Mwanza known as the rock city found on the shores of Lake Victoria in Northern Tanzania. Mwanza is `covered with green hills famous for unusual rock formations like Bismarck Rock near the Kamanga ferry Terminal. With a population of about 2.775 million and the prominent tribe of Sukuma People.
Mwanza city is an excellent base to start a safari. At the heart of the town is Dr. Robert Koch’s House, a Nobel peace prize winner. The 1935 Indian Public library, mosques, and it Hindu temples reflect Indian influence. The Makoroboi area is fall of shops.
It is just two hours’ drive to Serengeti National Park through the Ndabaka gate in western Corridor of the Serengeti where you can make a day trip safari then back to Mwanza in the evening.
Other National parks like Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria and Saanane Island National Park near Mwanza town and the best site for the view of Mwanza city.
Mwanza strikes a balance giving a unique experience that satisfies the traditional safari of looking at the animals but and also gives you a chance to experience the people learn about the culture, and the history of the people of Tanzania in the same location.
Serengeti national park
The Serengeti is 14,763 square kilometers one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The magnificent collection of favorite animals found nowhere in the world and the annual wildebeest migration. Apart from the wildebeests and zebras, you can expect to see a large variety of animals, Gazelles, and Hippos will be found there at any time of the year. Elephants will frequently be spotted, but the population is migratory.
The Serengeti predators made famous by many films and documentaries include lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena.
The birds of the Serengeti are just as spectacular and varied as the animals; there are several types of Eagles and vultures, Ostrich, Secretary birds, Kori Bustards, Hornbills as well as a host of small birds. There are almost 500 species of birds recorded in the parks.
The Bismarck rock is a precariously balanced rock located in Lake Victoria rises above10 meters above the lake’s surface and the city of Mwanza. It is also a point where a statue of the late German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck was said to be erected, hence taking his name. The figure was later on pulled down into the water when the British took over from the Germans after world war one – but the name stuck. Since then, the rock has become a cornerstone icon of the city, featuring in many photos for both locals and tourists.
The surrounding areas are so beautiful, with restaurants nearby, a well maintained small public park with green lawn giving a panoramic view of a ferry harbor to the other side of Mwanza Gulf is a sight that takes your breath away.
The Indian public library was founded in 1935 by an uneducated visionary who donated 3,500 Tanzanian shilling, and other 79 volunteers that gave 51.25 Tanzanian shillings and the Indian library was established. The library is still operating with over 11,000 books in various languages. The library also has yoga classes.
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By Baraka Kalumba