Mtwara

Mtwara is a city in Pembwe and the Southeast region of Tanzania.

17 things to do

All Places



Hendricks Family

The Hendricks family are the most famous of the makonde carvers still in Mtwara. Their work is available in town, or you can visit their carving workshop in Ziwani village just outside Mtwara. It's easiest to reach by vehicle, head out of Mtwara on the airport road and take the turn off for Mozambique / Mnazi Bay Marine park. It's a couple of miles down that road. They are most famous for their 'cloud' carvings which are carved out of a single piece of wood and make a cage out of lots of interconnected branches.

BUY   —  Map

Msemo (aka Southern Cross)

This is the only real option for western food in town. It's by the sea and is a nice place to while away the afternoon. During the day it's about a 20 minute walk from the center of town, after dark it's probably better to go by taxi / tuktuk (bajaji) / motorbike (pikipiki).

EAT   —  Map


Msemo (aka Southern Cross)

This is the only real option for western food in town. It's by the sea and is a nice place to while away the afternoon. During the day it's about a 20 minute walk from the center of town, after dark it's probably better to go by taxi / tuktuk (bajaji) / motorbike (pikipiki).

DRINK   —  Shangani

Bus stand

It may seem odd to recommend the bus stand as a place to eat, but in the evening the buses are removed and it becomes a popular place for food. Snacks and meals are available from 50/= for a small snack to 3000/= for a meal. Alcoholic drinks are available.

EAT   —  Map


Proactive Min Supermarket

New establishment offering all types of food supplies including Western styled meat products, groceries, snacks, icecream, soft drinks, condiments, fruits, juice, and more. You can also send an order list for delivery.

EAT   —  0787 339 699 —  Bima Tax stand

Market (soko)

The market is the best place to pick up local goods from food and clothes to traditional medicines. Generally bargaining is not expected and the same price is given to locals and tourists alike.

BUY   —  Map


Ray shop

For general supplies there are a bunch of shops at the Bima made out of old shipping containers. They all contain fairly similar things but Ray Shop usually has the best selection.

BUY   —  Map

Korosho Lodge

A place offering the usual variety of Tanzanian - Indian food. Set in a courtyard, the surroundings are uninspiring but peaceful. expect to pay around 7-8000/=.

EAT   —  Map


Makonde Mini Mart

A little more ex-pat orientated than the container shops at the Bima. If you can't find what you're looking for there this is probably the best bet.

BUY   —  Aga Khan street

Dubai Restaurant

A standard Tanzanian place offering all the usual rice and ugali based dished, a cut above most of the others around. Expect to pay 2000-3000/=.

EAT   —  Map

Proactive Min Supermarket

It is a fairly new supermarket that offers all types of food products from high quality meat and western grosseries at a fairly good prices

EAT   —  Bima tax stand

Carving Stand

A small stand selling a range of Makonde carvings. If you're a good negotiator this is the best value place to buy your Makonde carvings.

BUY   —  Map

Msemo (aka Southern Cross)

This is the main (only) tourist place in town, it's right on the sea front and offers wonderful views over Mikindani bay.

SLEEP   —  Shangani

ADEA

An arts and crafts cooperative producing high quality handicrafts, mostly based around tingatinga painting.

BUY   —  Map

Bima

This is an area of town where there are a cluster of bars that gets a bit of an atmosphere in the evening.

DRINK   —  Map

Gift shop

The gift shop attached to the hotel/restaurant has a decent range of local crafts.

BUY   —  Map

Eco2

PADI dive center.



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