Butiama Cultural Tourism Enterprise
The Butiama Cultural Tourism Enterprise (BCTE) is a community-based organization that is tasked with promoting the village of Butiama as a visitor destination offering both a cultural and historical mix of attractions. Butiama is the birthplace of Tanzania’s founding president, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922 – 1999) who was buried in this village on 23rd October 1999.
BCTE is part of a network of cultural tourism enterprises supervised by the Tanzania Tourism Board, and working within the guidelines of the Cultural Tourism Programme of Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
Butiama is located at the following coordinates 1°46′S 33°58′E in Tanzania’s Mara region which shares a border with Kenya. The driving distance from Butiama to the Kenyan border post of Isebania (Sirari on the Tanzanian side) is approximately 115 kilometres (about 1 hour 30 minutes), a route that is also taken by tourists traveling from Kenya to Tanzania. The Ndabaka entrance to the Serengeti National Park is less than one hour’s drive from Butiama, while the Ikoma Gate entrance to the Serengeti National Park is 2 hours’ drive away.
The regional administrative centre, Musoma, is one hour’s drive from Musoma while the principal urban centre of Mwanza is about three hour’s drive from Butiama at a distance of 190 kilometres. Mwanza is served by daily flight connections by Air Tanzania, PrecisionAir, and FasJet to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. Dar es Salaam has daily onward departures to most major cities in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Serengeti National Park Tours
We are also able to coordinate tours to the Serengeti National Park for visitors through the network of our partners. The proximity of Butiama to the Serengeti allows the visitor to book day tours of this UNESCO World Heritage site
Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere Museum
The museum is run by the National Museums of Tanzania
Light trainers are necessary for this leisurely hike to Mt. Mtuzu where visitors will enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and will be able to see both Lake Victoria and the Mara Bay, where the Mara River flows into Lake Victoria
Mt. Chamuriyo hike
For visitors preferring a rigorous challenge, Mt. Chamuriyo, Mara region’s highest mountain, is a perfect choice