Book Cheap Flights to Kigoma

Find out more

About Kigoma

Kigoma, the capital of western Tanzania, is a major adventure holiday destination nestled on the banks of Lake Tanganyika. This strikingly beautiful city is home to over 200,000 people. Richly blessed in its natural beauty, the city is shrouded with dense forests and mountains. Attractions include Gombe Stream National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park and Lake Tanganyika.

Cheap flights to Kigoma are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be mesmerised by this charming city. Kigoma is home to Kigoma International Airport (TKQ), which is an enjoyable 10-minute drive from the bustling heart of the city. Kigoma International Airport serves Precision Air. Popular connecting flights to Kigoma, Tanzania depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Kigoma is approximately 18 hours and 10 minutes.

Why visit Kigoma

Lake Tanganyika

Sightseeing

Prehistorically lush and extremely romantic, Kigoma rests on the beautiful sapphire banks of Lake Tanganyika. Beautiful landscapes, unforgettable safaris and two delightful national parks beckon.

Music Guitar Talent

Music & Culture

Music is the art of combining vocals and instrumental sounds together to create expressions of an effect or emotion - the people of Kigoma have cultivated this art.

Gong Bao Chicken

Cuisine

The biggest and broadest menu in town, with Indian, Chinese, and local dishes. Try tantalisingly good dishes such as gong bao chicken, chapatti, mandasi, pilau, and chicken rice.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Tanzania
Currency Tanzanian Shilling
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 171.61 TZS
Language Ha / Kiswahili
Hub Airport Kigoma International Airport
Airline Precision Air
Time Zone GMT+3
Travel Adaptor Type D & G

Best time to visit Kigoma

Beautiful turquoise beaches, borders fringed with palm trees, and crystal clear skies embrace the climate of this wonderfully tropical island. Due to its proximity to the equator, the island couldn’t be anything less than a radical smile of sunshine and fun. During the balmy dry season, from June to October, the various town and lake activities are easiest to access. Another time to visit this tropical island is from December to February, when it is hot and dry. As a guest, you can enjoy a selection of water sports and day trips to tiny, virtually undiscovered local villages, or simply marinate in the tranquil beauty of the island from your open-air room. Fun and relaxation is the rule, and it is the ideal way to start or end a vacation before heading back to the real world. The best time for scuba-diving off the coast of Kigoma is July and August, and February and March. Diving off the north coast is particularly good from June to October, and off the south coast between November and March.

Weather & Climate in Kigoma

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 18°C 18°C 18°C 18°C 18°C 16°C 15°C 16°C 17°C 18°C 18°C 18°C
High (°C) 28°C 28°C 29°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 29°C 29°C 28°C 27°C
Rainfall (mm) 105 110 140 170 75 20 10 20 25 85 155 140

Kigoma is the chief port, rail terminal and largest town on the coast of Lake Tanganyika.

It had a rich history of involvement in ivory trading in earlier years, but today, inland fishing and palm oil are a thriving source of income. Kigoma is also one of the main access points for Western Tanzania’s national parks. These parks are home to a horde of wild chimpanzees, mankind’s fascinating nearest next of kin.

The massive expanse of water that is Lake Tanganyika, is the longest lake in Africa and the second deepest in the world. It comes as no surprise then that this significant water attraction would facilitate a wealth of adventure activities to be enjoyed while visiting Kigoma.

Visitors can enjoy viewing the wildlife from the shore, or beneath the water by scuba diving or snorkelling. Kayaking, boat safaris and fishing also top the list of water based pleasures to be had. The lake area also offers quad biking and hiking activities.

Compare several airlines, and book your cheap flights to Kigoma online at Travelstart!

South African passport holders travelling to Kigoma do require a visa for Tanzania.

You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least 6 months and at least 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

The nearest South African Embassy is in Dar es Salaam.

Address: Plot 1338 Mwaya Road, Dar-es-Salaam

Phone: (+255) 22 260 1800

Email: admin.sahc@gmail.com

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling from an infected area. Vaccinations for hepatitis A & B and rabies are required. Medication for malaria and travellers’ diarrhoea is recommended. You should also ensure you are up to date with all the routine vaccinations.

Although Kigoma is a relatively safe city, it is still recommended that you exercise caution and remain vigilant at all times. Secure valuables in the hotel safe and avoid carrying large sums of cash and flashy displays of wealth, as pick-pocketing and robberies can happen. Avoid public demonstrations and political rallies. Avoid walking around at night (especially if you are alone).

Make copies of bank cards and other important documentation.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Kigoma
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 71.33
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 35.66
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.39 R 27.29
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 7.49
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 38.00 R 42.80

When visiting Kigoma by Lake Tanganyika, it is recommended that you combine your safari with a visit to Gombe, Serengeti and Kavati. You may optionally venture out to other wilderness areas in Southern Tanzania, such as Selous and Ruaha, ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour on the exotic island of Zanzibar.

There are a few exclusive hotels, which offer facilities such as room service and luxury furnished rooms. Some of these rooms offer gorgeous backdrop views to the famous Lake Tanganyika.

There is a forest lodge which offers affordable lodging with an utterly mind-blowing experience. Enjoy every aspect of your African holiday in a tented camp. Guests can march in the spectacular scenery of a mountain-side rainforest, watch curtain-like waterfalls cascade hundreds of feet downstream, and sunbathe on the endless beaches of beautiful Lake Tanganyika.

By bus: all buses depart from the sandy streets behind the petrol station. The bus station is remarkably organized, with all the bus companies having little ticket offices, with destinations clearly marked. Other bus ticket offices are more to the west, on the side of Mwanga.

By train: Kigoma station is the end of the line and is as far west as you can ride. Trains go from Kigoma to Tabora, from Thursdays to Sundays.

Main attractions in Kigoma

Rangu Beach

Rangu Beach

Sun City

Sun City

Kaiser House

Kaiser House

Why book with us
  • Bringing you the best fares from all airlines
  • Expert assistance from booking to departure
  • Online destinations for planning your travels
Already Booked your Flight?

Explore our Hotel listings:

  • 1000's of options worldwide
  • Best prices
  • Great service
Personalised Assistance

Need help with your booking? Contact our expert Travelbar agents for guidance and booking assistance

  • 0861 878 278
  • travelbar@travelstart.com

Download our app

Free for iPhones and Andriod