We currently operate our programs in the Biharamulo district, north west Tanzania.
Biharamulo district is one of eight districts in the Kagera region. It is a predominantly rural area, located in the north western corner of Tanzania. Biharamulo district lies between 2˚ 15 to 3˚ 15’ South of the Equator and 31˚ 00 to 32˚00 East of standard meridian at 1500 m above sea level.
In Biharamulo district, 90% of households depend upon agriculture for survival, which constitutes most of the village economies. The main source of income for most rural households is the sale of farm products such as bananas, coffee, cassava, beans, maize, rice, groundnuts, vegetables and livestock products. Due to low productivity, market access, entrepreneurial skills, credit access, and surplus production, there exists a poverty cycle in most family households.
Topography and Climate
Biharamulo district has a pleasant climate, with monthly minimum and maximum temperatures of 26c and 28c respectively. The district climate is influenced greatly by available forest reserve highlands. The rain in the district is bimodal, March to May and during the months of October to December. The average annual rainfall for the whole district ranges between 800 and 1200 mms. The dry period begins in June and ends in September. There is also a short and less dry spell during January and February.
Biharamulo is set to become a more attractive tourist destination. This city is connected to many tourist attractions found within Kagera region in the northern western part of Tanzania. The tourism industry has become the second largest foreign exchange earner in the country after minerals.
Biharamulo district has three game reserves that soon will be upgraded to National Park status. The game reserves under scrutiny are Biharamulo (1300 sq kms), Burigi (2,200 sq kms) and Kimisi (1,026 sq kms) game reserves. The wildlife available in these reserves includes the lions, leopards, elephants, hippopotamus, giraffes, buffalos and antelopes to mention but a few.
Other tourist attractions you can visit once arriving in Biharamulo include traditional houses of chief Rumanyika of Karagwe found at Bweranyange, chief Kasusura of Biharamulo and chief Balamba of Ngara, other areas are paintings in Basota caves, wood carvings and hand crafts, smith works, hot springs of Mtagata, the Yerusalem caves and Rusumo falls, natural trenches located at bwaja, kigarama, katoke and Kyamunena falls, and Kamuli hot springs in Karagwe district.
Biharamulo borders Rwanda and Burundi in Western Tanzania. The district also borders Mwanza, Shinyanga and Kigoma regions in Tanzania.