Kigoma Hilltop Hotel opened in 1996.This 4 star Kigoma hotel is set on a remote outcrop. It lies amongst acres of lush gardens overlooking Lake Tanganyika. Kigoma Hilltop Hotel is an ideal stopover for Tanzania safaris to the Western Parks. This luxury hotel in Kigoma is spread over a grassy complex. Kigoma Hilltop Hotel overlooks Lake Tanganyika. The 4 star Kigoma hotel is popular for groups seeking to combine business and pleasure. The hotel is an oasis of tranquility situated just outside the bustling town of Kigoma.
The thatched open-deck Sangara Restaurant is wonderfully scenic. The restaurant allows for an unforgettable dining experience. Kigoma Hilltop Hotel has a spectacular flower-shaped swimming pool. This 4 star Kigoma hotel boasts of a private beach. The hotel offer options for the residents to unwind and relax throughout the day. Specialties include fresh fish with locally grown fruit and vegetables.
While at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel you can gain insight into the local life. This is at the Katonga Fishing Village. You can also visit the Dr. Livingstone memorial. This is beneath two ancient mango trees at the site of his former house. The caretaker will entertain you with stories of the explorer’s famous African expeditions. Kigoma Hilltop Hotel is a great stopover for those going to Gombe Stream National Park. This is the perfect location to arrange accommodation and boat transport. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the inviting atmosphere. This 4 star Kigoma luxury hotel offers every modern comfort for the weary traveler. One can combine work with leisure in this tranquil setting. You can relax on your veranda overlooking the lake or cool off in the swimming pool. A kayak along the private beach on Lake Tanganyika is an activity worth undertaking.
Accommodations at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel
You can enjoy your stay in one of the thirty cottage style rooms. Every room offers a view of Lake Tangayika from a private balcony. Golf-cart escorts accompany guests, when they check in. This is between the main reception and rooms.
Every deluxe suite room is air-conditioned. They are fitted with modern decor, including a television and a refrigerator. You have an electronic safe and en-suite bathroom with shower.
This suite offers the added facilities of a living room. There are extended bathroom facilities and a outside Jacuzzi bath. This is on the private balcony with spectacular views of Lake Tanganyika.
Every standard suite room is air-conditioned. They come with furnishing that includes a television and refrigerator. You also have an electronic safe and en-suite bathroom with shower.
This suite offers the added facilities of a living room. There are extended bathroom facilities and a private balcony. The balcony has spectacular views of Lake Tanganyika.
Cancellation / Prepayment
PAYMENT & RESERVATIONS POLICY
Reservation and confirmation of a room at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel has requirements. Clients are required to pay 50% down payment for the requested services. The balance will be required at least 14 days prior to your date of arrival.
African Safari Tour will hold a reservation for up to seven days at a client's request. This is to allow the client time to send a deposit payment. This is if Kigoma Hilltop Hotel booking are over a month prior to the service. This must be received before we can confirm your booking. If confirmation is not received within the seven days all blocked rooms at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel will be automatically released for re-sale. The full amount of the service must be made within 14 days of date of arrival at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel. As for bookings within a month of service, full payment shall be requested for. This will be required before confirmation of Kigoma Hilltop Hotel is undertaken.
All cancellations must be received in writing. This will take effect from the date received by African Safari Tour. The following cancellation charges will apply.
More than 56 days before departure: No cancellation fee
56-49 days before departure: 25%
48-29 days before departure: 35%
28-0 days before departure: 100%
The non-issuing of an invoice or non-payment of deposit will not exempt passengers from these cancellation and administration fees. We regret we can make no exception to the charges and strongly recommend that insurance is taken out to cover cancellation fees. These cancellation charges can vary subject to the trading terms of our suppliers.
Children and extra beds
Children older than 2 years are welcome at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel. One child from 2 to 11.9 years is charged 50 % of the room stay per night and person in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds for children in a room is 2.
Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Accepted credit cards
Visa Card, MasterCard, American Express
- Air Condition
- Catering service
- Convention floor
- Free toiletries
- Outdoor pool
- Private bathroom
- Room service
- Safety deposit box
- Seating area
- Wake up service
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Kigoma is the main port, rail terminal and largest town on the coast of Lake Tanganyika. It had a rich history of involvement in slave and ivory trading in the yesteryear but declined once the western abolition campaigns started together with a falling population and silting up of the harbor, leaving it largely dependent on the Tanzanian mainland trade, although fishing and palm oil are still thriving sources of income. It is also one of the main access points for Western Tanzania’s National Parks, Gombe Stream, and Mahale Mountain, home to troops of wild chimpanzees; mankind’s fascinating nearest genetic kin. Road connections to the outside world are poor and ill-maintained although bus and rail links still variably function but caters towards the locals – not tourists. Proper maintenance records and liability transport insurance are non-existent and not best suited for international visitors. The 100-year-old ferry boat, MV Liembe provides lake transport between the bordering countries around Lake Tanganyika. Chartered light aircraft from Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Mwanza are the most reliable means of transport for a trip to Kigoma.
