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Dodoma Travellers information

Dodoma, city, designated national capital of Tanzania since 1974 (pending complete transfer of official functions from Dar es Salaam), eastern Africa, about 300 miles (480 km) inland (west) from the Indian Ocean. Situated at an elevation of 3,720 feet (1,135 metres) in a sparsely populated agricultural region, it is a market centre for peanuts (groundnuts), castor beans, sunflower seeds, gum, corn (maize), rice, wheat, coffee, tea, tobacco, and sorghum. 

Coffee and sisal are cultivated in the northern part of the region, and cattle raising is important throughout the region. Dodoma is connected by air, road, and rail with Arusha, Dar es Salaam, and Tanga. The relocation of the national capital from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma began in the early 1980s and was scheduled to be completed in 2005; at that point, however, only the legislature regularly convened there. 

The population is primarily agricultural and is engaged in small-scale farming carried on in immediate proximity to residential quarters. Most of Dodoma’s inhabitants are of the Gogo, Sanawe, Rangi, and Burungi peoples. Industries produce wood and furniture, beverages, processed food, milled rice and flour, soap, and oil. Pop. (2002) 149,180.

When to Go to Dodoma

The best time to visit Dodoma is June to August. Though the temperature can be a little high, it is manageable. In fact, August is the busiest month as many tourists visit in August. 

You need advance bookings to stay if you plan to travel in August to Dodoma. December to February is the second-best time to visit. These months you will find a good number of tourists visiting Dodoma. 

September to November is the time you can get good deals in hotels because it is the lean season. March to May is the slowest for tourism, not many people visit during this time.

Getting to Dodoma is easy. There are many flights to Dodoma, Tanzania. There are domestic flights from Major cities of Tanzania.

How to Get Here

There are many daily buses from Dar es Salaam. Driving time is seven to eight hours with a stop in Morogoro.Shabiby buses leave from Ubungo and are the most luxury buses at this moment. 

Around 11 busses from Dar and from Dodoma which is air conditioned and has more leg space. 

There are buses to and from Arusha via Kondoa to the north. The road is paved, and can be bad in the rainy season. The highway is known as the Great Northern Highway. Travel time is often in excess of 5 hours, and breakdowns are common. 

There are also buses to and from Iringa. Travel time is about six hours on a winding gravel road of varying quality. The road passes right over the Mtera Dam which is worth a look. 

Dodoma is situated on the Central Railway Line which goes from Dar Es Salaam to Mwanza or Kigoma. 

If the train service is running again and you are heading west, train is better, especially in the rainy season.

Tanzania Passports & Visas

ORDINARY VISA (SINGLE ENTRY VISA): This Visa is issued for a single entry to a visitor for a period not exceeding three months for the purpose of holidays, visiting, leisure, health treatment, studies or any other activity legally recognized by the Law.


  • Applicant’s valid passport. It must have at least 6 months.
  • Respective visa fee depending on the type of Visa;
  • 1 passport size photo;
  • Return ticket;

Tanzania Health & Safety

While travelling to any destination, please be sure to be up to date with the vaccination. Malaria is a particular issue in Tanzania. So be careful about it. Make sure to know about the safety tips about the particular location and follow the necessary precautions.

The common vaccinations are

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Yellow Fever
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis

Safety tips to follow

  • Use Insect repellent and avoid insect bites
  • Use sunscreen to protect yourself from harsh sunrays
  • Use light clothes to feel comfortable
  • Avoid using tap water
  • Pack a first aid kit
  • Keep your valuable documents in a safe place
  • Avoid isolated areas at night

Travel insurance covering any loss, medical expenses, theft and flight delay is highly recommended.

Moreover, do some research about the Tanzania Destinations you are travelling and visit your doctor before your trip to ensure that you have all the vaccines and medications you need.

Money Issues and Exchange

The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzania Shilling (KES).  The US Dollar is also widely accepted and easily exchanged into Tanzania Shillings.  US Dollars are only accepted if they are not torn and are not more than 10 years old.  Smaller denominations are difficult to use or exchange.  It is best to bring 50 or 100 dollar bills that are issued after 2015.

Travelers Checks are very difficult to use or exchange.  The few banks that will accept them will give a much lower exchange rate.  Instead it is advisable to carry some cash and your Visa or MasterCard.  ATMs are widely available.  Be sure that you have informed your bank that you will be traveling to Tanzania so that they don’t accidently block your card.  

While use of an ATM will incur a fee from your home bank, you usually end up with a favorable exchange rate that normally makes up for the fee.  It is more advisable to take cash from the ATM to pay your meals and rooms.  Some restaurants and hotels do accept credit-cards, however there are many stories of double billing, theft of numbers, and false transactions.


Tanzania has a relatively well-developed mobile phone network.  Many American Telephone companies can activate your phone number to work while traveling in Tanzania.  However, it can be very expensive to receive or make calls.  If you have an unlocked GSM phone it is possible to simply purchase a SIM card in Tanzania.  By topping-up your prepaid credit with local currency you are now ready to make and receive calls at much better rates than if you were to use your roaming American line.

Many hotels and restaurants offer wireless internet connections.  Smart phones and USB modems are also quite efficient on the EDGE network throughout Kenya. 

Solo Travelers & Couples

Solo travelers and couples should consider joining a Group Safari.  These fixed date departures are often a more affordable and environmentally friendly alternative.  By bringing together several individual travelers we are able to run more efficiently.  Not only do we pass the saving on to you, Group Safaris also helps us to insure that we maintain a net positive impact. 

Traveling with Children

Traveling with young children can often be complicated.  You can usually find everything you will need inTanzania’s larger cities (diapers, baby formula, wipes, cereal, etc.).  Many tourist hotels, especially in the National Parks do not allow young children.  Check ahead before making your booking.   We have lots of experience traveling with young children, so don’t hesitate to ask any specific questions.


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