100 years ago the biggest town of Tanzania

Trip Start May 03, 2011
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Trip End Jan 31, 2013


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The ride to Tabora was a real Afican bus ride with all the features you can think off. 14 hours of rough driving over sandy roads with a completely full bus. All seats were filled and about 30 people were standing. The conductor had to climb over the chairs to check his tickets (see picture). Then the bus broke down 4 times but after some fixing was on the move again not too much later. Yes we are in a remote area indeed.

I already saw another white guy and after 4 hours we eventually met. Bram from Belgium, also traveling around for a few weeks. We got along fine and could talk our native language (Dutch and Flamish) so decided to stick together for a few days.

Tabora was once a major trading center on the railway line between Bagamoyo (the ocean) and Lake Tanganyika so many explorers and early slave traders made their way through this city. Back then it was the largest town in German East Africa but today there is not much left of it.

We stayed in a Guesthouse without a name and just walked around a bit through town. Objective was taking the train to Dodoma but it seemed it was full and there was no way to get on. So another busride to Dodoma was the result the next day.

Practical stuff

-          Trains from Tabora to Dodoma (or further) go on Friday and Monday. Be quick with booking your ticket because I was too late and the train was full.
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