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How to get to Dodoma City / Town

Dodoma, the official political home, and seat of government is located in the heartland of Tanzania. It may be smaller than the bustling city of Dar es Salaam (Where the nearest International Airport is), but it is blessed with pleasant scenery and fertile agricultural area. Dodoma is easy to get around and it offers visitors plentiful activities to explore. The major airport serving the city is Dodoma Airport, which is easily accessible with a variety of transport options.

Distance and Flight Time

The national capital of Tanzania, Dodoma boasts several cultural and historic attractions, scenic hilly landscapes, gastronomic pleasures and exciting activities. The city is situated in the eastern-central part of Tanzania. The total distance between Dar es Salaam and Dodoma is approximately 442 km and the average flying time is 1 hour and 35 minutes with As Salaam Air.

Not to Miss During Flights

There are many airlines which conduct flights from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma with a 30 seat, twin turbo-prop Embraer aircraft. Passengers can catch a glimpse the Pwani and Morogoro regions and their spectacular landscapes, Kitulangh’alo Forest Reserve and remote communities in the area.

Airport & Layover Tips

Your trip to Dodoma begins the minute you step off the plane at Dodoma Airport, the main airport serving the city and its surrounding areas. The airport is located in the centre of the city, thus, getting to other parts of the city is very easy. You’ll find several taxis at the arrivals waiting for inbound passengers. Many Dodoma hotels also arrange airport transfers for their guests. Dodoma offers a wide variety of stunning tourist attractions and good hotels.


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Dodoma - Town FAQ's

Modern Tanzania as we know it since its independence, was initially ruled from Dar es Salaam for over three decades (this multi-million coastal city was the capital for 32 years). Since 1996, Dodoma is considered the official capital of the republic. Although in many ways this is only a nominal function – most government offices, the offices of banks and major national companies, and all embassies still remain in Dar es Salaam.

Perhaps the most famous example in the world of a capital that was assigned this role “artificially” is Canberra in Australia. And many people are still convinced that Sydney is the capital of that country. Visitors to Tanzania are also often surprised to learn that Dar es Salaam is not the capital of Tanzania and it is in fact Dodoma. These two capitals, Tanzanian and Australian, have comparable populations, although the latter has had half a century more to establish itself.

If we compare Tanzania’s Dodoma with the capitals of nearby African countries, examples of similar development are the capital of neighboring Malawi – Lilongwe, the capital of Nigeria – Abuja, the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott, and Gaborone – the capital of Botswana. All these countries also gained independence in the 1960s, and the transfer of the capital marked the beginning of a new period in the life of their people. In Tanzania, the process dragged on for decades, and continues to this day, although the idea was exactly the same as that of its neighbors. What went wrong and why? We will touch on it a little later, but now let’s learn a few things about the city itself.


Dodoma is a relatively small city, which according to the latest data (statistics from 2012) has a permanent population of 410.000  people. It gives the impression of a cozy and bright city, built with a well-thought-out layout. There is no piling up of tall buildings, on the contrary, we can say that the capital of Tanzania fits very harmoniously into the natural landscape of the savannah and the surrounding hills.


 A typical Dodoma street
A typical Dodoma street

The city is crossed by two regional roads running north-south and east-west. Thus, Dodoma is divided into four segments, and each of those segments is well-designed and divided into neighborhoods. The planning of the new capital was approached with such care that the master plan was developed twice, the competition was attended by international companies, and the approval of the final project, in the end, took more than ten years.

The streets of the city are pleasant to walk on – there are pedestrian sidewalks (in general, for traditional urban planning in Tanzania, this is a serious problem). Also, Dodoma was originally designed as a modern capital with facilities for cyclists and convenient bus services. Traditional dala dalas – minibusses that operate like shuttle buses run through the city, as well as bajaji, popular covered three-wheeled cabs.

The tallest building in the capital is the Anglican Tower, a 14-story building reaching 54 meters in height. In addition to it, Dodoma has three similar office towers with 11 or 12 storeys. Otherwise, the city is pleasing in the fact that it does not overhang you. Dodoma feels open and welcoming, giving a feeling of almost provincial peace in the depths of the African continent. This is in stark contrast to Dar es Salaam, which is perpetually jammed with traffic and churning out skyscrapers one after the other.

