Musoma, Mwanza & Butiama

Tembo Beach Hotel was full of overlanders (3 large trucks) camping, as was Afrilux so stayed further up road from Afrilux at quite reasonable, cheap B and B called G and G (?), 22,000 for double.

Back to Tembo Beach Hotel, a firm favourite. The situation is unbeatable, sitting on the lakeside watching the sun set on Lake Victoria. Had lovely room with window looking over Lake with waves lapping shore just 10 metres away. They have smartened up the shoreline, planted more palms and extended the beach east with sunloungers under the trees and are constructing 8 bandas right on the shoreline. Being a Sunday the place was full of Musoma people having a great time and there was a buffet. At 16,000Tsh double it is extraordinary good value.

Went to Mwanza for the day. Good road all the way with occasional pothole, but still took us three and half hours each way.

To Butiama to visit Nyerere Museum. Turn left 35 Km south of Musoma and the road is sealed all the way. The museum is on the left just after a road sign ‘Butiama’ as the road rises up a hill. $5 admission/6500Tsh. Very attractive building with some good content, worth the detour.

Serengeti Stop Over. Pleasant adequate bandas. Restaurant a bit basic and staff relaxed (?boss away) . 100,000Tsh double seemed a bit expensive.

Serengeti. We hired a Toyota Landcruiser and tents to spend 2 night in Seronera and one in Ngorongoro Crater from Serengeti Expedition of Mwanza +255 282542222, +255 28 254000, +255 787319801, website: They were the cheapest of 3 Mwanza quotes ( and Dolphintours –mainly self drive) and they were very good, experienced and professional. The cost of 3 people for 3 night camping was $1600 plus park entrance fees. Kiroyera tours of Bukoba were about $1000 more.

Rupert Gude


Hotel in Butiama

With the launch of a hotel offering accommodation at Butiama it is now possible for visitors to spend a night or two at Butiama, the birthplace of Tanzania’s founding president Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, and where he was buried in October 1999.

The JKN Hotel (Butiama) comprises 10 rooms in one main building with four rooms, and two chalets with three rooms each. Apart from visiting Mwalimu Nyerere’s birthplace and mausoleum, the visitor to Butiama has the opportunity to visit the Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere Museum as well as view performances of traditional dances from Mara region.

For more details see the website