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Luxury Buses from Morogoro

Luxury Buses from Morogoro | Buses from Dar-es-salaam to Morogoro | Buses from Dodoma to morogoroPublic Transport 

It’s kind of beautiful to sit inside a bus and see a city from the windows.  David La Chapelle

Bus travel in Tanzania is an adventure. Last year,  of the Most  bus routes in Tanzania, there is no much information online. The following step-by-step Morogoro Luxury buses guide include information on bus companies, pricing, departure and arrival times, border crossings, visas, and more. Pretty much everything you’ll want to know to make each trip.

If you are traveling through Tanzania independently, chances are you will be spending a lot of time on Buses. Between researching bus routes, locating the bus terminal, and actually riding the bus, it will feel like you are spending half your trip just dealing with buses. Hopefully, this guide will make the process just a bit easier.

Tanzania Bus Travel Notes

Traveling by bus in Tanzania is exhausting. They are hot, rarely stop, and are packed full of people ( Some of the major cities have beautiful luxury vehicles with AC ). With that being said, Tanzanian buses can be a great experience with the right mindset. 

Fellow passengers are friendly and interesting to talk to, the views are spectacular, and you get to experience some entertaining African film and music during the journey.

Bus travel is really the only option for traveling Africa on a budget. The African rail system is incredibly limited and flights are too expensive. There are two types of bus you will encounter in your journey: coaches and minibusses.

Tanzania Coaches .....

I recommend you take the coach if it is available for the route you are traveling. Benefits of traveling by coach rather than minibus include:

  • Much more comfortable seating- The seats are generally in decent condition and are padded. They may even recline if you’re lucky.
  • Not packed nearly as tightly as minibusses- Many countries do not allow coaches to be filled with more people than there are seats. Minibusses will be packed as full as possible.
  • The journey will take less time- Coaches generally travel between major cities with few stops along the way. Minibusses stop every two minutes to pick up and drop off passengers.
  • Fewer transfers- Coaches travel long distance. Minibusses generally travel shorter routes between towns. This means you may have to take 5 or more minibusses to get to your destination. Each transfer is stressful requiring that you find the next bus headed in your direction and move your gear from one bus to the next.
  • Everyone pays the same price- When you purchase your ticket, the price will be printed in the office so that you know you are not being ripped off. Minibus drivers will try to overcharge you every chance they get.
  • Better Security- Coaches are run by professionals. They care about their reputation so they will put in an effort to ensure that you and your belongings all make it to your destination safely and in one piece.

Tanzania Minibuses .....

Tanzania minibusses are hell but are necessary for some sections of the trip. These small buses operate shorter routes between towns and as public transportation within cities. They are cramped, hot, and generally uncomfortable. With that being said, they do have some benefits over coaches:

 

  • Minibusses leave when they are full, not on a schedule- For this reason, you may be able to get to your destination faster. You may not have to wait a day or more for the next coach while minibusses leave multiple times per day.
  • Minibusses can take you more places- Wherever you want to go, chances are a minibus can take you there. You can access the furthest villages and outposts by minibus. Coaches generally only travel between major cities.
  • Minibusses are cheaper- Expect to pay between $.50-$1 per hour of travel for minibus fare.
  • You can just flag them down whenever- If they are going in your direction, they will stop and pick you up.

Minibusses also have some drawbacks. You may have to wait a few hours or more before the minibus leaves. In some areas, I waited about 4 hours one morning for a minibus to fill up. The driver wouldn’t leave until every single seat was occupied. I think a passenger eventually paid for two seats so we could leave.

Other Important Information

  • Minibus operators will often try to scam tourists by charging them a higher rate than locals. This infuriates me. Don’t be afraid to confront them if you catch them trying to overcharge. 
  • Watch your pockets. My phone was pickpocketed while I was getting off a minibus in Tanzania. Luckily I got it back. 
  • Many times, if you ask if a bus is going to a specific location, the answer will always be yes, even if it isn’t true. Some drivers don’t care where you are trying to go and will pick you up just so they can collect the fare. It’s best to ask several people, including passengers, where the bus is going. Sometimes it’s hard to get a straight answer. I’m not really sure if this is a scam or just a misunderstanding but it is something to be aware of.

