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Dar es Salaam

Travel Guide Africa Tanzania Dar es Salaam

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Introduction

Azania Front Lutheran Church

Azania Front Lutheran Church

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Dar es Salaam is located along the Indian Ocean coastline of Tanzania and is the largest city in the country with around 2.5 million inhabitants. It is a major port city and is the economical and financial heart of the country.

Unlike most African cities, book prices here are generally simply the cover price converted into TSh (rather than a lot more), so it's a good place to stock up on reading matter.

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Events and Festivals

  • Charity Goat Races - Every September, thousands of people attend the charity Goat Races at The Green in Dar es Salaam. The goats race around a specially designed track, and the races raise around 50 million shillings a year for local schools and charities.
  • Mzalendo Halisi Music Festival - More than 100 traditional Tanzanian music and dance performers participate in this event that takes place at the Posta Grounds in Kijitonyama, Dar es Salaam. During the day, visitors can shop at a culturally-inspired market and view art exhibitions.
  • Fashion Week - Every November, top regional designers come together at Dar Es Salaam's National Museum for Swahili Fashion Week. The event showcases local talent, colorful African styling, and it offers networking opportunities for the East African fashion industry.
  • Contemporary Dance Festival - Choreographers from Tanzania and beyond gather for week-long showcase of contemporary dance sponsored by Visa 2 Dance Company. Audiences can see performances by both established and emerging performing artists. This event facilitates an important forum where international choreographers can showcase their work to a new audience. Event takes place every October.
  • Diwali - Diwali, a Hindu holiday, is celebrated around the world during the months of October or November. Dar es Salaam has a large Indian population, and as a result, Diwali is an important celebration in this city. During the festival, lamps are symbolically lit, and firework demonstrations ignite the sky to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. Downtown Dar becomes consumed by the Diwali festival, with the city center becoming a constant party zone.

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Weather

Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather year round. Temperatures during the day are around 30 °C, while nights drop to between 19 °C (July to September) and 25 °C (January and February). Rain falls quite evenly throughout the year, but March to May is much wetter, April averaging around 300 mm of rain.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max31.8 °C32.4 °C32.1 °C30.7 °C29.8 °C29.3 °C28.9 °C29.4 °C30.3 °C30.9 °C31.4 °C31.6 °C
Avg Min23.5 °C23.3 °C22.8 °C22.4 °C21.3 °C19.2 °C18.2 °C18.1 °C18.4 °C19.7 °C21.3 °C22.8 °C
Rainfall76.3 mm54.9 mm138.1 mm254.2 mm197.8 mm42.9 mm25.6 mm24.1 mm22.8 mm69.3 mm125.9 mm117.8 mm
Rain Days741118135443589

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Getting There

By Plane

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) is the largest airport in the country and located just outside Dar es Salaam. It offers flights to/from Blantyre, Lilongwe, Arusha, Kigoma, Moroni, Mwanza, Tabora, Zanzibar, Entebbe, Juba, Nairobi, Harare, London, Johannesburg, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Addis Ababa, Anjouan, Cairo, Lusaka, Dubai, Amsterdam, Maputo, Pemba, Muscat, Musoma, Shinyanga, Doha, Kigali, Zürich and Istanbul.

By Train

Centrally located in Zambia, north of the capital Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi is the starting point of a two nights trainride to Dar es Salaam. From here you can travel further by boat or plane to the tropical island of spices, Zanzibar. This so called TAZARA Railway (Tanzania-Zambia Railway) operates scheduled services twice a week, leaving in both ends of the line on Tuesdays and Fridays around 4:00pm, arriving on Thursdays and Sundays at 9:30am in Zambia, but after noon in the other direction in Dar es Salaam.

By Bus

Coaches from Arusha cost about TSh28,000 (July 2009) and take about 10 hours.

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Getting Around

By Car

There is an "official" taxi rate board just outside of the airport arrivals terminal that displays prices roughly twice the "real" prices. If you indicate that you are going to walk the short distance to the main road to hail a taxi from there, then you should be able to secure a more realistic price.

By Foot

Walking around central Dar es Salaam is a nice way to see the city and probably the best way to get around. In general people will leave you alone except for the occasional greeting. There aren't many sidewalks in Dar es Salaam so exercise caution when walking along busy roads.

