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Travel Locally

Updated: Dec 7, 2022

Travelling around Tanzania can be an adventure in itself. Yes you can simply fly into Arusha and then be whisked around in a Land Rover. Despite being expensive, this is clearly the easiest and most comfortable way to travel. However, you may be missing out on a lot of amazing experiences by always travelling privately.

For intercity travel, a network of regional buses traverse the country from city to city. Tanzania also has several train lines, such as the one that connects Dar es Salaam to Mbeya. More locally, dalla dallas (minibuses) and boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) are used, and you may see some bajaji which are like motorcycles running on three wheels. Dar es Salaam even has some modern public transit options, including bus rapid transit.

Travelling publicly can be daunting at first, but it is also rewarding. Not only will you see the city and rural areas in a completely different way, but you will likely meet people along the way who you otherwise wouldn’t encounter.

If you are travelling with us, having our guides introduce you to these local forms of transit can be a good idea so you can understand how they work, and how to tell the driver when to stop. You also need to be aware of safety and theft, as you would travelling in any developing country. Keep your valuables in a hidden zipped up pocket and it's always a good rule of thumb not to travel in the late evening.

One strategy for how to combine public and private transit that provides you the experience, while still allowing you comfort, is to combine the two. For example, you can travel to your hotel in a private taxi to drop off your belongings, but venture out for a short trip on a dalla dalla. Try out a boda boda in a rural area where it's safer, but stick to bajaji or dalla dallas in urban areas. Or you can travel first class on the TAZARA train, but then leave your cabin to venture around the train to experience the other sections.

With a little exploration, travelling locally can open up your mind to what life is like in Tanzania.

For weather and recommended travel dates to Tanzania, check out our blog post on when to visit.

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