Where to Stay in Kigoma
African Safari Tour Holiday Vacations recommend two hotels in Kigoma based on Hotel Tier ranking system on the basis of location, accommodation, amenities, and service, with special weight given to exclusivity, isolation, and personalization, according to which Kigoma Hilltop Hotel ranks as a Tier 2 deluxe experience, by reason of its superlative location and spacious accommodation, although it caters to a large clientele in a small town area and lacks the personal touch of a safari lodge or camp experience – agreeable to us as guests are not paying top camp or lodge dollars to stay at Kigoma Hilltop. A unique effort at conveying African fauna holiday awareness at the hotel is contributed by a lifelike sable in the foyer and a herd of zebra in the grounds. Its lesser rival, Lake Tanganyika Hotel ranked at Tier 3 value experience, is outwardly more imposing, but with more cramped standard room accommodation and less sophisticated cuisine. There are no Tier 1 luxury or boutique accommodation experiences in Kigoma; however, Lupita Island Resort further south of Lake Tanganyika offers a top notch private lake-island experience close to Kipili Village. Lake Shore Lodge is another affordable varied option offering a beach chalet experience minutes away Kipili Airstrip
Activities to Do in Kigoma
Kigoma town has a traditional market packed with life and color. Narrow aisles of cheap plastic beach goods contrast with heaps of fruit and vegetables piled on the ground, watched over by patient brightly swathed ladies, proudly wearing their “colored cloths” or vitenge. Buy a single kitenge like theirs (vitenge is the plural form), in traditional Tanzanian geometric colored patterns, an authentic souvenir of your African shopping tour, or some electric blue palm oil soap, reputed to moisturize the skin like nothing else. The amazing Katonga Fish Market with cascades of fresh and dried dagaa sardines is worth a visit . In the historic town of Ujiji, a few kilometers from Kigoma, missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone was found on his return from a Tanzania exploration safari, by Henry Morton Stanley, welsh born journalist and British explorer. The legendary words “Dr. Livingstone, I presume” were uttered here. A museum funded by the UN beside an unpleasant memorial built over Livingstone’s interred heart in an excess of Victorian morbid sentimentality, houses two trite statues of the explorers, raising their hats in mutual greeting. But apart from some horrifying illustrations of the slave trade and ancient mango trees marking the start of the Arab slave route that Livingstone tried to eradicate, it is a missed opportunity, charging foreigners exorbitantly for an admittedly knowledgeable commentary from the attendant, and not much else. Other activities include deep lake swimming, fishing, and snorkeling in the lake, kayaking, sailing in romantic dhows, or taking a possible helicopter trip over the lake from Lupita Island and taking multi-day tours from Kigoma to the primate national parks of Gombe and Mahale.
When is the Best Time to Visit Kigoma, Tanzania
The climate of Kigoma is mild and tropical, due to its proximity to the equator and altitude above sea level, but year-round access is difficult because of the state of the gravel roads which, apart from a flamboyantly ethnic railway service, are its only land links with wider civilization. Flights from Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Mwanza also depend on airstrips not being waterlogged at the peak of the wet season. The rains in western Tanzania start from November to April with the short rains and then merging into the long rain season. The heavier rains affect many possible activities adversely. Humidity is high and mosquitoes are ubiquitous, necessitating generous use of repellents and malaria prophylactics. For example, chimpanzee treks in Mahale and Gombe are difficult and treacherous in the wet, and there is no guarantee of sightings on a couple nights short stay, since the chimps move higher in the mountains in search of food. But bird watching and botanical tours are especially rewarding in January and February, when it is beginning to get warmer, but is not oppressive; though expect rains during this period. In the balmy, dry season from June to October, it is easier to access varied Lake Tanganyika and Kigoma town activities, there are fewer pestiferous mosquitoes and you may even need a light fleece or sweater in the evenings or early mornings. Average air temperatures are around lows of 64 F (18 C) and highs of 86 F (30 C) degrees, as is the water of the lake, perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling, or PADI scuba diving on your African dream vacation in western Tanzania.
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