How do you live in Mbeya as an Expat


How do you live in Mbeya as an Expat

We stayed in Mbeya only for one year but it will remain in our hearts forever. The shades of the red earth, the jacaranda trees laden with violet flowers that fall like confetti, the abundant fruits in the markets and the kindness of a strong and warm people.

Of course there are the problems of a large city such as badly managed traffic, a dusty and crowded city centre and opportunistic crime. These challenges are easily overcome thanks to the good nature of the people.

Mbeya is a city in southwest Tanzania. It sits at the base of soaring Loleza Peak, between the Mbeya and Poroto mountain ranges. On the town’s outskirts is Lake Ngozi, a huge crater lake surrounded by dense forest rich in birdlife. Kitulo Plateau National Park, southeast of the city, is known for its colorful wild flowers. Farther south is Matema Beach, a resort town on the shores of the vast, fish-filled Lake Nyasa.

For families with children international schools abound, and they are excellent, with English, French and German spoken. There are many schools for dance, music and gymnastics as well as cultural and recreational centres.

Weekend walks are available in the beautiful Ngozi Crater lake and safaris in the Kitulo; “Kitulo National Park is a protected area of montane grassland and montane forest on the Kitulo Plateau in the southern highlands of Tanzania National Park”, the only park in the world in the heart of a city, inhabited by animals of the savannah.

An unforgettable experience is the visit to the Mbeya Peaks, Well worth hiking Mbeya Peak while you are in the area. Depending on where you start, it is between 5 and 6 hours total for the average hiker. Relatively easy and pleasant, done with one or two local teenagers happy to show you the way for a few thousands TSH, arranged at the “starting” point.

The Matema Beach is real beautiful, if you need to Relax by the Beach and rest after a lot of works during the weekends!

Mbeya has a very active social life.   It is impossible to resist African music and there are countess local concerts at any time of the year. There are many restaurants with African and multi-ethnic cuisine and most have excellent service and quality.

In addition to the local population, Mbeya welcomes a large Indian community. You can visit interesting temples or be tempted by one of the many delicious Indian restaurants or stock up on spices and saris in the Parkland neighbourhood.

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