Introduction to Kigoma

Welcome to Kigoma, a captivating town nestled along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika.

With its rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and warm hospitality, Kigoma invites you to embark on an unforgettable adventure in Tanzania.

Why visit Kigoma?

  • Scenic location on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
  • Wildlife encounters in nearby national parks.
  • Rich cultural heritage and historical sites.
  • Fishing and boating opportunities on the lake.
  • Authentic local experiences and warm hospitality.

Getting to Kigoma

By Road

To reach Kigoma, you can drive from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma, covering a distance of approximately 1,000 kilometers and taking around 15-20 hours.

By Air

Fly from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma Airport, enjoying aerial views of Tanzania’s landscapes, before landing in the captivating town of Kigoma.

Best Time to Visit Kigoma

The best time to visit Kigoma is during the dry season, from May to October. 

This period offers pleasant weather with minimal rainfall, making it ideal for exploring the national parks and enjoying outdoor activities along Lake Tanganyika.

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Things to do in Kigoma

Explore Kigoma’s rich cultural heritage and natural wonders through activities like chimpanzee trekking and lake cruises.

Wildlife in Kigoma

Explore the diverse wildlife of Kigoma, where you can encounter a range of unique and fascinating animal species in their natural habitats.

Popular Activities in Kigoma

Kigoma offers diverse activities to delight travelers, from snorkeling adventures to cultural village tours.

Landscape in Kigoma

Kigoma captivates with its stunning landscapes, encompassing the majestic Lake Tanganyika, rolling hills, verdant forests, and breathtaking sunsets over the water.

Birdlife in Kigoma

Kigoma is home to diverse birdlife, allowing birdwatching enthusiasts to spot various species in its natural habitats.

Where to stay in Kigoma

From luxurious safari lodges a more rustic camping experiences, there are plenty of great options for where to stay in Arusha National Park.

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Top questions answered for Kigoma

Discover all the essential information about Kigoma in one place. From transportation to attractions, find answers to your top questions for a well-planned and memorable trip.
Kigoma is home to several must-visit attractions, including Gombe Stream National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park, Ujiji Town, and the beautiful shores of Lake Tanganyika.
The best time to visit Kigoma is during the dry season, which typically lasts from June to October. This period offers favorable weather conditions for wildlife viewing and outdoor activities.
Air flights from major Tanzanian cities like Dar es Salaam and Arusha can reach Kigoma. Additionally, train and ferry services are available from Dar es Salaam and Mpulungu, Zambia.
Kigoma is known for its diverse wildlife. In Gombe Stream National Park, you can witness chimpanzees in their natural habitat, along with other primates, birds, and small mammals. Mahale Mountains National Park is also home to a population of wild chimpanzees.
Apart from wildlife viewing, you can engage in fishing, boat safaris, cultural visits to Ujiji Town, sunset cruises on Lake Tanganyika, and hiking in the Mahale Mountains.
Kigoma offers cultural experiences through visits to Ujiji Town, where you can explore historical sites like Livingstone’s Memorial, learn about local traditions, and interact with friendly Tanzanian communities.
Kigoma experiences a tropical climate characterized by warm temperatures throughout the year. The dry season from June to October brings drier and cooler weather, while the wet season from November to May sees more rainfall.
Kigoma is a paradise for birdwatchers. With its diverse habitats, including forests, wetlands, and lakeshores, you can spot many bird species, including African fish eagles, kingfishers, hornbills, and many more.
Yes, you can embark on a thrilling boat safari on Lake Tanganyika. Explore the vast lake, witness stunning landscapes, encounter local fishing communities, and have the chance to spot hippos and other wildlife.  
The best way to plan your Arusha National Park trip is to entrust it to an award-winning local tour operator like Easy Travel. We have 35 years of expertise under our belt, guaranteeing the best possible experience for our guests.
When in Kigoma, savor local dishes such as mchuzi wa samaki (fish stew), wali na kuku (rice and chicken), and dizi nyama (plantains with meat). Don’t forget to taste the delicious fresh fruits available in the region.
Kigoma has bustling markets where you can find various products, such as fresh produce, local crafts, colorful fabrics, and souvenirs. The Ujiji Market is a popular spot to explore.
You can visit picturesque islands on Lake Tanganyika near Kigoma, including Gombe Island and Mwamgongo Island. These islands offer opportunities for relaxation, swimming, and enjoying the beauty of the lake.
Kigoma has various transportation options, including taxis, motorcycle taxis (bodabodas), and public minibusses known as daladalas. These modes of transport can help you navigate the town and its surroundings.

Kigoma has several health facilities, including hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, where you can seek medical assistance. It is recommended to have travel insurance for peace of mind. 


Absolutely! Kigoma offers breathtaking sunsets over Lake Tanganyika. Head to the lake’s shoreline, relax and enjoy the stunning colors as the sun sets on the horizon.

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