Kigoma/ Ujiji: the end of the old slavery route

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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New Mapinduzi Guest House

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Monday, July 30, 2012

The end of the line in Tanzania for the Liemba. Kigoma is the major port on Lake Tanganyika and together with the small town of Ujiji served as the end of the slave route coming from Zanzibar. Apart from that Kigoma is located very remotely in the west of Tanzania. Touristic sites here are Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains National Parks where Chimpanzees live in the wild but where you always pay about $300 for a one or two day trip!

I left the ship and headed towards town to serach for a Tanzanian SIM card, an internet café and a place to stay. I stayed in the new Mapinduzi guesthouse which is in the middle of town. I found out that Mapinduzi means 'Revolution' and it was meant to be for me to stay here since was wearing my Ché Guevarra shirt with ‘Revolution’ lettered on the front. Afterwards I saw that this guesthouse was also in the Lonely Planet and here you have a nice room for 6.000 Tsh (=$4,-). That is something you cannot get in Zambia.

On this 1st day I met with an Australian guy called Ben who was planning to go to DRC for some big adventure. We decided to go to Ujiji where Livingstone met Stanley and Stanley spoke the famous words "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" My first trip again by ‘Boda-Boda’ and 15 minutes later we walked over the only paved road in Ujiji going to the Livingstone museum. Apart from the original place where they met they built a new museum; entrance 20.000 Tsh (=$14!) and 10.000 for students. We still believed it was too much and negotiated a better price. The pictures show how it looked like.

Practical stuff

-                  The new Mapinduzi Guest House is definitely a recommendation for backpackers. No luxury but clean, cheap and friendly people.

-                  Kigoma can be reached by train but they only leave Kigoma twice a week (Thursday and Sunday evening) so make sure you have a flexible planning.
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