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What to Expect in Mbeya | Mbeya Guide 2021

What to Expect in Mbeya | Mbeya Guide 2021

Arriving in Mbeya

There are several ways used to get in Mbeya region such as through the use of Songwe international airport, TAZARA railway line and Dar es Salaam to Malawi and Zambia Highway. All transport systems may be used on the way from Dar es Salaam. Then travelers shall spend 3hrs from the airport, 1hr from TAZARA Station and 40min from the Bus station to the Destination.

By Air: 

Mbeya Airport (IATA: MBI, ICAO: HTMB), also known as Mbeya Airport, is a small airport in Tanzania with domestic flights only. At present, there are 2 domestic flights from Mbeya.

The longest flight from Mbeya MBI is a 417 mile (671 km) non-stop route to Dar es Salaam DAR. This direct flight takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes and is operated by Precision Air.In total there are 2 airlines flying from and to Mbeya which are Precision Air and Air Tanzania

By Bus:

Arriving in Mbeya, your bus may arrive at the hectic Nane Nane terminal on the edge of town, in which case you’ll need to switch to a dalla-dalla (Tsh400) to get to the centre.

By Train:

Book tickets at least several days in advance (although sometimes cabins are available at the last minute) at Tazara train station. It’s about 4km west of town just off the main highway (Tsh8000 in a taxi)

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Getting to Mbeya from other cities

Things That Go Wrong When Flying to and Within Tanzania:

Luggage Delays: Luggage is frequently delayed, having failed to make the connection between planes as quickly as passengers have themselves transited. We find that these delays afflict around 1 passenger in 7 coming into JNIA. Please bear this in mind when deciding what to put into your hand luggage. Late luggage usually arrives 24 hours later, but can be as late as 3 or 4 days behind in very rare circumstances.

If your luggage doesn’t arrive with you, you’ll need to speak to the Swiss-port desk beside the baggage reclaim area and complete a lost-luggage form. The form will ask for your hotel details as well as a contact name and telephone number. You can either detail your own mobile if it’s working, or else state the contact of your host in Dar Es Salaam!

Top attractions around the City

Airport transfers to Matema Beach resort
Things to do in Mbeya
Mbeya transfers to rungwe climb & Peak

Important Information:

Custom Duty-Free Items:


Personal effects, including binoculars, cameras, and film, may be brought in free of duty. A custom’s bond may be demanded from those bringing in video/ filming equipment, radios, tape recorders and musical instruments to ensure the goods are re-exported. Firearms require a special permit. Duty-free allowances are 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco plus one pint of spirits, provided the traveler is over 16. Visitors buying local handcraft must keep sales receipts for presentation to customs officials on departure.

Electricity and Plug Types:

230 volts AC, 50 Hz; Common Type – Rectangular blade plug; Not very common – Round pin plug w/ ground round plug is except in older houses/buildings


The Tanzanian climate is tropical. The central plateau is dry and arid with hot days and cool nights, while the northwest highlands are cool and temperate. June to September is the cooler season. The “long rains’ are from-March to May and the “short rains” are between October and December. The hottest months are between October and February. On the coast, it rains in November and December and from March to May. Coastal areas are hot and humid although sea breezes cool the area pleasantly between June and September.

Security Matters:

Tanzania is one of the most peaceful countries in the world characterized by a Stable political system. However, visitors and tourists should be very careful with things in cities and where thuggery incidences occur they should report them to the nearest Police Station.

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Ngurdoto Crater in Arusha National Park

Currency and Cash Related Issues:

The unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), which is divided in into 100 cents. Visitors can take in any amount of foreign currency, no currency declaration is required, but import and export of Tanzanian currency is illegal. Visitors are advised to bring a sensible mix of hard currency traveler’s cheques and cash. These are easily changed into local currency in Bureaux de Change or Banks. US Dollars are recommended for the best rates of exchange.

Most major currencies particularly US dollars – and travelers’ cheques are accepted and convertible at banks and bureaux de change in the main towns and tourist areas. Credit cards are not widely accepted and carry poor exchange rates. Visitors will probably be expected to pay park entrance fees in foreign currency.

You can use credit cards only at larger establishments (not widely accepted)- Visa, MasterCard, and JCB are the most widely accepted, but American Express and Diners Club cards can also come in handy. There are currently ATM’s (cash machines) by Barclays Bank and Standard Chartered in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Moshi, and Mwanza.

Top activities in Mbeya

Airport transfers to Matema Beach resort
Mbeya transfers to Mbozi Crater Lake
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Karibu center mbeya

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Planning your trip? Whether you’re looking for things to do in Mbeya such as events and attractions, key traveller information to make your Mbeya visit run smoothly or are planning where to stay in Mwanza, you’ll find everything you need for your Mbeya holiday on Our Website. Mbeya City Travel guide has the information about latest events not to miss while you visit Mbeya – there’s always something going on, so don’t miss out on the latest exhibitions, shows and more on your trip to Mbeya.

Discover the best day trips from Mbeya or try one of the best tours in Mbeya and nearby regions. If you’re here as a family, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Mbeya with kids and find suitable accommodation such as Mbeya holiday apartments. Whether you’re looking for the best weekend breaks in Mwanza or planning a longer holiday in Tanzania, you can be sure you’ll find all the information you need. Talk to us for all your Kilimanjaro and Meru Climb, Safari and Beach time in Zanzibar! 

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