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Northwest Tanzania : Lagosa

Lagosa is in Tanzania, GPS: -5.97523, 29.85541.


Lagosa is a small village. It benefits from the MV Liemba and is a bigger village in the surrounding area. It is very remote and hard to get to. Roads are unpaved and to the south of the village center the "road" becomes too narrow for cars to pass. If you want to go to Mahale you will need to get off the MV Liemba here. Also you will need to get back on the MV Liemba in Lagosa to get back to Kigoma after you visited Mahale. If you need to stay overnight, there is a very basic guest house (see below). Only few people speak English. A basic knowledge of Swaheli (or somebody who can translate for you) is necessary to make arrangements. Be prepared to communicate with hands and feet only.

Get inEdit

By boat. Take the MV Liemba.

Get aroundEdit

By foot or by motor cycle taxi. There are usually no cars in Lagosa.


  • Watch the simple life
  • Big Ludo board with European Soccer teams on it.


  • Play with the local children. A paper ship (or plane) will earn you many sympathies.
  • Hang out at the beach.
  • Swim in the lake.
  • There is a house at the beach that has electricity and uses it to power a TV. For a small donation you can go inside and watch some European Soccer at night time. During day time films/series are shown. The audio is broadcasted via a loudspeaker on the roof. Many people, who cannot afford to pay the fee, therefore linger around the house just listening to the audio. Thank to the loudspeaker it is also very easy to find.


Stores sell only the necessary. A newspaper or book cannot be found.


  • You can try to buy some fried food at the market in the city center.
  • Alternatively there is a tea house that sells tea and some chapati.


  • At the city center one store sells beer and provides chairs to sit it. It is good place to meet people and kill some time, while waiting for the MV Liemba to arrive.
  • There is also a bar at the beach. It may, however, be closed.


Lagosa has a guesthouse that has 10 rooms. Starting at TZS5,000 for a double room.



Get outEdit

Mahale Mountains National Park  

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