Lupa Gold Field

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The Lupa Gold Field is an area of about 2,600 square kilometres (1,000 sq mi) in south west Tanzania, north of Mbeya, that is known for its gold deposits.[1] European mining is believed to have started after alluvial gold was found in water drawn from the Lupa River, near Lake Rukwa.[2] Lode mining began in 1934 at Ntumbi and in 1939 at New Saza.[1]

A number of new mines have opened in the field in recent years including New Luika Gold Mine, the principal mine of Shanta Gold.[3]


  1. ^ a b Lupa Gold Field, 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. Archived here.
  2. ^ Voigt, Werner. (1995) 60 Years in East Africa: The life of a settler, 1926-1986. Renfrew, Ontario: General Store Publishing House, p. 104.
  3. ^ Investor Fact Sheet January 2013 Shanta Gold, 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. Archived here.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lange, Siri. (2008) Land Tenure and Mining In Tanzania. Bergen: Chr. Michelson Institute.
  • Roberts, A.D. "The Gold Boom of the 1930s in Eastern Africa" in African Affairs, Vol. 85, No. 341 (October, 1986).
  • Teale, E.O. (1928) Tanganyika Territory: Its Geology and Mineral Resources London: Mining Publications Ltd.

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