Most tourists usually pass through Singida on their way from Mwanza to Arusha or Dodoma, but they have not discovered that this region is worthy of a longer stay, particularly with the new road making it more accessible. The region can be used as a base for tourists wishing to explore the region and see its different ethnic groups. For those interested in wildlife, there are several game reserves in the north and to the south the better known Rungwa, Kizigo and Muhesi game reserves.
Singida is nicknamed the central corridor of Tanzania because it is located in the centre of the country. Singida town is the headquarters of Singida Region. The other centrally located regions that share borders with Singida are Dodoma and Tabora. Iringa, and Mbeya regions border Singida in the South, and to the north are the regions of Shinyanga, Arusha and Manyara.
Singida consist mainly of flat plains, kopjes, and the rift valley escarpment.
Area of Singida region:
49,438 square kilometers
Much of Singida is covered by Savannah, scattered trees and short grass, though in some areas thick Miombo woodlands can be found. Generally, the region is semi – arid with just one short rain season from December to April. The dry season is long, from June to November. The wetter areas in the region are along the escarpment near Kiomboi in Iramba district and in the south west of Manyoni district.
Administratively, the region comprised only four (4) administrative districts namely, Iramba, Manyoni, Singida Rural, and Singida Urban. Now two districts have been added, Ikungi and Mkalama.
The main economic activity of the people in the districts is cultivation and livestock keeping.
The Hadzabe, Nyiramba, Taturu, Kirobu, Nyisanzu, Barabaig, Nyaturu, and Gogo ethic groups.
The name singida is derived from the word Masingida, which refers to the wooden ornaments worn in the ears and made by the Nyaturu people who live in the area. Geographically Singida is in the centre of Tanzania mainland.
Getting to Singida:
Singida town is connected by good roads to Dodoma, Arusha, Kigoma, and Mwanza. It is accessible from Arusha through Babati and Kateshi in Manyara region; from Dar essalaam, Iringa, and Mbeya through Dodoma, and from Shinyanga and Mwanza through Nzega in Tabora region.
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What to do and see:
- Visit lakeKindai
- Visit several game reserves in the north and to South Rungwa, Kizigo and Muhesi Game reserves.
- Visit the Ethrographic museum to learn different tribes of Singida region and many more.