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 Activities in Dar es Salaam 2017.

Found along Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline, this former fishing town-turned-major port city is a thriving East African city with plenty of fun, adventure and places of interest to discover.

Here are some of the top activities to try in Dar es Salaam during 2017:

#1 Head to Kariakoo Market

This bustling market is one of the most popular in Dar es Salaam. It’s a great place for chasing down bargains and soaking up a wonderful market atmosphere.

Note: just keep an eye on your possessions and don’t carry unnecessary valuables on your person in Kariakoo.

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Address: Kariakoo Market, Swahili Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#2 Pay a visit to St Joseph’s Cathedral

With the Dar es Salaam archbishop serving from within, this gothic-style Roman Catholic church is famed for its beautiful architecture and singing.

Head to church on a Sunday morning to experience the choir and to take in the exquisite sights within – and without – at this church.

Contact: +255 717 059 911

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Address: St Joseph’s Cathedral, Sokoin Drive, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#3 Get hooked by Kivukoni Fish Market

If you’re craving a true Dar es Salaam experience, then this popular fish market is where you’ll find it. Not only does it provide visitors with a healthy dose of city life, but it also brings together a mix of cultures, businesses and of course, great, fresh fish.

And although the market has a fishy smell (naturally), it’s one worth visiting for photo opportunities and a good shop for supper.

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Address: Kivukoni Fish Market, Ocean Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#4 Visit Askari Monument

Unveiled in 1927, this cast-bronze monument is meant to be located in the precise centre of Dar. It shows a soldier, with his bayonet pointed towards the harbour and serves a memory of the British Carrier Corps soldiers, who fought in WWI.

It’s a sobering reminder of the Great War and it’s a war memorial worth seeing, not only for its geographical location – but also because, on its side, it touchingly bears poet Rudyard Kipling’s dedication – written in both English and Swahili.

Contact: +255 765 793 755


Address: Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#5 Explore Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Market

This is the place to come for Tanzanian souvenirs, wood carvings and sculptures, with quality and unique craftsmanship aplenty.

Explore the open-air stalls well before you settle on your purchase – and do try your hand at haggling.

Contact: +255 22 212 6826


Address: Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Market, Mwenge, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#6 Soak up the fun at Coco Beach

This beach – otherwise known as Oyster Beach – lies on the Msasani Peninsula and usually overflows with both tourists and locals.

Not only can you enjoy a great beach vibe (with beautiful scenery) and street food, but there are sometimes music concerts and beach parties held here too.

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Address: Coco Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#7 Unlock history at the National Museum of Tanzania

The National Museum provides good insight into the history and culture of Tanzania. You can also see some interesting fossils discovered in the country, as well as cool car exhibits.

It’s a good place to explore to discover some rich history, especially if you have time to spare.

Contact: +255 22 212 2030


Address: National Museum, Kivukoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#8 Visit Village Museum

This interactive museum – established in 1996 – offers more than a dozen different types of traditional Tanzanian huts. What makes it really fun is that you are allowed to not only enter, but also to actively explore the huts inside.

For an extra price, visitors can enjoy dance and music performances on show. It’s also a great place to learn more about rural Tanzania’s traditions and customs, ensuring history buffs and culture vultures will be well-satisfied.

Contact: +255 22 270 0437


Address: Village Museum, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#9 Get active in Udzungwa Mountains National Park

If you’re willing to travel a bit, you can explore the wondrous depths of Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It offers friendly guides, beautiful hikes and some pretty outstanding views too!

So plan a day to immerse yourself in its beauty.

Contact: +255 757 374 716


Address: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#10 Experience Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society

It might not look like much from the road, but enter and you’ll discover a whole host of local artisans offering artworks, all of which work around the popular TingaTinga art movement.

It’s quite affordable, so, before you have to head home, you might be able to pick up a unique piece or two…

Contact: +225 654 57 48 08


Address: Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society, Morogoro Stores, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#11 Head to Bongoyo Island

For those craving a dip in the warmer Indian Ocean waters, this beautiful little island off the coast of Dar is the balmy answer.

It offers lazy beach days, fun activities like snorkelling and swimming, and the chance to dine on delicious, fresh fish and chips at leisure.

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Address: Bongoyo Island, Tanzania

#12 Travel to Bagamoyo town

Found north of Dar es Salaam, this town is an ancient East African trading port. Here, you can visit old churches, mosques and ruins, and even tour one of Tanzania’s only college of arts, called Chuo Cha Sanaa.

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Address: Bagamoyo, Tanzania

These are some of the best activities to enjoy in Dar es Salaam 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.

Top 12 Restaurants in Dar es Salaam 2017.

Formerly a small Zaramo fishing village, found along Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline, Dar es Salaam has grown into a major port city – and today, this thriving East African city is home to some great restaurants.

Here are some of the top restaurants to try in Dar es Salaam during 2017:

#1 Addis in Dar

As Tanzania’s longest-standing and most famed Ethiopian restaurant, Addis in Dar needs little introduction. With a traditional, soothing restaurant atmosphere, it provides guests with an exotic array of top culinary treasures.

Tuck into authentic cuisine (including vegetarian and vegan options), as you dine beneath the stars, sharing plates with loved ones at your traditional, woven Mesob table.

Contact: +255 (0713) 266 299


Address: Addis in Dar, 35 Ursino Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#2 Mamboz Corner BBQ

Serving a variety of mouth-watering dishes – like Khalifa Chicken Rottiserie or Zanzibari pizza – this restaurant is big on all things barbeque. Here, guests can enjoy delicious fare and street food-style delicacies cooked to (slow) perfection.

