Is the largest island in Lake Victoria and the largest inland island in north west sector of Tanzania with an area of approximately 530 km² and is the second largest fresh water lake in the world. The island is across from Mwanza region, the second largest city of Tanzania, most of the Ukerewe people are the peasants, farmers and fishermen,
Ukerewe island is surrounded by almost 32 small islands which all together form the ukerewe island, there is Bwiro, Kweru, Kwetu mto, Ukara, Ilugwa, Nafubha, Lyamwenge, kamasi, syengere and other islands, other islands people are living there, others not, are only for fishing activities Ukerewe dwellers are engaging on farming especially, maize, paddy, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes as wellla as fishing such as Tilapia, cat fish, nile perch and other type of fish species found in lake Victoria.Ukerewe island has a lot of tourist attractions mostly are on cultural
WHAT TO SEE / DO IN UKEREWE ISLAND
There are many great places to been seen, but among the key sights are as per below When you are at the ukerewe island, you will find the professional guide will who guide you and give you a history of ukerewe island and why was called ukerewe island,
Rubya Forest is the largest forest in the district. Is a very peaceful place with fascinating environment. Also in the forest’s area are Fishing- activity area and natural beach on lake Victoria, you will find all types of birds which are found in that island
We can climb Rutare Hill which is great for viewing the scenery of Ukerewe. It takes an hour by bicycle to reach the Hill.
SPECIAL CULTURAL TOURS.
These can include traditional dance shows, visit to traditional Healer, visit to local families, trip to meet farmers on their fields, and Preparation and eating local food.
DANCING STONE OF UKARA ISLAND
Ukara Island is the home to ‘dancing stone. It has the cultural and traditional value to the Kara people. The island is also a good place to cycle in as no cars. It takes about three hours to get in the island from Nansio. Note: It is impossible to go and come back on the same day because you may be late for the ferry backs to Ukerewe.
Ukerewe Island is a good place to cycle in, especially in villages where there are no more traffic. When you do, you get a chance to view the natural beauty of the villages.
A VISIT TO LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL
A visit to local schools is a great way to understand more about the education system of Tanzania. The local children are very keen to ask you some questions about the education system in your country.
In Bukindo village is the chief’s Palace which used to be the most magnificent building on the island. In the palace are drums that were used as means of communication between the ruled and the ruler. It takes about 53 minutes to reach the Palace by cycling.