Southeastern Tanzania

The imposing German boma, built in 1895 as a fort and administrative centre, has been beautifully renovated as a hotel. Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth taking a look and climbing the tower for views over the town. It's just off the B2 (main road).

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1. Slave Market


Downhill from the boma is the old slave market building, which now houses several craft shops. Unfortunately, it was much less accurately restored than…

2. Bismarck Hill

0.29 MILES

If you have time, make your way up Bismarck Hill, rising up behind the Old Boma, for some views.

3. Prison Ruins

0.93 MILES

These ruins are opposite the jetty, on the B2 (main road). Nearby is a large, hollow baobab tree that was once used to keep unruly prisoners in solitary…

4. Afri Mak Arts & Crafts Group

4.54 MILES

This tiny museum features masks, spears, tools and other cultural items from the Makonde, Makua and Yao tribes. All displays are labelled in English and…

5. Market

4.75 MILES

Mtwara's market is full of colour and activity. You'll find everything here, with the traditional-medicine section and the textile shops particular…

6. St Paul's Church

4.82 MILES

If you are in the Majengo area of Mtwara, it's well worth stopping in at St Paul’s Church (800m southeast of the market) to view its remarkable artwork…

7. Dhow Port & Fish Market

4.84 MILES

Much of Mtwara’s fish comes from Msangamkuu on the other side of Mtwara Bay, and this small dhow port and adjoining fish market are particularly colourful…

8. Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park

21.36 MILES

Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park encompasses a narrow sliver of coastline extending from Msangamkuu Peninsula (just north and east of Mtwara) in the…