Manyara Region

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Manyara Region
Mkoa wa Manyara (Swahili)
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From top to bottom:
Mount Hanang from Mogitu Ward, Lake Babati and Mountain views in Arri Ward
The Tanzanite region; Home of Tanzanite [1]
Location in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
Coordinates: 4°18′54″S 36°57′14.76″E / 4.31500°S 36.9541000°E / -4.31500; 36.9541000Coordinates: 4°18′54″S 36°57′14.76″E / 4.31500°S 36.9541000°E / -4.31500; 36.9541000
Country Tanzania
Named forLake Manyara
 • Total14,522 km2 (5,607 sq mi)
 • Rank7th of 31
Highest elevation3,418 m (11,214 ft)
 • Total1,425,131
 • Rank16th of 31
 • Density98/km2 (250/sq mi)
Ethnic groups
 • SettlerSwahili & Maasai
 • NativeIraqw, Mbugwe, Assa, Barabaig & Gorowa
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code027
ISO 3166 codeTZ-26
HDI (2018)0.545[2]
low · 9th of 25
WebsiteOfficial website
Symbols of Tanzania
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Colotis aurigineus.jpg
Colotis aurigineus
Amphimelas Male ManyaraMJG.jpg
Oreochromis amphimelas
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Yellow fever acacia
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Manyara Region (Mkoa wa Manyara in Swahili) is one of Tanzania's 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the town of Babati. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,425,131, which was lower than the pre-census projection of 1,497,555.[3]: page 2  For 2002–2012, the region's 3.2 percent average annual population growth rate was tied for the third highest in the country.[3]: page 4  It was also the 22nd most densely populated region with 32 people per square kilometre.[3]: page 6 

Lake Manyara is in the northern part of the region. It is bordered to the north by the Arusha Region, to the northeast by the Kilimanjaro Region, to the east by the Tanga Region, to the south by the Dodoma Region, to the southeast by the Morogoro Region, to the southwest by the Singida Region, and to the northwest by the Simiyu Region. The highest mountain in the Manyara Region is Mount Hanang.


Squirrel eats a fruit in Manyara National Park, Tanzania.

Manyara Region is inhabited by various ethnolinguistic groups and communities. The latter include the Assa, Gorowa, Kw'adza, Mbugwe, Datooga, Maasai and Barabaig and Irakw,[4] which is the largest ethnic group in the region.


The regional commissioner of the Manyara Region is Makongoro Nyerere.[5]


Residents of the Manyara Region are mostly farmers. The region's economy is based on the mining of Tanzanite gems on the Mererani Hills in north on the border with the Arusha Region. Other sources of income are from tourism to the Tarangire National Park, which is entirely located in the region, and Lake Manyara National Park.



One paved road passes through the western part of Manyara Region. Paved trunk road T14 from Singida connects with trunk road T5 in Babati town. Trunk road T5 from Dodoma to Arusha passes through the region; it is paved from Arusha up to Dodoma.[6]

Administrative divisions[edit]


Manyara Region is divided into six districts, each administered by a council:

Districts of Manyara Region
Map District Population
(2012 Census)
Manyara-Region.svg Babati District 312,392
Babati Town 93,108
Hanang District 275,990
Kiteto District 244,669
Mbulu District 320,279
Simanjiro District 178,693
Total 1,425,131

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Northern Regions Investment Guide" (PDF). Office of the Prime Minister, Regional Administration and Local Government. Retrieved 2023-02-12.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Archived from the original on 2018-09-23. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  3. ^ a b c Population Distribution by Administrative Units, United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Archived 2013-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Matthiessen, Peter (2010). The Tree Where Man Was Born. Penguin Classics. pp. 275–276. ISBN 0143106244.
  5. ^ Kitabu cha Mawasiliano Serikalini, Tanzania Government Directory, 2012, page 170
  6. ^ "Manyara Roads Network" (PDF). Tanroads. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.

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