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Dar es Salaam

The capital of Tanzania contains plenty of lively neighbourhoods and stunning sights. It casts a charm of its own, with a busy harbour, melange of cultures, and colourful history.

Fast Facts

Major Attractions
  • Crafts markets
  • Open-air Village Museum
  • South beach
  • National museum
  • Botanical gardens
  • The Slipways
Activities
  • Cultural visit - crafts market, museums, fish market
  • Walking tours
Location
  • Dar es Salaam is located on a natural harbour on the Eastern Indian Ocean coast of Africa, about 45km(28 miles) south of the island of Zanzibar.

ABOUT

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania. It is also the country’s richest city and a regionally important economic centre. The population of Dar es Salaam is 2.8 million people.

Dar es Salaam contains plenty of lively neighbourhoods and stunning sights. It casts a charm of its own, with a busy harbour, melange of cultures, and colourful history. The harbour contains heavy ocean-going liners as well as traditional dhows, fishing boats and high speed ferries to Zanzibar. You will find almost constant activity near the harbour. Walk toward the east along Kivukoni Front and you will pass colonial structures side by side with high rise office buildings.

Hop on a ferry to Kigamboni to enjoy beautiful South Beach. Kigamboni is still contained within Dar es Salaam and is even part of the same land mass. But make the brief trip across the harbours mouth and you will feel like you are on a tropical island.

Adjacent to the ferry terminal on the city centre side is the bustling fish market. Here, boats deliver their catches directly to the markets. The scent is overwhelming, but for vivacity and action, this is a place to visit.

The National Museum is a hidden treasure, with exhibits of cultural, ecological and historical significance. The building itself is remarkable as it contains unique sculptures, colourful tiles and intricate carvings, and is surrounded by a peaceful garden that occasionally hosts concerts and plays. A short walk from the Museum and you will find the Botanical Gardens, where you can enjoy a nice relaxing break in a peaceful atmosphere of tropical beauty.

On the Msasani Peninsula you will find the city’s best option for ocean-side recreation. The Slipways is a collection of shop, boutiques, beauty salons, ice cream parlors, restaurants and pubs. A crafts bazaar is a weekly highlight, setting up shop every weekend.

While in Dar es Salaam, don’t miss a visit to the open-air Village Museum, located on New Bagamoyo Rd. These well kept grounds feature 18 furnished traditional houses from different ethnic groups throughout Tanzania. In addition, you can watch  traditional dance performances on most afternoons, view a variety of agricultural methods, observe artisans at work and then refresh yourself by having a snack in the cafe.

GEOGRAPHY

The city is situated on a massive harbour on the Eastern Indian Ocean coast  of Africa, with sandy beaches in some areas.

CLIMATE

Being situated so close to the equator and the warm Indian Ocean, the city experiences generally tropical climatic conditions, typified by hot and humid weather throughout much of the year. Dar es Salaam features a tropical wet and dry climate, with two different rainy seasons. Annual rainfall is aproximately 1,1100mm(43inches) and in a typical year there are two distinct rainy seasons – ‘the long rains’, which fall during April and May, and ‘the short rains’, which fall during October and November.

Accommodation at Dar es Salaam

Serena Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel

An oasis of luxury at the very heart of Dar es Salaam, the elegant and cosmopolitan Dar es Salaam Serena enjoys an exceptionally high-profile clientele.

Double Tree by Hilton Pool

Double Tree By Hilton

All of the spacious guest rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton feature modern conveniences and contemporary décor with touches of traditional African arts and crafts.

Holiday Inn Dar Es Salaam

Holiday Inn

Located in the heart of the City Centre and offering contemporary designed luxurious bedrooms, state of the art conference facilities and a host of dining options.

Hotel Slipway, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Hotel Slipway

Hotel Slipway is integrated into the Slipway complex, a local landmark housing several restaurants, artisan shops, bookstore, ice cream shop and much more.

Hyatt Regency, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Hyatt Regency

The fusion of traditional European and East African hospitality together with exemplary personal service making this a perfect place to stay.

Ras Kutani, Zanzibar, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Ras Kutani

Long stretches of pristine deserted beaches, warm blue seas and an opportunity to experience the peace and tranquility that Ras Kutani offers.

Sea Cliff Hotel, Zanzibar, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Sea Cliff Hotel

Independent and privately owned, the hotel's aim is bring a very personal touch to every guest's stay. From your room Valet to the General Manager, everyone performs his or her role with pride and passion.

Southern Sun, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

Southern Sun Dar es Salaam

Dining at the Southern Sun is a tantalizingly exotic experience. Breakfast and lunch are served in the Kivulini restaurant, which overlooks the swimming pool and the Botanical Gardens.

The Oyster Bay Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Safari, SafariHQ

The Oyster Bay Hotel

Oyster Bay uses a balanced mixture of old and new in its decoration, giving the feeling of a beautiful modern African home. You will find many interesting pieces of art to balance the clean, crisp design of the hotel.

Optional Activities in Dar es Salaam