Tanzania’s largest and the most populated city. Also the most important seaport. Dar es Salaam is a very cosmopolitan city. Though relatively less visited by tourists, it has got good beach spots and many historical buildings- making it a prospective “few nights” stop over. Many tourists visit Dar es Salaam when they shift between the northern and southern parks or when they shift from the western to southern parks. Inspite of German, Arabic, Asian and British influences on its architecture, Dar es Salaam is fundamentally very Swahili. People are quite friendly and helpful.
Dar es Salaam, being the business capital of Tanzania, is well connected to the rest of the world. The Dar es Salaam international airport receives many international flights from different parts of the world. A number of tourists fly first into Dar es Salaam and then transfer to other areas of the country. Domestic airlines, buses and trains network run from Dar es Salaam to all the corners of the country.
Places to Visit
Dar es Salaam is an interesting city, not for conventional sightseeing though. There are a number of places you can visit if you have few days at your disposal. Many historical buildings, the Kariakoo market, the national museum, nyumba ya sanaa (house of art), village museum and the Mwenge market can be covered in one full day sightseeing. Other interesting places close by include Bongoyo island and Pugu Hills forest reserve.
Dar es Salaam has got beautiful beaches on the north and many beautiful beach resorts have opened up recently. Beaches in the north include Kunduchi and Mbezi- and further north is the magnificent historical town of Bagamoyo- only about 45 mnts drive from the city. The southern beaches are also very beautiful but quite different in terms of tourist infrastructure. Most of the lodges here are small and simple compared to the vast and luxurious ones of the north. Separated from central Dar es Salaam by the main harbour- the south coast is easily accessible by a short 5 mnts motor ferry cross over. Many hotels in both the beaches offer water sports, snorkeling and diving excursions.
Tourists Destinations in close proximity
There are regular speedboat transfers available from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia islands. Dar es Salaam is also well connected to all the national parks in the south, north and west of the country. The Bagamoyo connection is a usual must in many tourists’ itineraries for Dar es Salaam.
Lodges & Restaurants
There are plenty of decent lodges and restaurants in Dar es Salaam, suitable for all budgets. Below we give options of few who we find would be most suitable as far as quality, service and security is concerned. Contact us for bookings and the best prices.
Our Recommendations on Dar Es Salaam
If you are opting to stay in Dar es Salaam for a day or two then we suggest you stay in one of the beach resorts in the north or south of the city. One day can be used for a comprehensive sightseeing trip in the city visiting the historical buildings and the museums and local markets. One day should definitely be set-aside for Bagamoyo- or even a day trip at least. If you are however staying in Dar for a night stop only due to flight connections then we suggest you stay in one of the hotels not far from the airport/ port and if possible take a half-day tour of the city. A maximum of two nights are recommended in this city.
Please contact us for a perfect, well-organized and affordable tour of this interesting city.