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Best things to do in Mwanza

Best things to do in Mwanza | Top Rated Tourist activities | Must see attractions in Mwanza | Beautiful tourist Places to visit in Mwanza 

Mwanza may not be as popular as other cities in Tanzania, but don’t let that fool you. Mwanza is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

You might wish to revisit it someday again, to take a break and relax at Mwanza.

If you have plans to visit Tanzania and are not sure if Mwanza should be included in your itinerary, keep reading. In this list, we have put together some of the things to do in Mwanza and around. We have a hunch that if you include this city in your travel plans, you will be thrilled you did so.


Day Activities in Mwanza

Mwanza City Tours are short day trip offering you the opportunity to see the second capital city of Tanzania within a short time. Mwanza City Tours sight-seeing trips include Mwanza city nearby parks, restaurants, shopping malls, entertainment spots, granite rocks and Mwanza Green Spaces (gardens). 

During your stay in Mwanza, we can arrange a number of interesting excursions including a visit to the Kamanga ferry, the Bismarck Rocky, the Bujora Museum or the Saanane Island National Park to name a few.You can choose to take half day or full day excursion. All tours include a local private guide. Typically one can do 1 – 2 excursions in a half day and 2 – 4 in a fully day, plus a lunch or dinner. Mwanza City Tours transport can be in 4 seater saloon cars, 6 seater minivans, 6 seater 4×4 Land cruisers or an 18 seater bus. Depending on your preference the cost will always differ..

Best time to Visit Mwanza
Best time to Visit Mwanza
Best time to Visit Mwanza

Visit Mwanza City

Mwanza is the second-largest city in Tanzania with a population of about 1.2 million people. Located on the shores of Lake Victoria, it is characterized by highly dissected steep slopes, rocky hills, narrow interfluves, and river valleys.

Mwanza City welcomes visitors with natural and fresh weather from the source of River Nile off the shore of Lake Victoria. Mwanza City is an ideal place to start your adventure with wildlife safaris, boating and fishing on Lake Victoria or Rubondo Island, conducting research, or enjoying business. Mwanza City is the fast growing city in Tanzania, and is a dynamic, colorful destination of culture and life. It is a central point for great lakes countries in Africa, and the transit hub for many of Tanzania’s world-renowned tourist destinations like western and northern circuit wildlife safaris.

Mwanza is home to the Wasukuma people and you can visit the Sukuma Museum at the Bujora Cultural Centre which is about 16 kilometers outside from Mwanza City. You learn about the Wasukuma and their culture. They are famous for their snake dances with rock pythons! Boat cruises can be organised on Lake Victoria, where you can get to experience a traditional boat while enjoying the vastness of the lake. The Serengeti National Park is only a two-hour drive away from Mwanza city making a visit to the city a great

National Parks in and Around Mwanza

Serengeti Migration

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park (Which is very close to Mwanza City) is a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife: over 2 million ungulates, 4000 lions, 1000 leopard, 550 cheetahs and some 500 bird species inhabit an area close to 15,000 square kilometers in size. This Can be easily accessed from Mwanza. Email/Call us if you ever need Tours from mwanza:

Ngorongoro #1

Ngorongoro Conservation

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, national conservation area in the Arusha region of northern Tanzania, southeast of Serengeti National Park. Occupying some 3,200 square miles, it extends over part of the Eastern (Great) Rift Valley of eastern Africa and contains a variety of habitats and landscapes. Email/Call us if you ever need Tours from mwanza:

Saa Nane National Park

Saa nane Island National Park

Saa nane National Park made a record of being the first ever Park to be located within the City and the smallest National Park in both Tanzania and East Africa. The Park is the home of mammals like Impala, Rock Hyrax, Velvet Monkeys and Wild Cats. The presence of “De-brazas Monkey” underscores its potential as the only Park in the country inhabiting the species.

The Mwanza City is Waiting for you

Exploring Mwanza city is a must. If you stay near town; On you 30 – minute or so  taxi ride from the hotel, you will bump into the huge Rock City Mall which really sticks out from the surrounding area. Even though it was so big it only had a few shops in it, you cab be dropped off at the main market to explore the streets on foot.
The city centre is very busy, with lots of shops and business people buzzing around; you can walk past the train station and continued to the famous Bismarck Rocks.

These granite rocks sit in the waters of Lake Victoria and are iconic for Mwanza. The Bismarck Rocks are found near the busy Kamanga ferry station. From here, ferry boats take people, cars and goods across the lake to different locations. 

If you walk around the Capri Point peninsula and eventually you will be around Hotel Tilapia for a well-deserved meal. The hotel sits on the shores of the lake and right across from the Saanane Island National Park. You can reach this tiny national park via a short boat ride from the park’s headquarters. It is great for hiking, rock climbing and bird watching.

Mwanza City Map

Mwanza City FAQ

NO! Lake Victoria, also called Victoria Nyanza, largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of the Nile, lying mainly in Tanzania and Uganda but bordering on Kenya. Its area is 26,828 square miles (69,484 square km). Among the freshwater lakes of the world, it is exceeded in size only by Lake Superior in North America.


Some of the most popular restaurants in Mwanza that deliver are:

  • #1. Salma Cone
  • #2. Mo & Pragz Kitchen
  • #3. BBQ Tonyt

Some of the most popular restaurants in Mwanza that provide takeout are:

  • #1. Salma Cone
  • #2. Mo & Pragz Kitchen
  • #3. Malaika Restaurant

The cost-effective way to get from Mwanza to Serengeti National Park is to drive, or hiring a 4×4 Safari Vehicle which can cost you up to $200/Day that will include game drive. It may take you about 6 Hours to Serengeti.

The cost-effective way to get from Mwanza to Ngorongoro Conservation area is to drive, or hiring a 4×4 Safari Vehicle which can cost you up to $200/Day that will include game drive. It may take you about 10 Hours to Serengeti.

Yes, the driving distance between Mwanza to Serengeti National Park is 242 km. It takes approximately 5h 15m to drive from Mwanza to Serengeti National Park.

The distance between Mwanza and Serengeti National Park is 205 km. The road distance is 242.2 km


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