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Dar es Salaam

Dar es salaam Travel Guide

Nestled on the Indian Ocean coast, Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city and logistics hub. The title Dar belongs to Dodoma, a drab administrative city located inland and best avoided. The city of Dar es Salaam is a typical African city, full of energy and people strutting in the bustling streets. Dar es Salaam's origins have been influenced by a myriad of Sultans, Germans, and British. The city started as a fishing village in the mid-19th century and is now one of the most famous tourist spots in Tanzania, boasting the most important ports and trading centres. Despite its name, which means “abode of peace” in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the main port of call for most visitors. It is an ideal place from which both the wilderness areas and the beaches of Tanzania and Zanzibar can be seen and explored. The architecture of Dar es Salaam showcases Swahili, colonial, and Asian influences, which makes it the perfect place in Tanzania for travellers. From bustling streets to chaotic traffic, Dar may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is sure to offer its travellers true African culture and lifestyle. With the implementation of modern facilities and style, Dar es Salaam has now become a tourist hub in the city of Tanzania.

Best Time To Visit Dar es salaam

The city of Dar es Salaam is a year-round tourist destination that is frequented by visitors. It is said that June to October and mid-December to early March, which is the dry season, are the finest times to visit Dar es Salaam, even though the equatorial climate is almost constant throughout the year. The best time to visit Dar es Salaam if you love wildlife is when the weather is still cool and pleasant and you can see wild animals ambling through the lush, green grassland. Rainfall is uncommon during the dry season, which lasts from June to October, so you can rely on beautiful, cloudless skies, plenty of sunshine, and sapphire-blue waves in the Indian Ocean.

Things To Do In Dar es Salaam

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Visit Kariakoo Market

Walking around Kariakoo Market is a unique experience that should not be missed. The buzz, the variety of products, and the large number of small shops make the place very lively. If you plan to go shopping in this market, make sure you do some bargaining to get the best deals.

Take the Ferry Service

The ferry ride is one of the best things to do in Dar es Salaam, as it offers travellers a great view of the city from the water, and as you pile on with all the locals, you get to know more about the cultural experience too.

Enjoy Your Day At Fish Market

Located right by the ferry terminal, the fish market is the most common tourist spot in Dar es Salaam and is frequently visited by travellers. People gather from around the city to purchase the fresh catch of the day. From the fish buying and selling section to the fish eating section, this place offers a unique experience.

Camping At Mikadi Beach

Located on the south side of the river, Mikadi Beach is where the Dar es Salaam locals go to party at the weekend. It is the most happening and common tourist spot in Tanzania which has many travelers from across the world.

Take a Tuk-Tuk Ride

Your trip to Dar es Salaam would be incomplete without taking at least one tuk-tuk ride. Cheap, plentiful, and lots of fun, taking a tour of these tuk-tuks across the city is one of the best things to do in Dar es Salaam.

Enjoy Local Cuisine

The city of Dar es Salaam is a melting pot of fascinating culture and lip-smacking African cuisine. Sampling some of the local treats, therefore, is a must while you’re in the city. From sugar cane juice to tamarind treats, Dar es Salam has it all.

Explore Bagamoyo Town

Located north of Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo Town is an ancient East African trade port and one of the most famous tourist attractions in Tanzania. You can go on a day trip to Bagamoyo and explore the ancient ruins, old churches, and mosques and tour one of Tanzania’s only colleges of arts known as Chuo Cha Sanaa.

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How To Reach Dar es Salaam

• By air: The nearest international airport to Dar es Salaam is Julius Nyerere International Airport, which is based in the city of Dar es Salaam and is connected by major international airlines. From there, you can hire a taxi or cab to reach your desired destination.
• By Road: There are plenty of busses that ply daily to and fro to the city of Dar es Salaam. Ubungo Terminal is the central station in Dar es Salaam, as most buses leave from there. Choose the right bus operators for your journey by bus to Dar es Salaam.
• By Train: Dar es Salaam is the hub for all rail travel in Tanzania and is easily accessible via rail. Tanzania Railway Limited operates a train which travels through the center of the country. Tourists should try to travel in groups, and/or buy out a first class cabin for safety reasons.

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