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Travelling by Dalla Dalla

Dalla dallas are a popular and convenient mode of transportation in Tanzania, especially in urban areas. They are small, privately-owned minibuses that operate on a fixed route, picking up and dropping off passengers along the way.

The name "dalla dalla" is derived from the Swahili word "dala," which means "to split." This refers to the fact that these minibuses often make multiple stops to pick up and drop off passengers, dividing the fare among all the riders.

Dalla dallas are an affordable and efficient way to get around, but they can be overwhelming for first-time riders. Here are some tips to help you navigate the dalla dalla system in Tanzania:

  1. Identify the route: Dalla dallas usually have the destination written on the front and sides of the vehicle, so you can easily tell which route it is traveling on. You can also ask the conductor or other passengers for help in finding the right dalla dalla for your destination.

  2. Hailing a dalla dalla: To hail a dalla dalla, simply stand on the side of the road and wave your hand to signal that you want to board. The driver will usually stop to pick you up if there is an available seat.

  3. Paying the fare: The fare for a dalla dalla ride is usually paid to the conductor, who will collect the money from passengers as they board. The fare is based on the distance traveled, and it is usually paid in cash.

  4. Telling the driver to stop: To signal that you want to get off at the next stop, simply say "simama" (stop) to the conductor. The conductor will then inform the driver to stop at the next available stop.

  5. Safety tips: As with any mode of public transportation, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings while riding a dalla dalla. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or carrying large amounts of cash, and be cautious of pickpockets. It is also a good idea to avoid traveling alone at night or in areas that are known to be unsafe.

With a little bit of knowledge and caution, you can easily navigate the dalla dalla system and make the most of your travels.

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