Fly To Mwanza, Tanzania
Mwanza is a port city on the southern shore of Lake Victoria. After Dar es Salaam, it is Tanzania’s second largest city and the economic heart of the lake region. Agriculture and fishing are the main industries, but there is also a vibrant retail sector, and in recent years there has been substantial growth in the financial and industrial sectors. Tourists visit the area during the dry season to embark on trips to the western part of the Serengeti National Park.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- Citizens of South Africa do require a Visa for Tanzania. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Tanzania is in Dar es Salaam. Plot 1338 Mwaya Road, Masaki, Dar es Salaam. Phone: + 255 22 260 1800.
See and do
Owing to the many mosques and Hindu temples, central Mwanza has a distinct Asian feel to it. In the area between Temple Street and Post Street, you will also find many Indian shops, and to the southeast is the bustling Central Market, where you can buy almost anything you desire. It is expected that you will bargain with merchants. The Rafiki Women’s Centre sells a small but good variety of crafts from Tanzania and Kenya.
From Mwanza you can take day trips to the various islands in the lake, such as Ukerewe, Ukara and Rubondo, which is also a national park, with plenty of birds and bushbuck. There are also flocks of African grey parrots on the islands, which were released here after they were confiscated from illegal exporters.
From Mwanza it is only two and a half hours’ drive to the western entrance of the Serengeti National Park, Ndabaka Gate, and it is definitely worthwhile to organize a safari excursion.
There are a number of great places to eat in Mwanza, such as the New Mwanza Institute, a popular outdoor restaurant which offers local dishes, Yun Long Chinese Restaurant next to Lake Victoria, which offers excellent Chinese cuisine, Harish Pan House, which offers Indian food with a Zanzibar flavour, and Sizzler, which has local, Indian and Chinese dishes. Tunza Lodge on the shores of the lake has a restaurant and bar, and on weekends features volleyball games on the sandy beach.
Mwanza Airport – MWZ
Mwanza Airport, situated about 10km from the city centre, is a major regional airport in northern Tanzania. The airport is currently being expanded; improvements include a new passenger lounge, envisaged to be operational by September 2014. The new airport will be able to handle 1 million passengers annually.
Airport Hub: Mwanza Airport (code MWZ) is a hub for Auric Air and a focus city for Precision Air.