Top 12 Activities in Mwanza 2017.

Nestled near the picturesque southern shores of Lake Victoria, Mwanza is well-placed in Tanzania – and Africa at large – to offer a host of wonderful activities, with everything from cultural fun to top entertainment found in (and around) this pretty city.

Here are some of the top activities to enjoy in Mwanza during 2017:

#1 Tour the rock city

Sometimes, you really needn’t overthink travel excursions. So, why not simply spend a day (or even just an hour or two) exploring the wonderful ‘Rock City’ of Mwanza, which is well over a hundred years old?

Contact a local tour operator or navigate the city on your own, and take in all its rich history, cultural roots and modern-day vibe of this Tanzanian city.

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Address: Mwanza, Tanzania

#2 Enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria

If you visit one place near Mwanza, let it be the beautiful Lake Victoria – a place blessed with great natural beauty.

And while you’re there, you can enjoy either a sunrise or sunset boat cruise on this special lake. This activity is not only romantic but it’s also good fun!

Contact: +254 721 242 711


Address: Mwanza, Tanzania

#3 Explore Sukuma Museum

Tanzania’s largest ethnic group is compiled by the Sukuma. Learn more about these indigenous people by visiting Bujora Cultural Centre’s Sukuma Museum.

At the museum, you will discover all kinds of intrigue. Enjoy seeing everything from ancient drums to daring sukuma snake dancing too!

Contact: +255 765 667 661


Address: Sukuma Museum, Bujora Cultural Centre, Mwanza, Tanzania

#4 Pay a visit to Rubondo Island National Park

While it’s not strictly in Mwanza, this national park is close enough to warrant not only a mention – but a proper visit too! It’s a wonderfully wild, beautiful place and allows you to really soak up the endless natural beauty of tantalising Tanzania.

The park is one of two national parks found on in island in Lake Victoria and attracts all kinds of visitors, from campers to bird lovers.

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Address: Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania

#5 Honour Mwalimu Julius Nyerere by visiting his home

Considered by many to have been a great fighter against social injustice, as well as the father of the Tanzanian nation, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere was also Tanzania’s first-ever president.

Visit his home, mausoleum and museum in Butiama village and discover more about the famous, much loved man.

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Address: Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere Memorial Museum, Butiama village, Tanzania

#6 Stand tall at Balili Hill Range

Located outside Bunda town (which is a two-hour or so drive from Mwanza), you will find the impressive Balili Hill Range.

These hills will allow you to soak up the expansive, scenic views across the town and surrounding region. Depending on what you’re in the mood to do, you can either walk or drive up.

Contact: 255 714 445 566


Address: Balili Hill Range, Bunda, Tanzania

#7 Discover the freeing Serengeti National Park

Head out and explore your (and Tanzania’s) wild side by visiting the Serengeti National Park. It’s guaranteed to give you an all-round nature fix and superb game-viewing experience.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a truly amazing place – one where your travel heart can soar freely, as you take in game of all shapes and sizes.

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Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

#8 Head to Mwaloni Fish Market 

No visit to Mwanza is complete without experiencing some of its dynamic city life from the ground. Given this, Mwaloni Market is a place well-worth stopping by.

At this buzzing local market, you will find everything fresh, including fish, fruit and vegetables.

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Address: Mwaloni Fish Market, Mwanza, Tanzania

#9 Find the Dancing Rocks

The Dancing Rocks – more properly known as Jiwe Kuu – are one of the Rock City’s more interesting rock formations. These granite rocks can be found atop a rocky outcrop, and offer gorgeous views of both Mwanza and Lake Victoria.

There is also a fun story surrounding the rocks… be sure to find out for yourself just what it is!

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Address: Jiwe Kuu, Mwanza, Tanzania

#10 Find Nobel prize winner Robert Koch’s House 

When you visit Mwanza, see if you can find the German Nobel prize winner, Robert Koch’s old home. It’s slightly forlorn to look at these days but it still captures an essence of olden days’ beauty and Germanic castle elements too.

The old mansion is also something of a landmark and again, offers awesome city views!

Note: Don’t head there after dark though, as people live there and usually expect money from visitors, even during daytime.

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Address: Robert Koch Hill, Mwanza, Tanzania

#11 Visit the famous Bismarck Rock

Another must-see is the famed Bismarck Rock. Found in the waters of Lake Victoria, this pile of rocks hold something of an iconic status in Mwanza – especially the one perched right on top! And rightly so, given how cool they are to look at.

The rocks are also wonderfully close to the Kamanga ferry station, meaning they hold an all-round great location.

Contact: +255 716 161 910


Address: Mwanza, Tanzania

#12 Explore Saanane Island National Park

The Saanane island is a good place to go if you’re keen on nature walks, bird watching, cruises and picnics to name but a few of the outdoor activities you can enjoy on the lovely island.

Make your way around Saanane Island National Park and ensure you leave Tanzania, having secured a natural (outdoorsy) high!

Contact: +255 28 254 0713

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Address: Saanane National Park, Mwanza, Tanzania

These are some of the best experiences and activities to enjoy in Mwanza during 2017!

Top 12 Restaurants in Mwanza 2017.

