Mwanza is a mid-sized port city on the southern eastern shores of Lake Victoria in north western Tanzania. With a population of over 800,000, it is at the moment Tanzania’s second largest city, after Dar es Salaam. Mwanza is the capital of the surrounding Mwanza Region, and is split between two of the seven districts in the region (Ilemela to the North, and Nyamagana to the South), which are administered separately (they are themselves subdivided respectively into ten and twelve wards respectively).
The Sukuma constitute over 90 percent of the population of the Mwanza Region. Other ethnic groups in the region, in much smaller proportions, include the Zinza, Haya, Sumbwa, Nyamwezi, Luo, Kurya, Jita,((shashi)) and Kerewe. They live mainly in the Mwanza city area. National policy, however, gives very little importance to ethnic groupings and reliable data is difficult to find.
The westernmost gate (Ndabaka Gate) of Serengeti National Park is located at around 150 kilometres by road from Mwanza town. Day trips to Serengeti National Park are organised by several tour operators in Mwanza.
Rubondo Island National Park can be reached by road and boat, or by a direct flight from Mwanza. It is located around 110 kilometres west of Mwanza town.
|Visa requirements||On Arrival|
|Languages spoken||Swahili, English, Sukuma|
|Currency used||$, Tsh|