Kigoma is the largest town on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It is the only most developed town closest to both Gombe and Mahale National Parks. It is the starting point of most of our safaris to Gombe and Mahale National Parks. Most of our itineraries have the first and the last days of the safari in Kigoma.
Kigoma is home to the “Ha” tribe, which was the third largest tribe in Tanzania by the 1940s. It is famous for Dagaa fishing and Palm oil. Besides the close proximity to the Parks, Kigoma is also rich in history. It is the last place Europe and America sent an emissary to trace the whereabouts of the great scientist, missionary and explorer, Dr. Livingstone. Surrounded by the Lake on one side and scenic hills and valleys on the other, a tour of Kigoma town becomes an interesting part of your Chimpanzee safari
Kigoma is linked to most of the tourist destinations in Tanzania. Here are few of the options that are presently available. However due to increasing demand more and more options are becoming available. We advise you to keep in contact with us for further updates. To get there can be either by Air, road, train and lake. on more information’s and booking
The hilly nature and the forests surroundings 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 temperature range between 25degrees centigrade in December, January to 28 degrees centigrade in September.
It is an overland base for visits to lake Tanganyika, Chimpazee trekking safaris to both Gombe streams and Mahale Mountains National Parks. Travel from Kigoma to Gombe on boat takes approximately 35 minutes to an hour; while Kigoma to Mahale takes 6-8 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 10km 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.