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The historic MV Liemba is the oldest functioning ferry in the world, and a voyage down Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika on this landmark is a colorful experience. Your fellow passengers will include local traders loading and unloading their cargo (anything from pineapples to flip flops), and locals using the ferry for transport between the shores. The boat departs from the port town of Kigoma, and travels 300 miles south and into Zambia, where its makes its first port of call on land. But in between those two stops, while still on the water, travelers can transfer to smaller ships in order to reach places like Lagosa (a jumping-off point for the Mahale Mountains National Park), or the peaceful lakeshore beach of Kipili.
By Harriet Constable, AFAR Local Expert
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