Using mobil phone in Dar es Salaam
Favorite thing: The mobile phone works good in the Dar es Salaam (2012). The connection is good. But the roaming price for a foreign SIM card is expensive.
Buy a Tanzanian SIM card in one of the many phone shops here. You can recieve calls without credit, so it doesn't cost you anything. It's also cheap to buy credit. The country code is +255.
When is the best time to fly to Dar Es Salaam
Favorite thing: I have asked the people at the hotels and read the reviews. The best time to fly to Dar Es Salaam is from June to August. The average high temperature is 29 degrees Celsius. The average low temperature is between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius.
If you decide to travel between August to May, then be ready with the heat.
Tipping in hotels
Favorite thing: When you book your hotel, you may inquire if there is a box for tipping in the hotel. In many hotels, the management requests guests to give their tips in the box so the money will be equally divided among their workers/employees.
Favorite thing: I was asked by a government official who asked me to give him US$ 20 but I somehow managed not to embarrass him and still not to get bribe.
We should help the country in general by not playing along with the corrupt folks. You will notice that there are countless hardworking Tanzanians and if they continue doing so, their country will become prosperous someday.
Long Layover in Dar es Salaam Airport?
Favorite thing: Note: you cannot check into your KLM Europe-bound flight until 8:00 PM (for the 10:55 departure) and there are not restaurants/cafes inside the airport before checking in. The only option before checking in is the Cafeteria Flamingo, which is located outside the airport terminal, next to the departures terminal, up the stairs. Cafeteria Flamingo has reasonably priced food/drink (for an airport), the service is friendly, and the bathrooms are surprisingly clean! If you choose not to drive into Dar during your long layover, this is a good option.
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Favorite thing: Changing your money into Tanzanian Shilling (TSH) is easy in Dar es Salaam. There are many exchange offices in the city, but the rate is varying between the different offices. Expect a slightly lower rate at the airport, so don't change all your money here.
Take a look at the photos and see you will get a better rate if you have 100 & 50 USD notes than smaller notes. Traveller cheques has a terrible bad rate, so don't change it here.
Africa is a big continent!
Favorite thing: This map, taken from my 1971 Michelin Map #155 of Central and South Africa (with Madagascar) shows that my 'home' base of Luanshya, Zambia was located about halfway between the Indian Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Although I made a few trips south to Lusaka and Victoria Falls, as well as a few southeast to Malawi and some north to Zaire (Congo), it was not possible to go too far in those directions due to all the civil wars/unrest taking place in Angola, Congo, Rhodesia and Mozambique. As a result, other than a couple of forays into Zambia's northeastern areas near Lake Tanganyika, my October/November 1973 trip to Dar es Salaam and Nairobi was the big one. On my way back to Tanzania from Nairobi, I took the scenic route down through the Amboseli and Tsavo Game Parks to Mombasa on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline, before coming back into Tanzania for the return trip to Zambia.
Fondest memory: The one-way distance between Luanshya and Dar es Salaam is 990 miles (1600 km) while continuing from there to Nairobi takes in another 420 miles (680 km). The distance from my 'home' in Luanshya to Dar is equivalent to a drive between Boston and Chicago or Paris to Rome (but not on super highways!). The distance all the way to Nairobi is the same as that between New York City and Miami or Madrid to Prague.
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
Beach or island?
Favorite thing: Not far from Dar are some excellent beaches and adequate resorts, including Oyster Bay Beach and Bahari Beach. The resort facilities at Ras Kutani are a little more plush. If you're staying at a beach resort for any length of time, take a boat ride to the quiet and relaxing Mbudya Island.
The swahili coast
Favorite thing: The swahili coast goes from north Kenya to south Tanzania, including wonderful beaches and nice colonial towns and islands, as Mafia, Lamu, Zanzibar...
The Swahili coast has been the site of cultural and commercial exchanges between East Africa and the outside world particularly the Middle East, Asia, and Europe since at least the 2nd century C.E.
If you happen to have flown...
Favorite thing: If you happen to have flown into Dar and not yet decided what to do next why not try to go to see the big 5 in Ngorongoro crater or one of the other National Parks. If you'd like to get a taste of it check out my travelogue in the Tanzania page.
Fondest memory: Impressions of the dryseason.
Go to q-bar, it is awesome at...
Favorite thing: Go to q-bar, it is awesome at friday and saturday nights. Also try to go to bagamoyo and sleep over in a cheap guest house there, 'bagamoyo beach resort' is good for the economy.
Fondest memory: All nights, it is warm, drinks are cheap and the atmosphere is very friendly, just enjoy all nights, cause they are the best times in Dar
There are lot of places to...
Favorite thing: There are lot of places to visit from Gymkhana club if you wanna play Golf, National Museum,Karimjee hall, University of Dar es salaam, Kunduchi Beach, Oysterbay beach and a lot of pubs. It depends with what you are into.
Fondest memory: I miss clubbing especially Club Billicanas,Mambo Club and Slipway. Most of them are Open till down and you'll get your freak on with the latest in Hip hop, Reggae and Ndombolo.
DAR ES SALAAMMost tourists...
Favorite thing: DAR ES SALAAM
Most tourists pass through Dar just to take the boat to Zanzibar. In fact, when you arrive by bus/train all the taxis ask you: Zanzibar? Ferry? We stayed less than a day. In the afternoon went to take a walk by Sokoine Drive, by the sea.
Some historyDar Es Salaam ('haven of peace') was only a small port until the German East Africa Company established a station there in 1887, though it was founded in 1862 by the sultan of Zanzibar on the site of the village of Mzizima. As starting point for the Railroad to Lake Victoria, it has been capital of German East Africa (1891-1916), of Tanganyika (1961-64), and later on of Tanzania.
National Museum: Here you can find the 1,750,000-year-old hominid skull discovered by Mary Leakey at Olduvai Gorge in 1959. At the end of Sokoine Ave.
Thank you for your question.In...
Favorite thing: Thank you for your question.In Dar es salam there is the
nice gallery called NYUMBA YA SANAA you can see alot of
originally hand craft and you can met and talk with
atist there also near there is the nice hotel called
SHERATON HOTEL this is including V.I.P.
Fondest memory: Ofcouse The traditional music its nice memory ffor me
and I miss when Im away of Dar es salaam
There is the many interesting...
Favorite thing: There is the many interesting in Dar es salaam among
NYUMBA YA SANAA ART GALLARY there is alot of original art
works an also you can met and talking with Artists direct
near there is the nice Hotel it called SHERATON HOTEL
this including originaly persons and V.I.P.
Fondest memory: I like the tradsitional music ansd Im enjoy when Isaw the
people they dance so I miss when Im away from
Dar es salaam