Shinyanga – Landmarks, People, Transport, Location and More

Shinyanga – Landmarks, People, Transport, Location and More

Shinyanga also referred to in the local Swahili language as Mji wa Shinyanga, is a city situated in the northern parts of Tanzania. It is home to both the regional and district headquarters of the Shinyanga Region. The area and district bear the town’s name.


Shinyanga is situated in northern Tanzania’s Shinyanga District, in the Shinyanga Area. It is roughly 175 km (109 miles) southeast of the next big city, Mwanza.  This site is roughly 475 km (295 miles) northwest of Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital city. Shinyanga’s coordinates are 33°25′23′′E 3°39′43′′S / 3.661945°S 33.423056°E / -3.661945; 33.423056

Population of Shinyanga

Shinyanga had a population of around 93,000 people according to the national census done in 2002. Shinyanga Municipal Council has a population of 161,391 residents according to the national census conducted in 2002.

Shinyanga Landmarks

The following are the seven current landmarks in or around Shinyanga city:

  1. The Central Market of Shinyanga
  2. The Kahama Regional Administration’s headquarters
  3. Shinyanga Urban District’s headquarters
  4. Shinyanga City Council’s offices
  5. General Hospital of Shinyanga
  6. City Stadium of Shinyanga – Public stadium managed by the city council of Shinyanga.
  7. River Mhumbu – The city’s primary source of water is located around 3 km (1.9 miles) to the east of Shinyanga’s CBD.
  8. Williamson Diamond mine owned by Williamson.
A lumber market in Shinyanga
A lumber market in Shinyanga

Transport in Shinyanga


Situated around 8 km down Mwanza road in the Ibadakuli area.


Shinyanga is serviced by the Shinyanga Railway Station, which is a subsidiary of the Tanzanian Central Line Railway.


The Mwanza-Tabora Highway connects Shinyanga to Mwanza. The highway conveniently runs through Shinyanga’s central business district.


The Food and Agriculture Organization, the UNEP, and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration all have well-documented forest restoration programs in the region. The initiative is documented in the documentary Forests for the Twenty-First Century.

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