Ngozi Crater Lake
Ngozi Crater Lake lies 38 km south of Mbeya, in the direction of
Tukuyu and Lake Malawi. 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 climb of one hour, you arrive at the crater rim for a magnificent
view of the Crater Lake.
Kiwira Natural Bridge and waterfalls
The Kiwira Bridge was created by the powers of
a fast flowing river. Locals call this miracle ‘Daraja la
Mungu’ or Bridge of God’. Worth visiting are the nearby
Rungwe Mountain climb
Rungwe Mountain at 2,960m is the highest peak in southern Tanzania.
This volcano, active over the past million years, dominates the
whole area around Tukuyu. It is a vast wild area, more than 100
sq km of forest, upland scrub and rock terrain, completely uninhabited
and visited only occasionally. Take a long like to the crater rim.
The 130 km drive from Mbeya to Matema beach is among the most scenic
in Tanzania. A winding road passes through high mountains and tea
estates before it descends to the tropical shores of Lake Malawi.
From Materma, you can make canoe trips with fishermen over the lake
to the nearby village where women specialise in pottery and to the
mouth of the river to spot hippos and crocodiles. It is also possible
to organize hikes to Livingstone Mountains. Mbozi meteorite and
Sisi kwa Sisi farm 40 km South-East of Mbeya, lies the meteorite
stone of Mbozi. This is the eight largest meteorites in the world,
weighing about 12 tonnes and dates back to at least a thousand years.
Nearby the stone, the Sisi kwa Sisi society is worth a visit to
experience true African rural life.