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About Sisi Kwa Sisi
A grassroots organisation assisting young people to start income generating activities.

Sisis Kwa Sisi

Several years ago, as a group of unemployed young people in Mbeya, we asked local government officials for some land to start a small farm in order to provide food and income for us and our families. We were given a large plot of land some distance from Mbeya. We struggled for several years to make the farm viable and with no government support and no money to invest in fertilisers and pesticides it proved extremely difficult.

DaladalaWe then had the idea of trying to develop a business based on tourism taking advantage of the range of attractions in our region - from the spectacular wildlife viewing of Ruaha National Park in the North to the relaxing shores of Lake Nyassa in the South - and the fact that Mbeya is an ideal stopover for people heading on to Zambia or Malawi. Out of this idea grew Sisi Kwa Sisi (which roughly translates as "all of us together") which we set up initially to generate money to invest back into the farm.

We encountered many problems along the way and had no money to promote the business. We wrote to an organisation in the Netherlands called SNV who were working to establish community tourism programmes in Northern Tanzania and through SNV we were able to move our business forward.

We have come a long way in the last seven years but are still a small (and sometimes struggling) community based tourism co-operative. We are fortunate to have been able to show many clients from around the world our wonderful region and look forward to meeting many more in the years to come. You are most welcome to visit our unique corner of East Africa. Karibu sana.

About our guides...

The guides of Sisi Kwa Sisi all come from Mbeya Region and know the region very well. Our main activities are in tour guiding and agriculture.

We are all proud of our country and heritage and speak excellent English, we are all experienced in organising tours and guiding visitors to our region.

The guides of Sisi Kwa Sisi are:
- Felix Amandus (shown above and left)
- Nicholas Ntinda
- Japhet Mushumba
- Nsajigwa Mwasokwa

Getting to Mbeya

  • Mbeya can be reached by road: 12 hours approx by bus from Dar es Salaam and approx 90 minutes from the Malawi border. There is a daily bus service from Ubungo bus station in Dar es Salaam.
  • By train: twice weekly overnight service from Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia.
  • By charter plane, a new airport is expected to open at Songwe in 2011.

Latest News

Songea Town developing visitor attractions
Songea near the Malawi border has been declared a site of historical interest by the Tanzanian Tourism Ministry.

Airport at Songwe
Work has started on Songwe Airport which will should mean access to Mbeya region from Dar es Salaam in under two hours. We will provide more information as soon as this becomes available.

Website donated by...

    Mike Farmer Associates Limited

  • We have provided web design and hosting for Sisi Kwa Sisi the help them develop community tourism projects in the Mbeya region.
  • We are grateful to the following people who have supplied photographs for this project: