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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 on 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 to 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.
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mausoleum Memorial Museum Day Tour Itinerary
0800 Hours: Depart Mwanza and drive north toward Musoma. Observe the magnificent rolling landscapes during your journey. It is also possible to see zebras along the road as well as Masai tribesmen tending their flocks. The journey from Mwanza to Butiama takes about 3 hours.
1100 Hours: Arrive at Butaima, Mwalimu Nyerere homestead. Mwalimu Nyerere was a world-famous scholar, writer and co-founder of the African National Liberation from colonialism.
He led his Tanzanian nation into a union of two independent countries, Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the only United Republic in Africa. During his leadership, he promoted a philosophy of African love and collectivization implying family hood and African socialism.
A selfless and unselfish leader he matched the likes of Mahatma Gandhi. Although he died in 1999 he is still fondly called the Father of the Nation and frequent references are still made to the excellence of his leadership. His home and tomb lie in Butiama.
Nyerere’s father was the chief of the Zanaki tribe. In addition to the museum, there is a complex of several buildings including traditional tribal huts, Nyerere’s original home and the new one built using the retirement fund of Tanzanian military veterans.
Unfortunately, Nyerere’s was able to live only two weeks in this house before he died on 14 October 1999 at the age of 77. Across the street is the Roman Catholic Church where he frequently attended Catholic Mass.
At the museum, there are many exhibitions with explanations in Kiswahili and English. For example, the wording of his Gandhi Peace Prize of 1995 is written in English. There are exhibitions of Nyerere’s ordinary possessions such as his clothing, garden tools and walking stick.
There are also many gifts given to him by foreign visitors or during trips outside of Tanzania. There are also many honorary awards and academic degrees he received as well as pictures of him with world leaders including the Pope.
Outside the museum, there is a cemetery across from the Marble Mausoleum where Nyerere was laid to rest. It is decorated with plastic flowers and a popular place for picture taking.
This small building is separated from the others and is very impressive and a nice place for quiet reflection on his contribution to the human family.
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mausoleum Memorial Museum Day Tour Prices
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mausoleum Memorial Museum Day Tour Rates Includes:
Lunch + All applicable entrance fees + Mineral bottled water during tour + All meals included while on safari + Professional experienced driver-guide & Return road transport from Mwanza to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mausoleum Memorial Museum
|Price Per Person
|Children Aged 8 to 12 Years
|1st January 2023
|31st December 2023
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* This is a guided tour that offers the history of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and the culture of the Wazanaki ethnic group
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mausoleum Memorial Museum Day Tour Rates Do Not Include:
* International Airfare
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Accommodations in Mwanza, Tanzania
* Gratuity for your professional driver-guide
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, and wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary
Reasons Why You Need to Visit Mwalimu Nyerere Museum Centre (Butiama)
First Tanzanian President
Intellectual, pacifist and nationalist, Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the first president of Tanzania in 1964. Tanzanian anti-colonial activist, politician, and political theorist led his country until 1985. You will discover what a great political man he was for his country and his ascension to his presidency. At the museum, you will discover that he was not only known as a political philosopher but also as a renamed teacher, who gave him the title of “Mwalimu” Julius K. Nyerere.
A symbol of independence
At the museum, you will see that he’s a great symbol of independence. Indeed, MJK Nyerere has always been preoccupated with the emancipation of Africans from the Western world. Indeed, a dozen years before his presidency he creates his political party that advocates independence. In 1964, during his presidency, he led his country to independence through the merger of Tanganyika and Zanzibar forming the United Republic of Tanzania.
It shares the History of the United Republic of Tanzania
Fan of history? The Mwalimu Nyerere Museum is the occasion to learn all the History of the United Republic of Tanzania through real historical support that illustrates all the moments which has built the country. The museum holds unique photos and objects that will emerge you in the heart of the country.
To understand the policy of the first president of Tanzania
MJK Nyerere is the founding member of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) party which in 1977 became the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party and he chaired it until 1990. According to Nyerere’s ideal, African socialism must lead to the creation of an egalitarian, just and united society. They were seventeen to share this ideology and very determined to apply this one. At the museum, you could see this political party and its members.
To discover a strong international opening
Do you think MJK Nyerere has met a lot of famous political personalities? Yes, of course! Nelson Mandela, John. F Kennedy, Martin Luther King and that’s not all … You can discover them at the museum and all the countries he has visited. The Republic of Tanzania is internationally opened since its presidency and has been able to achieve major economic and social projects for the emergence of his country, it is a model for other countries.
You could see at the museum all the gifts that MJK Nyerere received during his mandate. Local or foreign, all these gifts have been offered to thank him for all his achievements and thus reflect his greatness.
Do you want a preview? Animals skin and silverware offered after the wars in the sign of bravery or you will find local furniture made from precious materials such as kigoda, a chef’s seat that has been offered to him as a form of respect… you’ll find all his diplomas and trophies that he obtained during his life, his toge of chancellor of the university and even its price Gandhi for peace. We do not tell you more, we keep you surprised…
It reflects the Tanzanian custom
Do you know Tanzanian culture? You will discover at the museum the Tanzanian art of living and the local culture. It shares its daily life with objects and dresses. Moreover, you will see the evolution of the Tanzanian currency.