Mara Region

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Mara Region
Mkoa wa Mara  (Swahili)
Region
Balloon safari in the Serengeti National Park
Balloon safari in the Serengeti National Park
Location in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
Country Tanzania
Zone Lake
Capital Musoma
Government
 • Regional Commissioner John Tupa
Area
 • Total 21,760 km2 (8,400 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,743,830
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Postcode 31xxx
Area code(s) 028
Website mara.go.tz

Mara Region is one of Tanzania's 30 administrative regions. The regional capital is the municipality of Musoma. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,743,830, which was lower than the pre-census projection of 1,963,460.[1]:page 2 For 2002-2012, the region's 2.5 percent average annual population growth rate was the thirteenth highest in the country.[1]:page 4 It was also the twelfth most densely populated region with 80 people per square kilometer.[1]:page 6

The neighboring regions are Mwanza Region and Simiyu Region (to the south), Arusha Region (to the southeast), and Kagera Region (across Lake Victoria). To the northeast, the Mara Region borders Narok County and Migori County in Kenya. The Mara Region is the birthplace of Tanzania's first president, Julius Nyerere. The Mara Region was also the birthplace of Benga music.[citation needed]

Indigenous Groups[edit]

The Mara Region is the ancestral homeland to the following peoples:

Under occupying British rule, the Mara region was a district called the Lake Province, which became the Lake Region after independence in 1961.[2]

National parks and monuments[edit]

Serengeti-Sign

The Mara Region is home to the Serengeti National Park, one of the world's most famous national parks. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the national park occupies a large area of grasslands and woodlands and is home to a diverse range of wildlife. It attracts close to 150,000 tourists every year. The sanctuary is home to more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 300,000 Thomson's gazelles. Apart from conventional tourism in the park, there is also a range of ecotourism opportunities available in the Mara Region.[3]

Notable persons from Mara[edit]

Academics:

Athletes:

Administrative divisions[edit]

Districts[edit]

The region is administratively divided into six districts:

Districts of Mara Region
Map District Population (2012)
Tanzania Mara location map2.svg Bunda 335,061
Butiama 241,732
Musoma 312,683
Rorya 265,241
Serengeti 249,420
Tarime 339,693
Total 1,743,830

Constituencies[edit]

For parliamentary elections, Tanzania is divided into constituencies. As of the 2010 elections the Mara Region had seven constituencies:[4]

  • Bunda Constituency and Mwibara Constituency in Bunda District.
  • Musoma Mjini Constituency in Musoma Urban District,
  • Musoma Vijijini Constituency in Musoma Rural District,
  • Rorya Constituency in Rorya District
  • Serengeti Constituency in Serengeti District
  • Tarime Constituency in Tarime District

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Population Distribution by Administrative Units, United Republic of Tanzania, 2013
  2. ^ Ndembwike, John (2008). Life in Tanzania. Godfrey Mwakikagile. pp. 38–40. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Organisations located in Mara Region - Tanzania". African Development Information. 

Coordinates: 1°45′S 34°00′E / 1.750°S 34.000°E / -1.750; 34.000