DodomaCentral Tanzania, Dodoma is the political capital of Tanzania.
- 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.
TrainDodoma 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.
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.
Another way to get around is by bike. There are several places in town which sell or rent (TSh 5,000/day) bikes.
Bunge la TanzaniaThe 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
Lion RockHike the Lion Rock (also called Simba Hill) in the north of the city to have a nice view of the surroundings. However, do it in a group of at least 4 people as there have been reports of muggings.
ExcursionsOn request, Dodoma Travel Cafe offers trekking and excursions.
Swimming PoolThere are two places with a swimming pool: the New Dodoma Hotel (TSh 4,000 for non-guests), and Climax Club, near the prison, where you can buy food, watch TV, and spend the day.
GymThe New Dodoma hotel also has a gym, 7AM-9AM and 5PM-7PM, closed Sundays, TSh 7,000 for non-guests. However the gym equipment is largely in poor condition. Another gym can be found next to the visitors entrance of the National Assembly and is in somewhat better condition.
Shabibi SupermarketSmall supermarket on the second floor of the Shabibi gas station.
Yashna's SupermarketThe biggest shop in the centre (that does not mean much) with pasta, canned vegetables, chocolates, biscuits, frozen cheese, ground coffee and some cosmetics.
Two Sistersaddress: Hatibu AvenueCheese, dark bread rolls (sometimes), homemade delicious yoghurt, frozen foods, canned goods, pasta, wine,chocolates, candies, crisps, Indian snacks and very friendly owners.
Banks and ATMs
Barclays BankHas a Mastercard/Visa ATM.
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.
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 TSh 3000 at the snack bar and go up to TSh 12,000. Drinks are unreasonably expensive, at TSh 2,000 for a Kilimanjaro domestic beer.
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: http://www.dodomacineclub.info )
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.
Acacia Bar and Restaurantphone: +255 718 667 676address: PO Box 1521Acacia 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.
NK Disco operates on Friday nights and is popular with the younger set. A nice place to have a quiet drink and watch TV is at VETA.
Dodoma Wine and Cheese Hut is a charming outdoor wine bar offering Dodoma made wine by the glass or by the bottle, as well as cheese plates and pizzas.
For those on a budget CCT hostel, near the roundabout has clean double rooms, self-contained toilet, for TSh 6000. Breakfast is included, but very basic. They do make an excellent omelet. Upscale is the Nam Hotel, across the airfield. Clean doubles, satellite TV, and good food for TSh 18,000.
A bit up market is VETA, out near the Parliament. In fact MPs often stay there. Clean doubles (TSh 24,000) and singles (TSh 12,000) self contained, and a very nice TV bar, where you can rub elbows with important people. Food takes a long time, so order early.
The New Dodoma Hotel is across the street from the railway station. At the higher end of Dodoma's hotels but could do with some maintenance. Prices start around USD 80 per night and the hotel serves excellent food. They have a pool.
There are numerous guest houses of varying quality; Shukrani is nice but noisy (TSh 6,000) as it is right near a mosque, where you will be awoken by the morning call to prayer. There are also a rapidly growing number of smaller hotels, so shopping around is becoming increasingly possible.
Twiga Hotelphone: +255 718 667 676A 14-room hotel surrounded by 5 acres of lush gardens. Spacious rooms with DSTV TV, air conditioning, fine furniture created by Quantum Workshop, bathtubs and bathrooms in every room. Full bar and restaurant. Secure parking and 24-hour security. Wireless Internet available in rooms and around the six private garden spots.
Kilondoma Innphone: +255 745-477399address: off Ndovu RoadDouble room with own bathroom.
Kenya Lodgephone: +255 764-5386541address: Seventh StreetFan single/double rooms with own bathroom.
Yarabi Salamaaddress: CDA StreetDouble with outside bathroom.