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Matema Beach | Lake Nyasa Shore

Matema beach is a brown sanded lake side shore that is located on the northern tip Of Lake Nyasa, in a town (also district) called Kyela in Tanzania. ‘Brown sanded’ because, unlike most sandy beaches in the country which are white in colour, the sand at Matema beach is brown and notably heavier in weight. It is also one of the cleanest and tranquil beaches in the country, particularly because of is remote location.

Matema beach is bordered on the south-western side (right side when facing the lake) by several creeks, where some of the rivers in the region meet the lake, however, the beach goes on for as long as you can cross the first few creeks. On the north eastern side (left side when facing the lake) is a mountain range where some go hiking in. However, this is not actually a mountain but rather the walls of the rift valley of which the lake itself is situated in.

The lake Nyasa, kyela and Matema beach are all situated inside the rift valley, another beautiful feature of the place. If you are keen enough on your journey into the Kyela area, you would notice at some point there is a constant though not too steep descent where you may even be able to catch a glimpse of the lake. In fact Kyela (the town) lies less than 500m above sea level, very low if you consider altitudes of the surrounding areas. Because of this, Matema and Kyela in general have slightly elevated temperatures when compared to other nearby towns.

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How to get to Matema Beach

it is a 130-kilometer drive from Mbeya City, passing through the tarmac road to the Malawian border.  The drive is exciting as the car roll through green scenery, made up of tea, and bananas.

A tour of rice and cocoa farms in Kyela, a waterfall on Mount Livingstone, and special cultural performances add more tourist attractiveness to the area. Kyla is a small African and agrarian township where agricultural products are sold and transported.

There are several guest houses, lodges, and hotels in Kyela, ideal for local and foreign tourists. From Kyela and Matema, a visitor can cross the Tanzanian border to Malawi through the Kasumulu border post or take a boat at Itungi port to another side of Lake Nyasa in Malawi.

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Top Rated Hotels in Matema Beach

Matema Beach Lake Shore resort
Matema Lake Shore Resort

Facing the beachfront in Matema Beach, Matema Lake Shore Resort has a bar and a garden. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi.

Blue Canoe Safari Camp

In the far southwest of Tanzania impressive mountain ranges surround the 3rd largest lake in Africa. The shores of Lake Nyasa (also called Lake Malawi) are one of the most stunning sceneries Tanzania has to offer.

LandMark Hotel Matema

Boasting a garden, a bar as well as a restaurant, Landmark Hotel Matema Beach is situated in Matema Beach, 1.6 km from Matema Hospital. The property is set 3.3 km from Waterfall Hiking Trail and 4.2 km from Waterfall.

Activities in Matema Beach

#1. Hiking to the nearby waterfalls
#2. Snorkeling to view the colored fish (Cichlids)
#3. Visiting Ikombe to see the potters making locally re-known Kisi pottery
#4. Walking along the beach to see the hand carved fishing boats & drying fish
#5. Visiting a bat cave
#6. The cheapest place in the world to get your open water diving certification (enjoy more than 500 species of fish while learning)
#7. Enjoy a very rich agriculture zone which includes bananas, tea and cocoa. 

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