Lindi is a coastal town located at the far end of the Lindi Bay, on the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
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 in southeastern Tanzania
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. The town is 450 kilometers south of Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam
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 and 105 kilometers north of Mtwara, the southernmost coastal town in Tanzania, and gives its name to the surrounding Lindi Region
Lindi Region
Lindi is one of Tanzania's 26 administrative regions. The regional capital is also called Lindi.The Lindi region borders on Pwani, Morogoro, Ruvuma, and Mtwara. Much of the western part of the region is in the Selous Game Reserve....

, one of the most sparsely populated areas of the country. The town population was 41,549 as of the 2002 national census
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Lindi is located at the mouth of the Lukuledi River. Its port facilities are still rudimentary, allowing one or two small cargo and passenger boats at a time, and cannot accommodate ocean-going ships. The region was once an important sisal
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-producing plantation area, especially in Kikwetu, surrounding the Lindi airstrip, 25 kilometers north of town. During the rainy season Lindi is presently accessible only by air and sea, with roads open during the dry season. At present there is a huge road building project going on, which aims to upgrade the whole road north to Dar es Salaam to bitumen standards. Many parts of the project have already been finished, but the project will probably take till 2008 to complete. An old tarmac road connects Lindi town to Mtwara, passing through Mikindani
Mikindani [translation: young palm trees], is a coastal African, Swahili town in south-eastern Tanzania.-History:In the far south of Tanzania, Mikindani is an old Swahili port that was once the centre of trade in southern Tanzania. The original inhabitants were joined around the 9th Century AD by...

, an important Arab business settlement for explorers sailing along the east coast from Muscat, Oman
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, Malindi
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 or Mombasa
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 to Sofala
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Lindi is a fairly cosmopolitan town with Arab and Indian merchants owning the bulk of businesses, and Islam
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 is the predominant religion. The town has a market, a bus station, a post office, an airstrip (2 flights a week), primary and secondary schools, several banks (2 with ATMs), an Internet cafe and many guest houses. The locals, known as Swahili
Swahili people
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s, are mainly engaged in fishing in Lindi Bay and some farming on the outskirts of the town. Employment opportunities are very limited, as Lindi lacks any kind of major industry. The only major investor is Aqeel Traders, which established here sawmills, employing Lindi region people. From the coast the land rises sharply to the escarpment hills of Mtanda
Lindi Urban
Lindi Urban is one of the 6 districts of the Lindi Region of Tanzania. It is bordered to the East by the Indian Ocean and surrounded to the North, West, and South by the Lindi Rural District...

, once a residential area for colonial civil servants, with views of Lindi Bay. During the colonial era, a transfer to Lindi amounted to a re-appraisal or demotion.

Hotels and Restaurents

There are many restaurants for daily meals including breakfast and lunch.
One of the famous restaurents is located near the bus stop, named JAFFERY RESTAURENT, its where many people gather around in the evening to enjoy BBQ or proper dinner with family and friends.
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