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                Following Kenyatta Road to the south one passes Mwanza South Port with a dry dock and the terminal of the railway ferry to Jinja (Uganda). The road passes along the lake with a large fish processing factory and a nice view of  Saanane Island. After climbing up at Butimba, at Nyegezi Corner one enters the tarmac road to the Catholic St. Augustine University of Tanzania [SAUT], the largest private  and the third largest university in Tanzania. In about three kilometers at a bend on the left is the old part of the university, Nyegezi Site,  started as a Nyegezi Social Training Institute  by the Catholic Church in 1960. Continuing on the road one reaches Malimbe Campus, the new rapidly expanding part of the university with lecture halls, library, hostels, and a large open air cafeteria. Here one can have a rest and observe the busy students  scene of nearly  12,000 at the end of 2010. The buildings lie under trees and thus gives the university a pleasant atmosphere.

Students' Dormitory at Malimbe Campus

Students’ Dormitory at Malimbe Campus

Theater classroom

Theater classroom

                In the middle between the two parts of the university  is a road to the east going up to the Retreat House with enormous rocks from which one has a wide view over Nyegezi and the lake with its many bays and islands. Under the Retreat House at the tarmac road to Malimbe Campus is the Catholic St. Mary’s Seminary, the second secondary school of Mwanza, started in 1931. In its beautiful church, the first African Bishop of Mwanza is buried. [The side entrance on the left is open]. Outside are graves of missionaries and local priests. At the corner, between the entrance to the seminary and the tarmac road to Malimbe is the first church of Nyegezi built in 1928 by the missionaries, the oldest preserved building of Nyegezi, but needing restoration.

A Small Retreat House

A Small Retreat House

View from Retreat House

View from Retreat House

                 Passing Malimbe campus again, one turns right on a dirt  road to reach the Beaches of Sweya. On reaching the lake to the left is the extended Tamali Beach. Then behind this there is  the morning  Fish Market, the Charcoal Grill Beach Resort and at  the end the Indian run Shafik Resort, a magnificent place still under construction. The last part of it is reached by crossing  a bridge over the lake. At Charcoal Grill Beach one can climb up to the water tower to look out over the lake as far as the city center of Mwanza. On the opposite side of Sweya Bay in the direction of the city are the simpler Gamba Lodge  and Gonzalez Beach.

Gonzales Beach

Gonzales Beach

Royal Sunset Beach

Royal Sunset Beach

                From the Malimbe campus it is about 5 kilometers to Luchelele village at the lake. The Royal Sunset Park Beach and Camp Site is a pleasant place at the edge of the water. Different birds can be observed. From this restaurant a road leads to the south to Shadi settlement with Lavena Beach and Faulu Resort on a rock with a magnificent view of Mwanza Bay of Lake Victoria. (Fr. George Pelz)

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