Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Bukoba, Tanzania, East Africa, Africa

Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Bukoba, Tanzania, East Africa, Africa

Bukoba is a town situated on the western shore of Victoria Lake, belonging to the Kagera region of Tanzania. It is located in the northwestern part of the country and holds the 2nd largest lake port of Tanzania. Bukoba is the seat of both Bukoba Urban District and Kagera Region, located around 990 km northwest of the Arusha city and 1400 km northwest of Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania.

Bukoba is well known for a white sandy beach, a swimming pool and tennis courts that are frequented by tourists year round. Bukoba geographically coordinates with 1°20′ S latitude and 31°49′ E longitude and generally experiences sunny and mild climate throughout the year.


How to reach Bukoba?

Bukoba hosts an airport with scheduled flights from/to Mwanza and Rubondo, served by Auric Air and Precision Air. The airport is situated within the city premise, can be reached by foot or rental vehicle. By bus, Bukoba connects Kampala in Uganda and many northern Tanzanian cities. The local transportation of Bukoba is served by minibuses, cars and taxis.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Bukoba:

Bukoba is home to the soccer club Kagera Sugar, which represents Bukoba in the Tanzanian Premier League.

Apart from modernized shops with branded products, Bukoba also houses a large traditional market, where visitors can bag a wide selection of Tanzanian art and craftworks, photographs and local fruits at reasonable rates. Bukoba Grill House is one of the recommended food corners of Bukoba.


Things to do in Bukoba:

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Day tours
  • Hiking


What to see in Bukoba?


Lake Victoria:

The Lake Victoria is the first preference of tourists coming to the town Bukoba. The lake holds many large titles like the world’s largest tropical lake, the largest lake in terms of area in Africa and the largest freshwater lake in the world in terms of surface area. For visitors, the Lake Victoria is a heaven by offering fishing, sightseeing and many other wonderful outdoor activities.


Bukoba Beach:

Bukoba houses a splendid white sandy beach on the shore of Lake Victoria with opportunities for swimming and walking. It will be a great half day trip for visitors and it is also advised for visitors to bring some food packets to eat at the beach during the relaxation time.


Traditional market in Bukoba:

The market of Bukoba is one of the landmarks, shopping centres as well as tourist attraction of the town. The market offers a wide range of colorful handicraft products, jewels and traditional clothes at affordable prices.


Biharamulo Game Reserve:

Established in the year 1959, the Biharamulo Game Reserve is situated around 140 km south of the Bukoba. It covers an area of 1300 km², featuring an abundance of plant and floral species. Visitors can consider a guided tour for easier exploration of the reserve.


Other places of interest near Bukoba include:

  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Arusha National Park
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai
  • Cultural Heritage Centre Arusha
  • Meserani Snake Park
  • Lake Manyara
  • Serengeti
  • Bishop’s Cathedral of Arusha
  • Arusha Clock Tower
  • The National Natural History Museum
  • Kilimanjaro Golf
  • Olduvai Gorge
  • Mount Kilimanjaro


When to visit Bukoba?

Like most parts in the country, from June to August is the best and popular time to visit Bukoba when the weather remains in condition.


Where to stay in Bukoba?

Bukoba is home to many nice hotels with all basic and modern facilities to make visitors’ tour enjoyable and memorable. Apart from amenities, hotels are also well versed in serving visitors with mouthwatering Tanzanian dishes. The prominent hotels in Bukoba include:

  • Walkgard Hotel
  • Lake Hotel
  • Victorious Perch Hotel
  • Bukoba Kolping Hotel
  • Mugana Guesthouse
  • Balamaga B&B
  • Kiroyera Backpackers Beach Paradise Campsite

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