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Attractions around Mbeya


Mbeya (Songwe) Bat Caves
The bat caves are approximately 30kms from Mbeya and extend deep into the limestone rocks - bring a torch. Seasonal bat colonies, incorporating six different bat species can be seen streaming out of the cave at dusk. There are also several natural hot springs lower down the valley and several lime kilns dotted around the area.

Mbozi MeteoriteMbozi Meteorite
Located 65 kms South East of Mbeya, towards the Zambian border. It is the seventh largest meteorite in the world and weight approx 15 tonnes.

Kiwira natural bridge and Kijungu waterfalls
The "Bridge of God" (Daraja la Mungu) is just outside the town of Tukuyu, South of Mbeya. Nearby is the Kijungu waterfall.

Other attractions
Other attractions include Kaporogwe falls, the World's End viewpoint looking out across the Usungu Flats, Loleza Peak, the market village of Masoko. The quite wilderness areas around Lake Rukwa to the North (the largest lake to lie entirely within Tanzania's borders) have large concentrations of hippo, crocodile and bird life.

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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