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Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Museum Day Tour

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mausoleum Memorial Museum day tour is a full day excursion from Mwanza to Butiama – President Nyerere’s birthplace and hometown which lies within the Mara Region.

Butiama is located in the north-western side of Serengeti National Park, 60 km’s from Ndabaka Gate (Western gate to Serengeti National Park). Butiama town is a 3 hour drive from Mwanza and once there, you will meet the Wazanaki ethnic group which is believed to be the smallest tribe in the region.

Our day tour offers you an opportunity to visit President Nyerere’s Memorial Museum, family home and his mausoleum which is now open to the public.

The museum displays documents of the life of this great statesman from his earliest days at Tabora Boys Secondary School, when he began his political career in the early 1950s, through to his contribution in the fight for Tanganyika‘s independence.

It includes his 23-year presidency, his life in politics until his voluntary retirement in 1985 to when he finally died on the 14th of October 1999.

The tour includes a guided walk around his homestead followed by a walk through traditional Wazanaki village learn more about the culture and then proceed to visit Kyarano dam, and the farms of Mwalimu Nyerere.

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Tour Details:

Butiama Museum is on the north-western side of Serengeti National Park, 60 kilometres from Ndabaka Gate (Western gate to the Serengeti National Park). Butiama is the birthplace and burial location of the ‘Father of the Nation’, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the founding president of Tanzania who began his political career in the early1950s, led Tanzanians to independence in 1961, and remained in politics until his voluntary retirement in 1985. You will meet and great Zanaki people named Wazanaki ethnic group. During the the visit to the mausoleum of Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere you will Trekking up the Chamuriyo hill, visit German soldiers hiding caves, graveyards and get a panoramic view of Lake Victoria, Serengeti plains and surrounding human settlements Cotton Farm tour: see how people practice cotton farming.

Option 1:

Butiama village tour: A welcome to Mwalimu Nyerere homestead. Get a guided tour around the home and the Mwalimu Nyerere’s mausoleum then proceed to the Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere Museum and then to the village area where cassava farms are found, Get a glimpse of cassava farming. Visit a traditional healer famous for treating infertility together with other diseases since the ancient times.

Option 2:

Visit Nyerere’s homestead and then proceed to the Butiama Museum before walking to Mtuzu hill, a short memorable Kili trekking tour which is organized every September to raise money for charitable ends.

Our visitors will have an opportunity to explore a hot spring found in the area while enjoying magnificent iconic kopjes dotting the land and finally get a cultural insight of Wangoreme inhabitants of the area. Listen to folklore and nice stories about their culture as its explained to you by Wangoreme elders.

You will be guided to walk around Father of the Nation’s homestead and then walk down through a village to visit traditional Wazanaki homestead, to explore the culture and then proceed to visit Kyarano dam, and the farms of Mwalimu Nyerere. You may opt to visit the German soldiers hiding caves, a place used as armory for military weapon and German graves that exists since colonial times on Chamuriyo hill.

The energetic Wazanaki traditional dancers will give you an insight into their culture by their captivating songs and dances. You can watch, experience and even participate in a variety of dances symbolizing various occasions and traditional events such as traditional marriage & bride-price giving ceremonies at home.

Butiama is a town and capital of Butiama District, located in Mara Region in northern Tanzania. The town of Butiama is the birthplace of Julius Nyerere, the founding father and the first president of Tanzania. Butiama is also the homeland of the Zanaki people, of which the founding father was a member. The Mwalimu Nyerere Museum Centre is located in the town and is the town biggest attraction.

Several things have been named Butiama because of its significance to Tanzanian history, including the ferry MV Butiama that operates between Mwanza and Ukerewe.

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