Daraja la Mungu (Bridge of God) – Mbeya

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Daraja la mungu (swahili) or God’s bridge in english is a large natural bridge that connect the two banks of Kiwira river.

South of Ngozi Peak and west of the main road, this natural bridge 22km west of Tukuyu is estimated to have been formed around 1800 million years ago by water flowing through cooling lava that spewed out from the nearby Rungwe volcano. The bridge spans a small waterfall.

    Overview

    Daraja la mungu (swahili) or God’s bridge in english is a large natural bridge that connect the two banks of Kiwira river.

    South of Ngozi Peak and west of the main road, this natural bridge 22km west of Tukuyu is estimated to have been formed around 1800 million years ago by water flowing through cooling lava that spewed out from the nearby Rungwe volcano. The bridge spans a small waterfall.

    It has a width slightly larger than that of a single lane bridge and a length of about 50 metres.

    Despite not being engineered to do so, the bridge can withstand large loads such as herds of cattle crossing.

    It is believed that the bridge was formed millions of years ago when water flowed through cooling lava that spewed from the nearby mt. Rungwe, creating a path underneath what became a hard rock structure.

    Since then, the bridge has withstood the tests of nature and time to a level that is better than any man made bridge, most of which have a reliable life span of a century or less.

    The name ‘Daraja la mungu’ was coined by locals due to its Godly like design along with other traditional beliefs and stories.

    Since its recognition as a popular tourist site, there has been another bridge bridge constructed about a hundred metres north west of it, mainly to assist the old bridge on a job it has done since long before the dawn of civilization.

    Best time to visit

    Any time not during the rainy season of March to June every year.

    Location of Daraja la mungu (gods bridge)

    Daraja la mungu sits among the two banks of the ferocious Kiwira river that flows all the way into Lake Nyasa.

    This is a highland area, filled with greenery, high rainfall, foggy mornings and cold nights.

    Temperatures in this and nearby areas have been known to drop below zero.

    It also is in Rungwe district of Mbeya region — Tanzania

    Just nearby and about 300 metres upstream is a small town.

    How to get there

    By vehicle or hiking.

    Luckily, the roads to it are all tarmac, mainly due to the town nearby that would otherwise be unreachable.

    There are passenger buses that ply the route from Mbeya city to Tukuyu and Kyela.

    However, this is quite a distance from though here and you would need other transportation means.

    This could be motorcycle taxis or other minubuses if you are lucky.

    Activities

    Photography, Narratives, Food, Story telling

     

      Itinerary

      Daraja la mungu (swahili) or God's bridge in english is a large natural bridge that connect the two banks of Kiwira river.

      09:00 - Pick up/Meet & Travelling to Tukuyu, Rungwe
      11:30 - Arrive at Kijungu
      11:35 - 12:50 Tour Activities in Kijungu (Pothole)
      13:00 - 13:20 - Food
      13:25 - 14:55 - Tour Activities in Daraja la Mungu (Gods Bridge)
      15:00 - Leaving Kijungu & Daraja la Mungu
      17:15 - End of Tour

      What is te Best time to visit?

      Best time to visit

      Any time not during the rainy season of March to June every year.

        What is Location of Daraja la mungu (gods bridge)

        Daraja la mungu sits among the two banks of the ferocious Kiwira river that flows all the way into Lake Nyasa.

        This is a highland area, filled with greenery, high rainfall, foggy mornings and cold nights.

        Temperatures in this and nearby areas have been known to drop below zero.

        It also is in Rungwe district of Mbeya region — Tanzania

        Just nearby and about 300 metres upstream is a small town.

          What restaurants are near Daraja la Mungu?

           

          Restaurants near Daraja la Mungu:

          • (0.19 mi) Babu Kubwa
          • (0.21 mi) 501 Soul Food
          • (0.21 mi) 501 Soul Food
          • (0.59 mi) The Ridge Cafe
          • (0.56 mi) Warsame Coffee Lounge & Guest House

            What attractions are near Daraja la Mungu?

            Attractions near Daraja la Mungu:
            (0.13 mi) Ifisi Zoo
            (0.65 mi) Loleza Peak
            (0.97 mi) Nungunungu
            (2.07 mi) Pavosso
            (7.27 mi) Wilhelimu Mushi

              Included

              • Tour/Driver Guide
              • Transport
              • Park Entrance Fees
              • Lunch Box

              Not Excluded

              • Accommodation
              • Beverages
              • Photographer

               

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