Welcome to Kalema


It is a functioning Catholic mission station, originally established in 1885. Parts of the main compound – with brick arches that give it an Italian ambience – were originally a Belgian fort. The church built the following year is still in use, but it feels modern after extensive changes.

There's no reason to go out of your way to detour here and there's little for the traditional tourist, but if you're wanting to hop aboard the MV Liemba or disembark after a Mahale trip, this is as good a spot as any.


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