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About Mbeya

Is a city located in southwest Tanzania, Africa.

Mbeya was created in 1961,it is the first large urban settlement encountered when travelling overland from the neighbouring nation of Zambia. Mbeya is situated at an altitude of 1,700 meters (5,500 ft), and sprawls through a narrow highland valley surrounded by a bowl of high mountains. The main language is Swahili and the English language is taught in schools

The rains normally start in October and end around May, followed by a dry and cold spell between June and September. Mbeya can be reached by bus services along tarmac roads, or via the TAZARA railway line from the capital (approx. 300-miles, two overnight passenger trains per week).

A major airport is under construction at Songwe about 20 km south west of Mbeya but is not yet functioning for commercial flights.

There are game watching safaris, and also trout fishing in the mountains to the south.

Mbeya is the best place in Tanzania for hiking, biking and forest walking which is aided by the cooler climate, friendly villages and pure clear water in the river catchments. Well-defined hiking trails have been established to enable hikers to reach the elevated areas and bio-diverse highlands, although the trails need to be properly mapped. For self-sufficient hikers, some of the best, and least known trekking in Africa is in the Poroto Mountains around the small town of Tukuyu.

Recommended lodgings include: the Karibuni Center in Mbeya, the Mbeya Hotel, the Holiday Lodge, the Moravian Youth Hostel for budget travellers. South of Mbeya, signposted off the main road into Zambia, the Utengule Country Resort is a charming country hotel with excellent food and a vibrant pub.
 
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