Iringa is a city in Tanzania, it is the administrative capital of Iringa Region. It has many established industries, including manufacturing and food processing. Most of its electricity comes from the nearby Mtera Dam. Iringa is a minor transport hub, with regular bus service and trucking to Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Songea, and Dodoma.
Iringa is the perfect stop over point on the way down through the Southern Highlands or if you are off to visit Malawi and Zambia. It would be all too easy to just see Iringa as a blur as you hurtle past in a Scandinavia coach sipping your complimentary soda, but is definitely worth breaking your journey for a day or so to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this bustling little town. It is also the gateway to the jewel in the crown of Tanzania's game parks: Ruaha.
Things to see include:
- Gangilonga Rock (talking stone) - This large rock gives you great views over Iringa.
- Isimila Stone Age Site - About 15 kilometers from town towards Mafinga, easily accessible by daladala or taxi. This is one of the most interesting stone age sites in East Africa and is well worth a visit. At Kalenga, you can go and see Chief Mkwawa’s skull which was returned by the Germans after many decades.
- Neema Crafts Centre is a great place to visit with cafe with great cake and fresh ground coffee, a tour of the workshops is great to see all the different crafts being made, especially paper from elephant dung!
- The rock paintings at Kombangulu. About 10 kilometers from town towards Dodoma on the Dodoma Road. To visit, take a 'Kilolo' bound dala dala from Posta asking for "Bwawani Campsite". The ride should take around 15 minutes and cost the standard town fare of TSH300. Bwawani campsite is about 500 metres off the main road (look out of the sign which will point you in the right direction). At the campsite, you can ask the camp owner Freddy for directions to the rock paintings, which are about 20 minutes walk away on a relatively easy path.