The railway station in Dodoma was built in 1910 when a vital railway line running from the port of Dar es Salaam to the strategically important Lake Tanganyika reached the town. Back then Dar es Salaam was the main city of the colony, and Lake Tanganyika on the border with the then-Belgian colony of Congo had high strategic importance. Originally, there was a village of the local Gogo people on the site of modern Dodoma, who traditionally lived on the territories of modern central Tanzania. The Germans founded a small colonial settlement on the basis of that village in 1890. It was the railroad that gave impetus to the development of the city, which grew especially noticeably under British rule.

The idea of moving the capital from the coastal Dar es Salaam, vulnerable to enemy naval attacks, to the center of the colony was first raised in 1916. Dodoma was then seen as a potential capital. Later the same idea was voiced by the British government, which inherited the German colony in East Africa under the Versailles Peace Treaty, which ended World War I. However, they have never implemented this plan.

Once again the Tanzanians themselves returned to the discussion of moving the capital in 1961, after achieving independence from Great Britain. Now the main argument in favor was not the safety of the capital in case of enemy attack, but the need to develop the vast interior of the country, where the distances between settlements were large and the cities experienced slow growth.

Such long conversations that stretch over decades, remind us of the Brazilian example of moving the capital from Rio de Janeiro to the purpose-built Brasilia. The essential difference between the cases of Brazil and Tanzania was that in the end, the South American country managed to implement such a large-scale project in a short time. The similarity is that in both cases it did not go according to plan.

A roundabout in the center of Dodoma
A roundabout in the center of Dodoma

The decision was finally made in 1973 by President Julius Nyerere (whose statue stands at the central square of modern Dodoma). By that time, the city’s population had surpassed 40,000, but there was still plenty of potential for growth. In contrast, the then-capital Dar es Salaam was already overpopulated and had reached the limits of its organic development, putting pressure on the local natural resources.

Dodoma stood at the crossroads of important roads connecting northern Arusha with southern Mbeya, and eastern Dar es Salaam with the large city of Mwanza in the northwest. The town was surrounded by beautiful scenery and has always had a good climate – not too hot (average temperatures ranging from 16.5 to 28.8 ° C) and not too humid, with one moderate rainy season from about December to April. In contrast, the heat and humidity of Dar es Salaam markedly reduced working productivity. Moreover, floods periodically eroded the city during the rainy seasons, which occur twice a year on the coast. Incidentally, this problem in Dar es Salaam has not yet been solved.

In general, many factors prompted the move of the Tanzanian capital to Dodoma, and the government organized the preparation of two concept plans for the city. The first was demonstrated in 1976, which presented Dodoma as an idyllic garden city, and the second in 1988, as more realistic and tangibly more economical. The implementation of the second plan began in the 1990s, and, as we can see, continues sluggishly to this day. In 1996, the parliament was obliged to meet four times a year in Dodoma. Officials are said to still travel reluctantly to the capital, struggling to succumb to the allure of this cozy town, too much like a provincial administrative center.

Purchasing your visa upon arrival is standard.

The tourist visa is valid for 90 days and the cost is $50 for foreigners, $100 for US citizens. That said, roughly 50 countries from around the world are exempt, including South Africa, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brazil. For the full list of exemptions, please go here.

For those in need of a visa, note that you’ll be given an entry form on the plane to fill in. When you land, an immigration officer will look over your passport and entry card, then ask about your accommodation and departure date, before sending you to the cashier’s window.

Once the cashier receives your passport and payment, you’ll be asked to wait in a designated area. After processing, they’ll call your name, return your passport (visa stamp in place), and provide you with a receipt. Your new tourist visa is good for one year, but you can only stay in the country for 90 days at a time.

There are no mandatory vaccinations for entering Tanzania. The only exception is proof of a yellow fever vaccination if you’re coming from a country with a known yellow fever epidemic.

That said, to ensure your health whilst travelling abroad you should have the following vaccinations: typhoid, TDP, varicella (unless you’ve had chicken pox), and Hepatitis A and B. If you’re an adventurous eater, you might want to add cholera to the list.

Tanzania is in a malaria zone, as shown in the map below. That said, malaria isn’t an issue in all parts of the country. But you might want to consider using anti-malaria medication. If so, please order enough to be able to continue taking them seven days after returning home.

All good accommodations where mosquitoes are an issue provide you with netting around your bed.

Finally, your doctor may recommend a rabies shot – a series of two doses over a four-week period – if you plan on caving or working with animals.

