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Lindi Town is a southern Tanzanian coastal town and regional capital of Lindi Region located at the far end of Lindi Bay, on the Indian Ocean in southeastern Tanzania. The town is 450 kilometres (280 mi) south of Dar es Salaam and 105 km (65 mi) north of Mtwara, the southernmost coastal town in Tanzania, and gives its name to the surrounding Lindi Region, one of the largest regions in Tanzania and one of most sparsely populated regions of the country.
Lindi Town
Municipality

Lindi Town bay side
Nickname(s): The Coconut Town
Lindi Town
Location In Tanzania
Lindi Town
Location in Africa
Coordinates: 9°59′49″S 39°42′52″E
CountryTanzania
RegionLindi
Population (2012)
 • Total78,841
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code(s)023
WebsiteCountry website
A scene on Lindi's main street with shops and a students' hostel.

History
Lindi Town was founded in the 11th century by Swahili people who traded along with their coast with various peoples around the Indian Ocean As part of the Swahili Civilization. There is no record of previous name of the Swahili town. Possibly named after one of the ancestors of local Mwinyi. In the 17th century location was later renamed by Omani Arab colonizers as Lindi meaning "deep channel". The Omanis dominated local people and used the location as a port to sell and transport enslaved human beings and ivory to the global market. With the coming of the Germans occupation and later on the British occupation the town was the administrative capital of the southern province until 1952 where it was moved to Mtwara City by the British due to its favorable harbor potential in Lindi Bay. Ten years after independence in 1971 under the Nyerere administration made Lindi Town the regional seat for Lindi Region. However, the following year in 1972 due to socialism policy, urban councils were abolished in favor of rural development negatively affecting the economy of the town. In 1978 urban councils were reintroduced.[1]
Economy
Lindi town's main economic activities are local government and municipal administration, fishing, coconut production and salt production.[1] The town population was 78,841 as of the 2012 national census.[2]

Geography
Lindi Town is located at the mouth of the Lukuledi River. Located on Lindi Bay, Its port facilities are still rudimentary, allowing one or two small cargo and passenger boats at a time, and cannot accommodate ocean-going ships.[3] The region was once an important sisal-producing plantation area, especially in Kikwetu, surrounding the Lindi airstrip, 25 kilometers north of town. Around 2012 Lindi was finally linked to Dar es Salaam by a continuous tarmac road, making Lindi accessible throughout the rainy season. An older tarmac road connects Lindi Town to Mtwara City, passing through Mikindani, an important historic Swahili settlement in Mtwara Region. The Rondo Forest Reserve, is an important site of biodiversity which is located at the Rondo Plateau, located in southern Lindi Region.[4] Part of a Coastal Forest mosaic, the Rondo Plateau has risen sharply from sea level to about 885 metres or 2,900 feet and therefore enjoys a unique microclimate.[5]
Administration
Bird's eye View of Lindi Town
Lindi Town Street Scene
Lindi Town is administratively divided into 18 wards:[2]
  1. Ndoro
  2. Makonde
  3. Mikumbi
  4. Mitandi
  5. Rahaleo
  6. Mwenge
  7. Matopeni
  8. Wailes
  9. Nachingwea
  10. Rasbura
  11. Mtanda
  12. Jamhuri
  13. Msinjahili
  14. Mingoyo
  15. Ng'apa
  16. Tandangongoro
  17. Chikonji
  18. Mbanja
References
  1. ^ a b​https://www.lands.go.tz/uploads/documents/en/1567769286-LINDI%20MASTER%20PLAN.pdf
  2. ^ a b "2012 population and housing census"(PDF). March 2013. p. 85. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-12.
  3. ^ "Lindi port information". Archived from the original on 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
  4. ^ "Rondo". www.nature-reserves.go.tz​. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  5. ^ "Rondo — Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS)". www.tfs.go.tz. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
External links
Lindi travel guide from Wikivoyage
Last edited on 4 September 2021, at 23:19
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