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Dodoma city Highlights

Dodoma City : Dodoma is one of Tanzania;s 31 administrative regions, having the  as its dominant tribe. The area is located in central Tanzania and is bordered on the west by the Singida Region, on the north by the Manyara Region, on the south by the Iringa Region, and on the east by the Morogoro Region to be thrilled while on The capital city of the country, Dodoma, is located in the Dodoma Region and it is where the legislative assembly or Bunge in Swahili found.

The University of Dodoma, one of Tanzania;s largest universities, is also located in the Dodoma Region. In 1974, the Tanzanian government declared that the capital would be relocated from Dar-es-Salaam to Dodoma, a more central position in the country, in order to improve social and economic conditions in the central region and to centralize the country;s capital and it officially become capital in 1996.

The University of Dodoma, one of Tanzania;s largest universities, is also located in the Dodoma Region. In 1974, the Tanzanian government declared that the capital would be relocated from Dar-es-Salaam to Dodoma, a more central position in the country, in order to improve social and economic conditions in the central region and to centralize the country;s capital and it officially become capital in 1996.

Geting to Dodoma:

Dodoma city can be reached by road, rail, or air; it is up to you to choose the most convenient mode of transportation based on your trip interests. There are numerous daily buses from all cities in Tanzania, including Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Mwanza, that travel directly to Dodoma.

Around 11 a.m., both luxury and ordinary buses depart from Magufuli Mbezi Luis Bus stand Dar-es-major Salaam;s bus station towards Dodoma, taking around 7 to 8 hours. Buses to and from Arusha via Kondoa in the north, as well as Singida and Mwanza, are also available. There are also buses from Iringa that will take you to Dodoma City in a few hours, including roughly 4 hours on paved roads.

Dodoma is on the Central Railway Line that connects Dar es Salaam with Mwanza or Kigoma. If you are in a hurry, flying or taking the bus is the preferred option. However, if you;re traveling west, the train is preferable especially during the rainy season.

Air transport to Dodoma City is also present, on which Precision air, and Air Tanzania are some of the Airlines to Dodoma landing into Dodoma airport while Exploring Tanzania

Msalato airport transfer front

Getting Around Dodoma

If you want to view the sights in Dodoma, there are several local dala dala minibuses that make getting around easy and inexpensive. Taxis are also available, but you may also take a motorcycle (boda boda), which are all inexpensive and quick to get around from one part of the city to the next. However, if you are familiar with the city;s highlights and feel safe riding alone, there are several shops in town that sell or rent lovely bicycles.

If you are coming from a wildlife trip in  Northern Circuit, it is easier to get to Dodoma through Babati. Tell Focus East Africa Tours or any other tour operator to make Tarangire the last game park on the safari itinerary so that you can easily get to Kondoa Irangi Dodoma after your safari in Tarangire. In Dodoma, the Kolo rock art painting is a well-known historical excursion. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kondoa Irangi Rock Art is located in Kolo village.

What to see in Dodoma

1. Museum of GeoSciences
You will need to pay to play around in this museum but once you’re in you’ll get access to this rather forlorn collection of rock samples and geological information. Be warned this isn’t the biggest drawcard to get anyone to visit a museum and you may not see anything that you would find particularly riveting. If you’re a fanatical rock hound, inquire at the Geological Survey of Tanzania Laboratory behind the post office.

2. Bunge – Tanzania Parliament Buildings
The home of Tanzania’s parliament is an African-influenced round building. It’s only open to visitors during sessions (and make sure to bring your passport), but well worth a look from the outside at other times. Please note that photography is strictly prohibited so don’t say we didnt’ warn you if you land up in hot water.

3. Gaddhaffi Mosque
Funded by the toppled Libyan dictator and opened in 2010, the pink Gaddhaffi Mosque can be found north of the centre is one of East Africa’s largest mosques. It can hold an impressive 4500 worshippers.

4. Jamatkhana (Ismaili) Mosque
This mosque sits across the road from the Anglican Church. It was built back in 1954 and used exclusively by Dodoma’s Indian community, it has a distinctly British neoclassical design.

5. Anglican Church
In an interesting swapping of styles, the domed Anglican church in the town centre looks like something straight out of the Middle East.

6. Catholic Cathedral
West of the centre, the enormous Catholic Cathedral has Roman-style mosaics showing some saints, including the Ugandan Martyrs.

7. Lutheran Cathedral
Next door to the Jamatkhana (Ismaili) Mosque, the Lutheran Cathedral is Dodoma’s finest example of modernist architecture.

8. Nyerere Square
Can be found in the heart of the CBD in Dodoma. Nyerere Square was created in the memory of Mwl. Julius K. Nyerere, first president of the Republic of Tanzania, and has plenty of historical significance. It is worth making a stopover and spending your lunchtime there while snapping a few photos.

Tourism in the Dodoma region

9. Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings
The Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings are a series of caves carved into the side of a hill looking out over the steppe. They are located approximately nine kilometres east of the main highway (T5) from Dodoma to Babati, about 20 km north of Kondoa town, in Kondoa District of Dodoma Region. The caves also contain paintings, some of which are believed by the Tanzania Antiquities Department to date back more than 50,000 years. The exact number of rock art sites in the Kondoa area is currently uncertain, however, estimates are of between 150 and 450 of the decorated rock shelters, perhaps you’ll even discover a few new ones of your own.

10. Lion Rock
Lion Rock (also called Simba Hill or in Swahili, Mlimwa) is quite the verticle trek up a hill but once you reach the top the area gives you an unmatched aerial view of Dodoma from the northeast side of the region. Lion rock is one of the few landmarks in Dodoma you simply cannot miss out on during your stay. Hike the rocky path and enjoy a beautiful glimpse of the entire city of Dodoma. The Lion Rock Dodoma is a favourite hangout joint for groups of friends and families during the weekends.

Do it all in Dodoma

If you are lucky enough to land up in you officially have no excuse not to make the absolute most of your time there. We’ve given you the lay of the land now it’s up to you to pick the experience that suits you and enjoy your time there to the utmost. If you feel we’ve missed an activity that should be added to the list please feel free to let us know on our social media accounts.

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