Rupert’s updates

I recently travelled overland from Zanzibar to Rwanda and found your Bradt guide invaluable.  Bus from Dar to Dodoma then Mwanza, ferry to Bukoba, minibuses/taxis to Kigali.
For what it is worth, I offer the following updates.
Zanzibar, Pongwe:  Seasons Lodge Hotel, next to Pongwe beach Hotel, new, opened a few months ago.  Very good.  Santa Maria Coral Reef appeared closed.
Mainland trains:  Dar-es-Salaam to Dodoma not in service.  Dodoma – Tabora (and beyond) OK, twice a week, Wednesday and Sunday.  I witnessed the departure from Dodoma on Wednesday at 9.00 a.m.  Tabora to Mwanza not in service (since about 2009).
Dodoma-Mwanza main road all tarred.  Had one bus Dar-Dodoma (8 hrs) and another Dodoma-Mwanza (9 hrs)(it had started in Dar).  Bukoba-Rusumo tarred except a 30-mile stretch north of Biharamulo (new road under construction).
Dodoma:  CCT Hostel OK, single room now TZS 11’000.
Mwanza:  New Pentagon Hotel OK;  Deluxe Hotel now a brothel!  New:  upmarket Gold Crest Hotel opposite New Mwanza Hotel.  Fourways Travel agency gave wrong information on ferry to Bukoba (wanted to sell us flights there instead!)
Mwanza-Bukoba ferry.  “Victoria” goes twice a week.  We left on a Thursday at 9.00 p.m, arr Bukoba 7.00 a.m. after short stop at Kemondo Bay Port.  Second class cabin (6 bunks) TZS 23’000.
Rupert

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