Capital of the Kigoma region in western Tanzania, the picturesque and bustling city of Kigoma is the largest city on Lake Tanganyika and the area's central port. Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, it is surrounded by rugged hills and forests that make it a unique, wonderful and beautiful place.
In the past, Kigoma competed with the nearby town of Ujiji (today it is a neighborhood of Kigoma, famous in popular history because it was where the journalist Stanley met the explorer Dr. Livingstone and uttered the famous words "Dr. Livingstone, I guess") ; but in recent decades Kigoma, and after the construction of the train station and its subsequent establishment as a new city, acquired a strong roots, fundamental for the economic activities of the area.
Kigoma is the last stop on the Central Line of the Tanzania Railway, which crosses the entire country from Dar es Salaam, built in German colonial times in the early 20th century to transport agricultural products from inland Africa to the Indian coast of the East africa.
The Kigoma region is also famous for its high quality fish, particularly Dagaa, which is sold locally and exported to neighboring counties; as well as for its quality palm oil.
Kigoma is also known because 20 km away is the Gombe National Park, established in 1968, where Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioral research carried out on chimpanzee populations.
The KARIBIA headquarters in Kigoma is located in a compound on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in the coastal neighborhood of Bangwe.
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