Mbambay Bay is a small fisher village and southern-most port of Tanzania on the Lake Nyassa. It is one of the few location on the lake in Tanzania that are reachable by bus and has basic tourist infrastructure. In constrast to what many popular guide books suggest, Mbamba Bay is not the end of the world. Most of the village has electricity now, local food and fruits are available.
From Songea, you catch the morning bus at 6am (Kangulaya, 9000tsh). If the MV Songea is in service you can also get in from any port in Tanzania at the lake. There is also a ferry from Nkhata Bay (Malawi) once a week.
The village itself is small, so you get around by foot. To the Bio camp you can catch a motocycle (3000tsh).
- Crocodiles: the southern tip near the Bandari Beach Garden you can sometimes see crocodiles by the rocks
- Chill at the beach: in the village probably the nicest spot is at the Stop Over Bay camp. In the north of the village in the direction to Liuli. An alternative is the beach next to the Bio Camp 4km out of town. Do not swim in lonely area by the rocks as crocodiles could be present. If you are unsure, check with the locals where it is save. Bilharzia is not common in Mbamba Bay since there is no grass at the beaches.
- Try to ride a local fisher boat: some locals e.g. near Stop Over Bay will try to convince to take a tour with a fisher boat make out of a tree. If you agree only do it without your stuff as you might tip over
There are a couple of shops and fruit stands near the bus station.
There are two bars in the village right on the beach that are sometimes abandoned. One shortly before the Stop Over Bay run by an old guy and one next to the ferry.
- Bandari Beach Garden: a bar popular for local fishermen right on the lake. It south of town, pass the ferry stop an follow the main street. Take the first path on the right. After you passed the little bridge it is to your right
Many local guesthouse in the area around the bus station.
- St Benardetha Hostel, (Uphill, sign posted on the Luili road). small, no fan, but clean rooms with a balcony. Most of the rooms have a nice view on the lake. It is a church owned place run by sister which cook excellent local food (8000 tsh per meal). 20.000 tsh for a single/double. edit
- Stop Over Bay Camping, (From the bus station take the Luili road, it is on the right at the beach and sign postet), ☎ +255 762294074 ([email protected]). Right on the nicest beach in the village. 10.000 tsh with own tent. edit
- Bio Camp, (On the beach 4km out of town taking the Luili road). 60.000 for a banda. edit
Same as in Get in. Ferry service to Itungi can sometimes be unreliable. Even local seem not to know if it is coming/going.