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WHEN TO GO TO KIGOMA

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BEST TIME TO VISIT KIGOMA DURING YOUR LAKE TRAVELS IN WESTERN TANZANIA

The climate of Kigoma is mild and tropical, due to its proximity to the equator and altitude above sea level, but year-round access is difficult because of the state of the gravel roads which, apart from a flamboyantly ethnic railway service, are its only land links with wider civilization. Flights from Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Mwanza also depend on airstrips not being waterlogged at the peak of the wet season. The rains in western Tanzania start from November to April with the short rains and then merging into the long rain season (read more on tour activities in Kigoma). The heavier rains affect many possible activities adversely. Humidity is high and mosquitoes are ubiquitous, necessitating generous use of repellents and malaria prophylactics. For example, chimpanzee treks in Mahale and Gombe are difficult and treacherous in the wet, and there is no guarantee of sightings on a couple nights short stay, since the chimps move higher in the mountains in search of food. But birdwatching and botanical tours are especially rewarding in January and February, when it is beginning to get warmer, but is not oppressive; though expect rains during this period. In the balmy, dry season from June to October, it is easier to access varied Lake Tanganyika and Kigoma town activities, there are fewer pestiferous mosquitoes and you may even need a light fleece or sweater in the evenings or early mornings. Average air temperatures are around lows of 64 F (18 C) and highs of 86 F (30 C) degrees, as is the water of the lake, perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling, or PADI scuba diving on your dream vacation in western Tanzania.
WHERE TO STAY IN 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.

TOUR KIGOMA ATTRACTIONS
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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.

GUIDE ON KIGOMA
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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.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

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  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
    Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • 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.
    Danielle and Walter Rohrer - Hoerhausen, Switzerland
  • Dear Raza, We want to thank all the AfricanMecca team and the people who had made possible such an unforgettable honeymoon. Thanks to Nkungwe Beach Lodge (a paradise on earth) for all their attentions in such a remote and beautiful spot.
    Toni & Raquel Salat - Barcelona, Spain
  • 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.
    Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA
  • 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
    Tiffany Heitz & Lesley Smith - California, United States
  • 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.
    Dave and Sara Howe - Washington, United States

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 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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