Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam means 'Haven of Peace' in Arabic. It is a city of approximately 4 million people, and is a great place to start and end your safari, with easy access to Zanzibar by regular ferry and light plane services. Dar has an international airport and several major bus and train stations. Though Dodoma is the named capital, Dar is the economic and business capital of Tanzania. Rich in Swahili culture resultant from the lively blend of Arab and Bantu influences, the city also has quite a cosmopolitan feel in places.

A recent boom in investment has seen Dar es Salaam's skyline change dramatically over the past few years. New developments continue to spring up all over the city, offering a range of shops, gyms, bars restaurants and hotels.

Dar Es Salaam has several sites of interest including the Village Museum, Mwenge Craft Market and the Tinga Tinga painting cooperative on the peninsula. There is a wide selection of restaurants and other forms of entertainment available in and around the town center.

Whilst in Dar Es Salaam, if you are feeling adventurous, there is plenty of night life, ranging from modern western style bars, clubs and restaurants to vibrant local establishments. There is a Mediterranean approach to evenings out. Many people don't go out before 9pm, and at weekends will stay out partying until the early hours of the morning, maybe finishing the night in one of the late clubs.

Day trips from Dar es Salaam include visits to Bat Caves in the Pugu Hills Forest Reserve, visits to Bongoyo Island Marine Park for snorkelling, Beach Excursions, Horse Riding and Forest Walks. Its also possible to go sailing or diving for the day.

If you are looking for a less touristy end to your Southern Circuit safari than the busy beaches of Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam offers a variety of beach resorts. From the bustling resorts of the north beaches, to the pristine and remote retreats ranging from 20-40km south of the city.

Unless otherwise arranged at the time of booking, your accommodation in Dar will be on a Bed & Breakfast basis only.

Dar Es Salaam is a cheaper option to end a safari and relax by the beach. For more information on staying in Dar Es Salaam please contact us.

  • Adventure: and Motorbiking.
  • Culture:
  • Education:
  • Nature: and Birding.
  • Relaxing: and Sunset Cruises.
  • Safari Activties: and Horse Riding.
  • Social: and Village Bars.
  • Water Sports: and Zanzibar and Dar Kite Surfing.
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Recommended Stay: night
  • How to get there: Drive, Fly, Ferry, Train
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    United States of America, Sept 2013

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    United States of America, Jun 2013

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    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

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    United Kingdom, Aug 2013

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    France, Dec 2013

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    United Kingdom, Dec 2013

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    Belgium, Oct 2013