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Mahale Mountains National Park
An amazing place...
This comfortable private guesthouse has a lovely cliff-top perch above Jakobsen’s Beach, while the two shady campsites with ablutions, lanterns and grills are down near the lake...
A fairly basic place now owned by the Catholic order Brothers of Charity. With large clean rooms (some have fans) on the beach, each with a screened porch and cheap wi-fi access, this is Kigoma’s best-value offering...
The highest hotel in town didn’t bother to give its rooms any views; but you can see everything from the restaurant’s gazebo tower. The limited sightlines are the only shortcoming here; rooms and service are solid.
By far the simplest and smallest of Mahale’s private camps, just six basic tents on the beach and a thatched-roof open dining area.
Gombe National Park
Gombe’s only private lodge has a shady, waterside location with just seven tents. And though it’s well managed and reportedly serves good food, both the facilities are far too plain for the prices.
These church-run rooms are some of Kigoma’s cheapest, but far from scruffiest. Look for the ‘Afritools’ sign. There’s street food nearby.
The double and twin cottages here (half of which just got a thorough renovation) sit atop an escarpment overlooking the lake within a large walled compound roamed by zebra...
A lovely place with 10 spacious and widely spaced double tents and a comfy dining area-lounge. The price includes chimp tracking.
Kigoma’s other upmarket hotel began business in 2009 (after an extensive renovation) but is already in need of repairs. Still, overall, it’s a decent place right on the beach and most rooms have a lake view...
Basic but quite decent park-run double bandas set about 100m in from the shore. While they lack the lake views of the private camps, their position in the forest means the night sounds are wonderful...
Basic rooms down a tiny alley, it’s a good choice if you want to be right in the centre of town. Self-contained rooms have TV and fan. There’s no food.
By virtue of being one of the newest hotels in the Mwanga neighbourhood (convenient to the bus stand) Poyongo is one of the best.
Next to the visitor centre at Kasekela, this quite comfortable place has six simple rooms with electricity during morning and evening. Two overflow facilities have rooms of lesser quality and toilets at the back...
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