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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.
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.
|Avg Max||31.8 °C||32.4 °C||32.1 °C||30.7 °C||29.8 °C||29.3 °C||28.9 °C||29.4 °C||30.3 °C||30.9 °C||31.4 °C||31.6 °C|
|Avg Min||23.5 °C||23.3 °C||22.8 °C||22.4 °C||21.3 °C||19.2 °C||18.2 °C||18.1 °C||18.4 °C||19.7 °C||21.3 °C||22.8 °C|
|Rainfall||76.3 mm||54.9 mm||138.1 mm||254.2 mm||197.8 mm||42.9 mm||25.6 mm||24.1 mm||22.8 mm||69.3 mm||125.9 mm||117.8 mm|
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.
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.
Coaches from Arusha cost about TSh28,000 (July 2009) and take about 10 hours.
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.
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.
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.
|Beachcomber Hotel & Resort||African Road,Jangwani Beach||HOTEL||-|
|Transit Motel Ukonga||Plot 7 Nyerere /segerea rds, Ukonga SLB 18083 Dar Es Salaam||Guesthouse||68|
|Uplands Centre||PO Box 72708||Hostel||60|
|The Blue Pearl Hotel & Apartments||Morogoro Road||HOTEL||-|
|Safari Inn Ltd||Band Street Off Libya Street,City Centre||Hostel||70|
|New Bondeni Hotel||P.O.BOX 8343 Magomeni||HOTEL||79|
|Amans paradise Beach Hostel||C.M.C Road (next to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center)||Hostel||-|
|Accomondia Hotel||Nyerere Road||HOTEL||74|
|Hostel International Tanzania||Mbezi Beach||Hostel||-|
|Juba Hotel||Mafia Street Kariakoo, Dar es salaam||HOTEL||62|
|Tanzanite Executive Suites||P.o Box 64||HOTEL||77|
|Friendly Gecko Guesthouse||Africana / White Sands P.O. Box 35936||GUESTHOUSE||69|
|Starlight Hotel||Bibi Titi Mohammed Street Plot No.1358-60 & 1366-68||Hotel||69|
|Bluepearl Hotel and Apartments||P.O.BOX 4868,Dar es Salaam ,Tanzania Mororgoro Road||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel JB Belmont Dar-Es Salaam||Benjamin Mkapa Pension Towers||HOTEL||-|
|Nellys Inn||20313,Dar es Salaam,Tanzania||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Jamboinn Hotel||Libya Street P.O.BOX NO 5588||Hotel||-|
|Mpingo Farm Stay||Vikawe Village Bagamoyo Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Transit Motel Airport||Off Nyerere rd, J Nyerere Airport area||HOTEL||72|
|Alemap House||PO Box 53822||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|4T's Tarven||Morogoro Road Box 34512||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Eazy's Place||Nyakisinde Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Maridadi Beach Cottage||Ununio Beach P.O.BOX 8190||HOTEL||-|
Internet is available for about TSh1,000 per hour (July 2009).
See also International Telephone Calls
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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