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Mwanza is Tanzania's most important port on Lake Victoria. It is the terminus of the central railway line from Dar es Salaam. Although there is nothing of interest in Mwanza, it is an attractive town, surrounded by rocky hills. It is home to the Wasukuma tribes people. Mwanza's port handles the cotton, tea and coffee that is grown in the area.

About 15 km east of town, on the main road to Musoma is the Sukuma Museum (or Bujora Museum), which has displays about the culture and traditions of the Wasukuma tribe. The so-called Sukuma Snake Dance is performed there once a week. You can get there by bus from Mwanza.

There are numerous hotels and guesthouses in town, as well as a whore range of restaurants. The railway station is south of the center, while the market and bus station are a few blocks east of there. The town has bus connections with Arusha. Mwanza sits on the southern shore of Lake Victoria, 860 km northwest of Dar es Salaam.


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