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Dodoma

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... is the capital of the country and is located in the Tanzania South region of Tanzania.

Created by the first president Julius Nyerere in 1973, the idea was to underline the unity of the many tribes of the new nation by siting a new purpose-built city in the geographical heart of the country. So Dodoma was constructed to a rigid grid plan, reminiscent of many other Communist-inspired social engineering projects of the era.

The main problem is that Dodoma is in the middle of nowhere, set out on a barren dry plateau where the summer temperatures reach a scorching 40C/104F. There are no nearby mountains or forests, little to alleviate the monotony of the landscape and the heat.

Successive administrations have tried to move the seat of government from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, but without complete success, as people repeatedly choose to migrate back down to the much larger and more vibrant coastal hub.

There really is very little to attract visitors into this central area, so much so that over the years none of us have ever been there, which really is saying something.
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