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Western Zone

TABORA REGION

ZONE | CAPITAL

Central | Tabora

 

Area

• Total 76,150 km2 (29,400 sq mi)

Population (2012)

• Total  2,291,623
• Density  30/km2 (78/sq mi)

Tabora Region is one of Tanzania’s 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the municipality of Tabora. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 2,291,623, which was lower than the pre-census projection of 2,539,715.

 

Tabora Region is Tanzania’s largest region by area,  Forest reserves cover 34,698 square kilometres (13,397 sq mi) (46% of the region), and game reserves cover 17,122 square kilometres (6,611 sq mi) (22% of the region). Most economic activity in the region is agricultural. The region is in the central-western part of the country.

 

It is bordered to the north by Shinyanga Region, to the east by Singida Region, to the south by Mbeya Region, to the southwest by Katavi Region, to the west by Kigoma Region, and to the northwest by Geita Region.

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KATAVI REGION

ZONE | CAPITAL

Western | Mpanda

Area:

• Total   45,843 km2 (17,700 sq mi)

Population (2012)

• Total   564,604

• Density  12/km2 (32/sq mi)

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Katavi Region is one of Tanzania’s 31 administrative regions with a postcode number 50000. The regional capital is Mpanda.

In March 2012, shortly after the Katavi Region was created, Dr. Rajab Mtumwa Rutengwe was appointed Katavi Regional Commissioner. He was formerly the Mpanda District Commissioner.

 

DISTRICTS

The region is administratively divided into three districts namely Mpanda, Nsimbo and Mlele.

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KIGOMA REGION

ZONE | CAPITAL

Western | Kigoma

Area

• Total 37,040 km2 (14,300 sq mi)

Population (2012:)

• Total 2,127,930
• Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)

Kigoma Region is one of Tanzania’s 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the city of Kigoma. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 2,127,930, which was higher than the pre-census projection of 1,971,332.

 

GEOGRAPHY

Kigoma Region resides in the northwestern corner of Tanzania, on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The region lies at about 5° south and 30° east of Greenwich. The region is bordered to the north by both Burundi and the Kagera Region.

 

To the east, it is bordered by the Shinyanga and Tabora regions, to the south by the Rukwa Region, and to the west by Lake Tanganyika, which forms a border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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HISTORY

In precolonial Africa the region was a source of ivory and slaves. Tabora and Ujiji were Arab staging areas for shipments to the coast. It was visited by the early European explorers Richard Burton, John Speke, David Livingstone, and Henry Morton Stanley. In fact, Stanley met Livingstone in Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on 27 October 1871.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Kigoma region has a total population of 2,127,930. Ha people are the largest ethnic group living here. Other major populations are those of Wamanyema, Watongwe and Wavinza, Sukuma and Haya. People from neighboring countries mostly Burundi and Congo may be present but are mostly engaged in business.

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