Mara Region

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Mara Region
Mkoa wa Mara  (Swahili)
Balloon safari in the Serengeti National Park
Location in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
Country Tanzania
Zone Lake
Capital Musoma
 • Regional Commissioner Adam Malima
 • 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

Mara Region is one of Tanzania's 31 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 home 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]

The Serengeti National Park 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]


  • Ibrahim Juma- Tanzanian High Court judge
  • Prof. Philemon Sarungi- Tanzania's first Orthopaedic Surgeon


  • Dickson Marwa Mkami- Tanzanian long-distance runner
  • Mbwana Samata- football athlete (Simba, TP Mazembe, and national team)
  • Amri Kiemba- football athlete (Simba and national team)

Administrative divisions[edit]


The region is administratively divided into seven districts:

Districts of Mara Region
Map District Population (2012)
Mara-Region.svg Bunda 335,061
Butiama 241,732
Musoma Rural 178,356
Musoma Urban 134,327
Rorya 265,241
Serengeti 249,420
Tarime 339,693
Total 1,743,830


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]


  1. ^ a b c Population Distribution by Administrative Units, United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Archived 2013-06-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Ndembwike, John (2008). Life in Tanzania. Godfrey Mwakikagile. pp. 38–40. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  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