Mwanza Lake Victoria

Our clients will stay Mwanza Hotel Gold Crest for 4days. This package include good and luxury accommodation and boat trip to Ukerewe to see the gigantic granite rocks.

Our will take local Air flight(s) from Zanzibar to Mwanza or Dar es Salaam to Mwanza,.
Tanzania’s second city is nicknamed Rock City in reference to the gigantic granite rocks jutting out of Lake Victoria and dotting the hills surrounding the city.
Its most famous landmark is Bismarck Rock near the Kamanga Ferry Terminal, although another visiting point for the few discerning travellers that visit Mwanza is the burial place of Dr John Hanning Speke – the first European explorer to reach the Mwanza Gulf.
Located on the southern shore of Lake Victoria, Mwanza is the economic heart of the Lake region and is an important crossroads with rail connections to Tanzania’s major cities, easy access to Kenya and Uganda and a busy port serving the lake’s many islands.
Bismarck Rock, Mwanza
Lacking the bustle of Dar es Salaam or the tourist hype of Arusha or Zanzibar, Mwanza has its own share of charms to offer.

Mwanza, Tanzanias Lake Victoria lake side city / source: Exotic Expeditions Tanzania.
Even for East Africans, Mwanza has an exotic ring to its name and more often than not, geography classes at school notwithstanding, some would place Tanzanian’s lake side city somewhere else, on Lake Tanganyika perhaps or not even inside Tanzania. Thankfully, the pilots of the airlines flying there know their bearings and they safely deliver their passengers to the Tanzanian shores of Lake Victoria and to a city which is now a growing springboard for tourists too, intent to explore the lake islands and even the famous Serengeti, only two hours drive away.
But first things first. Mwanza was founded in 1892 and this year celebrates its 120th anniversary, no mean achievement for a city in East Africa, when Nairobi was only founded in 1899, i.e. 7 years later. With a total population, again unbeknown to many, of over 2 million inhabitants, this makes it Tanzanias second city after Dar es Salaam, not the political capital Dodoma, or the East African safari capital Arusha, but Mwanza claiming that honor.

Main economic activities are, no surprise here, the fishing and processing industry Eastern and Central African largest fish market, Kirumba is found in the city and of course the mainstay of it all due to the good soils and favourable climate agriculture, but mining has become an important factor in the wider region around Mwanza, where with the airport a key link to the outside world exists. Mwanza is also a major transport transit point for the railway, connecting the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam via Mwanza by rail ferry to Port Bell outside Kampala, which brings employment and money into the community. And finally tourism, at last, seems to be catching up too after the lake zone complained about not getting a fair share of attention by the countrys tourism marketers, in spite of some world class attractions within hours of landing in Mwanza.
It is the latter we shall focus on, leaving descriptions and explanations of the other economic mainstream activities to the business journals while letting our imagination roam across the lake to the various islands and as far as the Serengeti National Park, less than two hours drive from the city.
A sight closely associated with Mwanza if not a feature of the city, off shore in the lake are found the so called Bismarck Rocks, named after the most famous German Chancellor in the days prior to the World Wars, who served his Kaiser at a time when the notorious Berlin Conference, which divided Africa and Africans into colonial possessions, created boundaries over which modern African countries today still are in dispute. And there goes some pre-independence history.
100 years ago Tanganyika, as the mainland then was called, indeed was colony of Imperial Germany, only ceded to the British after the German navy was decisively engaged and destroyed at both the Rufiji River delta with the Konigsberg and on Lake Tanganyika with the Graf von Goetzen, history lessons sure to re-emerge again in future articles about Tanzania and neighboring Kenya.

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