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Dodoma Hotels and appartments

Dodoma Hotels and appartments

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.

Top Best 10 Hotels in Dodoma

Morena Hotel Dodoma

How to get to Dodoma

There is not International airport in Dodoma, and so if you are coming from oversee you can land in Dar-es-salaam international airport, Kilimanjaro International airport or Nairobi International and fly or take a road transfer Dodoma from these areas.

Road distances:

  1. #1. Road Distance between Dar-es-salaam and Dodoma is: 7 hr 59. 
  2. #2. Road Distance between Arusha and Dodoma is: 6 hr 38 min.
  3. #3. Distance – Nairobi and Dodoma via Arusha is: (691.3 km) 

Air Transfer to Dodoma

Commercial flights between Dar es Salaam and Dodoma are available with the national carrier Air Tanzania, with Precision Air, and (at a higher price) with Auric Air. Flights can book up quickly so it is advised to buy tickets online in advance.


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Dodoma Hotels and appartments FAQ's

There are many minibuses (dala dala) in Dodoma and getting around is easy. Taxis are plentiful too. There are three bus stations: city, at a place called Jamatini; medium distance, at the Saba Saba bus stand, to moderate-distance places such as Mpwapwa and Mvumi. Long-distance busses leave from the main stand near the Parliament buildings. Some companies, e.g. Scandinavia, maintain their own bus stands.

Another way to get around is by bike. There are several laces in town which sell or rent (5.000 TSH/day) bikes.

New Dodoma Hotel has excellent European, Tanzanian, and Asian food. There is also a Chinese restaurant of excellent quality (the owners are Chinese). Meals begin around 3000/= at the snack bar and go up to 12,000/=.
Chef Asili provides Tanzanian food as well as European options such as steaks and pizzas. Prices are reasonable and the restaurant is popular with government officials and MPs. No alcohol and serves food only after sunset during Ramadan.
VETA has good food, when they eventually bring it to you, but choice can be limited unless you are there during Parliament sessions. Prices are reasonable.
Nam Hotel also has excellent food, at reasonable prices. It’s on the other side of the airfield.
Aladin’s Cave Market Street near Victory Bookshop, good milk shakes, home made ice cream, yoghurt, pizza and burgers. Opening hours 9:30AM-1PM and 3PM-6PM.
Roses’s Cafe next to Cana Lodge, good and cheap Indian food (from TSh 2,000, Thali TSh 5,000), popular with expats, M-Sa 8AM-4PM and 6PM-10PM.
Leone l’Africano Area C north of the airfield, great original Italian pizza and pasta in very atmospheric setting, playground for kids. midget golf. Closed on Mondays. Once in the two weeks at Wednesday there is movie night (see: )
Acacia Bar and Restaurant, PO Box 1521 (7.5 Km from Airport roundabout on Arusha Road), ☏ +255 718 667 676. 7AM to 11PM. Acacia Bar and Restaurant is located at Twiga Hotel in Miyuji – 7½ km from Dodoma town. The restaurant serves local cuisine such as chips mayai and nyama choma as well as wonderful dishes of lamb, beef, fish, chicken, pork and many others. TSh 3,000-8,000.

There are two great places for ordering traditional grilled pork (kiti moto). One is down the road from VETA at the highway junction. A kilo of meat with kachumbari salad will cost about TSh 2500. The other is on the other side of the air field at Jacana Park. Prices comparable. If you are fond of animals, hold your ears when they slaughter the pig. There are also more atmospheric places, fresh and tasty on the Uhindini Road, across from Victory Bookshop, at reasonable prices

By Plane

Air Zara flies daily with the exception of Saturday between Dodoma and Dar es Salaam for 250,000 TSH on Monday and Thursday, and also to Mbeya. Tickets can be bought at the New Dodoma Hotel. Mission Aviation Fellowships’ (MAF) small planes fly throughout the country; they have a regular shuttle between Dodoma and Arusha every Monday and also fly regularly to Nairobi and Mbeya. It is also possible to join other flights; for more information see their website and subscribe to their Joiner List.

