretch your muscle by visiting the Old  Bulding at Bukindo village to explore the drums which were  used as a means of communication and royal tools such as  spears and the King’s chair. Listen the informative talk  from your guide about the history of the former governance  before Independence.

Kitare village, continue your tour  heading to Kitare village to explore where the Chief of  Ukerewe were buried and see a cemetery grave of Michael  Lukumbuzya the last King of the Ukerewe Island and later  became Tanzanian ambassador in Canada. Other Chiefs graves were capsized in Lakes water. Here you have the chance to  climb Murutanga hill the first highest hill on the island  also the view point of different places.

Irondo village: If you are a  fan of swimming & Canoeing, culture and panoramas thenthis is for you. Wanders through a coconut plantation and a view point of Kweru & Irugwa islands, Majita across Lake  Victoria, Ukara,Sizu and Kirita islands. Then,with your guide  leading the way rest and watch the birds or the local fisher folk perform their daily activities.

Kagunguli village: A visit  to Kagunguli village will give you a chance to see the church aged  more than 100 years and still working, explore the first  primary school and the first dispensary at Kagunguli village  also a cemetery graves of the first Christian King Gabriel  Ruhumbika and Anicet Kitereza the author of Ukerewe  history and the Kerewe Bible translator.

Finally visit Bwiru village,  A warmly welcome is followed by the kerewe traditional  dancing performance  here you will spend a day and night with the local people to share the unforgettable hours with Kerewe people  locally Wakerewe and get a privileged view & accommodation in a traditional Wakerewe house and royal tools like shield and spears.

 E: Full day tour   Visit Ukara island in the North of  the larger Ukerewe island to see the world wandering dancing  stone, Crocodile tree plantation, the knife of truth and  KUCHALA POINT and learn how the people of Ukara perform their  daily activities.  The prediction of your personal matter by visiting the  Ukerewe’s highly praised traditional healer, clearly you can  experience the Ukerewe ways of life.

 F; Learn how to cook the Kerewe traditional food

The indigenous Kerewe people  FURAHISHA GROUP of this area invite you at BWIRU VILLAGE.  Here you can sample local foods, learn firsthand how to  cook Kerewe food, see the Kerewe traditional dancing and listen to the traditional music of this tribe. Each visitor  will required to a conservative fee of such tours.  Come and enjoy our hospitality

Contact us:-

http://www.ukereweculturaltour.wordpress.com

Email: ukereweculturaltourism@yahoo.com

Mobile Phone:- +255 686 987 045, +255 759 313 731, +255 757 541 355

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UKEREWE CULTURAL TOURISM PROGRAMME Ukerewe Island Ukerewe is the largest island in Lake Victoria and the largest inland island in Africa, with an area of approximately 530 km². Ukerewe Island is situated in the Ukerewe District, nearly 50 km north of Mwanza to which it is linked by ferry, and it takes 3 to 4 hours to travel. The shoreline of Ukerewe Island is carved into numerous bays and it is surrounded by 27 small islands surrounding the neighbourhood with 3 of them not occupied by humans and the rest are occupied by fishermen with their families. Its largest community is Nansio. It’s simple lifestyle and rocky terrain broken by lake vistas and tiny patches of forest, makes an intriguing, offbeat diversion. With a population of over 400,000 people Ukerewe is populated by natives, an indigenous of one ethnic group, which has lived traditionally depending on fishing and subsisted by farming.

With its indescribable beauty, fresh air and excellent panorama, spiced up with a rich history and friendly and cultured people, one cannot afford to miss the beauty of Ukerewe.

The few proper sights include agricultural activities in which the residents farm maize, sweet potatoes, millet, cassava and rice, including the main activity here, fishing. Seen from Nansio are 27 small islands surrounding the neighbourhood with 3 of them not occupied by humans and the rest are occupied by fishermen with their families. The are visits to Kagunguli, the oldest Roman church built in 1895 located near a hill with the same name; the old school and dispensary which were built in 1911 and surviving to date with few repairs all are still in use. The Chief’s palace (the modest 1928 European-style palace of the island’s former king) which is still in use is a must see place if you are in the area and find out from the palace guide why one of its rooms has remained closed more half a century.   Others include, Irondo point where visitors see amazing views of Mwanza city, Entebbe in Uganda and Nairobi in Kenya; a chance to be part of a traditional dance group Buzebwa staff band that is sure to leave you fascinated; a visit to the historic sites, including the Kings graves in Murutanga/Kitare village. As part of the activities here, visitors are introduced to local fishing, canoeing, biking, village tour, farming, teaching English at the nursery school and secondary schools, volunteering in hospital for treatment , sharing life with the Kerewe people by living with them at BWIRU VILLAGE , learn how to cook the Kerewe traditional food and more are mildly interesting, but the deeply rural life between them is the real attraction

With a population of over 400,000 people Ukerewe is populated by natives, an indigenous of one ethnic group, which has lived traditionally depending on fishing and subsisted by farming.

