Mara Art Center & Cultural Tourism – Mara Region
On the Western side of Serengeti National Park, from Ikoma gate one will meet great people named Waikizu tribe. Nyamuswa Cultural Tourism Program exposes visitors to the way of life of Waikizu people and beautiful landscape with hills, mountains and valleys filled with water where canoeing can perfectly bring you closer to acquatic creature. Get an experience of handcraft making using various indigenous trees. And off course an opportunity to learn about kinship leadership system.
The following are on offer:
– A welcome to Waikizu homestead
– A visit to King homestead/Royal tour
– A visit to to ikizu caves
– A Visit to the Mara Art & Handcraft making group
– Wazanaki traditional dancing of your choice
– A visit to a rain maker
– Visit to traditional healer famous for treating various diseases especially infertility
– Visit to a foot print of our ancestors found at the mid of a big rock
– Visit the ‘O’ Mong’we worshiping tree and learn how locals used to conduct their worships
– Trekking up the Chamiriho hill, visit German soldiers hiding caves, graveyards and get a panoramic view of Lake Victoria, Serengeti plains and surrounding human settlement
– Canoeing in safaris in two of the dams found in the area
– Sport fishing in either of the two dams available
– Visit community development projects, local schools and health centres found in the area. See how people are struggling to overcome the big human enemies: Poverty, Illiteracy and Disease
– Cotton Farm tour: see how people practice cotton farming
– A stay with Wazanaki family to enjoy traditional food and their unique lifestyle
There are various options for the tours:
Half day tour:
Walk through Nyamuswa village, to the local market, proceed to the kin homestead and cotton farms. Proceed to local settlements and then to traditional healer famous for treating infertility together with other diseases since the ancient times. Walk through fruit farms and pick a fresh one to taste while leaning local ways of farming fruits and vegetables organically. Visit the foot print found on rock outcrop and listen to legendary and believes of the local people.
Visit the King homestead and then proceed to one of the dams found in the area for canoeing. Get closer to water birds found in the area and learn local ways of fishing. Practice sport fishing in any of the two dams available. Gets an insight of handcraft making. The handcraft making group of Nyamuswa has long experience and is highly respected by Tanzanians since they used to make sticks for the Founder of the Nation late Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere and other respected leaders in the area.
Full day tour:
After a royal tour proceed to Chamyriho hill. Trek up the hill and take your packed lunch at the top of the hill while enjoying a breeze from the Serengeti plains and a magnificent view of Lake Victoria. Enjoy a nice view of small farms for millet, maize and other food crops grown in the area. An opportunity to visit the German soldiers hiding caves, a place used as armoury for military weapon and German graves that exists since colonial times
The energetic Waikizu traditional dancers will give you an insight into their culture by their captivating songs and dancing. Two options exist: Bringing the dance to the people or bringing people to the dance at Mtemi’s homestead and other strategic locations for various traditional activities such as circumcision in the bush and marriage & bride price giving ceremony at home
Ngoreme Hot spring Tour
Our visitors will have an opportunity to explore a hot spring found in the area by biking while enjoying magnificent iconic kopjes dotting the land. Other activities on offer are: Visiting a pottery making woman group and participate in making your own pot to take back home and rock hooving activities. Also you can learn how to make black sticks and leather handworks
Home stay and camping options are available together with overnight in local guest house found within and around the area
Nyamuswa is located between Bunda or Butima and Nata/Grumeti Reserve on the Western side of Serengeti National Park.