Unfortunately, traveling on buses will likely be the most the most careful thing to do, so think wise which bus you choose. Auto accidents are not uncommon. For whatever reason, Africans like to drive fast. They don’t care about rough roads or blind corners. The following recommendations will help you stay safe:

  • Pick the safest seat on the bus- Ideally, you want to sit on the aisle seat near the middle of the bus opposite of oncoming traffic.
  • Travel in the newest, safest bus that you can- Newer buses have safety features that older buses don’t have.
  • Ride in coaches rather than minibusses- In the event of an accident, you’ll be much less likely to be injured when riding in a coach.
  • If you feel unsafe, get out of the bus and find another way to get to your destination- This is a hassle but there is always another way to get there

The organization of buses is a mess in Tanzania. Some towns have big bus stations where you can purchase tickets and catch the bus. These are chaotic but manageable. Some towns just have bus companies offices scattered randomly throughout. Occasionally there are multiple ticketing offices and bus stops in the same city.

When searching for a bus you will need to find the ticketing office of the bus company that is going to your destination. Google Maps is pretty accurate for this if you know the name of the bus company. Another option is simply to ask a taxi driver or your hotel reception. They should be able to point you in the right direction.

Make sure to ask at the ticketing office where you will catch the bus when you buy the ticket. Generally, it will be right there, but sometimes there is another office or bus station that they will send you to.

The best advice I can give about bus travel in Africa is to not drink too much liquid before or during the journey. If you must drink, just slowly sip and try to control your intake. Drivers often go 6 or more hours without stopping for a bathroom break. There are no bathrooms on  SOME OF  the buses. I would rather be dehydrated than suffer holding my pee for an entire day. When they do stop, it will sometimes just be on the side of the road where the bush is your toilet.

If you are having an emergency and can’t hold it any longer, you will probably have to beg the driver to stop. Worst case scenario, just tell him that you need to pee and HE might show a long face. He’ll most likely pull the bus over and you can go on the side of the road.

To make the bus ride a bit more pleasant, pack some snacks for the road. Food options are limited along the way and you never know when the bus will stop. You are also at a greater risk of getting food poisoning at roadside stops. Cleanliness is hit or miss at these places. Also, you never know how long the food has been sitting out in the sun. Better be safe than sorry.

For snacks, I would usually bring a few packets of cookies and some fruit along. For all day journeys, I would bring a can of tuna and bread to make sandwiches along the way. Another option is to boil some eggs in the morning and eat them on the bus.

Storing luggage on Tanzania buses works a bit different than you may be used to. Tanzania buses are often used to transport goods as well as people. Because of this, they are usually filled to capacity. Storing luggage on a coach and minibus is a bit different. 

While traveling by coach, your ticket usually includes one large piece of luggage plus a carry-on. The larger piece is stored in the luggage compartment below the bus if it doesn’t fit in the overhead compartments inside.

When the bus begins boarding, simply wait by the luggage compartment until the handler takes your bag. Sometimes you have to just crowd in if no line forms. Usually, the luggage handler tags your bag and hands you a ticket. This process is the same as anywhere else.  

In my experience, there are no hard rules when it comes to weight or size limits of your luggage. My backpack was never weighed or measured. If you’re carrying two large items, you may be asked to pay an extra dollar or two. The luggage handler may also ask you for a tip while loading your bag. It’s up to you whether or not you want to give him anything. I recommend not tipping.

Overall, storing luggage below the bus is pretty safe. Of course, theft is a risk just like anywhere. I don’t believe rates of theft are particularly high on African buses, but I’m sure it does happen occasionally. I never had a problem. The best thing you can do to lower the risk is to travel with reputable bus companies. They take security more seriously.

Tip: Carry any valuables or fragile items such as computers, cameras, cash, etc. in your carry-on bag. Keep this bag on your person at all times. Even though theft is unlikely, why risk it? If you’re worried about theft, consider packing ultralight so you can always carry your bag on the bus. 

This process depends on the minibus and the size of your luggage. In some places, your luggage is included in the fare and sometimes you pay by the bag. Really, it just depends on how well you can negotiate. On an African minibus, you store your luggage in one of 3 places. 

