For the village in Iran, see Shirati, Iran.

Location in Tanzania

Coordinates: 1°09′13″S 34°01′49″E / 1.15361°S 34.03028°E / -1.15361; 34.03028
Country Tanzania
Region Mara Region
District Rorya
Time zone East Africa Time (UTC+3)

Shirati is a town in North Mara, Tanzania on the shore above Lake Victoria, near the border with Kenya. It has a population of c. 50,000.[1] It is the northernmost town at the border with Kenya. Most of the residents of Shirati are Luos, Subas and other Bantu communities from Tanzania. Similarly, Shirati has a substantial number of Westerners who work at the mission at Kabwana – translated into "the white people's home" from Luo.


When Shirati was part of German East Africa, the Germans built a fort there, built a sturdy gravel road down to the shore of Lake Victoria where they put in a stone pier, as well as constructing a number of other official buildings.[2]


  1. Jacob, Mugini (23 September 2011). "Shirati to become a town - Pinda". Daily News. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  2. Treves, Frederick (1910). Uganda for a holiday. London: Smith, Elder & Company. p. 173. OCLC 33285047.

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