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Kigoma

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... is a medium sized town on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the western region of Tanzania.

For centuries this place was the inland capital of slavery, bridgehead for Tippu Tib's immense trading empire inside the dark continent. To the west of the village of Ujiji just to the south an avenue of ancient trees marks the start of the great caravan route to Zanzibar.

Ujiji was also the place where 'explorer' and newspaperman Henry Stanley famously 'discovered' missionary David Livingstone and there is a small museum here to commemorate that famous moment in history.

German colonists made Kigoma the head of their great inland trade route, marking it with a disproportionately grand railway terminus that mistakenly foretold of bigger things to come.

These days the town is a relaxed and mildly interesting place, but far too far out of the way to attract many international visitors.

We very rarely include Kigoma in trips these days, since the main highlights of the Tanzania West region, Mahale Mountains chimpanzee safari and Katavi safari, are usually accessed by direct flights.

It may be necessary to overnight here when accessing Gombe Stream chimpanzee safari, although that too is something we rarely find ourselves including in trips these days.
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