It is the second largest city in Tanzania, after Dar es Salaam.
Mwanza is the main Tanzanian port on the Lake Victoria and an important center of economic activities in the region. Export and trade are the basis of its economy, in fact the industrial port of the city and the busy roads make of it a prosperous place.
Mwanza is also the center of the Sukuma tribe, the largest tribe
in Tanzania, which has lived and cultivated the region for
Nowadays agriculture is still important for the local economy, in fact around the city there are many farms that cultivate: tea, cotton and coffee.
Another important activity for Mwanza is fishing, in fact in the region there are five fish processing plants.
One of the most fished and exported fish is the Nile perch.
The city is a good base if you want to explore various National
Parks, such as the nearby Rubondo
Island National Park, the Saanane
Island National Park and the Serengeti.
The proximity of Mwanza to the western Serengeti makes of the city a stop for visitors who want to live a safari in a less traveled part of the Park, enjoying the view and the magic of the expanses of the Serengeti without being in front of vehicles and seasonal crowds.
What to Do
You can visit the Rock City Mall, this mall is the first of its size in Mwanza and one of the largest shopping centers in the country.
Sukuma Museum, designed in 1968, is dedicated to the preservation and exhibits of artifacts related to the Sukuma culture, also it is possible to visit their villages and farms, with the help of local cultural centers.
It is located on the southern shores of Lake Victoria, in the northwest of Tanzania.
You can arrive at the Mwanza airport from: Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Kigoma, Selous, Serengeti, Manyara, Tarangire, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro.
It can be reached by train and by bus or car from Dar es Salaam.
Where to Stay
There are many hotels to stay.