Matema beach is on the northern shores of Lake Nyasa. This beach is one of the most beautiful on the lake, which has been referred to as the most scenic body of water in Africa! Relatively undeveloped for tourism giving it an authentic feel and suitable for swimming.
It is located 130km drive from Mbeya town, it is amoung the most scenic in Tanzania. A winding road passes through high mountains and tea estates before it descends to the tropical shores of Lake Nyasa. From Matema, you can make canoe trips with fishermen over the lake to the nearby village where women specialize in pottery; and to the mouth of the river to spot Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos and Crocodiles, It is also possible to organize hikes to Rungwe mountain.
Getting Here By Plane
Precision Air (www.precisionairtz.com) and Fastjet (www.fastjet.com/tz/) are flying daily from Dar Es Salaam to the international airport Mbeya. From Mbeya to Matema Beach it’s a four hours drive through fascinating landscapes. Contact us for arranging your transfer.
Getting Here For Self Drivers
The remoteness of Blue Canoe Safari Camp / Matema Beach is one reason that our area is completely unspoilt. You will find friendly people, very good security and an obvious untouched Lake without any noise from jet skis or motorboats.
We are situated in the far southeast of Tanzania, 860 km from Dar Es Salaam. 165 km from Mbeya and 55 km from the Malawian boarder. Find us on tracks for Africa. Our coordinates are: S 09.30.361 and E 034.00.236
Getting Here For Back Packers
Concerning bus connections from Dar Es Salaam or Malawi to Matema Beach you will find all necessary information in your travel guide.
As specially the last forty kilometres rough road up to Matema Beach might be an exhausting journey you might consider to hire a taxi from Kyela to Matema what should be around 60.000 TSh.
Getting Here By Boat
MV Songea is leaving Mbamba Bay every Sunday morning and arriving in Matema Beach on Sunday morning. We recommend to arrive in time in Mbamba Bay for getting actual information.