Kisongo

Coordinates: 9°23′S 39°37′E / 9.383°S 39.617°E / -9.383; 39.617
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Kisongo
Kata na Mji wa Kisongo
Kisongo is located in Tanzania
Kisongo
Kisongo
Coordinates: 03°12′05″S 36°24′55″E / 3.20139°S 36.41528°E / -3.20139; 36.41528
Country Tanzania
RegionArusha Region
DistrictArusha Rural District
Population
 (2012)
 • Total8,769[1]

Kisongo is an administrative ward and small town in the Arusha Rural District of the Arusha Region of Tanzania. According to the 2012 census, the ward has a total population of 8,769.[1] It is located in the outskirts of Arusha, about 7 km west of Arusha Airport. The word Kisongo comes from one of the four major Masai Clan families, Kiputiei, Loitai, Purko and Kisongo. [2]

There are numerous local churches, dispensaries and schools in Kisongo. Kisongo Academic College (KAC) is a co-educational institution that is divided into two branches: KAC Secondary School and KAC Department of Tourism and Conservation Training (DTC).[3] Braeburn Arusha School is an international school that provides Early Years, primary and secondary education, following the British National Curriculum.[4] The Saint Joseph Girls High School, Arusha Modern High School (owned by the Catholic Archdiocese) and St. Joseph University Arusha Campus are also located in Kisongo.[5]

Notable businesses in Kisongo include: Msumbi Coffee, A to Z Textile Mills (a factory that manufactures plastics, garments, packaging supplies, bed nets, agricultural netting and mesh),[6] Sundown Carnival (an entertainment venue offering a bar and restaurant, conference facilities and a wedding/functions hall)[7] and Amani Afrika (a fully licensed local tour operator specialising in private Kilimanjaro climbs and bespoke East Africa safaris).[8]

In January 2014, a 130-acres piece of land allocated to the East African Community (EAC) by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania was inspected for future expansion. The EAC Secretariat intends to initiate grand development projects on the land that will include staff housing scheme, international school, health centre, recreational facilities, exhibition ground, and banking as well as a shopping mall.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tanzania National Census 2012". National Bureau of Statistics. Dodoma, Tanzania: National Bureau of Statistics. March 2013. p. 32. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  2. ^ Peer, Peters (2005). Warrior peoples of East Africa: 1840-1900. Osprey.
  3. ^ "Kisongo Academic College Homepage". Kisongo Academic College. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  4. ^ "Braeburn Arusha School Homepage". Braeburn Schools Limited. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  5. ^ "SAUT Establishes Arusha Campus". Daily News TZ. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  6. ^ "A to Z Factory Homepage". A to Z Textile Mills Ltd. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  7. ^ "Sundown Carnival (SDC) Homepage". Sundown Carnival. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  8. ^ "Amani Afrika Trekking and Safaris Homepage". Amani Afrika Ltd. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  9. ^ "EAC Officials Inspect Kisongo Plot". East African Community. Retrieved 2014-02-05.

9°23′S 39°37′E / 9.383°S 39.617°E / -9.383; 39.617