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Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

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Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

Hello

Myself and 2 friends are traveling planning a 2 day safari. We land in Dar ariport at .1800 and have had conflicting views around SAFETY and RISKS driving at this time of the evening to Morogoro which i belive is 3 hours away.

We would like to do the trip that night so we can have a full day safari the following day as we are very time limited.

We would love to know if people think there are safety issues driving this journey in the evening or not. Or if anyone has done a similar journey?

Thank you

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1. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

I don't know this particular route but I wouldn't drive anywhere in rural Africa after dark. The roads won't be lit and there's far too much risk of there being animals (wild or domestic) or people on the roads, that you won't see until it's too late.

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2. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

I agree, in general it is not recommendable to drive in the dark To many cars and people along the road without lights and especially around Dar also people with bad intentions. If you go to Africa better don't go by a tight schedule but take your time Many things can happen which will delay your journeys also during the day

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3. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

I know that route very well, and have traveled it many times. I would not drive it at night, too dangerous. The Morogoro road in Dar is also a dangerous road, many have died on that road in accidents. It is not a very safe road during the daytime, let alone at night.

The safe thing to do is overnight in Dar and leave early the next morning.

Where are you going to go on a safari at Morogoro, there is no national park there. Perhaps at Mikumi, but that will be another 1 - 2 hours out of Morogoro Town.

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4. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

Hi, the road from Dar to Morogoro is a highway, this said it has many obstacles that you will NOT see if you dont know it, for example just past the weigh bridge there is a narrow bridge that becomes a single lane, at night this is dangerous because without warning the road becomes a single track, speed bumps are also not really indicated and you tend to hit them far too hard when you do not see them at night. You would also take an hour to get onto the Morogoro road that time of the afternoon so your journey would probably take you far longer than you think. The last point is that road blocks (police check points) in Tanzania are put up at night to control the movement of goods and people, this is throughout East Africa, the way a road block is indicated is a hurricane lamp inside a red bucket, this is suppose to give the impression of a red light that is suppose to tell you that there is a road block coming up. If you do not know this and where the road blocks are then tehre is a very big chance that you will not stop in time and the last thing you want is to go through a road block at night. I suggest you go and have a cold beer (it is hot and humid) and get a good nights rest. The road out of Dar is a hectic road at any given time, once you are past the Chalinze junction (+-110km outside of Dar) will it get quieter.

The busses go 140km/hour but let them pass you, they will pass you anyway, give way to them, they are really not going to stop in time. The trucks do 100km an hour so they are difficult to pass, if you do want to pass them have a look in your mirror if someone is not jumping the line and passing you all at once, that is the biggest issue in Tanzania, people pass many cars / trucks at once even if they are last in line.

Take it easy, dont get angry, pole pole, far more important that you get there in one piece as suppose to many.

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5. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

Hi, the road from Dar to Morogoro is a highway, this said it has many obstacles that you will NOT see if you dont know it, for example just past the weigh bridge there is a narrow bridge that becomes a single lane, at night this is dangerous because without warning the road becomes a single track, speed bumps are also not really indicated and you tend to hit them far too hard when you do not see them at night. You would also take an hour to get onto the Morogoro road that time of the afternoon so your journey would probably take you far longer than you think. The last point is that road blocks (police check points) in Tanzania are put up at night to control the movement of goods and people, this is throughout East Africa, the way a road block is indicated is a hurricane lamp inside a red bucket, this is suppose to give the impression of a red light that is suppose to tell you that there is a road block coming up. If you do not know this and where the road blocks are then tehre is a very big chance that you will not stop in time and the last thing you want is to go through a road block at night. I suggest you go and have a cold beer (it is hot and humid) and get a good nights rest. The road out of Dar is a hectic road at any given time, once you are past the Chalinze junction (+-110km outside of Dar) will it get quieter.

The busses go 140km/hour but let them pass you, they will pass you anyway, give way to them, they are really not going to stop in time. The trucks do 100km an hour so they are difficult to pass, if you do want to pass them have a look in your mirror if someone is not jumping the line and passing you all at once, that is the biggest issue in Tanzania, people pass many cars / trucks at once even if they are last in line.

Take it easy, dont get angry, pole pole, far more important that you get there in one piece as suppose to many.

Carel

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6. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

Hi, the road from Dar to Morogoro is a highway, this said it has many obstacles that you will NOT see if you dont know it, for example just past the weigh bridge there is a narrow bridge that becomes a single lane, at night this is dangerous because without warning the road becomes a single track, speed bumps are also not really indicated and you tend to hit them far too hard when you do not see them at night. You would also take an hour to get onto the Morogoro road that time of the afternoon so your journey would probably take you far longer than you think. The last point is that road blocks (police check points) in Tanzania are put up at night to control the movement of goods and people, this is throughout East Africa, the way a road block is indicated is a hurricane lamp inside a red bucket, this is suppose to give the impression of a red light that is suppose to tell you that there is a road block coming up. If you do not know this and where the road blocks are then tehre is a very big chance that you will not stop in time and the last thing you want is to go through a road block at night. I suggest you go and have a cold beer (it is hot and humid) and get a good nights rest. The road out of Dar is a hectic road at any given time, once you are past the Chalinze junction (+-110km outside of Dar) will it get quieter.

The busses go 140km/hour but let them pass you, they will pass you anyway, give way to them, they are really not going to stop in time. The trucks do 100km an hour so they are difficult to pass, if you do want to pass them have a look in your mirror if someone is not jumping the line and passing you all at once, that is the biggest issue in Tanzania, people pass many cars / trucks at once even if they are last in line.

Take it easy, dont get angry, pole pole, far more important that you get there in one piece as suppose to many.

Carel

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7. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

Hi

We would not be driving but have a driver form the safari company.

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8. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

Do you only have 2 days in Tanzania?

There are probably better ways to organise a safari. Let us know your plans and people can suggest more sensible options.

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9. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

We arrive in Dar at 17.55 on the 23rd Nov and have to catch a flight home to UK at 18.00 on the 25th Nov.

There are 3 of us.

We Ideally want to see wildlife.

any suggestions are much appricated

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10. Re: Drive from Dar airport to Morogoro at 7PM at night - SAFE?

I would rather just fly to Sadaani for a night fly am the 24th and return pm on the 25th

or

Fly to the Selous for 1 night 2 days

Driving to Mikumi and back will just take a whole day out of your time available, are there afternoon flights back from Selous or Mikumi? Let me have a look quickly

There is a 1800 flight Saadani Zanzibar and then an onwards flight to Dar at 1815 (you will probably stay on the same plane)

There is also a Selous / ZNZ / DAR flight in the afternoon or a Selous / DAR direct flight midday and again at 1530 so you will probably opt for the Dar / Selous / Dar option 0830 departure and the 1525 (arrival 1640) back to Dar the next day.

This would cost more but it will keep you in one piece and probably give you more time with wildlife. If your flight departs at 1800 back home then you would need to be back at 1600, so this might make tight, I would not want to drive back from Mikumi that afternoon, imagine something happens on that road, you will then certainly miss your flight.

Carel

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