The Southern highlands Panorama

Near the Zambian border deep in the southern highlands, the city of Mbeya is the major agricultural capital in the country's south-west region. The Mbeya mountain range lies to the north, and the Poroto mountain range lies to the south-east. Large coffee and tea plantations, banana farms, and fields of cocoa are all grown around the region and come to Mbeya for packaging and transport. Mbeya's location also makes it an idea transit point for good travelling by road and rail between Tanzania and neighboring Zambia and Malawi.

The town was originally founded in the 1930's, when gold was discovered and a 'gold rush' ensued. But instead of running out and becoming a ghost town, Mbeya has continued to supply the country with a regular amount of gold. Its mountain views and pleasant weather make it a good stopover point for over land travelers heading south.

Yet even in 1956 the last field great north road connecting Zambia with Tanzania and Malawi, saved Mbeya from becoming just another gold rush town, it gave Mbeya a new life as of transport, Communications and tourism.

Endowed with various Tourist Attractions from Traditional Clothing and Dances to National Parks richness in Wild Animals and Biodiversity, Mountains, Lake and Water Fall, Its Everywhere you pass in the country, you will have something to wonder about.

The Nearest Tourist attractions to Mbeya are:

•  Lake Ngozi Crater
•  Bridge of God-kiwira
•  Kaporogwe Water Falls
•  Songwe mines & bat caves
•  Kimondo Meteorites Site
•  Matema Beach (Lake Nyasa)
•  Kitulo National Park (Flowers National Park)
•  Isimila and Chief Mkwawa's historical sites

Mount Rungwe

Mt. Rungwe is a potentially active volcano in the Mbeya region of the southern highlands of Tanzania. At an altitude of 2,960 meters (9,710 ft), it is southern Tanzania's second highest peak. Rungwe stands at the junction of the eastern and western arms of the Great Rift Valley of Africa. It dominates the mountainous country at the north-west end of the trough that contains Lake Nyasa. The southeastern slopes of these mountains receive up to 3 meters (9.8 ft) of rainfall a year, the highest rainfall in Tanzania. The slopes are covered with a belt of tropical montane forest. Above the treeline, at about 2,600 metres (8,500 ft), there is a belt of heathland. Much of the mountain was listed as a Forest Reserve as early as 1949. The last volcanic eruption probably happened a few hundred years ago.

The genus of monkey, Rungwecebus that was named for the mountain in 2005 was initially thought to be a type of mangabey from the genus Lophocebus, until more detailed genetic analysis showed its closer connection to baboons.

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Day 1
Upon arrival in Dar es Salaam Meet & Greet and transfer to Dar es Salaam City hotel for overnight on Bed and Breakfast.

Day 2
Depart Dar with safari Vehicle to Mbeya - its abit long drive with different stop over for you to straight legs pass by Iringa town as you ahead to Mbeya, dinner and overnight at Utengule Country Hotel or alternative.

Day 3
After Breakfast excursions in the Mbeya area including guided walk to Mbeya Peak with LG or could visit Kitulo N.P. (Although only for serious botanists!) Dinner and overnight in Utengele Country Hotel Mbeya.

Day 4
Drive via Tukuyu and the ngosi Crater Lake to Matema beach on Lake Nyasa-Malawi. Relax on Matema beach, explore the surrounding or hire dugout canoes on Lake Malawi. Dinner and overnight Matema Beach.

Day 5
Drive up Southern Highland via tarmac road to Mbeya and onto Zambian border town of Tuduma to Sumbawanga. Visit Mbozi meteorite en route. Dinner and overnight Mbizi Forest resort.

Day 6
Drive via town market to the Kalambo falls (the second highest in Africa, double the height of the Victoria Falls, and the twelfth highest in the world) via Isopa. It is also one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa. Return to Sumbawanga- Mbizi forest resort

Note:

Will need to pick up a Local Guide at one of the nearby villages. Will also need to hire a local to look after the vehicles while group are at the falls.

Day 7+8
Katavi tented camps. Drive to Katavi National Park.

Note:

There is no border / fence to indicate that you have entered NP. Hotel is Hippo Garden Lodge is located near Park HQ. Full day game drive in Katavi National park.

Note:

Need to have armed rangers with group in vehicles as they know the area very well. Full day game drive in Katavi National Park.
Can do walking safari in the morning. $10 pp and $15 p armed ranger. You will need two rangers if group is 10. PM Game drive.

Day 9
After breakfast drive via Mpanda to Karema / Lugosa. 8hr charter boat ride from Karema through to Mahale Lodge.

Day 10
After Breakfast spend day relaxing and in search of famous chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National park.

Day 11
After spend the day relaxing and in search of the famous chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National park.

Day 12
10hr Charter boat transfer to Kigoma, various stops along the way. Transfer to Kigoma Hill Top Hotel or Lake Tanganyika Hotel.

Day 13
AM free for optional visit to Ujiji. PM transfer to Kigoma airport for PW flight to Dar es Salaam.

Day 14
After breakfast; AM free for personal exploration. PM transfer to airport for your flight on the way back home.



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