In Tanzania, you have come to the right place for an active trip! Think, for example, of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or wildebeest migration! In addition to climbing Kilimanjaro, there are many other beautiful walks to be made in this special country!
It is possible to travel through Tanzania in different ways. Take a self-drive, go on a tour with a guide or fly from location to location.
It is possible to reach Tanzania by road through neighbouring countries Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, and Rwanda. The bus is the most common way to travel around Tanzania. Most buses have a simple design, and the roads are poor. The lucky traveller might find first-class air-conditioned buses on the Dar-Mosh-Arusha route. Nearly all buses go in and out of Dar es Salaam’s main bus station, Ubungo 8km west of the CBD.
What happens in case of a breakdown or accident?
Take note that when driving a second vehicle in challenging conditions, unexpected issues can arise. We are experienced in troubleshooting along the way, but it requires cooperation and patience from your side as well. Please always contact Road trip Tanzania first. Our phone number is available 24h/a day and we will try to solve the problem to the best of our ability.
We have a network of mechanic workshops in Tanzania to assist you in case of any issues, and we will either direct you to the nearest workshop or send a mechanic to assist you on the spot. In case a car cannot be fixed on the spot within 24 hours, a replacement car from Arusha will be provided so you can continue your journey. Ask yourself if you easily stress out or become agitated if you have to change your travel plans a bit because you need to wait several hours before help has arrived when you are in a remote area. Than going on a self-drive trip is not for you.
In case of an accident, contact us immediately and we coach you through the process; take pictures of the damaged vehicle(s) and process a clear police report.
Flight To Tanzania
Tanzania is served internationally from Europe by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam), British Airways (London-Heath row), and Swiss International Air Lines. The Middle East and Asia by Emirates, Qatar Airways, and for the thrifty traveller. Air India, and in Africa by South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, and Kenya Airways from Nairobi. Carriers originating from Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe also maintain regular flights to Dar es Salaam.
There are two major airports in Tanzania, Dar-es-Salaam, and Kilimanjaro. Julius Nyerere International Airport, and another, Kilimanjaro International Airport, which lies halfway between Moshi and Arusha. Domestically the best flight options are Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Coastal Aviation, ZanAir, and Regional Air. Domestic flights are often late but generally reliable. They have improved considerably since the nineties when Air Tanzania (ATC) was teasingly known as; Any Time Cancellation.
Rail Way In Tanzania
Tanzania is also reached by rail via the Tanzania – Zambia train service, TAZARA. The train operates two times a week between New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia, and Dar es Salaam. It leaves from Dar on Tuesdays and Fridays. A domestic railroad network links major cities in the country. It is routinely reliable, and ticket prices are reasonable but rates differ, according to ‘class’. The first and second classes offer cabins with two and four beds, in that order. Economy class is open seating.
Tanzania has a unique code of road etiquette. This is prone to arbitrary change and the best advice would be to be alert at all times and more importantly to keep an open mind. Tanzanians drive on the left. Experienced drivers from ‘right-hand drive’ countries will need a few hours to adjust. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital, is a challenge for any class of driver. The city centre is dramatically congested from 9 AM-6 PM, on weekdays. There are few traffic lights, and the roads are narrow.
The two main highways in Tanzania are the Dar es Salaam/Mbeya road (A7/A17) and the Dar/Arusha and Serengeti road (B1). A7/A17 takes you to the south through the towns of Morogoro, Iringa, and Mikumi National Park, and near the Selous and Ruaha National Parks. On the other hand, B1 takes you to the north by Tanga and Moshi, and Mount Kilimanjaro, Saadani, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks.
How to deal with traffic police in Tanzania
There is a lot of traffic police in Tanzania. You’ll recognize them from a distance by their bright white uniform. So, advice that comes in handy when dealing with any kind of government official in Tanzania is to remain patient and friendly, greet them in Swahili, and make a joke, and you will have a new friend.
Traffic police will frequently pull you over to check if your car is insured, if the tires look okay, and to check if you are carrying the required fire extinguisher, reflector triangles, and first aid kit. Of course, that is taken care of if you rent a car from Mili Adventure Africa. They will also want to see your driving license. A valid driving license from your country of residence is accepted in Tanzania.
In case you’ve committed an offence, you will receive a fine that needs to be paid via a bank deposit. If you receive a fine, please keep the ticket and call the Mili Adventure Africa office. We will make the payment, which will save you a lot of time, and then you can refund us in cash upon car handover.
Driving in the southern part of Tanzania
The longest gravel sections are the gateways to the safari parks in the South, from Kibiti to Selous (90 km), Morogoro to the Selous Matembwe Gate (90 km) and from Iringa to Ruaha (110 km). The driving time between Dodoma and Babati is approximately 2.5 hours. Off-road driving in Selous Game Reserve can get technical during the rainy season, so a Suzuki Escudo or Land cruiser is required.