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Submitted on Oct 27, 2019 Useful Info

How to cross borders from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya at Lake Victoria

It's actually pretty easy.

  • From the Kenyan side, the main crossing port is at Kisumu.
  • In Uganda, you can use either Jinja, Entebbe or Port Bell.
  • In Tanzania, the main ports are Mwanza, Bukoba ( the ferry between Mwanza and Bukoba is also now operational and saves you up to 4 hours of driving) and Musoma.
  • There are also several small ports though from where you can cross especially on the Tanzanian side.

Ferry transport

  • Ferries are the main form of transport used for crossing the lake border. Ferries ship both passengers and vehicles.

Ferry duration.

  • A typical ferry ride like the one I took from Port Bell( Uganda) to Kisumu (Kenya) takes 13 hours, and from Port Bell to Mwanza( Tanzania) takes 20 hours.


  • Fares pretty much differ per route, per season and per ferry service provider so I can't know what the exact fare currently is though it should range between $30 and $50.

Visa requirements

  • I hold an East African passport so I could just cross freely across all 3 countries, for non-East African passport holders you have to make visa arrangements with all respective embassies of all 3 countries.