Top things to do

Top Choice National Park in Southern Highlands

Ruaha National Park

At approximately 22,000 sq km, Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s largest. It forms the core of a wild and extended ecosystem covering about 40,000 sq km and providing a home to Tanzania’s largest elephant population…
Top Choice Historic Site in Iringa

Igeleke Rock Art

A large prehistoric frieze, similar in style to the Kondoa rock paintings, located at a spectacular site on the edge of town just west of the Dodoma road. The ochre drawings depict human figures, an elephant, jumpin…
Top Choice Cafe in Mbeya

Maua Café & Tours

A brick homestead turned cafe serving big breakfasts, including granola and fresh coffee (Tsh10,000); wraps, burgers and toasties for lunch (from Tsh5000); and pizza, fish and salads for dinner. Sit outside by the h…
Top Choice Museum in Iringa

Iringa Boma

This excellent EU-funded museum is a great new development, as is its small cafe and quality gift shop. Located between Uhuru Park and Neema, Boma is housed in a 1900 German colonial building. Artfully displayed obj…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Iringa

Neema Crafts

This acclaimed vocational training centre for young deaf and disabled people sits just southeast of the Clock Tower roundabout. Operated by the Anglican church, it sells paper and cards made from elephant dung, jewe…
Top Choice Cafe in Iringa

Neema Crafts Centre Cafe

Located upstairs at Neema Crafts, this cafe is justifiably popular, with local coffees and teas, homemade cookies, excellent cinnamon buns, cakes, soups, and a selection of sandwiches and light meals. The noticeboar…
Top Choice European in Mbeya

Utengule Coffee Lodge

If you have your own transport, this spot, 20km west of Mbeya, is the place to go for fine dining, with both a daily set menu and à la carte, and a bar. Speciality coffees (including to take home) are a feature. It …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Iringa

Boma

The craft store at the Boma museum has a terrific selection of gifts and crafts, with a specialism in quality handwoven fabrics. This is the place to buy special scarves and wraps; it also sells kids' clothes and so…
Top Choice Cafe in Mbeya

Ridge Cafe

If you're missing Western culture, stop by this sleek place, stylishly hung with local fabrics, for smoothies, fresh juices, locally sourced gourmet coffees, great baking and other delicacies. It also sells a few cr…
Top Choice Tanzanian in Iringa

Hasty Tasty Too

This long-standing Iringa classic has good breakfasts, yoghurt, samosas, shakes and reasonably priced main dishes, including a divine chickpea curry. It's popular with local and expat clientele. You can get toasted …