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Dodoma
Downtown Dodoma
Dodoma is located in Tanzania
Dodoma
Coordinates: 6°10′23″S 35°44′31″E / 6.17306°S 35.74194°E / -6.17306; 35.74194
Country  Tanzania
Region Dodoma
Government
 - Mayor Francis Mazanda
Area
 - Land 2,576 km2 (994.6 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 - Total 324,347
 Density 125.9/km2 (326.1/sq mi)

Dodoma (literally "It has sunk" in Gogo), officially Dodoma Urban District, population 324,347 (2002 census), is the national capital of Tanzania,[1] and the capital of the Dodoma region. In 1973, plans were made to move the capital to Dodoma. Tanzania's National Assembly moved there in February 1996, but many government offices remain in the previous national capital, Dar es Salaam, which remains the commercial capital.

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Geography

Located at 6°10′23″S 35°44′31″E / 6.17306°S 35.74194°E / -6.17306; 35.74194Coordinates: 6°10′23″S 35°44′31″E / 6.17306°S 35.74194°E / -6.17306; 35.74194, in the center of the country, the town is 486 kilometres (302 mi) west of the former capital at Dar es Salaam and 441 kilometres (274 mi) south of Arusha, the headquarters of the East African Community. It covers an area of 2,669 square kilometres (1,031 sq mi) of which 625 square kilometres (241 sq mi) is urbanised.

Demographics

Out of the total population, 157,469 people (48.5 percent) are male while 166,878 people (51.5 percent) are female. The estimated total number of households is 74,914 with an average household size of 4.3 people. The Roman Catholic Church reports that 19.2% of the population are Roman Catholics [2]. Dodoma is populated by different ethnic groups because it is a government administrative centre, although original ethnic groups are the Gogo, Rangi, and Sandawe. There are a few Arabs and Indians.[citation needed]

History

During the German wars[citation needed], the town of Dodoma was founded at the same time as the construction of the Tanzanian central railway. American architect James Rossant developed a master plan for the new capital in 1986, sponsored by the United Nations.

Infrastructure

A major highway connects Dodoma with the former capital of Dar es Salaam via the Morogoro region in the east. To the west, there are roads to Mwanza and Kigoma going through Tabora. The Great North Road links the city with Arusha to the north, via Kondoa. The city is also served by the Central railway line which connects it over a distance of 465 kilometres (288 miles) with Dar es Salaam in the east. The city's airport is managed by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority; the size of planes is limited to small private aircraft. There are plans to build a new airport outside the city with increased runway length and weight-bearing capacity.

Dodoma municipal authority is also responsible for the upkeep of the nearby Hombolo Dam.

Climate

Climate data for Dodoma
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35
(95)
36
(97)
34
(93)
33
(91)
33
(91)
32
(90)
31
(88)
34
(93)
33
(91)
36
(97)
36
(97)
36
(97)
36
(97)
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
29
(84)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
27
(81)
26
(79)
27
(81)
29
(84)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
29
(84)
Average low °C (°F) 18
(64)
18
(64)
18
(64)
18
(64)
16
(61)
14
(57)
13
(55)
14
(57)
15
(59)
17
(63)
18
(64)
18
(64)
16
(61)
Record low °C (°F) 16
(61)
13
(55)
15
(59)
15
(59)
11
(52)
9
(48)
8
(46)
9
(48)
11
(52)
13
(55)
14
(57)
14
(57)
8
(46)
Precipitation mm (inches) 152
(5.98)
109
(4.29)
137
(5.39)
48
(1.89)
5
(0.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
5
(0.2)
23
(0.91)
91
(3.58)
570
(22.44)
Source: BBC Weather [3] 2009-08-23

Education

There are two universities in Dodoma: St Johns University of Tanzania, owned by the Anglican Church of Tanzania, and University of Dodoma, currently with 6,000 students. It is projected to have a total of 40,000 students in three to four years time. Both Universities were officially opened in 2007.

