Top ChoiceTanzanian in Kigoma

Coast View Resort

Assuming you can score a table with a view (up on the gazebo), it’s worth the trip up here for dinner or sundowners. The menu is mostly local, but has some Italian too.

Beach in Kigoma

Jakobsen’s (Mwamahunga) Beach

Jakobsen's is actually two tiny, beautiful sandy coves below a wooded hillside. The overall setting is idyllic, especially if you visit during the week when few people are around. There are some bandas for shade,...

Village in Kigoma


This large and colourful fishing village is quite a spectacle when the 200-plus wooden boats pull in with their catch. During the darkest half of the moon’s cycle they come back around 8am after they’ve spent the...

Village in Kigoma


There are many fishermen at Kibirizi, 2km north of town by the oil depots. The early-afternoon loading of the lake taxis is impressive in a noisy, colourful and rather chaotic kind of way. You can walk here by...

Tanzanian in Kigoma

Sun City

This long-standing establishment is a clean and almost artistic spot for wali maharagwe (rice and beans) and other local meals. There’s also chicken biryani on Sunday. Takeout is available.

International in Kigoma

Kigoma Catering

The biggest and broadest menu in town, with primarily local dishes. Though it won’t wow you, the food is pretty good.

Historic Building in Kigoma

Kaiser House

This colonial-era building was constructed in the early years of the 20th century for German emperor Wilhelm II, who was planning a hunting expedition to western Tanzania. He never made the journey, but the...