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Lake Tanganyika

Discovering the Marvels of Lake Tanganyika

Location & Geography:

Lake Tanganyika, nestled in East Africa, spans the borders of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia. As the world’s longest freshwater lake, it gracefully traverses the Great Rift Valley, boasting deep rocky shores, sandy beaches, and pristine waters.

Historical Significance:

Lake Tanganyika holds a pivotal role in Central Africa’s exploration, serving as a vital trade route during the 19th century. It fostered commerce and cultural exchange, leaving behind traces of ancient archaeological sites and rock paintings, and offering insights into the region’s rich history.

Main Attractions:

Gombe Stream National Park: Nestled along Lake Tanganyika’s shores in Tanzania, this park is renowned for its wild chimpanzee population. Guided hikes offer opportunities to observe these remarkable primates in their natural habitat.

Mahale Mountains National Park: Another Tanzanian gem, Mahale Mountains National Park is famed for its chimpanzees and stunning landscapes. Trek through dense forests, encounter diverse wildlife and savor mesmerizing lake views.

Kalemie: Located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kalemie is a vibrant lakeside town steeped in cultural heritage. Explore bustling markets, visit traditional fishing villages, and immerse yourself in the lively Congolese culture.

Activities and Experiences:

Scuba Diving: Lake Tanganyika beckons scuba diving enthusiasts to explore its underwater wonders. Dive into its crystal-clear depths to encounter vibrant fish species, including unique cichlids found nowhere else.

Kayaking and Canoeing: Embark on kayaking or canoeing adventures along Lake Tanganyika’s picturesque shores. Paddle through tranquil bays, visit secluded beaches, and admire the diverse birdlife dotting the coastline.

Cultural Encounters: Engage with local communities surrounding Lake Tanganyika to learn about their traditions, folklore, and culinary delights, offering a rich tapestry of cultural experiences.

Best Time to Visit:

The optimal time to explore Lake Tanganyika is during the dry seasons, spanning from May to October and December to February. With warm, sunny weather, outdoor activities thrive, and the months of June to August are particularly popular among travelers.

Getting There:

Lake Tanganyika is accessible through various transportation options:

By Air: Nearby airports in Bujumbura (Burundi), Kigoma (Tanzania), and Bukavu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) offer domestic and international flight connections.
By Road: Well-connected road networks link major towns and cities to the lake’s coastal areas, with buses, taxis, and private cars available for transport.
By Ferry: Ferry services operate between ports along the lake, providing scenic journeys and facilitating travel between different countries.


  • 4×4 land cruiser top-up roof.
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • All accommodation while on Safaris.
  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional}
  • All Taxes/VAT


  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Tips. 
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees

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