With its indescribable beauty, fresh air and excellent panorama, spiced up with a rich history and friendly and cultured people, one cannot afford to miss the beauty of Ukerewe.

ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSION  

 

 A:   Half day tour

Experience the lifestyle of the native  fisherman by joining them on fishing tour. You fish from a  small wooden canoe and try to see who can make a big catch  of the delicious Tilapia or Nile Perch. At the end of the  day someone will prepare your catch for you so you can  enjoy the fresh fish of Lake Victoria at Lunch or Dinner.

 B:  Half day tour

Take a journey through Nansio town  of this Ukerewe district headquarter and visit the first  missionaries’ settlement in Hamuyebe village, climb to the  top of an escarpment Kahangara hill and see breathtaking  views. Germans grave, Boma and a cross erected by Kerewe  Roman Catholic to mark 100 years of Roman Catholic Church on  Ukerewe Island.

 C: Full day tour

Here your imagination will move into overdrive  as you here tales of the use of the cave by warriors in ancient tribal wars. A panoramic view of the different  Ukerewe village, a picnic site with a breathtaking view.    A visit to Rubya forest will give  you a chance to enter the enchanting Rubya forest and  succumb to its charms as you relax and enjoy the wander of  nature.

 D: Full day tour

Stretch your muscle by visiting the Old  Bulding at Bukindo village to explore the drums which were  used as a means of communication and royal tools such as  spears and the King’s chair. Listen the informative talk  from your guide about the history of the former governance  before Independence.

Kitare village, continue your tour  heading to Kitare village to explore where the Chief of  Ukerewe were buried and see a cemetery grave of Michael  Lukumbuzya the last King of the Ukerewe Island and later  became Tanzanian ambassador in Canada. Other Chiefs graves were capsized in Lakes water. Here you have the chance to  climb Murutanga hill the first highest hill on the island  also the view point of different places.

Irondo village: If you are a  fan of swimming & Canoeing, culture and panoramas then this is for you. Wanders through a coconut plantation and a view point of Kweru & Irugwa islands, Majita across Lake  Victoria, Ukara,Sizu and Kirita islands. Then,with your guide  leading the way rest and watch the birds or the local fisher folk perform their daily activities.

Kagunguli village:

A visit  to Kagunguli village will give you a chance to see the church aged  more than 100 years and still working, explore the first  primary school and the first dispensary at Kagunguli village  also a cemetery graves of the first Christian King Gabriel  Ruhumbika and Anicet Kitereza the author of Ukerewe  history and the Kerewe Bible translator.

Finally visit Bwiru village,  A warmly welcome is followed by the kerewe traditional  dancing performance  here you will spend a day and night with the local people to share the unforgettable hours with Kerewe people  locally Wakerewe and get a privileged view & accommodation in a traditional Wakerewe house and royal tools like shield and spears.

 E: Full day tour

Visit Ukara island in the North of  the larger Ukerewe island to see the world wandering dancing  stone, Crocodile tree plantation, the knife of truth and  KUCHALA POINT and learn how the people of Ukara perform their  daily activities.  The prediction of your personal matter by visiting the  Ukerewe’s highly praised traditional healer, clearly you can  experience the Ukerewe ways of life.

 F; Learn how to cook the Kerewe traditional food

The indigenous Kerewe people  FURAHISHA GROUP of this area invite you at BWIRU VILLAGE.  Here you can sample local foods, learn firsthand how to  cook Kerewe food, see the Kerewe traditional dancing and listen to the traditional music of this tribe. Each visitor  will required to a conservative fee of such tours.  Come and enjoy our hospitality

Contact us:-

http://www.ukereweculturaltour.wordpress.com

Email: ukereweculturaltourism@yahoo.com

Mobile Phone:- +255 686 987 045, +255 759 313 731, +255 757 541 355