GUIDE ON KIGOMA IN TANZANIA
Kigoma is the main port, rail terminal and largest town on the coast of Lake Tanganyika. It had a tumultuous history of involvement in slave and ivory trading in the yesteryear but declined once the western abolition campaigns started together with a falling population and silting up of the harbor, leaving it largely dependent on the Tanzanian mainland trade, although fishing and palm oil are still thriving sources of income.
It is also one of the main access points for Western Tanzania’s National Parks, Gombe Stream, and Mahale Mountain, home to troops of wild chimpanzees; mankind’s fascinating nearest genetic kin. Road connections to the outside world are poor and ill-maintained although bus and rail links still variably function but caters towards the locals – not tourists. Proper maintenance records and liability transport insurance are non-existent and not best suited for international visitors.
The 100-year-old ferry boat, MV Liembe provides lake transport between the bordering countries around Lake Tanganyika. Chartered light aircraft from Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Mwanza are the most reliable means of transport for a trip to Kigoma.
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WHERE TO STAY IN KIGOMA
AfricanMecca recommends two hotels in Kigoma based on its Hotel Tier ranking. The first is Kigoma Hilltop Hotel which ranks as a deluxe option while Lake Tanganyika Hotel ranks as a value lodging.
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TOUR KIGOMA ATTRACTIONS
Kigoma has a traditional market packed with life and color which you can tour. You can also visit the the historic town of Ujiji, a few kilometers from Kigoma, where Henry Stanley met David Livingstone.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT KIGOMA
The climate of Kigoma is mild and tropical, due to its proximity to the equator and altitude. In the balmy, dry season from June to October, it is easier to access the varied town and lake activities.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR KIGOMA IN WESTERN TANZANIA
When visiting Kigoma, we recommend combining it with offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
You may optionally extend out to Northern Tanzania safari parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
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