Insect repellent and sunscreen

Please bring enough insect repellent and sunscreen for the trip. You’re heading to a country just south of the Equator, and so it can get very hot. It’s not easy to find insect repellent and sunscreen in Tanzania and, when you do, they’re pricey.

Whilst on safari, you need to protect yourself from tsetse flies. These flies can transmit African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness. It’s best to wear light-colour clothing; tsetse flies are attracted to dark colours, especially shades of blue. Unfortunately products containing DEET usually don’t discourage tsetse flies from biting, so try to find a natural insect repellent containing eucalyptus oil.

The three international airports in Tanzania are in Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Zanzibar. There are many other airports, as well as airstrips, that one can use for travel within Tanzania.

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam

This airport is on the east coast. It’s the biggest airport and you may need to fly here and then catch a connection to one of the smaller ones. This airport makes the most sense if you’re heading to west, central or southern Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) near Arusha

JRO is just outside of Arusha, the main city of northern Tanzania. This is the ideal airport if you’re heading on a Northern Circuit safari or a Kilimanjaro climb. As you can see in the map below, it’s very close to Moshi, the closest town to Kilimanjaro National Park.

JRO is also the closest major airport to the large game reserves of the north like Serengeti National Park. That said, Tanzania is a big country and it will take a day to drive from JRO to the Serengeti, for instance, especially as much of the drive is on dirt roads that require four-wheel drive. You might like to consider flying to one of the various airstrips across northern Tanzania to reduce travel times.

Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar

If you’re heading to the Zanzibar archipelago, then you want to fly into ZNZ on Unguja Island. If you’re heading to Zanzibar from elsewhere in Tanzania, then you could also use Pemba Airport (PMA) depending on your planned itinerary.

Zanzibar is famous for its beautiful, warm-water beaches, unique cultural history, beautiful game parks and wildlife, and water sports. We find that many like to fly there from Kilimanjaro International Airport after having completed a Kili climb in order to relax and unwind after their epic trek.

Fly into Kenya and drive south

Note that you could also choose to fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya, and then drive southwards for 800 km to reach the Tanzania border. This works well for those wanting to visit both Kenya and Tanzania.

Note that if you’re going to visit more than one nation in the region, you’ll probably want to obtain an East African visa over just a Tanzanian visa.

Distance: 397 kmTime: 8HR

Dodoma Region in Tanzania

Dodoma Region (Mkoa wa Dodoma in Swahili) is one of Tanzania’s 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the city of Dodoma. The region is located in central Tanzania, it is bordered by Singida Region to the west; Manyara Region to the north; Iringa Region to the south; and Morogoro Region to the east. Dodoma Region hosts the nation’s capital city with where the legislative assembly or Bunge is based. Dodoma Region also hosts one of the largest University in Tanzania, University of Dodoma.

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Things to do in Dodoma

Spice up your tour of Dodoma city with a visit to the following locations:

  • Museum of GeoSciences
  • Gaddafi Mosque
  • Tanzania Parliament Building
  • The Anglican Church
  • JamatKhanaIsmaili Mosque
  • The Catholic Church
  • Lutheran Cathedral
  • Nyerere Museum

For those keen for an aggressive walk climbing uphill, then the Lion Rock is the ideal place to visit in Dodoma. A visit to the top gives you an unparalleled view of Dodoma city and the surrounding areas. This is one landmark in Dodoma that you cannot miss. Climb to the pekk and enjoy a fantastic view of the plains and farmlands.

To reach Kondoa Irangi Rock paintings, visit the location between Singida and Irangi hills in Kondoa Irangi Village. It is about 22 km north of Kondoa, about 10 km off the Kondoa Arusha Highway and about 280 km from Arusha.

This area is home to one of the world’s most beautiful collection of prehistoric paintings and holds an estimated 1,600 pictures covering a span of 200 different sites. The most accessible route to access the area is to the north of Kondoa town. The figures represent both hunter-gatherers and agro-pastoralists communities who date back over 1,500 years, and this historical site is the latest Tanzania’s World Heritage site. The main attractions are:

  • 1 Symbols paintings
  • 2 Traditional ritual beliefs
  • 3 Decorated shelters.

