AUTHENTIC TOURS & PERSONALIZED EXCURSIONS AROUND KIGOMA WITH AFRICANMECCA
The amazing Katonga Fish Market with cascades of fresh and dried dagaa sardines is worth a visit (read more on where to stay in Kigoma). In the historic town of Ujiji, a few kilometers from Kigoma, missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone was found on his return from a Tanzania exploration safari, by Henry Morton Stanley, welsh born journalist and British explorer. The legendary words “Dr. Livingstone, I presume” were uttered here.
A museum funded by the UN beside an unpleasant memorial built over Livingstone’s interred heart in an excess of Victorian morbid sentimentality, houses two trite statues of the explorers, raising their hats in mutual greeting. But apart from some horrifying illustrations of the slave trade and ancient mango trees marking the start of the Arab slave route that Livingstone tried to eradicate, it is a missed opportunity, charging foreigners exorbitantly for an admittedly knowledgeable commentary from the attendant, and not much else.
Other activities include deep lake swimming, fishing, and snorkeling in the lake, kayaking, sailing in romantic dhows, or taking a possible helicopter trip over the lake from Lupita Island and taking multi-day tours from Kigoma to the primate national parks of Gombe and Mahale.
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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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GUIDE ON KIGOMA
Kigoma is the main port, rail terminal and largest town on the coast of Lake Tanganyika. It is also one of the main access points for Western Tanzania's Parks: Gombe Stream, Mahale Mountain and Katavi.
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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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Congratulations, the organisation by AfricanMecca was perfect. As to Mahale we spent 4 memorable days in that beautiful scenery, with plenty of Chimp viewing, a lovable crew and good food. Thanks once again for the top service.
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I recently returned from a trip to Tanzania with a party of eleven people (Canisius College school group) visiting remote Chimpanzee and Wildlife in Gombe, Mahale, Selous. I am pleased to report that I was entirely satisfied in every respect.
Dr. Michael Noonan - Professor At Canisius College - New York, United States
AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
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We saw more than 20 chimpanzees including chimps I've read about -- Freud, Faustino, Wilkie... so amazing. We had an absolutely amazing trip in Arusha, Serengeti and Gombe - everything went smooth as silk. Thank you so much Raza
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We had a wonderful time on our chimpanzee safari in Mahale Mountains National Park. The services were outstanding. The guides were knowledgeable and led us to several very nice viewing opportunities. Asante sana.
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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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