Butiama Bed & Breakfast

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Monday, 4 July 2011

The Butiama Cultural Tourism Programme

The village of Butiama is one of the latest locations included under the Cultural Tourism Programme of the Tanzania Tourist Board.

The Guidelines for Cultural Tourism in Tanzania (2009) issued by the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism define Cultural Tourism as follows:
Cultural Tourism is generally defined as a form of tourism whose main objective is the discovery and enjoyment of historic monuments, sites and cultural landscapes of an area. It mainly involves travelling to experience places and activities that represent the cultural history of the host communities.

In the Tanzania context however, cultural tourism adopts a community based tourism approach in which the people are directly involved in designing, organising tours and showing tourists aspects of their lives in the area they live in. While economic benefit is derived from this activity, some cross cultural exchange between visitors and the local people is also developed. Operating through the criteria of ownership of the activities undertaken and equitable distribution of the income generated are underlying factors of the programme. It is people tourism that enables tourists to experience the local people’s way of life, offering insights into the values, beliefs and traditions in the host communities’ own environments.
Butiama cultural tourism attractions include:
  • The  Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere Museum
  • The mausoleum of Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, Tanzania's founding president
The mausoleum of Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere
  • Mwalimu Nyerere's private library of more than 8,000 books
  • The Muhunda ancestral forest
  • Nature walks and trekking around Butiama
  • Traditional dances of Mara region's ethnic groups
Traditional dancers entertaining guests at Butiama.
  • Climbing Mt. Chamuriyo, Mara region's highest mountain
The Butiama Cultural Tourism Enterprise coordinates visits under this programme.

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