Mbatwa ruins tourist site

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Altitude:1170 m.a.m.s.l.

The remains of a building that served as a school for the villagers in the north western part of Udzungwa mountains national park. It was built by the villagers in 1973 and abandoned in 1975 for Msosa village which is closer to fresh water sources.

Today the building still stands as a remnant of the architecture of the time.

What to do there?Enjoy and observe the architecture of the building, that remarkably still stands - minus the roof. For a list of other attractions in the park, see the attractions page.

Best time to visit?Any time of the year not in the rainy season of march to June.

Location of Mbatwa ruins tourist siteMbatwa ruins are located about a 5 minute walk from the Mbatwa ranger post, and along the road downhill to Msosa. It also is in a very remote area, about a 45 minute drive uphill from the north western border of Udzungwa mountains national park.

For more information on its location, please see the map below.

How to get there?By air, train or vehicle, though the railway passes through the south east of the park, requiring an extra drive though rural roads.

There is a train that is run by TAZARA that passes though here from Dar es Salaam going to Kapiri Mposhi and back, once a week. The same train also passes through the northern edges of Selous game reserve - a more scenic option.

There are larger passenger buses from most regions of the country that g through the highway north of the park. Using these, you would have to get off at the junction to the park, a few kilometres north of Iringa and use other transport to get there.

For more information on park fees and tariffs, please see the TANAPA website.

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