Visit Bukindo village and explore the drums found at the Chief’s Palace. The palace was built by an engineer one Tonelo from Italy who was employed by the Chief to build it in 1922-1928. Explore the drums which have been used as a means of communication. They are many years old!
It is a village where chiefs are buried. Explore where the last chief before independence (MICHAEL LUKUMBUZYA) was buried. He died in Canada. Learn how he went to Canada while he was a ruler of the Kerewe people.
Visit Olwego Handebezyo cave and View Point where you can overview Ukerewe Island. There is a cave that was used for hiding during ethnic wars. The place has also been used for storing surplus and a good picnic point. Watch people working in different places when you are at this point. Watch birds and other wild small creatures as well.
IRONDO POINT & IRONDO BEACH:
Swim and fish in Lake Victoria, sun bath, sunrise and sunset. You can also camp here. Welcome and eat fresh Tilapia fish. There is a coconut plantation which is a gift to the village from the second president of Tanzania, Hon. Ally Hassan Mwinyi. Watch and participate in the traditional dances at night in Buzegwe village where IRONDO POINT is found. At Irondo you can participate in fishing and sailing with the natives. There is a “View Point” where you can see Kweru, Ukara Island and the mountain ranges of Majita on the mainland far ahead on the East.
HAMUYEBE VILLAGE AT THE GERMAN MISSIONARIES’ FIRST SETTLEMENT:
Here is the place where the missionaries arrived and started their settlement. Learn the problems that faced them in establishing Christianity. 27 believers were killed by order of the Chief, Lukonge. Discover the remaining foundation of the “BOMA” where they lived. The Roman Catholic Church planted a cross on a hill to mark 100 years of Christianity in Ukerewe Island. This was done in 1995.
There are many historical villages like Namagondo Village where the engineer Tonelo lived. The buildings area now part of a primary school.
KAGUNGULI CHURCH AGED MORE THAN 100 YEARS:
This is found in Kagunguli Village. In the church graveyard is found a cemetery of the author Anicet Kitereza who wrote the history of Ukerewe. His books are used in the University of Dar es Salaam nowadays. Meet people of Ukerewe who lived with him.
RUBYA FOREST AND BEACH:
This is a pine forest plantation. In Rubya you swim in Lake Victoria. There is a very beautiful natural beach with white sand. Visit people’s activities where lumbering, agriculture and fishing are taking place. Camping is possible and facilitated. There is also a rest house.
UKARA Island where you will explore the DANCING STONE. This is a huge stone that dances under commands of an old man. Beautiful and pleasing songs lead to the dancing of this world wide wondering stone. The origin of this stone is a legend where two brothers had a conflict – one ran found a cave, he jumped onto the stone and entered the cave and did not come out again. The other fellow ran back to the village and informed the family members about their conflict and the disappearance of his brother. When the family members and their friends went to witness they found he left his foot prints on the stone. They advised him to sing pleasing and beautiful songs so that he might come out but the response was the dancing of the stone. He is believed to be in the stone to date and when the old man sings the stone still dances.
THERE IS MUCH MORE IN UKARA LIKE
THIS TRADITIONAL DANCING GROUP AT NYANG’OMBE,
The Kuchala View Point etc.
THE CAVES OF MAGENDO KASENI:
In the far West of Ukerewe there are wonderful caves under huge rocks. People esp. of the Pentecostal assemblies of God members meditate in this caves for up to seven days without food. It is a lonely quiet place that is known to very few people, even the natives. Here there are a variety of birds, occasional hippos and small monkeys.
©D. Shayo 2009