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GPS co-ordinates South 07.26.056 East 030.35.448

GETTING TO US BY AIR

There are daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Mbeya with Air Tanzania (www.airtanzania.co.tz).  The departure and arrival times are as below:

Air Tanzania DAILY

Departing from Dar es Salaam at 13h00 arriving in Mbeya at 14h30 (check in time 2-hours before departure)

Departing from Mbeya at 15h00 arriving in Dar es Salaam at 16h30 (check in time 2-hours before departure)

We can arrange for a vehicle to come and collect you from the airport and bring you to Lake Shore.  The vehicle transfer costs $775 for the vehicle (maximum 4 x pax plus luggage) and takes 8-hours.  It is a really beautiful drive which takes you through wide open rural countryside from Tunduma to Sumbawanga and on to Namanyere.  This is all a tarmac road.  From Namanyere you drive on a good dirt road that winds down the escarpment, through the Lwafe Game and Forest Reserve, to Lake Tanganyika.

The vehicle usually returns to Mbeya the following day but if you would like it to stay and wait for you this can be arranged.  The cost is $50 per extra day.

Charter flights direct to the Kipili airstrip

There is an airstrip 5km from Lake Shore (about 10 minutes away).  This is suitable for aircrafts up to the size of a caravan as the airstrip is 990m in length.  The GPS co-ordinates are -7.450327, +30.607400.  Landing fees are $60 per plane and for a plane to overnight there is $60 per night plus $10 for the watchman.

GETTING TO US BY ROAD

From the north (Kigoma):

You would drive eastwards from Kigoma to Uvinza on a tarmac road and then turn south towards Mpanda.  The road from Uvinza to Mpanda is a gravel road which can be very muddy in the wet season.  A 4 x 4 vehicle is essential. 

Kigoma to Mpanda will take you about 6 hours.

Mpanda to Sitalike is a new tarmac road (38km).  From Sitalike you would drive through the Katavi National Park to Kizi.  Please note that although this is a national road and so you do not have to pay park fees, the TANAPA Rangers do not allow you to stop and take photographs of animals on this road without a game viewing permit for Katavi.

From Kizi the road is again tarmac up to Namanyere.  Just before Namanyere town you will see our signboard pointing for you to turn right.  You will turn onto a small, dirt road that will bring you to a roundabout.  At the roundabout you will turn right and there you will see our next signboard.  You will drive down the winding escarpment road until you come to the village of Katangolo.  Here you will see another sign showing you to turn left.

Katangolo is 8km from Lake Shore.  You will drive to the village of Kipili and at the very end you will come to our final sign showing you to turn right.  Drive up the hill and down the other side until to come to our entrance.  Lake Shore is in the bay just to the north of Kipili, 1.3km from the village.

Mpanda to Lake Shore will take you about 4 hours.

From the south (Mbeya):

Head from Mbeya towards Tunduma (this is the border town with Tanzania and Zambia).  From Tunduma you will drive northwards to Sumbawanga on a brand new tarmac road.  Please do not speed on this road as the traffic police do have speedguns.  From Sumbawanga you will continue on the tarmac road to Namanyere.

You will come to a signboard showing you to turn left to Namanyere, continue 1,3 km on the main road until you come to the Lake Shore signboard & a small green sign to Kirando that shows you to turn left.   You will turn onto a small, dirt road that will bring you to a roundabout after 1.7 km's.  At the roundabout you will turn right and there you will see our next Lake Shore signboard showing 64km's to go.  You will drive down the winding escarpment road until you come to the village of Katangolo after 57 km's.  Here you will see another sign showing you to turn left.

Katangolo is 8km from Lake Shore.  You will drive to the village of Kipili and at the very end you will come to our final sign showing you to turn right.  Drive up the hill and down the other side until to come to our entrance.  Lake Shore is in the bay just to the north of Kipili, 1.3km from the village.

Mbeya to Tunduma will take you about 1 and a half hours, Tunduma to Sumbawanga will take you about 3 and a half hours and Sumbawanga to Lake Shore will take you about 3 hours.

GETTING TO US BY BUS

From the north (Kigoma):

There are daily buses from Kigoma to Mpanda where you would overnight.  The next day you would take a bus from Mpanda to Namanyere.  In Namanyere you would change buses and take another bus from Namanyere to Kirando.  You would get off in the village just before Kirando, called Katangolo (just ask the bus driver where to get off).  Once in Katangolo you can either hire a motorbike and driver to bring you to Lake Shore (Tsh7,000 per motorbike – about $3.15) or call us (+255 684 540 792 / +255 752 540 792 / +255 783 993 166 / +255 622 993 166) and we will come and collect you in our vehicle ($20 for the vehicle – maximum 4 x pax plus luggage).

From the south (Mbeya):

Your route to Lake Shore would be to take a bus from Mbeya to Sumbawanga and to change buses and take another bus from Sumbawanga to Kirando.  These buses are daily.  The bus from Sumbawanga to Kirando departs at 12h00.  You would get off in the village just before Kirando, called Katangolo (just ask the bus driver where to get off).  Once in Katangolo you can either hire a motorbike and driver to bring you to Lake Shore (Tsh7,000 per motorbike – about $3.15) or call us (+255 684 540 792 / +255 752 540 792 / +255 783 993 166 / +255 622 993 166) and we will come and collect you in our vehicle ($20 for the vehicle – maximum 4 x pax plus luggage)3