There are many places where you can grab a meal including some wonderful pizzas. You can also sample a selection of local wines. Below are a few places to visit for quality food:

1 Aladdin

If you have a sweet tooth and need something to satisfy your craving, you should visit Aladdin’s Cave. This is both a candy store and soda fountain in Dodoma downtown. They also serve vegetable burgers and pizzas. The portions are large and it’s the right place to fill up before embarking on a tour of surrounding areas.

2 New Dodoma Hotel

The New Dodoma Hotel offers visitors an international menu with a selection of pizzas, fish and chips, fajitas and dhal tadka. Both local and Indian recipes on offer are quite popular, and their outdoor Barbeque Village grills up large selections of meats to be served at dinner time. You can also visit the Chinese Restaurant within the hotel where you will be spoilt for choice at their sumptuous menus.

3 Dodoma Wimpy

If burgers are your thing, then Dodoma Wimpy is for you. They offer a wide selection of burgers along with the usual accompaniment of snacks and local cuisine. You can get Indian inspired burgers like Bhaji and chicken biryani.

4 KRose’s Café

KRose’s Cafe specialize in East African cuisine and also offer a wide range of Indian dishes and their prices are also pocket-friendly. If you’re visiting on a budget, then this is the place for you. It is quite popular with diners, and there are times when it’s impossible to get a table.


VETA is Dodoma’s entertainment spot of choice. Apart from offering a quiet place for soft music and drinks, they also provide good food. Be warned of the slow service, however. So you may need to be patient as your order is getting prepared. It is one of the favored spots by Tanzanian Bunge, and their prices are also reasonable.

You can check out the local communities in and around Dodoma and discover how the other half lives. You can find unusual handmade artifacts and crafts that can make your trip a memorable experience. Taste the food, interact with the friendly locals and watch them work on their farms.

The Dodoma skate park opened in 2011 and was constructed in collaboration with Skate Aid Bosco Africa, as a school and training centre. It covers approximately 500 sq feet and is one of the largest sports complexes in Tanzania.

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According to the adopted plan, the city was to be very green and full of all kinds of horticultural projects, a kind of urban version of a typical rural settlement. This lay well with the popular 1960s idea of special African socialism (ujamaa) based on collective farming. Later, when it became clear that “capitalism” was inevitable as the natural way of the country’s economic development, the city remained a city, but many plantations still appeared in its vicinity. The region grows legumes (primarily peanuts), coffee, tobacco, grains (corn, rice, and wheat), sorghum, sisal, tea, and even grapes. Livestock farming is also developed here, with a particular focus on cattle.

 A baobab in the middle of a vineyard
A baobab in the middle of a vineyard

Dodoma region covers more than 41,000 km2, which is comparable to countries like Switzerland and the Netherlands. The region could fit in two Slovenias or four Cypruses! So there is plenty of room for farmers and agricultural landowners.

Perhaps the most unexpected discovery for tourists is the fact that Tanzania has vineyards and, consequently, has its own wine production. The most famous wine-producing country in Africa is South Africa, which is steadily holding the 8th place in the world in terms of production output. The Mediterranean countries of North Africa are also famous for their vineyards. However, if we consider the part of the continent south of the Sahara, the second largest wine-making region is Tanzania, and all the vineyards of the country are concentrated just outside Dodoma.

It has an ideal climate for growing grapes and for producing dry red and white wines: the region is very sunny, the humidity is low, and the soil is sandy. The climate of the Dodoma region makes it possible to collect two harvests each year. Beginning as a missionary experiment, winemaking in Dodoma has continued as a state-supported industrial production.

A vineyard in the Dodoma region
A vineyard in the Dodoma region

Today, the scale of winemaking and selection of new grape varieties indicates great interest in this field on the part of both the Tanzanian government and businesses. The mere fact that in recent years the Tanzanian Agricultural Research Institute has promoted and assisted the import and cultivation of new wine grape varieties from South Africa shows the desire of the country and the region to reach a new level in winemaking. And the findings of recent studies hint at ample opportunities in this direction: grapes can be grown not only in Dodoma but also in the neighboring regions, including the climatically suitable Kilimanjaro region.

By the way, a grape variety that grows only here and nowhere else can be considered a unique feature of the Dodoma region. It is called Makutupora, after the name of the area where it grows. It is a red grape from a locality 20 kilometers north of Dodoma. In addition to the local Makutupora, other grape varieties grown in Dodoma include Chenin Blanc, Cinsaut, Aglianico, Shiraz (Syrah), and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Since there are several wineries in the region, if you plan your tour itinerary well, you can visit some of them, or at least taste the local wines. Who knows, perhaps you will be among the first to taste and appreciate a Tanzanian wine, which in a few years will manage to win the hearts of oenophiles by appearing on the wine lists of restaurants in other parts of the world (as, for example, is now happening with Georgian wines).

