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
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
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.