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Hotel Desderia
Kaunda Avenue, Mbeya, Tanzania
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1.1 mi from city centre, Mbeya, Tanzania 

This comfortable hotel in Mbeya offers complimentary wireless internet, as well as meeting rooms and a playground. It also features room service, a tour desk and a 24-hour reception.

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About Mbeya

Nestled at the base of Loleza Peak, Mbeya is a lively urban hub in south-west Tanzania near the borders with Malawi and Zambia. It’s a great base for visiting majestic Lake Ngozi and Kitulo Plateau National Park, a protected area that’s renowned for both its flora and fauna.

Things to do in Mbeya

For sweeping views across Mbeya, join a half-day guided hike to the 2,656-metre-high Loleza Peak, which rises to the north of the city. On return to the centre, you can feast on barbecued chicken and nyama choma (grilled goat) at one of the traditional restaurants or shop for locally-made souvenirs at African Movement Art and Crafts.

Birdwatchers shouldn’t miss a visit to Lake Ngozi, an immense crater lake that’s one of the largest in Africa. It’s a challenging trek to the crater rim through a forest inhabited by noisy monkeys, chameleons and a diversity of native bird species. After a steep ascent, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views across Lake Ngozi’s emerald-green waters and tumbling cascades.

Continue driving east to Kitulo Plateau National Park, a spectacular tract of montane grassland and forest that was established primarily to protect its flora. It’s home to around 350 species of plants that include several rare orchids and Afroalpine specialists. On the south-west-facing slope of the park lies the Livingstone forest, where you can spot endangered highland mangabeys, Rungwe dwarf galagos and Abbott's duikers.

Getting around Mbeya

Mbeya Airport is 35 minutes’ drive from the city centre and has flights to destinations across Tanzania while regular trains connect from the Mbeya railway station to Dar es Salaam. Coaches and dalla-dalla minibuses run to and from the Malawian and Zambian borders. Mbeya is compact enough to explore on foot and taxis are readily available.

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  • What are the best hotels in Mbeya?

    One of the most popular hotels in Mbeya is Ifisi Community Centre, which has been reviewed by 27 users and currently has a rating of 7.6/10. Other top-rated locations include Mbeya Hotel, with a score of 8.0 from 31 reviewers.