The city is home to many educational institutions and most notably the St. Augustine University. It is a city of undulating hills and an exhibit of traditional Tanzanian life; the people are lively and always cheerful.
Maji Maji Museum
You can explore the city and visit some of its exciting attractions such as the Maji Maji Museum. The Maji Maji is a small museum located just a few kilometres from the town centre. It features unique sights such as the statues of the twelve chiefs the Germans captured and killed during the Maji Maji Rebellion which was the unified fight against the German colonial rule in 1905.The town was named after Chief Songea Mbano, and his graveyard is behind the museum, together with a mass grave for victims of the Maji Maji Rebellion.
Mikumi National Park
For an unforgettable wildlife experience, you should visit Mikumi National Park. This nature reserve was established in 1964 and is Tanzania’s fourth largest national park. It covers a vast area of 3230 km2 and compares proudly with the Serengeti. There are spectacular rock formations of the mountains Rubeho and Ulunguru. The vegetation is dominantly savannah and possesses attractive features like the acacia, tamarind, and baobab, and several palm trees. The national park is home to stunning wildlife such as zebras, elephant, giraffe, Kudu, and black antelope. Sometimes, tourists can catch a glimpse of a lion resting on a tree branch. There park also features two artificial pools which provide refuge to hippos.
Just about an hour away from the city centre is the dazzling Lake Malawi. The tranquil lake features colourful waters with a calm ambience. Snorkelling is an ideal past-time, and the vibrant underwater life makes for a great diving experience. You can also enjoy a little adventure by going fishing with the locals (and Lake Malawi has some exotic fish species) or just lazy around on the idyllic white sand beaches around.