Meals get cooked out in on the street, where you can sit on simple plastic tables and chairs, enjoying a front-row view of the lively street corner, as you watch your food cooking… It provides an all-round great food experience!

Contact: +255 (0784) 243 735


Address: Mamboz Corner BBQ, Corner of Morogoro Road and Libya Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#3 305 Karafuu

Tucked away in the Swahili suburb of Kinodoni, this cozy, rustic bistro-style restaurant offers a mix of culinary dishes to satisfy every palate – with everything from grilled tuna, salad nicoise and lobster thermidor being served here.

There’s also great music on offer, with everything from jazz and classics getting played. This creates a unique dining atmosphere. Space is limited and it’s highly rated, so please call ahead to book.

Contact: +255 (0754) 277 188


Address: Plot 305, Karafuu Street, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#4 Chef’s Pride

With a long history, this popular breakfast-and-brunch restaurant offers some of the best food you’ll find in Dar es Salaam.

It provides affordable options, giving you a true taste of Tanzania. Enjoy delicacies like chicken breyani or coconut-crusted fish, as you eat in a simple but good space.

Contact: +255 (0754) 657 364

Website: none

Address: Chef’s Pride, Chagga Street, Mchafukoge, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#5 Épi d’Or Cake Bakery and Restaurant

This long-standing, colourful café bakery and restaurant offers great service in conjunction with magical-looking sweet treats, fresh food (including Lebanese and continental) and a peaceful atmosphere. The focus here is on high quality goods and delicious meals – and it shows!

With both indoor and outdoor seating, Épi d’ Or provides diners with lovely seating options too. Bring the family along to this child-friendly restaurant, which has a beautiful garden space and wonderful outdoor jungle gym for kids to enjoy.

Contact: +255 (0786) 669 889


Address: Epi d’ Or, 520 Haile Selasie Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#6 The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar

Offering a beautiful beachside location, The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar is stunning in a rustic kind of way. The seafood and fish-orientated food is excellent and so are the views.

Enjoy a gorgeous sunset, as you sip a cold drink, at this family-friendly eatery.

Contact: +255 (0762) 883 321


Address: The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant, Slipway Road, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#7 Chapan Bhog

If you’re looking for tasty Indian-style food and crunchy snacks, Chapan Bhog will become your go-to spot in Dar es Salaam. They serve full Desi food (and takeaway snacks) in a cheerful and bright space, which looks beautiful at night, lit up with fairy lights.

Using the freshest and best ingredients – sourced all the way from India – Chapan Bhog provides visitors with a great choice of food. Enjoy a mix of traditional and new-age Desi food as you savour the taste of India in Tanzania!

Contact: +255 (0685) 401 417


Address: Chapan Bhog, Kisutu Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#8 Ristorante Bella Napoli

Self-proclaimed as the best Italian restaurant in Dar es Salaam, Ristorante Bella Napoli offers oh-so-good Italian cuisine and marvellous pastries and cakes in a tranquil setting. They are also wonderfully child-friendly, with play areas, a gorgeous garden and facilities for hosting children’s parties too.

When the hunger pangs strike, head to this delightful Dar es Salaam restaurant for authentic Italian fare.

Contact: +255 (0222) 600 326


Address: Ristorante Bella Napoli, 530 Haile Selassie Road, Masaki, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#9 Terrace Restaurant

This ultra-chic restaurant and bar has established itself as a food force to be reckoned with – in a very short stretch of time, too! It ensures fine dining perfection and outstanding views. Here, visitors can enjoy creative contemporary cuisine, including delicious seafood.

And if you’ve a special occasion to celebrate, The Terrace at Slipway is available for private function hire.

Contact: +255 (0755) 706 838


Address: Terrace Restaurant, Slipway, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#10 Akemi

As Tanzania’s only revolving restaurant, Akemi offers a truly unique experience in plush, modern surroundings. With breath-taking views out across the city, it provides guests with all they could want – especially since the menu offers a variety of dishes.

On Sundays, you can enjoy the popular brunch with friends and family. Tuck into great food from the grand buffet, with vibey live music as your backdrop. There’s also unlimited sparkling wine, bloody marys and mimosas available from the bar.

Contact: +255 (0687) 360 360


Address: Akemi, 21st Floor, Golden Jubilee Towers, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Akemi) (Akemi)

#11 Zuane Restaurant

This awesome trattoria and pizzeria is an authentic Italian restaurant, found in the Dar es Salaam peninsula. Set in a beautiful villa (with a balcony) and surrounded by beautiful gardens (equipped with a playground), this restaurant offers a great family option.

The menu supplies home-style, genuine food, pizza and even a selection of Italian wines and drinks too. At this trendy spot, service is good and the atmosphere is a warm one.

Contact: +255 (0766) 679 600


Address: Zuane Restaurant, Mzingaway Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#12 Patel Brotherhood

Also known as Patel Samaj, this evening food spot is especially popular among Indian families. It offers excellent, value-for-money Indian cuisine. There is both veg- and non-vegetarian available, meaning everyone’s catered for.

Service can take longer during the peak time, but it’s a great way to soak up the relaxed, buzzing atmosphere of this open-air restaurant.  It’s the perfect place for a catch-up with friends and family.

Contact: +255 (0222) 212 7440

Website: none

Address: Patel Brotherhood, opposite Holiday Inn, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

These are just some of the most popular eateries you can enjoy in Dar es Salaam in 2017!