Ambitious and captivating
Dodoma city – located in the wine region of central Tanzania – embodies nationalistic ambition as a capital. Its grand street plan and imposing architecture however, differs from everyday life and the rural environment.
The rare and wondrous Kondoa Rock-Art Sites (UNESCO World Heritage Sites), scattered along the slopes of the Rift Valley, are among the main attractions of the Dodoma region.
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About Dodoma city
Dodoma city is the center for national politics and is surrounded by a rich agricultural area and a pleasant landscape.
The Dodoma region is known for its historical monuments inherited from the ancient peoples who lived in these areas,
but it is also the region of a promising emerging viticulture.
Culture & products in Dodoma
The city is located in the heart of Tanzania, on the ‘Great North Road’ that connects Cape Town in South Africa to Cairo in Egypt, a popular tourist route across Africa.
Dodoma town has a rich agricultural society and a burgeoning wine industry, with small-scale agriculture being the most dominant in the town. The region is famous for the production of fruits such as grapes, mango, papaya, guava, baobab, tamarind and dates. The sun-drenched landscape is impressive and still has that Safari feel.
Dodoma city has been the national capital of Tanzania since 1996 with associated government functions, such as the Parliament of Tanzania and the various ministries.
There are two major universities in Dodoma: the Open University of Tanzania and the University of Dodoma with about 35,000 students.
Dodoma is populated by different ethnic groups as it is an administrative center of the government. The indigenous ethnic peoples are the Gogo, Rangi and Sandawe. The population is predominantly Christian. There is a small Indian community. The most spoken language is the Bantu language of the Gogo people.
Climate & season in Dodoma
Dodoma has a pleasantly warm and fairly dry climate all year round with an abundance of sunshine.
The highest average temperature throughout the year is fairly constant and is around 30 degrees. The lowest temperature is measured in the month of July, when it averages about 13 degrees at night. When it rains, it will be in the period between December and April .
May to October
The weather from May to October is dry. Temperatures average 14 degrees at night and 28 degrees during the day.
October and November
These are the warmest months, with temperatures of about 30 degrees in the afternoon and about 17 degrees in the early morning. In November, rain showers increase.
December to April
In this period the rainfall takes place, on average about 600 ml in total on an average of 9 days per month. The temperatures are between 30 degrees during the day and 19 degrees at night.
It rains very little and only on a few days. Temperatures are around 29 degrees during the day and 18 degrees at night.
Interesting facts about Dodoma
1. Dodoma was originally founded as Idodomya in 1907 by German settlers during the construction of the Tanzanian railway. Dodoma has been the capital of Tanzania since 1996 and is now the fourth largest city.
2. In 1974, Dodoma was designated as the future capital in order to advance the geographic center of Tanzania economically and socially and to relieve Dar es Salaam. But despite all efforts, Dar es Salaam remains the commercial (and informal) capital of Tanzania to this day.
3. As a national prestige project, Dodoma was once designed as a garden city with many green zones between industry and residents and fitting within the existing topography. Unfortunately, much of this was never realised.
4. The name Dodoma means “It has sunk”.
5. The promising and young Tanzanian wine industry was started in 1938 by Roman Catholic missionaries and is completely based in the Dodoma region. After South Africa, Tanzania is now the second largest producer of wine in Sub-Saharan Africa.
6. The most common grape varieties in the Dodoma wine region are Chenin Blanc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and a variety named after a Dodoma sub-region, Makutupora.
Dodoma city as a prestige project is interesting to visit and has several sights such as the Gaddafi Mosque, Nyerere Square and the University of Dodoma.
In the immediate vicinity – between the Tarangire National Park and Dodoma city –
are the Kondoa Rock Art paintings and Tanzania’s 4th highest mountain, Mount Hanang.
Dodoma city accommodations
The accommodations in Dodoma city and surroundings have been selected with care and attention.
Small scale, hospitality and quality are paramount.