Lake Nyasa Port

The major ports in Lake Nyasa are Itungi/Kiwira and Mbamba Bay. Kiwira Port has been established as cargo terminal. It has a jetty and ramp suitable to handle passenger and cargo. The Kiwira Port is equipped with handling machines like mobile crane, fork lifts and grabs. Kiwira Port is a home port for two cargo vessels, MV RUVUMA and MV NJOMBE and one passenger/cargo vessel called MV. MBEYA II which are owned by Tanzania Government.

Port Facilities

Development programmes

  • Construct landing ramps and facilities at Itungi, Mbamba Bay, Manda, Lupingu, Liuli and Matema in Lake Nyasa Port.


  • Two cargo vessels with a capacity of 1,000 MT each and one passenger/cargo vessel with capacity of 200 passengers and 200 MT
  • One mobile crane
  • One dredger for depth management
  • Two forklifts
  • Weigh bridge

Port Facilities

  • Jetties
  • Cargo sheds
  • Paved areas

Other Ports in Lake Nyasa



Mbamba Bay Port has a jetty suitable for light cargo. The port is to be expanded to save an uprising demand especially after the building of new vessels, also the development of Mtwara Corridor

Upgrading of Mbamba Bay

  • Develop Mbambay Port - Phase I (Jetty, Ramp, Heavy Duty Pavement and Supporting Facilities)



Ndumbi Port has Jetty, heavy duty pavement, cargo shed, passenger lounge, ramp and other facilities supporting port operations. Ndumbi Port happens to be very important fork point, strategically aimed to save the transportation of coal to Kiwira Port and Malawian ports like Monkey Bay and Chipoka.



Itungi Port is targeted to be the Passenger Terminal which will also handle light cargoes. The Port has a berth with 70 metres and is the head office of Lake Nyasa ports. It is facing the siltation problem but the controlling mechanism seems to succeed. The Port has a dredging machine which enabled to increase water depth in the entrance channel and at the quay side.


Contact Information

The Port Master,
Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA),
P. O. Box 400,
Kyela, Tanzania

Tel: +255 (0) 786 364 622
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