Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania, located on the soutern shores of Lake Victoria. Mwanza is the place where the earliest 18th century explorers visited in their quest to find the source of River Nile. The town looks onto the lake, which includes dramatic views of the Bismarck Rock - a massive outcrop of granite rocks. The growth of tourism in Mwanza has come from a vast beauty of its surrounding area and its proximity to the various national parks - and Mwanza is a convenient starting point for trips to the islands in Lake Victoria - e.g. Ukerewe, Ukara and Rubondo and through the world famous Serengeti National Park.