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Introducing Kigoma

The regional capital and only large Tanzanian port on Lake Tanganyika is a scrappy but agreeable town. It’s also the end of the line of the Central Line train and a starting point for the MV Liemba and visits to Gombe National Park. It’s hardly a bustling metropolis, but it feels that way if you’ve slogged across Western Tanzania by road to get here.

Other than a few scattered buildings dating to the German colonial era, including the train station and what some call Kaiser House (now the home of the Regional Commissioner), Kigoma has no real attractions, but several villages and beaches around town could easily occupy a few days time.