Welcome to Tabora, the charming municipality in central Tanzania. While it may not be as well-known as some of Tanzania’s other popular destinations, Tabora boasts a rich history, vibrant culture, and friendly locals that make it a must-visit for any adventurous traveler. Let’s discover all the attractions that make Tabora special.
Tabora has a fascinating history that dates back to the 1830s when coastal traders settled in the region to take advantage of the ivory and slave caravan trade. The town was also a center of trade for traders from as far north as the Buganda Kingdom. Today, you can explore this history by visiting some of the town’s historical sites and museums that showcase the region’s past.
Tabora’s people rely mainly on agricultural activities as sustenance farmers or small-scale tobacco farmers. There is also a local quarry that provides ballast for construction. Water supply is managed by Tabora Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (TUWASA), sourced from Igombe and Kazima Dams.
Food and culture:
Tabora is known as the fruit capital of Western Tanzania, and you can find local markets filled with local produce. The town has many small local restaurants offering typical Tanzanian food like Ugali (a thick maize porridge), chips, or rice with beans, beef, or chicken. A local specialty is pumpkin in peanut butter sauce, which goes with the rice pilau served widely throughout the region. For snacks, you can find local sambusa (samosa), some goat meat on a stick, or some freshly roasted corn of the cob, all widely available in Tabora.
Tabora has a tropical savanna climate with two seasons of approximately equal length. The wet season is from November to April, followed by a dry season from May to October.
Tabora is small enough to walk from one side of town to the other. Bicycle taxis, motorbike taxis, and regular taxis are available. The town is served by mostly paved road T18 from Singida Region to Kigoma and partly unpaved road T8 from Mbeya to Mwanza passing through the district. Tabora is also served by the Central railway line, which goes east to Dar es Salaam, west to Kigoma on to the Lake Tanganyika and north to the port of Mwanza on Lake Victoria. Trains leave three times a week in any direction. Tabora is also served by the Tabora Airport, which is located 7 kilometers south of the center of town.
Tabora is home to a number of educational institutions, including the Tabora Girls and Boys Secondary Schools. These schools were established in the early 1900s and have produced some of Tanzania’s most influential leaders.
Don’t miss out on the chance to explore this hidden gem. Book your trip to Tabora today!