Tanzania is filled with tourist attractions, and some are overlooked. The remote location of the town Mtwara is slightly elevated along Makonde Plateau. Located on the south east coast of Tanzania along rugged coastline patch that leads to the Mozambique border.
Mtwara has loads to offer in several areas like history, culture irresistible landscape from beaches lined with palm trees. Anyone who steps into this route will wonder why they never did before
History Of Mtwara
The history of Mtwara goes back to the times of colonialism by the Germans. The old prison built in the 1880s is partly in ruins but was used as a customs office by the British as a police station and a post office.
A site of popular interest is the St Pauls Church, housing some interesting murals depicting biblical scenes
The Majengo area is a worthwhile stop at a popular site of interest, St Paul’s church for remarkable artwork. The walls are covered with biblical scenes rich in colour that was painted in the mid 70’s by a German priest, Polycarp Uehlein. In distinctive style and colour makes these paintings a notable for the portrayal of biblical themes.
A special Mtwara attraction is Msimbati bay. It offers a wide range of activities including driving on the beach. The Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park in Mnazi Bayis based here and is total paradise for watersport enthusiasts. Visitors get to experience isolated coastal dive sites
Originally built by the British for an agriculture scheme focusing on the plantation of groundnuts along the south coast of Tanzania. This scheme came about after the second world war. when British took control of Tanganyika from Germans.
The groundnuts were meant to make up for the consequences of food shortages post war in the Uk and for export to Europe
The plantations failed, but Mtwara the town remains. Mtwara is excellent to stop for supply when journeying on trips to Mnazi Bay and it is good base f when on an exploration of the nearby Mikindani.
Mtwara is a gateway into the Southern Tanzanian scene for business and tourists. There is easy access to Dares Salaam with regular and frequent flights as well as sailing.
The laid-back town of Mtwara is spread over a huge area with good beaches in the north around Shangani. Shangani is where many affluent people reside. The main commercial area is located in the central part of the town with banks, post offices and shops with the market on the southern side
For wildlife enthusiasts game viewing at the Selous game reserve, the biggest trans-boundary game reserve in Africa.
Seventy kilometres from the town of Mtwara is a spring fresh water “lake Kitele” unique as it is not fed by any valley or river.
On a cultural note, Mtwara is spiced with coastline Swahili culture with Makonde carvings named after the Makonde tribe for their unique carvings.
Accommodation for tourists is set to increase as the area opens ups for economic growth.