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Dodoma is the capital of Tanzania, having taken over the official role of the former capital Dar es Salaam. Although plans to move the capital date back to 1973, Tanzania's National Assembly moved to Dodoma only in 1996, but still many government offices remain in Dar es Salaam. It is located in the centre of the country, almost 500 kilometers away from the coast and mount Kilimanjaro. With continuing growth nowadays, it has about 400,000 inhabitants. Few travellers really visit this place and actually it is far less attractive and bustling than let's say Dar es Salaam and Arusha.
Dodoma has a warm tropical climate. Temperatures are between 26 and 31 degrees Celcius during the day, the warmest being October to December. Nights average between 13 in July to 18 between November and April.
May to October is extremely dry with almost no rain, while December to March has slightly over 100 mm of rain a month.
Dodoma is served by the Central railway line which connects it with Dar es Salaam in the east, a painfully slow and long traintrip of almost 500 kilometres.
A road connects Dodoma to the east with the former capital of Dar es Salaam and to the west, there are roads to Mwanza and Kigoma going through Tabora. In the northern direction there are good road links with the city of Arusha.
Major tourist areas and cities have internet cafes and many hotels offer (free) wifi nowadays. Connections can be slower at more remote places.
Also safari oriented places offer some sort of internet connections as well, by computers or wifi.
See also International Telephone Calls
The International Dialling Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by area codes (e.g. (0)22 for Dar es Salaam, or (0)27 for Arusha). Calling from Tanzania, you dial 00 plus the relevant country code (44 for the UK, 1 for the USA).
There are four cell providers in Tanzania: Zain (the major one), Zantel, Vodacom and Tigo, who all offer roaming facilities. Connections are good in Tanzania, even in places such as Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and some parts of the Serengeti (the western and northern region of the Serengeti not). You can buy the prepaid cards in amounts ranging from $5 to $50. You can even buy a cell phone while in Tanzania. The price for a simple cell phone ranges between $55 and $80.
Avoid roaming charges with you home cellphone and turn it off. Instead, use a local SIM card or just wifi.
Tanzania Posts Corporation is the national postal services of Tanzania. There are post officies in most major cities and towns throughout the country, which are generally open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9:00am to noon. Services are generally quite reliable though not very fast. Prices for international airmal services start at around 500-600 TSHS to other countries in East Africa and 700-900 TSHS to Europe and North America for postcards and letters up to 20 grams. Small packages start at around 2,000-3,000 TSHS, but it's generally better to do business with international parcel services like TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx.
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