Dodoma has a truly privileged location at the heart of Tanzania. From here roads lead in all directions to popular nature reserves in the central part of the country, to the green south, or to the north of Tanzania, where the most popular tourist destinations are concentrated.

National Parks and Reserves near Dodoma

The closest national park to Dodoma is Ruaha, Tanzania’s second largest park after Nyerere National Park. More broadly, Ruaha is a part of the Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi ecosystem, which includes the famous Rungwa Reserve (Rungwa Game Reserve) as well as Kizigo and Muhesi reserves and the MBOMIPA Wildlife Management Area. In fact, a part of Ruaha Park is located in one of the southern areas of the Dodoma region.


 Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park

Ruaha is home to both the Lesser and Greater Kudu – beautiful antelopes with large spiraling horns. Other species of antelope, including Grant’s gazelle, are also found here. Elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyena dogs, and other animals live in large populations in the park. There are huge hippos thriving in the waters of the great Ruaha River. Moreover, the park is inhabited by more than 500 species of birds! Apart from the stunningly diverse wildlife, there are interesting archeological sites and many discoveries of ancient rock art have been made here.

The northernmost area of the Dodoma region contains a part of Tarangire National Park, which is often called the “little Serengeti”. Tarangire is home to a large number of elephants, for which the park is also known as “The Paradise of Elephants”. These animals look very organic next to the majestic baobabs in the valley of the Tarangire River. Zebras and giraffes stroll through the trees, warthogs scurry to and fro, and herds of beautiful impalas run wild. Lions, buffalo, cheetahs, and large eland antelopes are not so rare here either, as well as many other animal species.

 Elephants stroll through Tarangire Park
Elephants stroll through Tarangire Park

The Swagaswaga Game Reserve in the Dodoma region is home to elephants, warthogs, and very cute duikers – small antelopes native to sub-Saharan Africa. Many other species of antelope thrive in this park too. Another reserve here is Mkungunero Game Reserve, which is a part of the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, where you can see the cow antelope kongoni, giraffe gazelle (gerenuk), hyena, warthog, baboons, zebra, elephant, lion, and other animals.

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Dodoma region is famous for its historical monuments inherited from the ancient tribal cultures that lived in these territories. The list of national historic sites in Tanzania includes two locations where archaeologists have discovered rock paintings. They are located in the areas of Kondoa and Baja.

The Kondoa rock art is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kondoa is located about 150 kilometers north of Dodoma, in the direction of Babati. The drawings can be found on the so-called Masai escarpment (a reference point is the Kolo Rock Museum & Tourist Information Center in the village of Kolo). The ancient paintings are quite numerous and are scattered over a wide area.

In this place, scientists have found from 150 to 450 shelters with rock art left by the people of the Sandawe and Maasai tribes. You can learn a lot of interesting information about the culture and traditions of the most famous African people – the Maasai – in our article with beautiful pictures. Ancient Maasai and Sandave artists depicted hunting scenes, tribal rituals, and other traditions of their peoples on the rock walls. If you want to read more about the rock art of Africa and at Kondoa in particular, here’s a wonderfully detailed article about it.

Kondoa Rock Paintings
Kondoa Rock Paintings

The Kondoa rock art collection consists of individual paintings scattered on the walls of stone shelters, shallow caves, and cliffs. Most often, there are depictions of people performing certain rituals or daily activities. Sometimes we can see silhouettes of animals painted on the rock as well. As a rule, ancient artists either wished to depict the life of their tribe or to help some of their own people by evoking divine powers. For example, to heal the wounded, to ensure success in hunting, or to call for rain – ritual depictions on the rock walls called for the help of spirits guarding the tribe.

Unfortunately, we do not have exact dating for the rock carvings and paintings. But for other artifacts found at the Kondoa sites, it was possible to conduct radiocarbon research, which showed dates exceeding 40,000 years! It is also interesting that not all the images belong to such remote antiquity. Some of them are very recent – according to scientists, several drawings were applied in the 1970s by members of the local tribes.

