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    Question Road to Kigoma

    Has anybody driven the road from Mbeya via Sumbawanga and Mpanda to Kigoma in recent time? How is the road? Can we make it in 2 days with a stopover in Mpanda?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jurgen LC View Post
    Has anybody driven the road from Mbeya via Sumbawanga and Mpanda to Kigoma in recent time? How is the road? Can we make it in 2 days with a stopover in Mpanda?
    That's the road from hell. I haven't done it, but by all accounts it is dreadful, tsetse-fly infested, fair chance of a few bandit encounters, and a good chance that sections will be impassable. Otherwise no problem.

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    I've just done it - it is indeed the "road from hell." But do-able in 3 days (I did it in a Land Rover, and met another later who'd done it on a motorcycle - he was faster on the corrugations, but suffered greater with the Tsetse ...). Can't see how it could be done in 2.

    My route was Kigoma to Sitalike (stayed at Hippo Camp), then to Sumba (stayed at Conference Centre), then a night in Mbeya (so there's 3 days) before crossing into Malawi.

    It's a hell of a hard go from Sumba to Kigoma and very isolated (ensure you've enough fuel for Sumba - Kigoma inclusive), but a good adventure.

    Ping me if you'd like any further info.

    Cheers.

    GB
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    Default Joh burg - Tanzania

    i want to do a trip with my 3 grown up sons to the masai mara and watch the wildebeest trek (amongst others)
    can someone give me a possible/ best route to tanzania?
    how many kilos, more or less? is the road thru Moz the best option?
    how many days to get there? (no, we dont want to just get there)?
    any idea of cost for the camping trip?

    even if you can shed light on just some of my questions...

    Johan

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    Quote Originally Posted by johan neethling View Post
    i want to do a trip with my 3 grown up sons to the masai mara and watch the wildebeest trek (amongst others)
    can someone give me a possible/ best route to tanzania?
    how many kilos, more or less? is the road thru Moz the best option?
    how many days to get there? (no, we dont want to just get there)?
    any idea of cost for the camping trip?
    even if you can shed light on just some of my questions...
    Johan
    Hi Johan,

    You should post a new thread with a different heading, because this one is likely to only be read by people who know the Kigoma route - maybe something like "best route to Arusha" or similar. FYI though, the two standard routes to Arusha would be via Zambia (Lusaka - Tundumu - Mbeya etc) or Mozambique/Malawi (enter Tanzania north of Karonga, then Mbeya etc).

    TW

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    Does anyone have recent info on the road from Mbeya to Kigoma, or alternatively info on the ferry going from Zambia to Kigoma on Lake Tanyanika?

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    Default Done it in 2 days

    In October 2011 I drove from Mbeya to Kigoma in 2 days. Day 1 leaving from Utengule at 6 am. There is a (rather busy) tar road up to Tunduma followed by a corrugated gravel road until about 30 km before Kigoma. The rest is tar. We drove 12 hours to reach Mpanda. The next day it was only 7 hours to Kigoma.
    The good news is that in 2011 they were busy building a new tar road. We had construction work on a length of 500 km ( and suffered under terrible deviations). The construction work was in some areas already well advanced. So I think you can safely assume that a major part of the road is now brand new tarmac. However, I assume that there will be some gravel left, especially north of Mpanda, where they had not yet started in 2011.

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    Ive heard from people who did Utenguele - Kigoma in 2013,
    that the road is bader than it was in 2011.

    I'm sure you can still make it in 2 days.

    I would rather spleep at Sitalike, if you have time to do a 1 day trip into Katavi NP.

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