Manyara Region

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Manyara Region
Mkoa wa Manyara  (Swahili)
Lake Babati
Location in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
Country Tanzania
Zone Northern
Capital Babati
 • Regional Commissioner Elaston Mbwilo
 • Total 44,522 km2 (17,190 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,425,131
 • Density 32/km2 (83/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Postcode 27xxx
Area code(s) 027

Manyara Region is one of Tanzania's 30 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.[1]: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.[1]:page 4 It was also the 22nd most densely populated region with 32 people per square kilometre.[1]: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 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 people, Gorowa, Kw'adza, Mbugwe, Datooga, Maasai and Barabaig.


The regional commissioner of the Manyara Region is Elaston J. Mbwilo.[2]


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 Babati up to Arusha.[3]


The region is administratively divided into six districts:

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

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Coordinates: 4°45′S 36°40′E / 4.750°S 36.667°E / -4.750; 36.667