Mbeya City
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Southern  Highlands Tanzania

Mbeya is mountainous region with the exceptional of the lowland areas of Usangu Wetlands, Kyela, Chunya, Kamsamba and Msangano divisions in Mbozi, which are within the Rift Valley.  It is located about 860km. south west of Dar-es-Salaam, bordering Malawi and Zambia,  The administrative districts include Mbeya, Chunya, Mbarali, Kyela, Rungwe, Mbozi and Ilene.
Mbeya City is nested along the valleys surrounded by undulating hills and range of mountains, just behind Loleza Mountain. It is the Tanzania's main gateway to the southern countries of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. The general range of temperature is between -6°C on the highlands and 29°C on the lowlands, enjoys abundant and reliable rainfall. It is cool and misty much of the time and sometimes you will need even a sweeter to warm you up
Mbeya region is among the lucky ones in Tanzania, it is well-served with road networks from different part of the country and connected to 2 main highways linking to Malawi, Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana and South Africa, New International Airport is under construction, and Ferry in the Lake Nyasa linking with Mbamba Bay and Liuli in Ruvuma Region. Direct train from Dar es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi.
Coming this far should not be for Game viewing, (though can be done in Ruaha National Park via Madibila Village or Lake Rukwa via Msangano or Chunya); Mbeya is the best place in Tanzania for hiking and forest walking, which encouraged by cool weather; Nature Excursions to the scenic part of the country like Lake Ngozi, Rungwe Mountain, Natural Bridge in Kiwira or flower garden at Kitulo National Park and Songwe Bat Caves, Mbozi Meteorite site and relaxing at Matema Beach in Lake Nyasa Kyela.
Botanically, Mbeya has vegetation that are more closely related to the Fynbos (fine bush) of South Africa’s Western Cape Province.


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