Cultural Tourism Programs.
Mbeya lies about 872 km south-west of Dar es Salaam,
its landscape characterized by relief forms created
by the volcanic effects of the African Rift Valley.
A visit to the region includes:
A visit to the Ngozi Crater Lake
A view into the traditional culture of the
people of Mbeya
Climbs to different mountain peaks in the area
overlooking the East African Rift Valley
Visit to the Mbozi Meteorite Stone and the
Natural Bridge at Kiwira
Different tours are on
Climb to Mbeya peak
Reaching the Mbeya peak (2,826m) is a steep climb
taking about three hours. As you go along the
mountain slopes, you see the indigenous flowers and
Ngozi Crater Lake
Ngozi Crater Lake lies 38 km south of Mbeya, in the
direction of Tukuyu and Lake Malawi. A narrow
footpath winds uphill through a dense tropical
jungle full of bamboo and wild banana trees. Small
mammals and colourful birds hide behind the thick
vegetation. After a climb of one hour, you arrive at
the crater rim for a magnificent view of the crater
Kiwira Natural Bridge and
The Kiwira Bridge was created by the powers of a
fast flowing river. Locals call this miracle '
Daraja la Mungu' or ' Bridge of God'. Worth visiting
are the nearby Kijungu waterfalls.
Rungwe Mountain climb
Rungwe Mountain at 2,960m is the highest peak in
southern Tanzania. This volcano, active over the
past million years, dominates the whole area around
Tukuyu. It is a vast wild area, more than 100 sq km
of forest, upland scrub and rock terrain, completely
uninhabited and visited only occasionally. Take a
long hike to the crater rim.
The 130 km drive from Mbeya to Matema beach is among
the most scenic in Tanzania. A winding road passes
through high mountains and tea estates before it
descends to the tropical shores of Lake Malawi. From
Matema, you can make canoe trips with fishermen over
the lake to the nearby village where women
specialise in pottery,and to the mouth of the river
to spot hippos and crocodiles. It is also possible
to organize hikes to the Livingstone Mountains.
Mbozi meteorite and Sisi
kwa Sisi farm
40 km south- east of Mbeya, lies the meteorite stone
of Mbozi. This is the eighth largest meteorite in
the world, weighing about 12 tones and dates back
to at least a thousand years. Nearby the stone, the
Sisi kwa Sisi society is worth a visit to experience
true African rural life.
Several hot water springs, an underground crater
known as 'bat caves', ruins of a 200 year old fort,
Kaporogwe falls and Usangu basin are some of the
There are daily buses leaving from Ubungo bus stand
in Dar es Salaam that take about 10 hours to reach.
Train services are available from TAZARA.