Going over the world's longest Lake
Trip Start May 03, 2011
148Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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First it should start off from Mpulungu Friday around 14 hrs, then I heard it would be the next day, and eventually it turned out to be 19 hrs on this Friday. Looking around on the ship it turned out that I was the only one of the Mzungu race and because you are a foreigner you pay twice as much as the Africans and in USD. The first hour on the ship was a bit of a hassle because there were so many people running around and shouting and if you are a first time traveler to Africa this will be a bit of a chock! Once on the water things started to ease down and I could enjoy the trip.100 USD is not cheap but for that you get 2 or 3 nights accommodation, transport to Kigoma and a 2 day boat trip on this fantastic lake
In one of the cabins there were some people from Tanzanian immigration and in 10 min you have arranged your Tanzanian visa. I believe it is quite unique and funny to have an immigration office on a ship. For the rest everything feels like the Tanzanian 'Bongo flavour’ on the ship. Talking Swahili, Tanzanian beers, chipsi majai, mandazi, chapatti, ugali etc…
Halfway the trip 2 German men and 2 Australian ladies came on board so I was no longer the only white man. Along the way the Liemba stopped at several small towns and little wooden boats came peddling to us and exchanged people and bags full of fish. The Australians and Germans also came on board like this. Especially the Australian ladies were nice people and we even played some guitar on the back of the boat in a beautiful Tanzanian sunset. In short, I had a very good time and would recommend this to everyone.
- The MV Liemba leaves ONCE IN 2 WEEKS on Friday from Mpulungu to Kigoma in Tanzania. Plan your travel and for information contact captain Titus on: +255-752504177
- Tickets can only be bought in USD on the ship and cost: 1st class $100, 2nd $90, 3rd $70.
- Visa for Tanzania can be arranged on the ship.
- There is nice food on the ship and availability of Tanzanian beers!