Taste of Mwanza
Why a taste you ask? Well despite spending two weeks in Mwanza, I didn’t get to explore the city much as I hoped to and also because all I did was eat ha! There is always a next time, right?
I travelled by bus, Modern Coast, from Nairobi which is about 12 hours on the road and it cost me about shs 4,000 (round trip) but there are flights to Mwanza from Nairobi and all over.
Some roadside views:
Some things about Mwanza:
- Mwanza is not called Rock City for nothing. The city has a whole lot of rocks which really do change the scenery. The most notable being Bismarck rock, the city’s symbol.
2. Mwanza is on the shores of Lake Victoria.
People depend on the lake for their livelihood, food, epic views, fresh air and beaches!
Major staple foods are Ugali, Msusa (pumpkin leaves), Fish and Beans. Local cuisine is delicious and a must try. Fruits and vegetables are affordable and very easy to source. I love that you can get amazing street food here that is filling, yummy and on the cheaper side. My favourite has to be zege also known as chips mayai. This is not only available in Mwanza but all over Tanzania.
4. Cheap transport
There’s dala dalas (matatus), boda bodas (motor bikes) and tuk tuks (rickshaws) all over so it entirely depends on you. Taxis are also in large numbers.
5. Friendly people
I never take kindness for granted especially in a new place because chances are you might need to ask for help at some point. People were so friendly, strangers would randomly just say Habari (How are you) or Mambo (Hi) and go about their business. It’ s such little things that make amazing experiences.
There’ s a little bit for everyone. You can travel to Mwanza on any budget, accomodation, eating out and activities so you’ re good to go with whatever tickles your fancy.
Of course there’ s much more to see, do and eat in this lake side city. You can visit Ukerewe island, Saa Nane island (which also has a zoo), cultural centres, gold mines etc.
Mwanza is beautiful, I don’ t think I can emphasize that enough. It is definitely worth visiting!
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Stay winning guys!