  1. If you travel light like me, you may be able to simply store your bag on the floor under your legs or on your lap. While this isn’t the most comfortable, it is the most secure.
  2. If your luggage is larger or the minibus is packed full of people, the driver may store your bag in the back of the bus behind the last row of seats. 
  3. If the bus is packed completely full, you may have to store your bag on top of the bus. A luggage handler will throw or carry your bag to the roof and simply lash it down with some rope. This isn’t ideal but sometimes it’s the only option. I hate having to worry about my precious backpack bouncing off the bus and being lost in the bush. 

If you need to store your luggage in the back of the bus or on the roof, I recommend you remove any valuables or fragile items and carry them in a small bag on your person. This reduces the risk of theft or damage. African baggage handlers aren’t too gentle with the luggage. 

Morogoro Town - Regions FAQ's

Dar es Salaam is located in Tanzania with (-6.8235,39.2695) coordinates and Morogoro is located in Tanzania with (-6.821,37.6612) coordinates. The calculated flying distance from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro is equal to 110 miles which is equal to 178 km.

If you want to go by car, the driving distance between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro is 193.63 km. If you ride your car with an average speed of 112 kilometers/hour (70 miles/h), travel time will be 01 hours 43 minutes. Please check the avg. speed travel time table on the right for various options.
Difference between fly and go by a car is 16 km.

 

City/PlaceLatitude and LongitudeGPS Coordinates
Dar es Salaam-6.8235, 39.26956° 49´ 24.5640” S
39° 16´ 10.2360” E
Morogoro-6.821, 37.66126° 49´ 15.6720” S
37° 39´ 40.3920” E
 
Estimated Time Between Dar’Salaam and Morogoro
Average SpeedTravel Time
30 mph (48 km/h)04 hours 02 minutes
40 mph (64 km/h)03 hours 01 minutes
50 mph (80 km/h)02 hours 25 minutes
60 mph (97 km/h)01 hours 59 minutes
70 mph (112 km/h)01 hours 43 minutes
75 mph (120 km/h)01 hours 36 minutes
The best time to visit Morogoro is during the dry season, from June to October, when the weather is pleasant, and rainfall is minimal. 
This is the ideal time for wildlife safaris, hiking, and exploring the region’s natural beauty.

Experience the diverse attractions of Morogoro, from hiking majestic mountains to exploring lush national parks, immersing in cultural festivals, and indulging in local delicacies.

Step into the untamed beauty of Morogoro, where you’ll encounter elusive leopards, towering elephants, and a diverse array of wildlife that will leave you in awe of nature’s wonders.


African Buffalo

Spot the endangered African wild dogs, with their unique coat patterns and social hunting strategies, in select areas of Morogoro.

African Wild Dog

Observe the ancient reptile, the Nile crocodile, lurking in the rivers and waterways of Morogoro, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

Nile Crocodile

Catch a glimpse of the elegant giraffes as they gracefully traverse the landscape, with their long necks and distinctive patchwork patterns.

Giraffe

Learn about the fascinating behavior of the spotted hyenas, known for their cunning hunting techniques and haunting vocalizations.

Spotted Hyena

Marvel at the incredible speed and agility of the cheetah, the fastest land animal, as it hunts across the vast plains of Morogoro.

Cheetah 

Discover the tiny but fascinating African elephant shrew, an insect-eating mammal with a long nose and remarkable speed.

African Elephant Shrew

Encounter troops of olive baboons, characterized by their distinctive facial markings and complex social structures, in Morogoro’s forests and savannahs.  

Olive Baboon

Witness the awe-inspiring African elephants as they roam the savannahs and forests of Morogoro, a symbol of strength and grace.

Unleash your adventurous spirit in Morogoro, where many thrilling activities await. From hiking majestic mountains to exploring wildlife-rich national parks, immerse yourself in unforgettable experiences.

 
Visit the Morogoro Botanical Gardens
Spot numerous bird species in the lush forests surrounding Mikumi National Park.
Go Birdwatching in Mikumi Forest
Enjoy nature walks, spot wildlife, and learn about conservation efforts in this reserve.
Visit the Mzumbe University Nature Reserve
Explore this popular national park’s diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes on a thrilling safari.
Visit Mikumi National Park
Challenge yourself with a trek to the peaks of the Uluguru Mountains, offering panoramic views of Morogoro.
Hike up the Uluguru Mountains
Relax by the tranquil waters, go fishing, or enjoy a picnic amidst the scenic surroundings of Mindu Dam.
Visit the Mindu Dam
Learn about Morogoro’s rich history and culture through its fascinating exhibits and artifacts.
Explore the Boma Museum
Scale the cliffs and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Step into the breathtaking landscapes of Morogoro, where lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls, serene lakes, and diverse wildlife offer unforgettable adventures and natural beauty.

