Kigoma Town

Perched along the coastline of Lake Tanganyika, this port city has grown into a rich and bustling African metropolis.

Nestled into the landscape of Western Tanzania, lies Kigoma. Located along the Eastern banks of Lake Tanganyika, Kigoma is surrounded by a mix of rugged mountains and tranquil forests.

Over the past few decades, Kigoma has grown into a rich and diverse city, with a port that is central to the livelihood of its residents.

The town’s history includes that of the final stop of the Central Line Railway, which was built in the 20th century as a transport network for agricultural goods from the inland African communities to the Eastern coast.

In modern times, the town’s location makes it ideal for chimpanzee safaris to Gombe Stream National Park and The Mahale Mountains National Park.

What You’ll See

Kigoma Town, the Western capital of Tanzania.


The ancient MV Liemba, built in 1913 by Germans, still travels up and down Lake Tanganyika between Kigoma and Mpulungu on the southern shores of the lake in Zambia, stopping at several cities along the coast. There are both first, second and third class onboard.

Source: Tanzania Tourist Board

Header Image Source: Kigoma Hilltop Lodge

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