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Port of Entry
10°15.541'S, 040°11.274'E Chart icon.png
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Mtwara (Portuguese: Montewara) is the capital city of Mtwara Region in southeastern Tanzania. The city is spread out over a large area planned to accommodate up to 200,000 people. The present population is around 80,000. Mtwara features a deep-water port that can accommodate ocean-going vessels, and a range of large municipal buildings, including a post office. Recent improvements in the port made it possible for big container ships to berth there.


See Tanzania.


Due to close proximity to the equator and the warm Indian Ocean, the city experiences tropical climatic conditions similar to all Tanzanian coastal cities. The city experiences hot and humid weather throughout much of the year and has a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen: Aw). Annual rainfall is approximately 1,024 mm (40 in), and in a normal year there are two rainy seasons: "the long rains" in April and May and "the short rains" in November and December.

See also Tanzania.


See Mozambique Channel.


See Tanzania.


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Mtwara is a port of entry/exit for Tanzania. For details see Entrance: Tanzania.


There are no yacht berths in the commercial port. Yachts anchor off.

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Mtwara Anchorage

Mtwara Anchorage/wiki/Mtwara#Mtwara_Anchorage
Anchorage icon Mtwara Anchorage [[Mtwara#Mtwara Anchorage|Mtwara Anchorage]] 10°15.390'S, 040°11.359'E
There are 2 mooring buoys but should be used only with caution. You can anchor near the wharf of the commercial port but it does get fairly deep quickly.


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  • Proactive Mini Supermarket, Bima Taxi stand (Bima, opposite NMB Bank)

Eating out

  • Dubai Restaurant (near the Bus stand), offers Tanzanian food
  • Bus stand, in the evening the buses are removed and it becomes a popular place for food
  • Msemo (aka Southern Cross) (Shangani). This is the only real option for western food in town. It's by the sea and is a nice place to while away the afternoon
  • Korosho Lodge offers the usual variety of Tanzanian & Indian food



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See Tanzania.


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