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Mpanda is a a "frontier town" of more than 204,000 people (2022) in Northwest Tanzania.


Mpanda is an important centre in the rural economy, especially for the marketing and transshipment of rice and maize. The Katavi region is increasingly of interest to mineral prospectors, especially for gold.

Get in[edit]

Mpanda is roughly 500 km north of Mbeya and 380 km south-west of Tabora.

By plane[edit]

Mpanda has a small domestic airport with flights from a few other cities in Tanzania.

  • 1 Mpanda Airport. Mpanda Airport (Q7220495) on Wikidata Mpanda Airport on Wikipedia

By train[edit]

There are two trains a week Thursday/Sunday 13:00 from Mpanda to Tabora, operated by TRC. Journey times are 14 hours. the distance from Mpanda to Tabora by rail is 380 km.

  • 2 Mpanda railway station.

By bus[edit]

There are buses between Mpanda and Sumbawanga, which is 6-7 hours to the south. From Mpanda to Sumbawanga is 239 km.

There are also buses between Mpanda and Tabora but the sleeper train is a better way to travel.

There are also buses going between Mpanda and Kigoma.

Get around[edit]

Map of Mpanda


  • 1 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The main Roman Catholic cathedral in the city, built during colonial times in 1957.


  • 1 Katavi National Park. Mpanda is a staging point for visiting this beautiful park. It has a good cross-section of East African wildlife but is perhaps best known for its populations of hippopotamus. Its headquarters are 35 km to the south at Sitalike. Katavi National Park (Q1422525) on Wikidata Katavi National Park on Wikipedia


NBC bank has a Visa card ATM.

CRDB (15,000 Tsh fee) and NMB banks have Mastercard/Vvisa card ATMs.




  • Good Morning Lodge. air conditioned room with free breakfast and fee wifi. 30,000 Tsh.
  • Two In One Guest house. big room with hot water. 10,000 Tsh.
  • South Lodge. clean room with water from bucket. 10,000 Tsh.


Go next[edit]

Sumbawanga, Tobora, Tunduma.

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