Tanga (Region)

Tanga is one of the 26 administrative regions of Tanzania, located in the northeast with about 1.6 million inhabitants. Its capital is also called Tanga.

The region borders Kenya and the Indian Ocean, and to the Tanzanian regions Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Pwani and Morogoro. It is divided into seven districts Tanga, Muheza, Korogwe, Lushoto, Pangani, Handeni and Kilindi.

In Muheza and Lushoto are the famous Usambara Mountains.

Largest ethnic groups in Tanga are the Shambaa ( Sambara ) Zigula, Bondei and the counting of the Mijikenda Digo.

The region's economy is based, as in many parts of Tanzania on agriculture, livestock and fisheries. The farming is done mainly by small farmers, cash crops are produced by government and private companies. Most important staple food grown are maize, cassava, bananas, beans and rice. To cash crops sisal, cotton, coffee, tea, cardamom, cloves, coconuts, tobacco and cashew nuts are grown.