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Ferry to Zambia from Burundi -crossing Lake Tanganyika ?

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Ferry to Zambia from Burundi -crossing Lake Tanganyika ?

Hello, im planning an African trip that at this point finishish in Bujumbura I wanted to continue to northern Zambia and then to either Lusaka or Malawi, i tried to find more information about the ferry across the lake but up to this point only thing that i found is the fact that i does exist or that it did exist in the past,Please it would be so much help if anyone knows literally anything about it even like : How long does it take, will I as a tourist be able to board it, when it usally leaves from burundi if there even is any official schedule, where can i buy the tickets and how much it costs, or even if somone know where can o find out more about it in Bujumbura would be helpful if nothing more. I relize that there is option to take pretty long combinations of buses to cross tanzania so i am keeping it as option B, i pretty much want to avoid flying between these destinations. Again any help would be so much aprecieted Thank you

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It's such a shame Lonely Planet took the Thorntree down, as this info would have been on there, although aged.

Marine Services Company run a ferry from Bujumbura to Kigoma and then Kigoma to Mpulungu via Kasanga. The latter might run once a week or once every two weeks. If your guide book isn't clear, try asking the social media overlanding groups (e.g. on Facebook) if anyone has done it recently.

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MV Amani Cruiser Kalundu-Kalemie, Cargo ship Kalemie-Kigoma

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