There are many unexciting but adequate budget guesthouses in the lively neighbourhood around the bus station. About 2.5km away from here, uphill from the easy-to-find TRA office at the southeastern end of town, are a few quieter options.


Sumbawanga has a surprisingly good restaurant scene, with some decent chefs and refreshing menu choices, such as French or fusion cuisine. The bus station area has the cheapest options, and the area southwest of the main road is also full of inexpensive bars and restaurants.

Drinking & Nightlife

Several of the restaurants have nice bar or lounge areas, though the cocktail selections may leave a bit to be desired.