KigomaTanzania. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Capital of the Western Region. Main railway terminus on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Important harbour. Population of 136,000 (2007).
The city has little infrastructure. Its roads are still mostly unpaved, electricity and water supply are erratic.
The small Kigoma Airport is in the eastern suburbs and has services from Dar es Salaam and Mwanza, organization at the airport is very simple.
A twice-weekly overnight sleeper is also available from Dar es Salaam via Dodoma and Tabora, the journey takes two nights from Dar es Salaam and one night from cities further inland. A ticket for second class sleepers costs TSh 39,700, while first class tickets start at TSh 54,900.
The German colonial is located directly in the city centre.
Road busKigoma is at the end of road B381, leaving the national road B8 at Kasulu. Roads are passable and steadily being improved. Traversing the country takes 3-4 days.
FerryThe ancient MV Liemba, built in 1913 by Germans, still plys up and down Lake Tanganyika between Kigoma and Mpulungu on the southern shores of the lake in Zambia, stopping at several places along the coast. There are first, second and third class on board.
By foot, taxi, or little motorcycle taxis (TSh 1000-2000 in 2014) for an inner city ride.
- Ujiji, the nearby former Arab slave trading settlement, the famous meeting place of Stanley and Livingstone.
- Gombe National Park for chimpanzee viewing
- Lake Tanganyika
Mahale Mountains National Park
National Bank of CommerceHas a Visa Card ATM.
Diocese of Kigoma Community Centrephone: +255 28-280-2520Single/double rooms with common bathroom. Basic accommodation but good value for the money. Not far from the railway station and the post office.
phone: +255 282803052A modern hotel on the shore of Lake Tanganyika at the southern outskirts of Kigoma. Clean, comfortable with a lively bar that also serves simple but good food.
Aqua Lodgephone: +255 764-980788address: Katonga roadFan rooms
Poyongo Lodgeaddress: Uiji road