Overview: Simiyu Region, Districts, Commissioners and More
Simiyu Region is one of the thirty-one administrative regions in Tanzania. The capital of the region is located in Bariadi town. The region gets its name from River Simiyu. The Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is jointly located in the region and Mara Region. Simiyu Region was carved out from a part of the Shinyanga Region in March 2012.
The Simiyu region Tanzania’s total population is 1,584,157, according to the national census conducted in 2012. Between 2002 and 2012, Simiyu Region’s 1.8% yearly population growth was the 23rd highest growth rate in Tanzania. With 63 persons per square kilometer, the region had the 15th highest population density in Tanzania.
Simiyu Tanzania Districts
The region is administratively split into 5 districts.
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Meatu District is among the 5 districts of Tanzania’s Simiyu Region. Itilima District and Singida Region border Meatu District to the north and south, respectively, while Manyara Region and Arusha Region borders the district to the southeast and east, respectively. It is also bordered by Shinyanga Region and Maswa district to the west. The capital of the district is located in Mwanhuzi town. Meatu District’s total population was 248,948 people, according to the national census conducted in 2002. The national census conducted a decade later in 2012 puts the district’s population at 299,619.
The unpaved trunk roadway T37 linking Singinda Region to Shinyanga Region runs through Meatu District
Administratively Meatu District in Simiyu was split into twenty-five wards as of 2012.
Maswa District is among the 5 districts in Tanzania’s Simiyu Region. It is the home of the Nyantuzu people (Sukuma). Kishapu District and Meatu District border Maswa District to the south and east, respectively. Also, Kwimba District borders the district to the west, and Itilima District and Magu District borders it to the north. The district’s administrative center is in Maswa town.
Maswa District’s total population stood at 304,402 people according to the national census conducted in 2002. The national census conducted in 2012 puts the district’s population at 344,125.
Trunk roadway T36, the highway connecting Mara Region to Shinyanga Region, runs the town of Maswa.
The central railway line from Tabora town to Mwanza runs through Maswa District from south to north. A train station is also located within the boundaries of the district in Malampaka village.
Administratively, Maswa District in Simiyu was split into twenty-six wards as of 2012.
Itilima District is among the 5 districts of Tanzania’s Simiyu Region. The district capital is located in Lagangabili. Bariadi District and Ngorongoro District border Itilima District to the north and east, respectively, while Magu District borders the district to the west. Also, Meatu and Maswa Districts border Itilima to the south.
Itilima’s population was 313,900 as of 2012. The district was created in 2012 after it was carved out of Bariadi District to become a constituent of the newly created Simiyu Region.
Trunk roadway T36, the road that links Mara Region and Shinyanga Region, passes through the district from south to north.
A part of the Maswa Game Reserve is located in the eastern part of Itilima District.
Administratively, Itilima District in Simiyu was split into twenty-two wards as of 2012. The wards are:
Busega District is among the 5 districts in Tanzania’s Simiyu Region. Nyashimo town is the district’s administrative center. Magu District and Bariadi border Busega District to the south and east, respectively, while Bunda District and Lake Victoria border the district to the north.
Busega District has a total population of 203,957 people as of 2012. The district was created in 2012 after it was carved out of Magu District to become a constituent of the newly created Simiyu Region.
Two paved and well-maintained national main roads connect Busega District. The Musoma-Mwanza highway (trunk roadway T4) passes through Busega from south to north. The roadway connecting Mara Region to Shinyanga Region (trunk roadway T36) branches off the Mwanza-Musoma road in Lamadi town in Busega District. The road also runs through the capital of the region, Bariadi.
Due to its closeness to Serengeti National Park’s western ‘Ndabaka’ gate, there are many hotels in the northern portion of the Busega District to accommodate tourists visiting the park.
Administratively, Busega District in Simiyu is split into thirteen wards as of 2012. The wards are:
Bariadi District is among the 5 districts of Tanzania’s Simiyu Region. The district’s total population is 605,509 as of 2002.
Before 2012, Bariadi used to be a part of the Shinyanga Region until it was included in the Simiyu region.
One of the largest nickel deposits in the world is found in the Dutwa Ward of Bariadi District.
Administratively, Bariadi District was divided into 26 wards as of 2002.
Simiyu Past Regional Commissioners
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