Ruvu River
Natural hot springs with mineral-rich waters are ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Kisaki Hot Springs

The largest protected wildlife reserve in Africa, boasting diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife.

Selous Game Reserve

Majestic mountain range offering breathtaking views, lush forests, and hiking opportunities.

Uluguru Mountains

Vast savannahs, diverse wildlife, and iconic baobab trees make this park a must-visit for nature enthusiasts.

Mikumi National Park

Serene gardens feature a variety of plant species, walking trails, and a peaceful atmosphere.

Morogoro Botanical Gardens

The scenic mountain range is known for its dramatic landscapes, waterfalls, and rich biodiversity.

Mahenge Mountains

A stunning waterfall in the forest offers a refreshing escape and picturesque surroundings.

Immerse yourself in the diverse avian world of Morogoro, where lush forests and wide-open plains offer a haven for an extraordinary array of bird species.

Medium-sized bird with a black head and yellow body, known for its distinctive flute-like call and fondness for fruits.

Black-headed Oriole

Medium-sized bird with a grey body and large bill, often seen flying between trees and making a loud, cackling call.

African Grey Hornbill

Small bird with a brown throat and white eye-ring, commonly found in woodlands, catching insects in flight.

Brown-throated Wattle-eye 

Large and distinctive bird with a bald head and a long bill, often seen scavenging for food in urban and rural areas.

Marabou Stork 

Black and white birds with long tails are commonly found near water bodies, wagging its tail up and down.

African Pied Wagtail

Medium-sized bird with a white eyebrow and a melodious song, often seen foraging on the ground and in shrubs.

White-browed Robin-Chat

Small finch-like bird with a grey head and silver-colored bill, commonly seen in flocks feeding on grass seeds.

Grey-headed Silverbill

Small, colorful birds with bright red cheeks and blue plumage are often seen in pairs or small groups.

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu 

Elegant bird with long tail feathers, often seen in gardens and forests, catching insects in mid-air.

African Paradise Flycatcher

Small birds with vibrant green and blue plumage, often found near water bodies, perched on branches, and diving for fish.

Morogoro is known for its scenic beauty, vibrant markets, and being a hub for agriculture and education. Lush mountains surround it, and it is a popular base for exploring nearby national parks and reserves.

Morogoro is easily accessible by road from Dar es Salaam, approximately 200 kilometers away. There are regular bus services connecting the two cities. If you prefer to fly, you can take a domestic flight to Morogoro’s small airport or fly to Dar es Salaam and then travel by road.

Morogoro has several cultural sites worth exploring. The Boma Museum showcases the region’s history and cultural artifacts. You can also visit the Mgeta Cultural Village, where you can learn about the traditional customs, music, and dances of the local Luguru people.

Morogoro is generally a safe destination for travelers. However, as with any place, it is advisable to take common safety precautions. It is recommended to avoid walking alone at night, keep your belongings secure, and follow any local guidelines or advice from trusted sources.

Morogoro experiences a tropical savanna climate. The city has two distinct rainy seasons, from November to December and March to May, with January and February being the hottest months. From June to October, the dry season offers pleasant temperatures and is an ideal time for outdoor activities.

Yes, you can visit nearby national parks from Morogoro. Mikumi National Park is the closest and offers excellent opportunities for wildlife safaris. Other parks, like the Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Ruaha National Park, are within driving distance and showcase Tanzania’s diverse ecosystems.

Morogoro has a well-developed transportation system. Buses and minibusses (daladalas) are the primary means of public transportation within the city and neighboring towns. Taxis and motorcycle taxis (bodabodas) are also readily available for shorter distances.

Yes, you can go on a safari in Morogoro. Mikumi National Park, located nearby, is known for its diverse wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and various antelope species. You can join guided game drives or even opt for camping safaris to experience the wilderness up close.

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