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Eat

There is an excellent Chinese, Tai Huo San Zhuang, on Jamhuri St between Morogoro Road and Zanaki Street in the Muslim enclave. It attracts plenty of Chinese customers, which is always a good sign from the point of view of authenticity. It's one of the few places in the area to serve beer. Note that the aircon is cold so take a jumper.
Jambo Inn, on Libya Street in the Muslim enclave, has a good selection of vegetarian dishes. It's extremely popular with foreign backpackers.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressType
Eazy's PlaceNyakisinde Road, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHostel
Alemap HouseMafia Street Kariakoo, Dar es salaam, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Safari Inn LtdBand Street Off Libya Street,City Centre, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Transit MotelOff Nyerere rd, J Nyerere Airport area, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaMotel
Uplands CentreChanganyikeni area on Observation Hill, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
New Bondeni HotelWazazi street Magomeni Mapipa, Dar es Salaam 8343, TanzaniaHotel
Transit Motel UkongaPlot 7 Nyerere /segerea rds, Ukonga SLB 18083 Dar Es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaMotel
Formula 10 Livingstone HotelLivingstone corner Amani Streets Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Hotel ContinentalNkurma Street Near Clock Tower, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Hotel Nikko TowerPlot 1485/148, Aggrey/Jamhuri Street, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Mayfair HotelPlot no. 54-55, Old Bagamoyo Road Mikocheni B; Opposite TMJ Hospital, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniHotel
Tiffany Diamond HotelIndira Ghandi/Morogoro Rd, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Hotel South Beach ResortKigamboni P. O. Box 3034, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
New Avon HotelPlot 975/149 Corner of Aggrey & Jamhuri Street, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Accomondia HotelNyerere Road, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Nelly's InnOld Bagamoyo Rd Near Zena Kawawa Residence Pweza St, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Seascape Hotel102/103 Africana Road Jangwani Beach Area, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Safina Hotel & ApartmentsNamibia Makumbusho Kijitonyama, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Urban Rose Hotel and ApartmentJamhuri/ Asia Street, P.O. Box 4868, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Hotel SapphirePlot No 4 Mtendeni Street, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Tanzanite Executive SuitesMorogoro Rd, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Tiffany Diamond Hotel & SpaMorogoro Road/Indira Gandhi Junction, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Regency Park Hotelold bagamoyo road, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
The LandMark Mbezi Beach Resort & Conference CentreMbezi Beach, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Holiday Inn Dar Es Salaam City CenterMbezi Beach, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
The Beach Comber Hotel & ResortJangwani Beach, Po BOX 4868, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Blue Pearl HotelMorogoro Road, Ubungo Plaza, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Changani Beach CottagesAmani Gomvu, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaCottage
Colosseum Hotel & Fitness Club79 Haille Selassie Road, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Best Western Plus Peninsula HotelHaille Sellasie Road Oysterbay - Masaki, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Mediterraneo HotelTuari Road, Kawe Beach, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Jb Belmont HotelAzikiwe Street Benjamin Mkapa Pension Tower, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
The Amariah Boutique Hotel City CenterSamora, Azikiwe Av NSSF House 1st Floor, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Best Western Coral Beach HotelPlot 956/1412, Coral Lane, Masaki Msasani Peninsula, Kinondoni Dist., Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
New Africa HotelAzikiwe Street, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Protea Hotel Amani BeachKigamboni, Temeke, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Dar es Salaam - Oyster BaySlipway Road Msasani PeninsularHotel
Kunduchi Beach Hotel And ResortOff. Bagamoyo Road, Nr. Mtongani Kunduchi, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Ledger Plaza Bahari BeachKunduchi MTomgani Road Kawe, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Golden Tulip Dar Es SalaamToure Drive Msasani Peninsula Po Box 20200, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Protea Hotel Courtyard Dar es SalaamSea-view Ocean Road PO Box 542, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Dar Es Salaam Serena HotelOhio Street, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The KilimanjaroKivukoni Street P O Box 9574, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel
Sea Cliff HotelToure Drive, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaHotel

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Keep Connected

Internet

Major tourist areas and cities have internet cafes and many hotels offer (free) wifi nowadays. Connections can be slower at more remote places.
Also safari oriented places offer some sort of internet connections as well, by computers or wifi.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The International Dialling Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by area codes (e.g. (0)22 for Dar es Salaam, or (0)27 for Arusha). Calling from Tanzania, you dial 00 plus the relevant country code (44 for the UK, 1 for the USA).

There are four cell providers in Tanzania: Zain (the major one), Zantel, Vodacom and Tigo, who all offer roaming facilities. Connections are good in Tanzania, even in places such as Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and some parts of the Serengeti (the western and northern region of the Serengeti not). You can buy the prepaid cards in amounts ranging from $5 to $50. You can even buy a cell phone while in Tanzania. The price for a simple cell phone ranges between $55 and $80.

Avoid roaming charges with you home cellphone and turn it off. Instead, use a local SIM card or just wifi.

Post

Tanzania Posts Corporation is the national postal services of Tanzania. There are post officies in most major cities and towns throughout the country, which are generally open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9:00am to noon. Services are generally quite reliable though not very fast. Prices for international airmal services start at around 500-600 TSHS to other countries in East Africa and 700-900 TSHS to Europe and North America for postcards and letters up to 20 grams. Small packages start at around 2,000-3,000 TSHS, but it's generally better to do business with international parcel services like TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -6.822921
  • Longitude: 39.269661

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Dar es Salaam Travel Helpers

  • January Nicolas

    Dar es salaam is multiculture city which has very interesting historical background with a lots of insight such as Ferry fish market in town, old antiquities which dated from Arab colonial predominate to Germany East Africa company rule.
    Basically there a lots of activities to do in Dar es salaam from Birdwatching,Dhow tour,Town tours and hiking activities around the city.
    Your warmly welcome to ask as much questions about what to do in Dar es salaam and whole country in general.

    Ask January Nicolas a question about Dar es Salaam

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