Songea

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Songea is a city in the TZ Southern Highlands.

Get in[edit]

There are two bus station, one in the town and one 4km north of the city center. Most bigger buses (e.g. Super Feo) coming from Njombe are only stopping at northern bus station. You can take a dalla-dalla on the main street for 400tsh.

Dar – Sumry 32,000/= You get a soda and a snack, plus there’s the Al Jazeera stop.

Moro – Scandanavia 28,000/=

Iringa – Super Feo

Arusha – Hood 35,000/=

Njombe – Fikiri Trans 8000/= Phone number for the Songea office: 0756-286-674

Masasi – 15000/=

Get around[edit]

Taxi no more than 3000/= from anywhere to anywhere else in Songea town—it isn't that big a place.

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Sorry—no cheese, no ice cream

Supercafe – Lots of little foods that can add up to big hela. They’ve got tiny burgers in big buns and warm banana bread. Get a glass of passion juice! Songea Bakery – The sign calls them lizatot, but Jenna calls them “Entimenes” they’re that good. The have tables inside and outside under an umbrella. Mtini Pub – It’s a kibanda under an mti. (There are cheap guest houses around here too; they’re noisy though from the bar crowd.) Agape Cafe – It has Tanzanian fare plus some baked goods. You can sit in a booth, watch television.

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There are guest houses all around the standi for 5000/= to 10,000/=.

Budget[edit]

  • Don Bosco. 5000/= self-contained single (but the beds are double-bed size), big room with a television, the running water isn’t hot but the matron will bring you some if you ask, less than five-minutes’ walk from the bus standi. On Sunday mornings, you wake up to the entire Catholic mass over speakerphone from the church next door  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • OK Hostel. 25000/= for a double, clean and big rooms, nice staff, from the bus station in town 500m uphill and follow the sign to your right.  edit

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Internet[edit]

Heritage Annex 1200/= hour, good speed, only four computers Computer training center beside the CCM building 1200/= hour, okay speed, only four computers Valongo Internet across from the main soko entrance 1000/= hour, slow

Get out[edit]

Towards Lindi and Mtwara, one large section of the A19 road is under construction. About 70 kilometres after Songea, at Namtumbo, the tarmac road becomes a very rough dirt road that continues until Nangomba. In the rainy season, this road is a serious obstacle, with mud, rocks, sand and flooding to contend with. A 4WD or an off-road motorbike is definitely recommended here during the rainy season, and during the dry season it wouldn't go amiss either! Buses (Kangulaya, 9000tsh) depart morning at 6:00am to Mbamba Bay from the bus station out of town, but you can also catch it at 6:15 from the bus in town. Although it just 120km, it takes about 6hours and goes through through the Livingstone Montains. Alternatively you can catch any bus to Mbinga and try to get bus to Mbamba Bay from there.

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