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Mbeya Ethnic Groups: The indigenous tribes of Mbeya region are of Bantu Origin, who are believed to have moved into the region a long time ago. The ethnic groups in the region are Nyakyusa in Kyela and Rungwe Districts, Safwa, Malila and Sangu in Mbeya District, Nyika and Nyamwanga in Mbozi District, Ndali in Ileje District, and Bunguu and Kimbu in Chunya district.
Between 1970 and 1990 there have been a significant inter-regional and intra-regional migration of tribes resulting into the Masai and Sukumaoccupying Chunya and Mbeya Districts.
A very heterogenous tribal composition is common in urban centres, like Mbeya Municipality and the District centres. The original settlements of various tribes in the region were determined by availability of water, fertile soil, and good pastures. These factors have led to the variation of population densities between and within the districts.
Mbeya Ethnic Groups
The Nyakyusa of southwestern Tanzania have been ethnographically studied since 1934 and are known from missionary and traveler’s records since the beginning of European contact with the East African interior in the 1870s.
The Safwa Tribe (pronounced SAH-fwah) people live in the highlands of southwestern Tanzania. The city of Mbeya is at the center of their traditional homeland, but most Safwa have fled urbanization.
The Malila are an ethnic and linguistic group based in Mbeya Region in south-western Tanzania. In 2003 the Malila population was estimated to number 65,000. Welcome to Mbeya and learn more about Malila tribe.
The Bungu are a Bantu speaking group of people living among the hills, plains, and ridge-like escarpments to the southeast of Lake Rukwa in the Great Rift Valley. Their villages are surrounded by vast expanses of deciduous forest.
The Kimbu of Tanzania, numbering 70,000, are Unengaged and Unreached. They are part of the Bantu, Central-Tanzania people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Welcome to Mbeyya to learn more.
The Sangu people are the original pastoral inhabitants of a vast area of flatlands near the Ruaha River. In the 1870s and 80s, Baluch people from Pakistan emigrated into the area, starting farms, intermarrying, and bringing Islam.
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