Reasonable Hotels in Dar es Salaam

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1. Posted by maryjean (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

We will be traveling with our two children (10 & 12) in East Africa this summer and need to arrange an overnight in Dar. Does anyone have any suggestions for safe, clean accomodations for $75 or less? Ideally, there's a place in the center of town that we can walk to when we arrive on the ferry then we can arrange transport to the airport for the next day.

I'm happy to hear all suggestions if our plan should be re-thought.
Thanks for your help!

2. Posted by achnab (Budding Member 28 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The main budget places are in Libya st "Econo lodge-Safari inn - Jambo inn" all around $10-$15 pp pn, however because of the younger members of your group, i hesitate to say go there, there have been lots of reports of tourists being scammed in the streets around there, by people smoking dope next to you then fake police ---guess the rest.
You need a taxi from the port, another place to be carefull it is very small very crowded.
Check out flying it works out about $5 to $10 pp more and is well worth the extra just to avoid the hassle of the port in Dar.
There is a nice family run place called the "Swiss Garden" which is on the way from the airport.

3. Posted by maryjean (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info. I found that we can fly ZanAir at 6:50am to connect with our 9am British Airways flight. Does that seem like a reasonable plan, or should we fly to DAR the day before and not risk misconnecting? ZanAir said this flight is set up specifically to connect with the BA flight to LHR. Also, what is your safety opinion of ZanAir?

Finally, I see that Tarangire is one of your favorite spots and in one of my endless searches for accomodations I read a post about a French man who lost his 6 1/2 year old son in a leopard attack. It sounds like folks were about 30 feet from the animal taking pictures, etc. while a bbq was going on at the lodge. It sounds awfully close to be standing near a wild animal, but I'm sure if everyone is doing it and the staff is not dissuading you, it's easy to forget that the animals are wild. I'm curious if you have any specific precautions or absolute no-no's for us while traveling with a 10 & 12 year old. We will be on safari in Kenya, then into the Ngorogoro Crater and then down to visit the Hadza tribe. Pretty wide open question but I'd love to hear your suggestions/warnings.

Thanks again for taking the time to share your knowlege!