SISI KWA SISI TOURISM
to the fascinating Region of Mbeya, where mysterious attractions lie hidden
between high mountains, dense forests and green farms.
youth of Sisi Kwa Sisi Society offer you:
A visit to the magnificent Ngosi Crater Lake, where local people
believe a monster houses under the water surface
A view into the traditional cultures of the people living in Mbeya
Climbs to different mountain peaks in the region, from where you have
excellent views over relief created by the East African Rift Valley.
A relaxing stay at the tropical beach of
Visits to the Mbozi Meteorite Stone and the Natural Bridge at Kiwira
profit will be used to invest in agricultural projects of the Sisi Kwa Sisi
the far south of Tanzania, bordering the countries of Malawi and Zambia, lies
the fascinating Region of Mbeya. The landscape is characterised by the various
relief forms created by the volcanic powers of the African Rift Valley.
Several old volcanoes, some of them once exploded, lie scattered over the
region, and at many places you can discover hot springs. Within a few hours
you can travel from the tropical shores of Lake Malawi to mountain peaks of
almost three thousand meter high.
in the altitude and rainfall have enabled a large variety of vegetation to
grow on the volcanic soils. In the lower areas you can travel through
savannahs and woodlands, while on the mountain slopes you can see dense
natural forests and afro-alpine moor land.
Also the agricultural products change drastically. High on the mountain
are vast tea estates, while near the shores of Lake Malawi farmers grow rice,
sugar cane and mango’s.
have developed various tours that show you the most interesting and
fascinating places in Mbeya Region.
Climb of Mbeya Peak
Mbeya peak (2,826 m) is the most dominant mountain of the Mbeya range and is
seen rising majestically from many places around Mbeya. A strenuous climb of
three hours leads to the steep peak from where you have an excellent view over
the African Rift Valley. On the mountain slopes grow many indigenous flowers,
and you may as well spot colourful butterflies.
Ngosi crater lake
eight kilometres south of Mbeya, in the direction of Tukuyu and Lake Malawi,
lies the Ngosi Crater Lake in a beautiful cone mountain. A narrow footpath
winds uphill through a dense tropical jungle full of bamboo and wild banana
trees. Small mammals and colourful birds hide behind the thick vegetation.
After a strenuous climb of about one hour, you arrive at the crater rima and
your efforts are rewarded with a magnificent view on the crater lake. Strange
colours and water streams in the lake make local people believe that a monster
houses under the water surface. Maybe it is related to the one in Loch Ness.
Kiwira natural bridge
far from Tukuyu lies the natural bridge of Kiwira. The bridge was created by
the powers of a fast flowing river. Local people call this miracle 'Daraja la
Mungu', the Bridge of God. Very nearby, and as well worth a visit, are the
Kijungu water falls, where the water falls several meters deep in an
impressive pot hole.
Rungwe Mountain climb
its 2,960 metres altitude, Rungwe mountain is the highest peak in Southern
Tanzania. This great volcano, active over the past million years, dominates
the whole area around Tukuyu. It is a vast wild area, more than 100 square
kilometres of forest, upland scrub and rock terrain, completely uninhabited
and visited only by an occasional walker. After a long hike to the crater rim,
you can beautifully overlook the south wall of the explosion crater.
130 kilometres drive from Mbeya to Matema beach is among the most scenic in
Tanzania. A winding road passes high mountains and vast tea estates before it
descends to the tropical shores of Lake Malawi. At Matema beach the Lutheran
Church has a conference centre and tourist resort, where you can relax as long
as you want. From Matema you can make canoe trips with fishermen over the lake
to a nearby village where women are specialised in pottery, and to river-mouth
where you can try to see crocodiles and hippos. It is also possible to
organise hikes to the Livingstone Mountains from Matema.
Mbozi meteorite and
Sisi kwa Sisi farm
kilometres south-east of Mbeya, in the direction of Zambia, lies the meteorite
stone of Mbozi. This rare and unusual sight is the eight largest meteorite in
the world, weighing about twelve tonnes and at least a thousand years old.
the meteorite stone, the Sisi kwa Sisi society has a large plot given by the
local government to enable unemployed youth from Mbeya to start profitable
agricultural projects. Tourists who want to experience a true rural African
experience can stay one or more days with the members of Sisi kwa Sisi on the
plot and in a nearby village.
Guides of Sisi kwa
kwa Sisi Society is a grass root organisation in Mbeya, that assist young
people to start income generating activities. Their main activities are in
agriculture, handicrafts, and tour guiding. The guides of Sisi kwa Sisi all
come from Mbeya Region. They are proud of their country and descent, and know
their Region very well. They all speak reasonable English, and are experienced
in organising guided tours for tourists.
from Mbeya peak, the attractions in Mbeya Region are not on a walking distance
town. The guides of Sisi kwa Sisi can assist you to rent a car to visit the
attractions, or can escort you in local busses that bring you close to the
attractions. Sometimes it is also possible to rent a bike to visit an
A Cultural Tourism
Sisi kwa Sisi Society is an affiliated project to the Cultural Tourism Programme
(CTP). CTP is a joint programme of the Tanzania Tourist Board and the
Netherlands Development Organisation SNV, that assists local men and women to
organise tours in the areas where they live. CTP provides the Sisi kwa Sisi
Society with advises on organising tours, and assists them in promoting Mbeya
Region as a tourist destination.
please contact your
hotel in Mbeya town or,
the small information
office of the Sisi Kwa Sisi
Society in the centre
of Mbeya town (nearby
the Rhino Monument
that symbolises the
Japan and Tanzania)