Dar es Salaam Travel Guide
Things to Do
Dar Es Salaam Harbour
The downtown of Dar es Salaam
Still my favourite 'African'-flavoured city
Traffic in the city....Everything seems to move soooo slow.
In a nutshell
Somewhere you must visit before you die.
Kunduchi beach is one of the finest beach in Dar es Salaam. Especially the area inside the Kunduchi beach hotel. The sand is silk soft and white. There are many beds with sunshade and table. Normally it's not necessary to be a hotel guest to enter the finest beach, but you...
Visit a local family
When I was walking in Mandazi road I was invited home to the Nicodemue family to eat dinner. They lived in a small house with 2 rooms, and they all shared the same bedroom.We went inside some narrow sidestreets, through a labyrinth of small houses.Nicodemue, the proud father...
Southern Sun Dar Es Salaam
4 Reviews and 191 Opinions Luxury as compared to a Holiday Inn in the US. After a month of camping and hiking this was a true...
Mediterraneo Hotel and Restaurant: Pizza, pasta, risotto and more
Mediterranean cuisine - as the name of the hotel/restaurant suggests. But what does Mediterranen cuisine mean anyway? Pasta, wine, olive oil, cheese, vegetables, fruits, fish (seafoods)... I had two dinner meals and breakfast in here and I was impressed. I wish I were with...
QBar, Maisha, Coco Beach, Runway Disco Mekocheni: Night Life in Dar
QBar's got live bands playing live music and good English line up of songs! Everybody knows the place especially the bajaji drivers.... Catch Banana Zorro - a local frontman and a good entertainer. Just watchout for hookers around, they wont do any good.Maisha Club is near...
Garden Bistro: Roundup of Nightlife in Dar
Its situated out of town so there is plenty of parking - although taxi ride into centre late at night can be expensive - especially if you look like a tourist :-) . As for the place itself I like it after you have paid 10,000 Tz shillings ( $6 US) to get in !!! You used to...
Bus from Mombasa to Dar es Salaam
The bus from Mombasa to Dar es Salaam takes 8-10 hrs and costs 15 USD. Its recommended to buy your bus ticket some hours or a day in advance to get a good seat.The bus stops at the border waiting for passengers to arrange visa and immigration. In the city of Tanga you have...
Very nice planes and great pilots
The two most popular planes in Tanzania are Precision Air and Tanzanian Airways. I flew Precision Air and had a great time.Direct flight from Dar to Arusha is 1 hour 20 minutes.From Arusha to Dar with a stopover in Zanzibar is 2 hours 1o minutes. I had to pay with credit...
Fish Market: DON'T BUY SEA SHELLS!!!!
Entrance of the fish market of Dar es Salaam
Don't buy the sea shells which are sold here.They are seriously amazing but the collecting by the sellers kills the reefs of Zanzibar.Collecting sea shells and corals is an illegal act and this should be respected.A good picture...
Fish Market in Dar: See sea shells in a seashore
In the main fish market, the first shops that you will see from the parking lot are a few stalls selling sea shells.
If you don't have time to go to Zanzibar like me, and you like sea shells, then go to the fish market and you will be amazed with the size and shapes of sea...
Wanna take snapshots? Think again.
You will be tempted to take photos of locals and Masais because they wear colourful dresses. Do not take snapshots because they are known to throw stones at foreigners who just take photos of them.There is a tour to a Masai village which the Tour Guide will offer you for...
Private taxis and crimes
Private taxi drivers operates in Dar es Salaam, and some of them are thiefs. Robberies has been reported when the car ends up in a quiet back street at nights. Tourists have in some cases been threatened to give away the PIN code on their credit card. The thiefs normally...
Slipway area and crimes
Slipway is an isolated resort area in Dar es Salaam with exclusive hotels. It has been many incidents of pickpockets from cars where the passenger snap the bag from walking tourists and then drive away in full speed. Be careful with your bags.
Kunduchi beach and crimes
Kunduchi beach is in my mind the second most beautiful beach in Dar es Salaam. The beach has some exclusive hotels. But it has become so dangerous for tourists so it is adviced not to stay there before the police and the hotels themselves does something with the violent...
Crime is increasing in Dar es Salaam
Tanzania is a peaceful country and the people are friendly, but the difference between rich and poor are increasing. The poorest people have nothing. It is normally safe to walk around in the city, but be careful to walk in poor areas, deserted beach and dark streets. Don't...
The security officers at Zanzibar airport
Two of the security officers at Zanzibar airport asked for a tip from the departing tourists when they were checking the hand luggage at the x-ray machine. And some tourists gave money because they felt commited to do so.
It creates an unethical business if tourist pay...
The harbour-workers in DAR
It's easy to let one of the workers carry your luggage for you. And the workers will ask the tourists for that, without saying what it cost. Many tourists believe the service is included because of the high price for the ferry ticket. A Norwegian couple did that, and I saw...
Mosquito repellent or mosquito nets
Your handbag should be just fine for your camera, sunglasses, mobile phone, wallet and passport so you don't worry about things getting stolen while you're moving around.
Closed shoes if you don't want sand or small stones to bother you.
Bring toilet paper and lots of...
Play football (soccer)
A football field is located beside Old Bagamayo Road in the Mikocheni area, not far from the US embassy in Dar es Salaam. I was watching some teenagers play football. The standard of the players were quite good. It is also possible to use the football field for tourists.
Updated Feb 23, 2009
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Using mobil phone in Dar es Salaam
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....
When is the best time to fly to Dar Es Salaam
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...
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