Culture and sport

The city is represented in the Tanzanian Premier League by football clubs Polisi Dodoma and JKT Ruvu Stars.

Notes

and CDA Dodoma.

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Dodoma is in Central Tanzania.

Understand

In 1973, Dodoma was designated as the new political capital of Tanzania. New Parliament buildings were erected and plans were drafted to shift all government Ministry offices to Dodoma by the early 1980's. However, due to limited water supplies and other environmental factors, this proved impossible and the plan was all but forgotten. Although Dodoma retains the title of capital city of Tanzania, government officials only travel to Dodoma for a few weeks each June when the government is in session.

Get in

There are many daily buses from Dar es Salaam. Driving time is five to six hours with a stop in Morogoro.

There are buses to and from Arusha via Kondoa to the north. The road is not 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 12 hours, and breakdowns are common. The best plan would be to use Kondoa as an intermediate overnight point and continue north or south the next day.

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.

Get around

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, eg. Scandinavia, maintain their own bus stands.

See

The new earthquake-proof Parliament buildings are a must, although access is restricted as of the last time I was there (June, 2006). The building may only be photographed with permission from Dar Es Salaam, so consider photography forbidden.

Do

Not much really. There are two places with swimming pools: Dodoma Hotel, best and most expensive food in town, also has a Chinese restaurant. Climax Club (sic),near the prison, also has a pool, where you can buy food, watch TV, and spend the day. VETA has a nice bar to hang out and watch TV.

Eat

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/=. Drinks are unreasonably expensive, at 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.

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 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 Restaurant, PO Box 1521 (7.5 Km from Airport roundabout on Arusha Road), +255 718 667 676. 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Acacia Bar and Restaurant is located at Twiga Hotel in Miyuji - 7.5 kms from Dodoma town. The restuarant serves local cuisine such as chips mayai and nyama choma as well as wonderful dishes of lamb, beef, fish, chicken, pork and many others. 3,000-8,000.  edit

Drink

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.

Sleep

For those on a budget CCT hostel, near the roundabout has clean double rooms, self-contained toilet, for 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 18,000/=.

A bit up market is VETA, out near the Parliament. In fact MPs often stay there. Clean doubles (24,000/=) and singles (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. Excellent quality double rooms for 50,000/= and excellent food as well. They have a pool.

There are numerous guest houses of varying quality; Shukrani is nice but noisy (6,000/=)located 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 Hotel, PO Box 1521 (Miyuji - 7.5 kms from Airport Roundabout on Arusha Road), +255 718 667 676. checkout: 10:00 AM. A 14 room hotel surrounded by 5 acres of lush gardens. A perfect place to relax. Spacious rooms with DSTV TV, Air Conditioning, fine furniture created by Quantum Workshop, bathtubs and luxurious bathrooms in every room. Full bar and restuarant. Secure parking and 24 hour security. Wireless Internet available in rooms and around the six private garden spots. Suites 50,000 Deluxe 40,000.  edit

Get out

There is train service to Dar es Salaam, but if you are in a hurry the better choice is by bus.If you are heading to west Mwanza, train is better, especially in the rainy season.

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Dodoma
Downtown Dodoma
Coordinates: 6°15′S 35°45′E / 6.25°S 35.75°E / -6.25; 35.75
Country Tanzania
Region Dodoma
Government
 - Mayor Gordon Cheti
Population (2002)
 - Total 324,347
Time zone Eastern Africa Time (UTC+3)

Dodoma is the capital city of Tanzania. It is the third biggest city in the country. The city is also the capital of the Dodoma region. The city has a population of 324,347 people. The name Dodoma means "It has sunk".

History

During German colonial rule in East Africa, the town of Dodoma was founded at the same time as the creation of the Tanzanian central railway. The British took over the city after World War I. Dodoma became an administrative center for the region until the independence of Tanzania in 1964. In 1973, plans were made to move the capital from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma. Tanzania's National Assembly moved there the next year. Many government offices are still in Dar es Salaam.

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