Why could it be the right time to catch a cheap flight from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma? We want you to be able to catch up with loved ones or explore Tanzania’s natural beauty and fastjet offers let you do that with its cheap flights from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma. So, we’ve expanded our route offering and best of all, reduced our flights. This means that you can say goodbye to long, sweaty trips in overcrowded vehicles, and hello to air-conditioned aircraft, comfortable seats and touchdown at your destination in 90 minutes.
Here's a little taste of my fastjet experience from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma.
Arriving at Julius Nyere International Airport, Dar es Salaam
On entering the airport several announcements in Swahili, followed briefly by English, interrupted the general hustle and bustle of passengers. After going through check in and the security gates, it was time for us to start our exciting trip and board the plane for a comfortable flight to Kigoma.
Arriving at Kigoma Airport
I couldn’t get over how short and enjoyable the flight to Kigoma was. On our descent, the airline crew informed us of changes coming soon to airport. Apparently, the Tanzanian government will be expanding the terminal building and the runway in the future. While disembarking, I imagined how these changes would positively impact the people of Kigoma and tourism. But my thoughts were interrupted by a friendly passenger who asked me why I would want to take a flight to Kigoma. Without thinking, I said “For its beauty and history.” As expected, I wasn’t disappointed.
What’s the weather like?
Kigoma has a tropical savanna climate, with an average temperature of 23.3 degrees C. November is the coolest month. On average, the rainy season is from November to April, with March being the wettest. The dry months are June to September, with July being the driest.
What about accommodation in Kigoma?
There are a number of excellent guest houses on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. There are private, pristine beaches to explore, and the chance to spot zebra coming to quench their thirst at the lake’s edge. With oil palms scattered around, it’s iParadise. Take a swim in the crystal-clear water and see a variety of colourful small fish.
The town of Kigoma
Surrounded by rugged mountains and forests, Kigoma overlooks the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika. Once a busy trading centre, it’s now both a lake port and a town, and is about 60 km from the Burundi border to the north. The border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) splits Lake Tanganyika down the middle from north to south, and is about 25 km to the west of the town. The town is low-lying, with an elevation of only 775 m.
The old railway station, which was the last one on the railway that connected it with Dar es Salaam, is worth visiting.
Take a morning to explore The Livingstone museum
You can quite easily spend a few hours walking the corridors of the Livingstone museum. Built on the spot where Livingstone and Stanley met under a mango tree, a metal plaque on the museum wall testifies to this by saying: “Under the mango tree which then stood here, Henry M. Stanley met David Livingstone 10 November 1871.”
Take a boat trip on Lake Tanganyika
Stand on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and you will realize that as far as the eye can see, it is just water, water and some more water. The 660 km long Lake Tanganyika is the world’s longest freshwater lake, as well as the second deepest. It ranges in width from 17 km to 72 km, and covers an area of almost 33, 000 square km.
Take an unforgettable trip on Lake Tanganyika from the port of Kigoma, by going on board the oldest passenger boat in the world. Still operational, a steamer called the MV Liemba was built in Hapsburg, Germany, in 1913. It leaves once a week from Kigoma, docking at several lakeside towns in Tanzania, and ends its journey at Mpulungu (the southern point of the Lake) in Zambia. A 5-day round trip covers 1144 km. Where there are no ports, passengers disembark in smaller boats.
About 10 km south of Kigoma you’ll find the oldest town in western Tanzania. Historically it is of great interest, because this is where Henry Stanley bumped into Dr David Livingstone on 10 November 1871, and spoke those immortalized words, “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”
There is much to discover and experience in this lovable little town. Uijiji is steeped in history, as the first town to be founded in the western part of Tanzania. So, there is much to explore. Ujiji is still full of delightful traditions of the past, such as still using dhow sailing boats to go fishing. You can soak up this charming town while on its beautiful beaches too.
Explore Gombe National Park
Home to an incredible chimpanzee population originally made famous by Jane Goodall, and over 200 bird species, Gombe National Park has to be on your itinerary. The Park is about 10 km north of Kigoma, runs along the hills of the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika and is only accessible by boat.
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