Bukoba

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For the ferry that sank in 1996, see MV Bukoba.
Bukoba
town
Bukoba View.JPG
Bukoba is located in Tanzania
Bukoba
Bukoba
Location in Tanzania
Coordinates: 1°20′S 31°49′E / 1.333°S 31.817°E / -1.333; 31.817
Country  Tanzania
Region Kagera Region
District Bukoba Urban District
Population (2011)[1]
 • Urban 86,022
 • Rural 395,130
  Source: National Census Statistical Book – 2003
Time zone East Africa Time (UTC+3)

Bukoba is a town in northwest Tanzania on the western shore of Lake Victoria. It is the capital of the Kagera region, and the administrative seat for Bukoba Urban District. Population estimate: 100,000. The city is served by Bukoba Airport and regular ferry connections to Mwanza, as well as ground transport to Uganda's Rakai District.

About Bukoba[edit]

Situated on the shore of Lake Victoria, Bukoba lies only 1 degree south of the Equator and is Tanzania's second largest port on the lake.

Bukoba town is situated at the Western shore of Lake Victoria in the northwest of Tanzania. The regional capital and Kagera's biggest town is the gateway to the region. The climate is sunny and mild most of the year. It can sometimes get cool especially in the evenings during the two rainy seasons, but never as cold as the winter season in Europe. Kagera's Regional Commissioner Col. Fabian Massawe resides and has his head office in Bukoba town.

The town is flat and compact, forming a bowl as it is surrounded by hills. The town has a bus stand, a small airport and a port with a ferry that travels from Bukoba via Kemondo bay port to Mwanza on Monday,Wednesday and Friday nights. Auric Air flies three times a day to Mwanza. In 2010 the airport is being extended and more flights are expected. A bus leaves for Kampala at 7 am every day (about 6 hours)and from Kampala for Bukoba at 11 am every day. It boasts a white sandy beach, a large market, a port, tennis courts and a swimming pool.It has 3 banks, two of which take VISA cards in the ATM.

Bukoba Town itself has the status of a Town Council. It has a Town Director and other local government officials like other district councils in the region. It is expected that it will gain the status of Municipal Town in the near future.

Bukoba is represented in the Tanzanian Premier League by football club Kagera Sugar. It is the home to several other charities including SHARE in Africa.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Bukoba
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27
(80)
27
(80)
26
(79)
26
(78)
26
(78)
26
(78)
26
(78)
26
(78)
26
(79)
25
(77)
26
(79)
24
(76)
25.9
(78.3)
Average low °C (°F) 16
(61)
16
(61)
16
(61)
17
(62)
17
(62)
16
(61)
15
(59)
16
(60)
16
(60)
16
(61)
16
(60)
15
(59)
16
(60.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 145
(5.7)
160
(6.3)
246
(9.7)
358
(14.1)
320
(12.6)
86
(3.4)
48
(1.9)
86
(3.4)
107
(4.2)
132
(5.2)
165
(6.5)
193
(7.6)
2,046
(80.6)
Source: Weatherbase [2]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". National Census Statistical Book – 2003. kagera.org. 
  2. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Bukoba, Tanzania". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

Coordinates: 1°20′S 31°49′E / 1.333°S 31.817°E / -1.333; 31.817