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Old 2 Nov 2011
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Motorbike storage in Dar Es Salaam..

I'm having to leave my motorbike in Dar for a couple of months, can anyone suggest a safe place to store it from mid November?

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The camping places are all next to the ocean there, they are your best bet unless somebody knows differently about a hotel in town(?), but it would be a very wise move to get a cover for the bike and smear grease on anything likely to rust, as the salt in the air and humidity works quickly.

I had my landy there for 6 months after an accident and it suffered badly from rust.

Option 1: Mikadi Beach Resort - Jo and Lucho (Zim and Chilean owners) looked after my landy for 3 months whilst I was in hospital and are lovely people. Can be a little noisy at weekends, but plenty of shade, close to the Dar ferry and cheap.
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Option 2: Kipepeo - nice place, a bit more upmarket than Mikadi, but the camping has no shade at all and everything is more expensive and more impersonal. Australian/Dutch managers who are nice.

Thats a good start - I would avoid Sunrise Beach Resort next to Kipepeo as I was badly electrocuted in their shower 6 months ago and am still trying to recover. Management are absolute wankers. Avoid Silver Sands in the north, an absolute run down dump.

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Another option in the city is the YMCA. They have secure parking that's all locked up overnight with a security guy on the gate. We left our 4x4 there for a few days while we visited Zanzibar and everything was fine.

@roamingyak, was the shower the same model that's all over E Africa? Those things always made me nervous, but surprisingly you're the first person I've heard of having a serious accident with one. Hope you recovery fully soon.
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The guy who runs Tuk Tuk motorcycles used to have both a small workshop outside town, along with a separate storage unit where he kept all his stock.

If you asked nicely and bought something, he might let you keep your bike at the garage. I haven't been there for some years, but there used to be a few bikes kept in the workshop.

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Alternative to the YMCA would be the YWCA right next door - rooms are cheaper and they do have parking space (even though most guidebooks will tell you they don't).

Left my bike there for 2 weeks for 1000 Tsh / day, cars are Tsh 2000 / day (about a euro). Just talk to the guy in the yellow shirt (you'll see who I'm talking about) and he'll probably be able to arrange something.

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We left our car at Sunrise Beach Resort (at S6.85055 E39.35899) for a week in their secure parking area for TSh 3000/day with no problems. It is right next to Kipepeo. Friendly and efficient place.
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We left our bike in Dar with a HU member back in Jan -- going to retrieve it in 2 weeks. She is moving out of Dar, so that option is gone, but try someone else on the HU Community.

NOTE: Only allowed to leave a vehicle for 30 days in Tanzania -- we got an extension thru the TRA for 1 year...

Anyone hovering around Tanz, Uganda, Zambia in the next month?

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Thanks/African showers.

Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to reply to my post.

I ended up having to fly the bike on SAA down to Cape Town but at least I now have some good options for my next visit to Dar.

As for showers in East Africa...

I've started switching off the power supply to the shower before I get in, that way when you look up and see the water leaking onto the bare wires it's not so alarming!

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