Cruise aboard Lake Victoria
The Tourism & Hospitality Management students at SAUT have kindly dedicated their time, despite full course loads and assignments, to show us around Mwanza. Students like Margareth, Glory, Patrick, Erik and alumnus Thomas have made us feel welcomed and at ease in our new environment. On a sunny May afternoon, they took us into town to show us the natural beauty of Mwanza. We began our day aboard a cruise ship, travelling across a portion of Lake Victoria. From the boat, we could see Bismarck rock clearly, which is regarded as one the most recognizable landmarks in Mwanza. In the waters below, we discovered some of Lake Victoria’s wildlife as water snakes swam alongside our boat. We left shore and cruised on calming blue waters, embracing the warm and humid breeze. From the middle of the lake, we had a 360 degree view of the rocky landscape which appeared as if a hand reached down from heaven and placed rocks in an unorganized, yet purposeful way. We learned this landscape is truly unique to Mwanza, and had never seen anything quite like it before. The sheer size of Lake Vitoria was spectacular, with its blue waters stretching far into the distance. Standing on a boat in the middle of its waters was a very unique way of seeing Mwanza which we all truly enjoyed.
Once we returned to shore, we had the opportunity to explore more of Mwanza on land. The streets were buzzing with men, women and children going about their daily activities. Various restaurants, shops, and markets were filled with people chatting excitedly, laughing and enjoying their lunches. The students took us to a bakery which had many enticing choices to suit all of our preferences. The sandwiches, meat rolls, pastries and cakes were all beautifully prepared. We had a great time sitting down together to share lunch. Through conversing with the students, we learned more about Mwanza’s economic growth, the best places to eat and which places we should visit when we return to explore. Going into town with the students was the best way we could explore the city and see its natural beauty. I am thankful we had wonderful student-guides who planned our itinerary for the day and were excellent company with great conversation. I look forward to exploring more of Mwanza and learning more about my new home for the month from the locals who experience the city daily.