Cave paintings have also been found in Bahi, although much less is known about them. It is assumed that their authors belonged to the more ancient Wamiya people, whose habitable lands became settled later by the Gogo tribes, traditionally inhabiting the Dodoma region. And the Gogo artists, apparently, did not understand the meaning of the original images and supplemented them at their own discretion.

The rock art of ancient Tanzania, along with the Olduvai Gorge and other cultural heritage sites has yet to be studied in more detail. Hopefully, the pilgrimage of scientists to this region rich in historical monuments will continue, which means new discoveries will be made that will attract even more travelers from all over the world.

 Panorama over Kondoa, Dodoma Region, Tanzania
Panorama over Kondoa, Dodoma Region, Tanzania

As you can see, Tanzania, in general, is interesting not only for its marvelous and rich wildlife with huge populations of animals but also for its cultural history in the broadest sense, and modern cities like Dodoma, which have a peculiar and in their own way attractive development.

It’s hard to tell the story of Dodoma from the perspective of tourism. Every now and then you come across the shortcomings of Tanzania’s artificial capital which highlight the city’s slow development. But, of course, it also has many positive sides that are worth seeing in person or, at least, learning about them remotely, just through reading and looking at the pictures.

Mosques and Cathedrals

One of the sights worthy of attention in Dodoma is Gaddafi Mosque, named after the Libyan politician who gave the money to build it. It is the largest mosque in Tanzania, which can accommodate up to 3000 visitors. The beautiful bright building with arched walls on the perimeter stands under the open African sky and is generously lit by the sun almost all year round. Next to the mosque, there is a small green area, which contrasts interestingly with the pink walls of the prayer building. Inside, even a traveler far from religion will find peace, an opportunity to rest, and coolness, much sought-after in Africa.

 Gaddafi Mosque in Dodoma
Gaddafi Mosque in Dodoma

If you travel to Dodoma by plane, it will take you only minutes to get from the airport to the mosque. The airport is very conveniently located not far from the city center. But this, among other things, is a also problem the authorities are struggling to solve. The airport’s position does not allow for an increase in the length of the runway, and thus it is impossible to receive large planes (which is necessary for the further development of the city). And here we return to the question of why officials, bankers, foreign consuls, and entrepreneurs are in no hurry to move from Dar es Salaam to the inner-continental capital.

There is a project to build a new, modern airport for Dodoma, with international status. It should be located just to the north, in Msalato, with a longer runway, better-equipped infrastructure, and be able to accommodate much larger passenger and cargo airliners. Hopefully, the project will soon come to fruition, attracting people and finance to Dodoma, which will make the capital even more attractive to travelers.

Nyerere Monument on the Nyerere Square
Nyerere Monument on the Nyerere Square

If you go down the Nyerere Road from Gaddafi Mosque, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the city – Nyerere Square with a monument to… you’ve guessed who, of course. Julius Nyerere was the first president of Tanzania, who did a lot for the independence of the former colony from Britain. He was also responsible for the development of the republic at the dawn of its modern history. Don’t forget to take selfies in front of the smiling Baba Wa Taifa, i.e. the Father of the Nation.

You can find several other mosques near Nyerere Square. And there are also quite a few scattered all over Dodoma, so you can make a quest to find the most beautiful ones. Be sure to look for Sunni Mosque – a beautiful white building, recognizable from afar by its green domes (if you find the mosque during the day, don’t forget to return to it in the evening to see the beautiful place of Muslim worship highlighted by the illumination).

Sunni Mosque in Dodoma
Sunni Mosque in Dodoma

Nearby you can find the impressive Anglican Cathedral building and the rather simple red-brick Lutheran Cathedral. By the way, the Tanzanian branch of the Anglican Communion has founded its own private university – St. John’s University of Tanzania, around which an entire unique area has developed – very green and resembling an oasis in the middle of the sun-dry African land. It is located in the south of Dodoma.

The biggest university in Dodoma and in the whole of Tanzania is the University of Dodoma (UDOM), which is responsible for the education of the country’s highly qualified future cadres. The University of Dodoma surpasses the University of Dar es Salaam in terms of campus size and student enrollment. Along with the infrastructural development of the capital, the progress of local education is a good factor for Dodoma’s continued growth. However, we wouldn’t specifically advise you to go out of town just to visit the campus.

