Mbeya is a city in the south-west of Tanzania and the capital of the Mbeya Region. The city was founded in the 1920s as a gold mining town and with the railway in the city, it later received a number of small business entrepreneurs and farmers.
Mbeya's economy relies on agricultural produce supported by the surrounding mountains setting that is a pleasant background to the city, Mbeya is a delightful place for tourists seeking to explore the spectacular landscapes in Africa.
How to get to Mbeya
Visitors can get buses that ply the route several times daily to Mbeya from Iringa and Dar es Salaam. The railway also connects Dar es Salaam to Mbeya. Getting around the town, visitors might take minibuses locally called Dalla-Dalla. For convenience, taxis are better means of transportation around the town.
Mbeya's main appeal for tourists is its outdoor attractions. The rivers around town are full of trout and attract fishing fans from Europe to test their skills. There are hiking routes in the nearby Poroto Mountains, while you can also drive to see the Mbozi meteorite - one of the largest meteorites to ever strike the earth.
Mbeya has a cool climate that aids in hiking and forest walks. Hikers can climb the Poroto Mountains with routes mapped out. The natural flower garden in Kitulo is a good place to visit for its botanical richness. Game watching and fishing are also some of the best tourist attractions in Mbeya. There is the Ngozi Crater Lake south of Mbeya. The Lake is considered as the second largest Crater Lake in Africa.