Mbamba Bay is a small town that is the southern-most port of Tanzania on Lake Nyassa (Tanzania's name for Lake Malawi). It is one of the few locations on the lake in Tanzania that is reachable by public bus and has basic tourist infrastructure. In contrast to what some popular guide books suggest, Mbamba Bay is not the end of the world. The road linking Mbamba Bay to the highland town of Mbinga has recently (2021) received a huge upgrade, and is now smooth tarmac, greatly reducing travel time. The A19 is now a continuous smooth road from Mbamba Bay all the way to Mtwara. Most of the town has electricity now, and local food, fruits, drinks, and supplies are widely available.
From Songea, you catch the direct morning bus at 6am (Kangulaya Trans, 9000tsh). There are also several daily departures from Mbinga, with the latest departing Mbinga around 3pm. As of spring 2021, a large new ferry on Lake Nyassa also serves Mbamba Bay on a weekly basis. This ferry has replaced the older and smaller MV Songea. The ferry departs from Itungi Port on the northern end of the lake on Mondays, making a number of stops at lakeside villages and arriving to Mbamba Bay on Tuesdays. The northbound trip departs Mbamba Bay for Itungi Port on Wednesdays. It is an extremely scenic trip. There is currently no regularly scheduled ferry service to Nkhata Bay (Malawi), but boats carrying passengers and cargo do leave sporadically. There is a Tanzanian immigration office at Mbamba Bay's port.
The town itself is small, so you can easily get around by foot. Boda bodas (motorbike taxis) are widely available in the town center and can take you anywhere in the vicinity at low rates. Expect to pay 1000Tsh to Stopover Bay Camp, and 3000Tsh to Bio Camp.
There are many small shops and fruit and vegetable stands in the town center near the bus stand.
There are several bars in town, as well as a couple options right on the beach. Both bottled beer and spirits, as well as traditional homemade local beer are available, depending where you go. Soft drinks, tea, milk, and other bottled beverages are also available. Potable water is widely available in town - just ask and save the environment by reducing litter from single use plastic water bottles.
Many local guesthouse in the area around the bus station.
Same as in Get in. If hoping to travel by ferry service north to Itungi Port, ask locals at the port far in advance to make sure it is running as scheduled that week.