Anseba Region

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For the sub-region of Gash Barka, see Logo Anseba.
Anseba Zone
Zoba Anseba
Map of Eritrea with the Anseba Region highlighted
Map of Eritrea with the Anseba Region highlighted
Country Eritrea
Capital Keren
 • Administrator Gegrgis Ghirmai
 • Total 23,200 km2 (9,000 sq mi)
 • Total 893,587
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code ER-AN

Anseba (Tigrinya: ኣንሰባ?) is a region in western Eritrea. It is situated inland.


Its capital is Keren and it has an area of about 23,000 km². It is named after the Anseba River around which the region is situated. The river begins in the central Eritrean highland plateau, in the suburbs northwest of the capital Asmara. It then descends northwards into the northwestern lowlands, traversing the mountains of Rora Habab and Sahel before joining the Barka River near the border with Sudan. Other towns in this region include Halhal. The region borders Gash-Barka to the south, the Maekel (Central) region to the south-east, the Northern Red Sea Region to the east and north, and the nation of Sudan to the west.


The region includes the following districts:

Natural history[edit]

There are a number of flora and fauna species within this region. Notably this was historic habitat for the endangered Painted Hunting Dog, Lycaon pictus, which canid is now thought to be extirpated in the region.[1] Eritrea as a whole was extensively forested as recently as 1900 AD. However, at present the total forest cover of Eritrea is less than one percent.[2] The deforestation in Anseba mirrors the country as a whole.


  1. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009
  2. ^ Edward Denison and Edward Paice. 2007


Coordinates: 16°00′N 38°00′E / 16.000°N 38.000°E / 16.000; 38.000