Roadtrip in Tanzania

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1. Posted by Smolkopro (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hello travelleres from the whole world! I am going to Tanzania in December and I was thinking about roadtrip from Dar es Salaam to the north (Serengeti, Victoria Lake, Oldupai Gorge etc.). And I am asking you for help- has anyone did that before? And I have also one issue- I was searching for gasoline pumps in Tanzania and I have found like 30 pumps and all were located in Dar es Salaam so where would I take gasoline? :D But I think that there are some because Tanzanians need gas too :DD
Thanks for answering. :) PS: The roadtrip has to be maximally 10 days long..

2. Posted by Sarahelainecp (Inactive 34 posts) 6y 1 Star this if you like it!

I’ve driven a lot in Uganda, but not Tanzania. Internet coverage of specific facilities is not universal. So yes, there will be petrol pumps, and no, they will not all be online. I don’t think you’ll have a problem but personally I would arrange to have a Jerry can full of fuel in your vehicle- you don’t want to risk running out just in case. In Uganda we only used ours well upmcountry but still. By reputation, Tanzanian roads are better than Ugandan roads, but remember that there are fewer rules in terms of what can be safely carried in vehicles (as in why yes, you can carry a stack of ten chairs on your motorcycle...), there may be axel busting pit holes in the wet season or soon after, and other traffic can be unpredictable (in Uganda this often included entire herds of cows, even in major routes- don’t know if that happens in Tanzania too!). Which is not to say a road trip wouldn’t be amazing- just be really, really alert. And in Uganda outside Kampala the usual advice is never drive after dark. We sometimes did, but it takes a certain amount of nerve. Again, Tanzania might be different but it’s maybe a good question to ask locals.

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 6y 1 Star this if you like it!

I'm sure any Car Hire company there would tell you about fuelling.
They'll probably warn you about certain areas and roads as well.
I'd guess they probably also offer drivers who would know the fuel situation.
Google can be useful for these things.

Or are you planning to use a Motorcycle?

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jun-2018, at 15:08 by Andrew Mack ]

4. Posted by Smolkopro (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

No, I am going to rent a Hyundai :) Anyways thank you so much :)

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6. Posted by Smolkopro (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I have planed that I will always stay in hotel at night near my route and there I will ask local people if there are any gasoline pumps.:D

7. Posted by cvanwinkle23 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure about the drive from Dar Es Salaam, but another option would be to fly into Arusha and do the Northern circuit from there. I did this a few summers ago and rented a Land Cruiser through: -snip- . They were great and reasonably priced. I then drove from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (stayed at Rhino Lodge). There is a petrol station on the crater rim not far from the lodge. Then we drove down into the Serengeti and camped at Lobo (pay the entrance and camping fee at the park entrance - $50 per day plus $30 per night for camping). There is a petrol station at the Seronera park headquarters/visitors station, but I believe that's the only one in the park so be sure to fill up. We then, on our return, stayed at Octagon Safari Lodge in Karatu, halfway back to Arusha, so that we could do Tarangire (or you could do Lake Manyara) the following day. Hope that helps!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

8. Posted by Smolkopro (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Okay, thanks a lot :) I will think about it, but I would not like to fly anywhere :/ I would like to go everywhere by car :D I will think about it ;) and are roads in good condition? :D Thanks for replying