KIGOMA  - Tanzania
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Kigoma Town - Western Tanzania

Kigoma Town - Western Tanzania - The Town with History

Kigoma is the major business town and the busiest port on the shore of Lake Tanganyika; is also the regional capital of western Tanzania. It is a terminus of the Tanzania Central Railway Line System, built in the 20th century to transport agricultural goods and laborers from the African hinterland to the East African Coast
Climate: The hilly nature and the forests surrounding the town have shaped the tropical climate to a distinct long wet rainy season from late October to May with short dry spell of 2-3 weeks in January or February followed by a prolonged dry season. Mean daily temperatures range between 25C in December, January to 28C in September.
Connections: The Tanzania Railways Corporation line runs from Kigoma to the port of Dar-es-Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast via Tabora and Dodoma.
Road Services are available to Mwanza, Kagera and Tabora/Nzega, but take longer to reach Kigoma, as the most roads are graveled and seasonal.
Lake ferries including the MV Liemba sail from Kigoma to Mpulungu in Zambia at the southern tip of the lake, and a number of other lakeside towns in Tanzania as Lagosa, Karema and Kasanga.
There are 2 daily flight PrecisionAir (currently suspended) from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma via Mwanza and AirTanzania
from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma via Tabora (please check with  us for schedule and continuation)

Attractions/Tours: It is an overland base for visits to Lake Tanganyika; chimpanzee tracking safaris to both Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains National Parks. Travel from Kigoma to Gombe on a boat takes approximately 35 minutes to an hour; while Kigoma to Mahale takes 6 to 8 hours depending on the type of boat used and weather and lake conditions.
A visit to the small
town of Ujiji, the oldest town in western Tanzania located about 10 km south of Kigoma town. It was a " slave trade" town settled by Arab peoples. It is also the place where Burton and Speke first reached the shore of Lake Tanganyika in 1858 and where Dr. Livingstone met Stanley in 1871. A monument known as the "Dr. Livingstone Memorial" was constructed to commemorate the meeting. There is a former slave route near the market.

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