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Kigoma City

Kigoma was founded by the Belgians at the end of the nineteenth century, during the exploration of the eastern African hinterland.
In recent decades it became important from an economic point of view and its port is central for the activities of the area.

Historically it was the last stop of the railway line, built in the 20th century to transport agricultural products to the east coast.
The city is a good base to organize safaris to both the Gombe Stream National Park and the Mahale Mountains National Park, with the aim of seeing chimpanzees.

The lively city of Kigoma is situated on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyka and is surrounded by mountains and forests, which make it a pleasant place.
The scenes of daily life animate the colorful markets: very typical and authentic, where you can find local products and be conquered by the smells and flavors of Tanzania.

Kigoma is at the end of the B381 road: the roads are accessible and constantly improved.

What to Do

You can visit the National Parks of Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains.

You can visit the city of Ujiji, a nearby Arab settlement where slaves were traded and famous for being the meeting place between Stanley and Livingstone.
In Ujiji Henry Stanley, taking off his hat, said the famous phrase:
«Dr. Livingstone, I presume? I thank God, Doctor, I have been permitted to see you».
David Livingstone, in turn, took off his hat and replied:
«I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you.».

You can visit Lake Tanganyka, organizing a ride on the oldest boat in the world: Papa Liemba.
In fact the ancient ship, built in 1913 by the Germans, continues to sail on the lake between Kigoma and Mpulungu, up to the southern shores of the lake in Zambia, stopping in different cities along the coast.


Located in the west of Tanzania, on the shores of the great Lake Tanganyika.
It is 775 m above sea level.

Getting There

By plane from various Tanzanian airports.
By car from Dar es Salaam, from Dodoma and from Arusha.
It is the last stop of the railway line that connects it to Dar es Salaam.
From Dodoma a train leaves twice a week, traveling at night.

Where to Stay

There are several hotels and lodges to stay.

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