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Njombe Region was established on 1st March 2012 by the Government Gazette No.9 under GN No.72. The region is located in Southern Highlands Zone which comprises of Ruvuma, Iringa, Mbeya, Njombe and part of Morogoro Regions. It borders Iringa Region in the North, Morogoro Region in the East and Ruvuma region in the South. It also borders Republic of Malawi via Lake Nyasa and part of Mbeya Region in the north-west and West. It lies between latitude 08o 40’ and 10o 32’ south of the equator and between longitude 33o 47’ and 35o 45’ east of Greenwich.
It is located in Southern Highlands Zone of Mainland Tanzania. The Region has an area of 24,994 km2 and is divided into four Administrative Districts and six Local Government Authorities. According to the 2012 Population and Housing Census, the Region has population of 702,097 people, 329,359 being males and 372,738 females. Ecologically the region is divided into three zones, namely; Highlands, Middle and Lowland. These ecological zones are favourable for agricultural production, forest, mining and tourism.
The region is linked with neighbouring regions of Iringa, Mbeya, and Ruvuma by a tarmac road. These roads also link with Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi countries. Most of the roads within the region are in good condition and passable throughout the year.