Mwanza is a pretty port city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria. Encircled by green hills and famed for its unique rock formations, this Tanzanian city is filled with colonial buildings, bustling shops and a host of great restaurants too!

#1 DomoDomo, Hotel Tilapia

This terrace restaurant is the main one out of three eateries at Hotel Tilapia. It serves a selection of delicious continental dishes, from Indian, Thai and African cuisines.

Enjoy a meal out on the terrace, overlooking the beautiful Mwanza harbour, or order room service up until 11:00pm.

Contact: (255) 28 2500617


Address: DomoDomo, Hotel Tilapia, Capri Point Road, Mwanza, Tanzania

#2 Ryan’s Bay Hotel Restaurant

Found in the heart of the city, this airy, yet elegant restaurant is a relatively new addition to Mwanza. It offers a spacious eating area, with superb views of the lake.

In particular, hotel guests and visitors can enjoy hearty breakfasts, although the restaurant is happily also open till late so you can enjoy delicious meals any time of day (or night…).

Contact: (255) 28 254 2347


Address: Ryan’s Bay Hotel, Station Road, Mwanza, Tanzania


#3 Kuleana Pizzeria

If you’re looking for a relaxed eatery, with snack-style food and tasty pizzas, then head to Kuleana Pizzeria. It’s a cosy, basically decorated outdoor spot, frequented by locals and tourists, with a good feel of the city.

Contact: (255) 765 002 025

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Address: Kuleana Pizzeria, Post Street, Mwanza, Tanzania

#4 Malaika Beach Resort Restaurant

This hotel restaurant lies on the edge of Lake Victoria. It’s blessed with absolutely stunning views and offers a host of different meal options for guests to choose from, like samosas, chicken and lentil dishes and more.

It’s recommendable for lunch or dinner, for couples, friends or business travellers.

Contact: (255) 28 256 1111


Address: Malaika Beach Resort, Mwanza, Tanzania

#5 The Cask Bar & Grill

This is a good spot for food and fun. The Cask Bar & Grill is quite a new addition to Mwanza’s foodie scene but it’s already a popular local restaurant, with some hailing it as the best place in town for a good time.

Here you can enjoy good food, drinks and music, along with pleasant company and service.

Contact: (255) 719 760 210


Address: Rock City Mall, Mwanza, Tanzania

#6 Yun Long Chinese Restaurant

This oriental restaurant, found on the water’s edge and overlooking Bismarck Rock, is a great place to enjoy a relaxed, yet flavoursome meal.

It can get pretty busy indoors, so opt for an outside table if possible. Especially as it’s a prime location for watching the sun set.

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Address: Yun Long Chinese Restaurant, Nasser Road, Mwanza, Tanzania

#7 Tunza Lodge Restaurant

With a varied menu and well-stocked bar, Tunza Lodge Restaurant is a patch of paradise alongside Lake Victoria. It’s a particularly good place to head for a drink and a meal after a long day.

Contact: (255) 689 305 051


Address: Tunza Lodge Restaurant, Tunza Lodge, Mwanza, Tanzania

#8 Salma Cone

This barbeque restaurant offers a few delights, like ice-cream and juices, but it’s the slow-cooked meals that will have you coming back for more. It’s a value-for-money eatery without any of the fuss.

So while it’s not a fancy restaurant by any means, it offers a cool vibe, incorporating the spirit of Mwanza.

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Address: Salma Cone, Bantu Street, Mwanza, Tanzania

#9 Wag Hill Restaurant & Cafeteria

Found atop a building in the city centre, this restaurant provides guests with cool views, good food and a pleasant dining ambiance too.

Enjoy the likes of fish and chips or chicken biriyani, as you soak up the city views in this peaceful setting.

Contact: (255) 768 110 052

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Address: Wag Hill Restaurant & Cafeteria, Nyanguge Road, Mwanza, Tanzania

#10 New Mwanza Hotel Restaurant

With a 24-hour coffee shop and a multi-cuisine restaurant, New Mwanza Hotel is well-equipped to cater to all your food needs. The restaurant serves everything from continental to Swahili and Indian or Chinese dishes, so you’re not lacking when it comes to options.

The focus is on quality presentation, taste and healthiness and the food is complemented by a well-stocked bar.

Contact: (255) 282 521 070


Address: New Mwanza Hotel, Mwanza, Tanzania

#11 Hooked

This restaurant is the Mwanza Yacht Club’s restaurant. It serves a nice selection of BBQ and seafood cuisine, with sit-down or takeaway options available.

If you’re a non-member, you might need to pay a guest entrance fee but you’re most welcome to use the restaurant area’s facilities once you’ve done so.

Contact: (255) 787 497 109


Address: Mwanza Yacht Club, Mwanza, Tanzania

#12 Hally’s Food

Serving as the first online bakery and restaurant in Tanzania, Hally’s Food is certainly a pioneering restaurant venture. It’s a multi-cuisine restaurant, which sources its goods from local, fresh organic suppliers at the Tanzanian Market.

They also deliver a range of fresh bites, including white and brown bread, buns, cakes and more.

Contact: (255) 785 389 393


Address: Mwanza, Tanzania

These are just some good restaurants you can enjoy in Mwanza during 2017.