Top things to do in Western Tanzania

Top Choice National Park in Western Tanzania

Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park, 35km southwest of Mpanda, is Tanzania’s third-largest national park (together with two contiguous game reserves the conservation area encompasses 12,500 sq km) and one of its most unspoiled wil…
Top Choice National Park in Western Tanzania

Mahale Mountains National Park

It’s difficult to imagine a more idyllic combination: clear, blue waters and white-sand beaches backed by lushly forested mountains soaring straight out of Lake Tanganyika, and some of the continent’s most intriguin…
Top Choice National Park in Western Tanzania

Gombe National Park

With an area of only 56 sq km, this is Tanzania’s smallest national park, but its famous primate inhabitants and its connection to Jane Goodall have given it worldwide renown. Many of Gombe’s 100-plus chimps are wel…
Top Choice Tanzanian in Tabora

Orion Tabora Hotel

Tabora’s top dining spot has a mix of local and continental food, with pizza and Indian available during dinner. There’s dining indoors and in the outside bar area, which has a pool table, and live bands play on Fri…
Top Choice Tanzanian 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.
Historic Site in Tabora

Livingstone’s Tembe

This deep-maroon-coloured, flat-roofed Arabic-style home, built in 1857, is the main attraction in these parts. It was Livingstone’s residence for part of 1871. Later that year Stanley waited three months here hopin…
Museum in Ujiji

Livingstone Memorial Museum

The site where the immortal words, ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’ were uttered by Stanley on meeting Livingstone in 1871 is commemorated by a stark grey monument inside a chain-link fence. The two mango trees here (tw…
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, an…
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 ni…
Port in Ujiji


Many people find Ujiji’s beach and small dhow port a charming step back into centuries past. They don't use power tools to build the boats, so the construction methods have been the same for generations. You may als…