When you’re in town, take a stroll through the streets and check out the Central Market (Soko Kuu) on Ndowu Road. You can find fresh fruits, vegetables, and other produce there, as well as all kinds of small things needed in the households of the capital’s residents. Maybe you’ll find something for yourself, too.

The parliament building – The National Assembly of Tanzania, also known as Bunge la Tanzania, is of some interest also. But the catch is that the parliament meets in Dodoma only four times a year (the rest of the time the lawmakers work in Dar es Salaam), which means that getting into the Bunge building itself is problematic. Nevertheless, finding and photographing this unusual architectural structure at least from afar is a worthy challenge for any inquisitive traveler.

One of the capital's central streets
One of the capital’s central streets

Dodoma travel brochures also mention the so-called Geological Museum. Be warned right away, don’t expect to see something exciting if you go there. In fact, it’s a government agency – a geological survey service, which routinely does research in its own laboratories. They have exhibition samples of various rocks, minerals, and fossils, but those are likely to be of interest only to specialists.

In general, the city is not particularly rich in tourist attractions, if we’re being honest. Perhaps the most interesting thing to do here is simply walk the streets of Dodoma, noticing the peculiarities of African architecture, and discovering pretty buildings or green spaces. Until recently you could see the whole town from the Lion Rock overlooking Dodoma, but now this area is closed by the city authorities, so don’t waste your time looking for it.

We only have one last peek at the train station before heading out to the outskirts of the capital and other remote areas of central Tanzania. The Dodoma train station building is considered one of the city’s landmarks because it was built in the early 20th century. This bright building dates back to the colonial period of the country’s history and is a reminder of the times when these lands were ruled by the Germans.

 Dodoma's old railway station
Dodoma’s old railway station


Dodoma is the 8th largest region by area after Manyara Region. Dodoma Region, which is primarily semi-arid, covers an area of , making it slightly larger than Switzerland . The Dodoma Region lies in the heart of Tanzania in the eastern-central part of the country, the main city being about from the coast. The region is bordered by the Manyara Region to the north, the Tanga Region to the north east, the Singida Region to the west, the Iringa Region to the south, and the Morogoro Region to the east and southeast.

About 413,110 hectares, or 2.5 percent of Tanzania’s 885,987 square kilometer mainland, are in the Region. The distribution of the region’s area across the districts favors Chamwino DC (19.5%) and Chemba DC (18.5%) more than Mpwapwa DC (18.1%), Bahi DC (14.4%), Kondoa DC (13.5%), Kondoa TC (1.1%), Kongwa DC (9.8%), and Dodoma CC, which is last (6.2 percent).

The Wami River Sub-Basin “extends from the semi-arid Dodoma Region to the humid inland swamps in the Morogoro Region to Saadani Village in the coastal Bagamoyo District”, and the Kikuyu River also flows through the Region, flowing near the city of Dodoma itself. Protected areas include the Swaga Swaga Game Reserve. The region produces beans, seeds, grain, peanuts, coffee, tea, and tobacco. Cattle are also raised and marketed. A total of 220,989 hectares, or 5.44 percent of the region’s 4,131,100 hectares of land, are covered by natural forest reserves. The majority of these natural forest reserves are in the Chamwino (100,391 hectares), Kondoa (37,199 hectares), Bahi (28,058 hectares), Mpwapwa (22,958 hectares), Kongwa (11,883 hectares), and Chemba regions (20,500 hectares).


The Dodoma Region is the ancestral homeland to the following people groups; Gogo, Rangi, Sandawe & Burungi.


According to the 2022 national census, the region had a population of 2,083,588. The Region represented 4.8 percent of the total population of Tanzania Mainland which was 43,625,354 in 2012. In 2012, it was the seventeenth most densely populated region with 50 people per square kilometer. Dodoma District has the largest population at 410,956 in 2012. According to NBS’s (2018) population forecasts, Dodoma had a total population of 2,312,141 in 2017, of which 1,126,309 were men and 1,185,833 were women. Annual population growth is 2.1 percent on average.

Administrative divisions


Dodoma Region is divided into seven districts, each administered by a council: (Kondoa, Chemba, Bahi, Dodoma, Chamwino, Kongwa, and Mpwapwa), eight local government authorities, 29 divisions, 209 wards, 607 villages, 181 streets, and 2,184 hamlets. Other districts each have a council, however the Kondoa District has a Kondoa Town Council and a Kondoa District Council.