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Morogoro City

Morogoro is a beautiful town, also known as "Mji kasoro bahari", which means "a beautiful city without the sea", especially when compared to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.

The economy of Morogoro is based on agriculture (one of the most cultivated and exported products is tobacco) and on tourism: the city is a stage for tourists who want to visit the Uluguru mountains, the Mikumi National Park, the Udzungwa Mountains National Park and the Selous Game Reserve.
Also you can visit the Luguru communities and their traditional villages.
The Luguru population is estimated around one million people and is organized in about fifty clans; they live on agriculture because the region of Uluguru Mountains is fertile and receives abundant rainfalls, they mainly cultivate: rice, sorghum, corn and export products such as coffee and sisal.

In Morogoro there is the Sokoine Agriculture University.
In the city there are also numerous missions, which run schools and hospitals. In the surroundings of the city there are villages and small communities of different ethnic groups, like: Pogoro, Ndamba and Maasai.

Morogoro is the home of Salim Abdullah, founder of the Cuban jazz band "Marimba" and of the "Morogoro Jazz Band".
Morogoro was the home of one of the most influential and celebrated musicians of Tanzania of the 60s and 70s, Mbaraka Mwinshehe, solo guitarist and singer-songwriter.

What to Do

Hindu Temple: you can visit this temple, located on the Railway Rd..

The Morogoro market is very colorful and interesting, you can find typical products, aromas and flavors.

The Chilunga Cultural Tourism Program organizes guided tours of local villages.
Communities are directly involved in the planning and organization of cultural tours and the income generated is used to finance development projects. The office is located on Rwegasore Street, opposite to the main entrance of the Morogoro hospital, on the YWCA campus.

Uluguru Mountains: these mountains are famous for their ancient forests, which botanists estimate to date back to around 25 million years ago and they are home to an incredible variety of birds and insects, as well as different species of plants.

Position

It is located in the eastern part of Tanzania 190 km west of Dar es Salaam, at the foot of the Uluguru mountains, near the Ngerengere river.

Getting There

There is a local airport in Morogoro served by four weekly flights to/from Dar es Salaam.
The train station is near the city center and connects it to various Tanzanian towns.
The roads from Morogoro to Dar es Salaam, Iringa and Dodoma are paved and in good condition, making Morogoro easy to reach by car.

Where to Stay

There are several hotels and lodges in the city.

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