Ukerewe Island Cultural Tour

Ukerewe is the largest island in Lake Victoria and the largest inland island in Africa. It is approximately 530 km² and is surrounded by over 10 smaller islands.

It has an intriguing European history, however it is its people, customs and tribal stories which hold the biggest attraction – the Chiefs, Intellectuals,Farmers and albino residents who have shaped the islands.

The islands simple rural life is based on community values and sustainable living – Ukerewe uses highly successful farming techniques where every patch of land and tree is individually cared for and owned.

Exploring these islands will give you a unique insight into everyday life on the Great African Lakes and allow you to experience a special part of Africa few have seen.

Ukerewe Island Cultural Tour

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Mwanza to Ukerewe Island:
You will leave Mwanza after breakfast to board the boat to Ukerewe island, a 2 hour journey. On arrival you will be welcomed by an experienced local guide who will show you around the island and entertain you with fascinating stories of its residents and famous chiefs.
Day 2: Ukerewe Island:
After breakfast you will visit the islands most historical and scenic sites by bicycle including Ahandbezo, the beach based coconut farm and the burial place of Ukerewe’s great writers.Ukerewe is famed throughout history for its intellectuals. Overnight at lodge.
Day 3-5: Ukara Island discovery & Transfer
During the past years the Netherlands Development Organization has in close cooperation with the Pare farmers established a Traditional Irrigation Improvement Program (TIP) in the mountains. The various forest reserves in the Pare mountains are of main importance for the irrigation programme. If the forests will not be well preserved, the sustainability of the irrigation systems can come under threat of diminishing water supplies and massive soil erosion. Deforestation will expose the land to wind and water, causing heavy erosion, faster surface run-off and less infiltration of water. Through afforestation and terracing farmers now try to protect their water and land resources. Some villagers however still cut trees in the forests, for which they hardly can be blamed, since they are struggling for sufficient food, fuel wood and income. Tourism can offer an alternative and more sustainable way of using the forest and may encourage all farmers to further conservation measures.


  • The cost of all ground transportation and Fuel
  • Full-time safari guide and his associated expenses
  • Park entrance fees
  • Accommodation and meals


  • Items of personal nature like Laundry, Beverages, Flights, Beers, Beverages
  • Tipping of staff
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