The silent town of Tabora, in the western Tanzania, a land of wanyamwezi and taborians of mixed racial background remains a key transit point in the country. The Central Line railway branches at Tabora to both Kigoma and Mwanza, and visitors travelling by train often use Tabora as a stopover point during their journeys. The regions around Tabora are famous throughout Tanzania for the honey they produce, and large jerry cans and bottles of the famous liquid can be bought in the village market.
Historically, as we have been pointing out Tabora was once a major trading point and stopover for caravans that connected Lake Tanganyika and Central Africa with the coastal town of Bagamoyo to the northeast. It’s former importance is illustrated by the fact that the infamous trader Mohammed Said Almarjeb ak.a Tippu Tip, who lived during the 19th century, made Tabora the centre of his vast trading empire of ivory and slaves. The town was also an important mission station during early European exploration of Tanzania. Stanley and Livingstone both stopped here on their journeys. During the German occupation, Tabora was one of the most populated and prosperous towns in the whole of East Africa. Oops!!! stop…. the Story is now a bit different. Tabora is not in a position as it is used to be. Drought accompanied by dependance on seasonal rains made the economy of Tabora to dwindle. One thing definitely remain is the passionate of the people at all time irrespective of seasons, economic boom or recessions, day or night Tabora will and shall remain as the symbol of respectiveness, sincere people to their hearts and all times lovers of visitors and strangers. Welcome to Tabora and taste the real honey.
Mji au mkoa wa Tabora uko magharibi ya Tanzania. Tabora inabaki kama njia panda muhimu ya usafiri nchini. Reli ya kati inapacha katika mji huu kuelea mji mkongwe wa Kigoma na kuelekea Mwanza (Kanda ya Ziwa). Wasafiri wengi husimama na kupumzika katika mji huu. Tabora ni maarufu kwa ukarimu wa watu wake na mazao muhimu kama tumbaku na hasa asali ambayo inazalishwa kwa wingi mkoani hapa na upitapo kwa usafiri wa gari au treni utaona asali ikiuzwa kwa bei rahisi ikiwa katika madumu au chupa. Utachagua mwenyewe kiasi upendacho.