Sengerema Travel Guide

  • students from Pambala Primary School
    students from Pambala Primary School
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  • from the local market
    from the local market
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  • The main road in Sengerema
    The main road in Sengerema
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Sengerema Things to Do

  • Go further out and visit a rural health...

    If it is at all possible you should try visiting some of the rural dispensaries or clinics close to Sengerema. Sengerema has a hospital, so most people go here if they live close by. But for the majority of Tanzanians, hospitals are not an option. In stead they have to go to witch doctors or rural clinics. I tell you it is a different world. Small...

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  • Sengerema Sekondari

    While you're at it, you should also pay a visit to a secondary school to see how things work here. I suggest going to Sengerema Sekondari - a government school with both border and day student, boys and girls. The students love to talk to strangers, so be prepared to answer a lot of questions. Talk to the principal Mr. Mpemba or his wife Mama...

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  • "Good morning teacher!"

    Do yourself a favour and visit one of the primary schools in Sengerema. Here you get to see close hand the beauty and the ugliness of Tanzania. It's wonderful seeing all these happy faces of children but you can't help feeling sad when you experience the beatings and the poor level of education taking place in these schools. Go there. They will...

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  • A walk in the "bush"

    If you stay in Sengerema for a longer period of time, do yourself a favour and contact Brother/Father D. - a Dutch priest who has lived in Sengerema for 30 years or more. He knows the place like his own pocket, and is therefore the perfect guide. He frequently arranges small walks in the local area where you really get to see different sides of...

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  • Visit the hospital - even when you're...

    It is truly an experience to go to Sengerema Hospital and watch the patients and doctors there. Sengerema Hospital is a well-functioning, clean hospital of quite some standard. Ask the matrone or Mr. Mihayo if they could give you a tour. It is definitely worth visiting here. You might even be able to watch a delivery take place first hand.

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  • Vegetable Heaven!

    The sokoni looks like an explosion of colours with all of its vegetables and friuts. You can get most things here: potatoes, green bananas, cucumbers, cassava, rice, beans, onions, tomatoes, aubergines, lady's fingers, water melon, tangerine, mangoes and pineapples. You won't starve in Sengerema, but you do have to go to Mwanza once in awhile for...

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  • Traditional Medicine

    Try to get in contact with one of the traditional healers and ask to follow them around a bit. It is really interesting. If you don't feel like that, then go down to the market to one of the dukas where they sell traditional medicine. They have all sorts of weird stuff. Some of it is meant to cure cholera, others to prevent malaria and others again...

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  • Fish Market

    The fish market is another part of the sokoni. Here you buy the wonderful Tilapia fresh from the lake or the Nile perch.

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  • Sokoni

    Go to the market as often as you can. It is always an experience. It's one of the things I miss the most when I think back, because going to the market always means meeting people, seeing vegetables you never knew, looking at beautiful kangas, having chicken run around your legs and not least a lot of laughter. There are 2 markets in Sengerema - a...

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Sengerema Restaurants

  • chips mishkaki

    Like any other African city there are a dozen of small dukas or stands where you can buy food. It's perfectly fine and safe too eat (mostly - if you have a delicate stomach or aren't used to travelling you might experience some discomfort). In Sengerema, one of my favourite places to go for chips mishkaki was Uncle Hotel. It's not a hotel, but a...

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  • For VIP only

    Well.... the name is kind of misleading as there is absolutely nothing VIP about this 'restaurant'! But then again, I have only seen well-to-do Tanzanians in here, so maybe it's not completely wrong. Its more of a dirty, small room with 4 raggedy tables than it is a restaurant, but it's the only restaurant'like thing in town. Here you can...

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Sengerema Nightlife

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    by Metten Written Dec 11, 2003

    There is no nightlife in Sengerema! That is, most men go out after dark and start drinking beers at the bars, but that is not an option for white people - at least not girls. You WILL get hazzle unless you are together with locals and the reputation that follows is not good. I always went to Mwanza in stead, where there actually IS night life and where it is not frowned upon.

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Sengerema Transportation

  • Taxi in Sengerema

    It's good to have a reliable taxi driver in Sengerema. If anything happens you can always call him and get him to pick you up. Trust me when I say that standing as the only mzungo in pitch darkness outside the broken off-road, preparing to spend the night in the middle of nowhere is NOT funny... You soon realise it's essential to have a good...

