Road Conditions from Iringa to Arusha via Dodoma





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    Default Road Conditions from Iringa to Arusha via Dodoma

    Hi,

    Does anybody know what the road conditions are like from Iringa to Arusha via Dodoma and how long it would take? If this road takes 2 days, are there any recommendations on places to stop over on?

    Is this road similar to the road from Kigoma to Mpanda to Zambia before it was tarred, thus taking you 2 days of driving on bad roads?

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    Default Re: Road Conditions from Iringa to Arusha via Dodoma

    The latest on this road is on this thread

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...d.php?t=159420

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    To confirm, I understand that the road from Iringa to Dodoma is now Chinese tar, and that the recommended route from Dodoma to Arusha is via Singida and thence to Babati and Arusha - this is the tarred route. You will see on a map that the direct route from Dodoma to Babati is due north, but I understand that this section has not been tarred yet so it is recommended to go via Singida.

    In 2008 - when it was all a dirt road (nothing to fear - just a normal African dirt road) it took us 8 hours from just outside the Ngorongoro to Dodoma (directly due south through Babati and Kondoa). We spent the night in the New Dodoma Hotel (formerly the Railway Hotel). The following day it took us 6 hours from Dodoma to Iringa. This was in a Land Rover Defender TDi. It was tar from near Ngorongoro to the turn off to Tarangire National Park and then dirt all the way to Iringa. A great adventure.

    It is tar from Tarangire/Ngorongoro all the way to Arusha, but be aware of the speed limits in villages and towns, and make sure you are carrying all the legal requirements such as fire extinguishers etc as you are likely to get asked to show these by the police on the way to Arusha.

    Also, we didn't think that the route down the west - i.e. from Kigoma to Mpanda/Katavi and then on to the Zambian border near Mbala was bad. We did this in 2014 and thought it was a normal African dirt road, but the section between Kigoma and Katavi might have some bits that could be a little challenging in the rains. It took us 8 hours from Kigoma to Katavi, then a few days later about 4 hours from Katavi to Lakeshore Lodge at Kipili. I have posted on another thread on this forum our exact timings for this route Kigoma-Katavi-Kipili-Sumbawanga-Mbala.

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    Default Re: Road Conditions from Iringa to Arusha via Dodoma

    Quote Originally Posted by wopke View Post
    Hi,

    Does anybody know what the road conditions are like from Iringa to Arusha via Dodoma and how long it would take? If this road takes 2 days, are there any recommendations on places to stop over on?

    Is this road similar to the road from Kigoma to Mpanda to Zambia before it was tarred, thus taking you 2 days of driving on bad roads?

    Cheers

    Gerro

    We travelled this route to Arusha via Dodoma about 6 months ago. In Ruaha we met up with people who confirmed that taking the direct route north from Dodoma was a very bad idea. They had travelled all the way from South Africa to Ethiopia and were returning. They described this stretch as the worst of the trip. They described most of the route as being under reconstruction by the Chinese with appallingly bad and very slow, long diversions. This confirmed my research that the newly tarred road via Singida, although longer was the better choice and so it proved to be.


    It will take about 7 hours from Iringa to Singida and then about 6 from Singida to Arusha. I would think this is definately too far to do in 1 day. Finding somewhere to stay is the problem. We stayed at the Aqua Vitea Resort in Singida (S4 48,362 E34,44,200)where we camped in the car park, not the greatest. We were allowed to use the good ablutions in an adjacent room and they were fine. Consider also just taking a room if you are not keen on the carpark. There is very little decent accommodation in this area.




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    Default Re: Road Conditions from Iringa to Arusha via Dodoma

    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Weakley View Post
    We travelled this route to Arusha via Dodoma about 6 months ago. In Ruaha we met up with people who confirmed that taking the direct route north from Dodoma was a very bad idea. They had travelled all the way from South Africa to Ethiopia and were returning. They described this stretch as the worst of the trip. They described most of the route as being under reconstruction by the Chinese with appallingly bad and very slow, long diversions. This confirmed my research that the newly tarred road via Singida, although longer was the better choice and so it proved to be.
    Worth bearing in mind the rate the Chinese work on these rural roads. It is often phenomenal. The section Dodoma to Babati might well be "finished" now - well, as finished as anything is bearing in mind the Chinese construction methods. Ask around once you reach Dodoma as to the recommended route to Arusha - directly northbound or via Singida.

    Although, I am told, the Chinese road construction companies are extremely irritated by the bad press they get as they say they are only constructing to the specification given by the relevant African government.

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