Kigoma

Kigoma

The bustling town of Kigoma is the regional capital of western Tanzania and a center port in the area. Located on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, Kigoma is surrounded by rugged mountains and forest that make it a pleasing and beautiful location. In the past, Kigoma has been in competition with nearby Ujiji, but over the last decades Kigoma has gained a strong economic foothold in the region. Its ports are of central importance to the activities of the area.

Historically, the town was the final stop of the Central Line Railway, built in the 20th century to transport the agricultural goods from the African hinterland to the East African Coast. The town makes good overland base for visits and chimpanzee safaris to both Gombe Stream National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park.