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Come to Mbeya and discover unspoilt Southern Tanzania
Trekking, cultural tourism, colourful markets, wildlife, village homestays, access to Lake Malawi

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An introduction to the region
Mbeya is much less visited than Tanzania's more widely published tourist destinations. It provides a window on a different Tanzania where attractions are not spoilt by tour buses and hordes of overseas visitors. Our altitude of around 1700m means we enjoy a pleasant climate and usually escape the excessive summer heat of more low-lying parts of Tanzania. We have a range of accommodation options around the town from camping to up-market lodges.

DaladalaThe landscape of Mbeya region
Mbeya region includes the volcanic peaks of the Southern Highlands (the highest in Southern Tanzania), the Livingstone Mountains running down to the shores of Lake Malawi, pleasant farmland, bustling markets, tea and coffee plantations, the grasslands of the Kitulo Plateau and several lakes and waterfalls.

The attractions of Mbeya region
We have cultural, scenic and wildlife attractions within easy reach of Mbeya. We can organise day trips for short stay and 'stopover' visitors and can put together longer itineraries for people who are staying in Southern Tanzania for several days. We are within easy traveling distance of Ruaha National Park, one of the quietest game parks in Tanzania, with abundant wildlife including East Africa's largest concentration of elephant.

The twice weekly overnight train from Dar es Salaam is an inexpensive and fascinating way to travel to Mbeya. You pass through the Selous Game Reserve and get a really interesting snapshot of Tanzanian life.

Some of the attractions in Mbeya region

Around Mbeya Town
Mbeya Peak
Utengule Coffee Plantation
Tea plantations
Bicycle hire
Tour of the town

Mbeya Region
Traditional markets
Village homestays
Sisi Kwa Sisi Farm
Ngozi Crater Lake
Bat Caves
Mbozi meteorite
Rungwe Mountain (highest in Southern Tanzania)
Lake Magadi

Southern Tanzania
Ruaha National Park
Kitulo Plateau
Matema Beach Lake Malawi
Rungwe Game Reserve
Lake Rukwa
Livingstone Mountains
Katavi National Park

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.

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  • We have provided web design and hosting for Sisi Kwa Sisi the help them develop community tourism projects in the Mbeya region.
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