Sumbawanga is the administrative capital of the Rukwa region. It lies south of Mpanda between Lake Tanganyika and Lake Rukwa. This small mid altitude town, though less visited by tourists, is the largest settlement along the road between Mpanda and Tunduma. And you are most likely to pass by when or overnight here when travelling between Zambia and western Tanzania.

Sumbawanga is only accessible by vehicles or air charter. The other option is to travel with the local ferry upto Karema and then drive to Sumbawanga.

Places to Visit

The 1000sqkm block of land above the 2000m contour between Sumbawanga and Lake Rukwa forms the interesting Ufipa Plateau, consisting of extensive cover of montane grasslands and forest habitats. The nearby Lake Rukwa also offers beautiful scenery.

Tourists Destinations in close proximity

Katavi National park is the closest tourist destination to Sumbawanga and is easily accessible by road.

Lodges & Restaurants

Lodges in Sumbawanga are in the moderate category only. Below we give options of few who we find would be most suitable as far as quality, service and security is concerned. Contact us for bookings and the best prices.

Our Recommendations on Sumbawanga

We would not suggest you stay in Sumbawanga more than required. If you are passing by or spending a night due to time restrictions, we suggest you head on to your next destination as soon as possible. The few places of interest in Sumbawanga and the nearby Lake Rukwa can be visited in a few hours.

Please contact us for a reasonably organized and affordable tour of this town.

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