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Kigoma is a town and a lake port in Tanzania, close to the border of Burundi. It is known as the capital of the Kigoma region and according to 2007’s census the population is 135,234. The cultural town of trading, Ujiji is 6 km from this region.
Kigoma is one of the most hectic ports on the lake Tanganyika, as it had a proper railway connection and a straight link to the sea port. Kigoma port at the Kigoma Bay has a several cranes and equipment to control shipping containers. Yet the bay is being destroyed due to the soil erosion and silting up from the surrounding hills and the water volume has decreased from a solid of 6 m to 1.8 m which can result in alot of problems.
The MV Liemba is a ferry in Zambia that sails on the southern end of the lake from Kigoma to Mpulungu. In between, it stops over to visit some Tanzanian towns that are located alongside the lake.
Roads in Kigoma aren’t that well developed. The towns situated at the northeast side of the national roads are linked by roads made up of gravel. Similarly, tracks made up of the earth are connecting the northern side with Burundi and the southeastern side of the land with Sumbawanga.
Travelling on Tanzania Railway Corporation’s Central track, one can easily reach Dar-es-Salaam’s port which is located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Tabora and Dodoma are surpassed during this journey. This project was completed back when Kigoma was still considered to be a part of German East Africa in 1915.
In Tabora, one can travel to Mwanza and other places as connecting pathways have been established. Uganda is connected to the rest of the land via ferries and trains can be taken to travel to places like Mpanda. Earlier in 2010, this service was discontinued but now has been apparently resumed.
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