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  • Bicycle taxi

    A really good way to get around town is to use bicycle-taxis. You find young guys standing around everywhere with their old bicycles with padded seats on the back. They are actually quite comfortable and is probably the best means of transportation(apart from walking) if you want to blend in more. If you are wearing trousers, just sit with one leg...

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  • dalla in sengerema

    You can go from the market to the hospital and other remote chambas of Sengerema by dalla. It usually takes off down by the telecentre in front of Uncle Hotel. Needless to say, it only takes off once it is full. Just tell the driver where you want to get off. It costs about 150 sh. from town to the hospital - that is, IF you get there. These dallas...

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Sengerema Shopping

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    by Metten Written Dec 11, 2003

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    Go down to the "sokoni" (market) and walk around the dukas and see all the wonderful kangas and fabrics. It's SOOO cheap if you want to buy these fabrics or have a dress custom made for your exact measurements. The tailors are actually good, and they can make justa about anything. Talk to them about what you like, have them measure you and settle for a price. You can usually pick up a dress the next day if you are in a hurry, but if you need a full dress it might take a couple of days or a week. A tailormade skirt typically costs around 3000 shillings. You bring the fabric yourself.

    Becky's personal tailor

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Sengerema Local Customs

  • Greetings

    Try learning a bit of swahili. It's amazing the kind of good-will that follows from a few frases. You do have to learn the greetings, though. No way about it. ALL elders should be greeted with a bow (!) and a "shikamoo" (Literally I hold your feet). If children or young women say shikamoo to you, you have to reply with "marahaba or...

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  • Clothes

    Please consider that Sengerema is a rural town, so dress conservatively. No naked shoulders, tummies, knees and what have you. It's absolute no-go-area. You stand out because you are white, so no reason to make yourself stand out even more. They will treat you with a lot more respect if you follow these rules, and you don't risk being the talk of...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Sengerema Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic

    Malaria aside, the biggest danger you will encounter in Sengerema, as well as the rest of Tanzania, is the traffic. Watch out when the dallas and especially the off-roads come swirling in from Kamanga. The Tanzanians themselves make a run for it and literally jump off the road. In the beginning I found this quite hilarious, but after having seen a...

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  • Walking out at night

    Stay inside after it gets dark. This really applies to all of Tanzania, so it can't come as a big surprise. You risk getting robbed or attacked if you walk outside after dark, so avoid it at all costs. There is no risk of getting robbed in Sengerema at day time - it is probably one of the most safe places I have been due to the fact that everyone...

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Sengerema Tourist Traps

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    by Metten Updated Dec 11, 2003

    Considering the fact that the only people who go to Sengerema are Tanzanians or mzungo who work there (which is around 4 or 5 people), it can't come as a surprise that there are absolutely no tourist traps in Sengerema. And that is what makes it wonderful!

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Sengerema What to Pack

  • APS

    If you have a camera with APS make sure to bring loads of rolls of films from back home, as you won't be able to buy it in neither Sengerema or Mwanza. You have to go to either Moshi, Arusha, Dar or Kampala (!) to buy them and they are often more expensive than if you had bought them back home. Also, I wouldn't recommend developing APS-photoes...

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  • Mobile phone

    Bring a mobile phone from back home and simply change the SIM card in Mwanza and buy VodaCOm Vouchers when you need to call. Communication is really important down there, and it is crucial you have a way of getting into contact with people if you need help. A lot of Tanzanians also have a mobile and it just makes life so much easier if you have...

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  • Avoid drowning!

    Bring rain clothes as it DOES NOT exist in etiher Sengerema or Mwanza! Sure, you will be able to buy umrellas, but that just doesn't cut it in the rainy season. You will look like a drowned mouse if you don't have rain clothes.

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Sengerema Favorites

  • Post Office or simply "posta"

    There is a small post office in Sengerema. It actually works - probably even better than the one in Mwanza where the staff is totally corrupted. Be friendly with the people working here and there is absolutely no hazzle at all. The opening hours change a bit and sometimes the office is open, but no one is around, but just take a seat, realx and...

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  • Internet access

    You CAN get in contact with the rest of the world when you are in Sengerema. There is a Tele Centre down town where you can use internet. There is no generator, so the whole system breaks down quite often. It's a problem especially during the rainy season, but heck! It's there! It costs 1000 sh for one hour.

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  • Medical Aid

    Don't freak out if you get malaria - chances are you will at some point. Sengerema is a very good place to stay if something goes wrong. They have a really good hospital, and there are always 2 or three European doctors working there, so you are in good hands. Don't rush off to Mwanza if you think you have malaria - stay in Sengerema and contact...

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