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Shinyanga Region Guide – Tanzania

Shinyanga Region Guide – Tanzania

Shinyanga Region:

Shinyanga is a city in northern Tanzania. The city is the location of the regional headquarters of this Region as well as the district headquarters of the region Urban District. The region and district are named after the town.

This Region is one of Tanzania’s 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the municipality. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,534,808

The region is bordered to the north by the Mwanza, Mara, and Kagera Regions and to the south by the Tabora Region. Kigoma Region borders to the west, and the Simiyu Region to the east.

This region is located in the District, in northern Tanzania. The city is located approximately 175 kilometres (109 mi), by road, southeast of Mwanza, the nearest large city. 

This location lies approximately 475 kilometres (295 mi), by road, northwest of Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania. The coordinates of the city are: 3°39′43″S 33°25′23″E / 3.661945°S 33.423056°E / -3.661945; 33.423056.

The current seven landmarks in the city  or near its borders, include the following:

  1. The headquarters of Kahama Regional Administration
  2. The headquarters of Urban District
  3. The offices of  City Council
  4. Central Market
  5. General Hospital
  6. City Stadium – A public stadium administered by City Council
  7. River Nkumbu – The chief source of water for the city, is located about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi), east of the central business district.


This region is served by the Shinyanga Railway Station as a branch of the Central Railway of Tanzania.


This region is served by the Shinyanga Airport (IATA: SHY, ICAO: HTSY)


Shinyanga is served by the Tabora-Mwanza Highway. The highway passes conveniently through the center of Shinyanga.

The traditional agriculture in the area varies as follows;

Food crops

  1. Maize
  2. Rice

Cash crops

  1. Cotton


The predominant tribes of the Shinyanga region are the Sukuma, Nyamwezi, and Sumbwa tribes

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