By Train

Dodoma is on the Central Railway Line which goes from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza or Kigoma. If you are in a hurry the better choice is by bus for Dodoma to Mwanza. If the train service is running and you are heading west to Kigoma the train is better, especially in the rainy season.

the train departs Dodoma on Friday and Monday at 6:40PM and you get to Dar the next day at 8:50AM.
the train departs Dodoma on Wednesday and Saturday at 8:10AM and you get to Mwanza the next day at 7:25AM.
A high-speed rail link is being constructed between Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Dodoma and the first section (Dar-Morogoro) is due to open in 2020.

By Bus

There are many daily buses from Dar es Salaam. Driving time is 7-8 hours with a stop in Morogoro. Shabiby buses leave from Ubungo and use luxury buses. Around 11AM, air-conditioned buses with more legroom leave from Dar and from Dodoma.
There are also buses to and from Arusha via Kondoa to the north. The road is paved and travel time is around 8 hours.
There are buses from Dodoma going to Mwanza which take around 8 hours a long a good new road.
There are also buses to and from Iringa. Travel time is about 6 hours on a winding gravel road of varying quality. The road passes right over the Mtera Dam, which is worth a look.

Bunge la Tanzania (on the road to Dar Es Salaam). The earthquake-proof Parliament buildings are a must, although access may be restricted. The building may only be photographed with permission from Dar es Salaam, so consider photography to be forbidden. To get permission to visit, write a letter to: Katibu wa Bunge, S.L.P 941, Dodoma; or to Katibu wa Bunge, S.L.P 9133, Dar Es Salaam National Assembly (Q1138299) on Wikidata National Assembly (Tanzania) on Wikipedia edit
Ismaili Mosque (next to the central roundabout).

Wine tasting

Dodoma is fast becoming the most important wine region in eastern Africa.

It is possible to visit several vineyards in one day and taste the wines produced here.

The history of winemaking in Tanzania dates back to the 16th century, when the Portuguese brought the first grapevines to the region. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that winemaking began to take off in earnest, with the establishment of the state-owned Tanzania Wine Company in Dodoma. Today, the Dodoma region remains one of Tanzania’s premier wine-producing areas, known for its high-quality grapes and ideal growing conditions. The region’s warm, dry climate and well-draining soils provide the perfect environment for growing grapes, and winemakers have taken full advantage of these conditions to produce some of the finest wines in the country.

In the town of Dodoma town itself there are no wild animals, just the usual domestic animals and many species of birds.

The closest national parks are Ruaha National Park and Mikumi National Park, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire and Kilimanjaro National Park

North of Dodoma town, the landscape is characterized by large piled up granite boulders, with hiding places in the lee. In these shelters, protected from the weather, the paintings were found on the flat surfaces. For both the Sandawe and the Maasai, these paintings are still part of their traditions. There are several reasons for this, such as magic and sacrifice. Petroglyphs were still made until 1970.

The drawings belong to the UNSECO World Heritage Site and are spread over many sites, the most important of which are the Fega, Thawi and Kolo Rock-Art Sites for the red paintings (see below) and the Pahi Rock-Art Site for the white paintings.

A division has been made into ‘red’ and ‘white’ paintings.
These red paintings are the most refined, are about 7000 years old and often contain ocher or orange. They are usually stylized images of people, sometimes hunting with bows and arrows or dancing and playing musical instruments. The people wear skirts, strange hairstyles and body decorations and are abstract in form. On the other hand, the animals, especially giraffes and antelopes, are painted quite naturalistically. The red paintings are thought to have been made by the Sandawe who are clearly linguistically related to the San of South Africa, a group also known for their petroglyphs, or the Hadzabe, a people now living around Lake Eyasi in northern Tanzania. The paintings are made by hand, but also with brushes made of reeds or sticks.
The second category is known as the later white paintings, painted in the last 1500 years by Bantu-speaking peoples who migrated to this area. However, these white paintings are a lot simpler than the red ones. Some still resemble wild or mythical animals and human figures, but are usually difficult to recognize because they are painted with fingers instead of brushes.