Kigoma/ Ujiji: the end of the old slavery route
Trip Start May 03, 2011
148Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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Where I stayed
New Mapinduzi Guest House
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,-)
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.
- 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.