Bungu people

Bungu / Wungu

Bungu / Wungu

The Bungu or Wungu are a Bantu ethnolinguistic group based in the Chunya District of Mbeya Region in south-western Tanzania.

The Wungu (Bungu) of Tanzania are numbering 94,500 (Peoplegroups.org, 2023)

Bungu People

They are part of the Bantu, Central-Tanzania people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. This people group is only found in Tanzania.

Their primary language is Bungu.

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 people live in mud brick homes with thatched roofs. Some farm and others fish. The main cash crop is cotton. In the more mountainous villages, they also grow and cure tobacco. For food, they plant rice, corn, millet, and cassava. Many of them also raise goats, cows, pigs, and chickens. The Lake upon which the fishermen depend is reported to be increasing in size, yet becoming more shallow, due to erosion. As a result, the fish are also becoming more scarce. Such work also has its hazards, as the number of crocodiles has been increasing.