Bukoba Urban District
| Kagera Region|
Bukoba is a town in northwest Tanzania on the western shore of Lake Victoria. It is the capital of the Kagera region, and the administrative seat for Bukoba Urban District. Population estimate: 100,000. The city is served by Bukoba Airport and regular ferry connections to Mwanza, as well as ground transport to Uganda's Rakai District.
Situated on the shore of Lake Victoria, Bukoba lies only 1 degree south of the Equator and is Tanzania's second largest port on the lake.
Bukoba city is situated at the Western shore of Lake Victoria in the northwest of Tanzania. The regional capital and Kagera's biggest town is the gateway to the region. The climate is sunny and mild most of the year. It can sometimes get cool especially in the evenings during the two rainy seasons, but never as cold as the winter season in Europe. Kagera's Regional Commissioner Col. Fabian Massawe resides and has his head office in Bukoba city.
The city is flat and compact, forming a bowl as it is surrounded by hills. The town has a bus stand, a big airport and a port with a ferry that used to travel from Bukoba via Kemondo bay port to Mwanza on Monday,Wednesday and Friday nights, but was suspended in 2014 when the ferry broke down irreparably. Auric Air flies three times a day to Mwanza. In 2010 the airport is being extended and more flights are expected. A bus leaves for Kampala at 7 am every day (about 6 hours)and from Kampala for Bukoba at 11 am every day. It boasts a white sandy beach, a large market, a port, tennis courts and a swimming pool.It has 3 banks, two of which take VISA cards in the ATM.
Bukoba Town itself has the status of a municipal Council. It has a municipal Director and other local government officials like other district councils in the region.
Bukoba is represented in the Tanzanian Premier League by football club Kagera Sugar. It is the home to several charities - including SHARE in Africa and Jambo Bukoba. Both are focused on the educational sector.