Travel off the beaten track and discover these legendary lake islands with a fascinating history.
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 every day life on the Great African Lakes and allow you to experience a special part of Africa few have seen.
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.
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.
You will take a boat to another island of the Ukerewe archipelago – Ukara island. Here you will discover its rural lifestyle and enjoy a relaxing 1 night stay before returning to the main island of Nansio-Ukerewe for your final night. On the morning of the 5th day you will board the boat back to Mwanza.
The Tour Price stated is per person and include: Transfer to/from Mwanza; Boat transfer to islands; all entrance fees; 4 nights accommodation; all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner); drinking water (bottled); cycle hire; transfers by car whilst on island; English speaking guide.
Flight/Bus into Mwanza (best prices available on application); Fishing trip (cost 100$ per person); tipping of guides; and things of a personal nature