The former gold mining town of Mbeya is located at an altitude of 1700m and is surrounded by high mountains. Because of its location on a highland valley, Mbeya is also called the Scotland of Africa.
The Mbeya region has many interesting tourist attractions; high mountain peaks, exciting waterfalls, green lakes, a meteorite and the garden of God.
- Altitude 1.700 meter
- Residents 400.000
- small rains May and October
- rainy season Dec to April
About Mbeya City
The thriving city of Mbeya sprawls in the shadow of Loleza Peak (2,656m).
Tea, coffee, cocoa and bananas are grown in this scenic, lush and mountainous area.
The cool climate is perfect for walks, botanical excursions and fantastic views over the hills.
Culture and products in Mbeya City
Mbeya is located at an altitude of 1700 meters and extends through a narrow highland valley surrounded by a bowl of high mountains. The hills are covered with heather and ferns, which are botanically closely related to the fynbos (fine shrub) of the Western Cape Province in South Africa.
Mbeya has a climate with sufficient rainfall and fertile soil that makes it the largest producer of maize, rice, bananas, beans, potatoes, soy nuts and wheat in the entire country.
There is also extensive livestock farming, mainly dairy cattle.
Export products from Mbeya are coffee (arabica), tea, cocoa, pyrethirum and spices.
Mbeya City has good transport links and is a growing metropolis and business center for the southern regions and neighboring countries Malawi, Zambia and Congo.
The city has several tribes including the Safwa, Nyakyusa, Nyiha, and Ndali who are all agricultural peoples. The language of instruction is informal Swahili and the English language is extensively taught in schools. In addition to a growing number of secondary schools, Mbeya has a number of higher and scientific education institutions.
Climate and Seasons in Mbeya City
Mbeya has a subtropical highland climate with humid summers and dry winters.
The general temperature range is between minus 6 degrees in the mornings in the highlands and plus 29 degrees during the afternoons in the lowlands.
June to October
The weather from June to October is dry and cold, averaging 9 degrees at night and 21/25 degrees during the day.
October and November
These are the warmest months, with temperatures of around 27 degrees in the afternoon and a minimum of 13 degrees in the early morning. The rain showers are increasing.
December to April
The heaviest rainfall occurs during this period. Temperatures are between 23 and 14 degrees on average.
It no longer rains every day and shorter and shorter. Temperatures are around 22 degrees during the day and 12 degrees at night.
1. After the gold rush of 1906, Mbeya was founded in the 1920s as a gold mining town. Some gold is still mined in the rural Chunya district, by artisanal miners.
2. The TAZARA railway later attracted agricultural migrants and small business owners to the area. Mbeya is now also well served by an all-weather road that forms part of the “Great North Road” running from Cape Town to Alexandria.
3. Mbeya and its district were governed by the British until 1961.
4. Mbeya is also one of the regions that make up Tanzania’s breadbasket.
5. Mbeya region has several rock and cave paintings.
6. In the forests near Mbeya, bamboo is abundant. There are plans to educate the locals about this versatile plant and its many uses.
Mbeya offers a range of activities from safaris, hill walking, horse riding, bird watching to fishing.
Due to the beautiful surroundings of Mbeya City and the many (still underused) sights, the Mbeya region is a tourist jewel in development.
Animals in the environment
In the town of Mbeya itself there are no wild animals, just the usual pets and birds.
In the area you will find Rungwe forest vipers, Colobus monkeys and a variety of antelopes, birds and butterflies.
Accommodations in Mbeya City
The properties in Mbeya City have been selected with care and attention.
Small scale, hospitality and quality are paramount.