Dar es Salaam

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Dar es Salaam

Over a century, Dar es Salaam that has developed from a fishing village into a thriving coastal metropolis boasting a variety of restaurants, bars, shopping malls, craft markets, and beaches to traverse. Sprawling with some of the most vital sea routes in the world, it is East Africa's second-busiest port after Mombasa, Kenya and Tanzania's financial hub. Despite this, the city has managed to maintain a peaceful feel.

Arriving in the city for the first time, one is met by graceful sail dhows that are triangular in shape and a great beach ambiance. It also serves as a springboard for African Mecca visitors to Tanzania's many wildlife sanctuaries and parks such as Mikumi, Selous, Ruaha, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Katavi, Mahale Mountains,Lake Manyara or Tarangire, and Gombe. Most visit the warm tropical climate to enjoy the beaches. Tanzania has the biggest concentration of wildlife per square kilometer in the world.
This city boasts numerous beaches, historical buildings, ports, and a great market.

It experiences an almost perfect weather. Dar es Salaam’s weather is tropical. This means that the weather is humid and hot throughout the year. April and May are the wettest months with the long rains. A fair amount of precipitation is experienced in October and November during the short rains.

It is home to a large ethnic community and has a range of fusion cultures. It has very friendly locals who are hospitable and welcoming. 

Learn the countries cultural dances through the Contemporary Dance Festival. Choreographers from all over the country and beyond gather for a week-long showcase of contemporary dance. Audiences enjoy performances by both established and emerging artists. 

This event facilitates an important forum where international choreographers can showcase their work to a new audience. The event takes place every October. 

Dar es Salaam has an extensive Indian population, and as a result, Diwali is an important celebration in this city. During this festival, lamps are lit and fireworks are ignited towards the sky to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. Downtown Dar es Salaam becomes embellished by the Diwali festival, with the city center becoming a constant party zone.

The pervasive aroma of spices leaves a memorable impression on the senses. It is famous for its Asian barbeque dishes. The city is identified as the African country where most value the native food. 

The most popular of Tanzanian dishes is makubi. It consists of wild spinach, sweet potato leaves, tomatoes, and onions cooked in a creamy, peanut butter sauce. It is just mouth-watering.

Makubi has numerous medical benefits, helping to fight off various ailments. Perhaps that's just folklore, but all those lovely veggies won't cause harm.

The nightlife in Dar es Salaam has a lot to offer for residents and expatriates alike. Enjoy a drink at a rooftop bar and enjoy the view over Dar es Salaam while listening to the latest modern beats, as the sun sets over the city.

Konyagi is a famous age-old spirit in East Africa, and along with climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and passing through to the Serengeti, sampling this brew should be on every tourist's to-do list. A warning is however issued because the brew is as strong as it is inexpensive.  

Day trips

Trips organized by professional guides include the Dar es Salaam City Tour where you Spend a day exploring one of the best cities in East Africa.

Pay an early morning visit to the fish market and Kariakoo Market which is the largest indoor market.

Mawazo Gallery displays a variety sculptures, paintings, woodcuts, photography, and a selection of local handicrafts.

One can visit wonder welders which is a community project where one watches artists make recycled-glass beads and jewelry, and recycled metal sculptures

One can shop till you drop at the Taj Mahal Sweet Mart, located at the city center.

Arrange a graceful day-long dhow-fishing trip where you can sail and enjoy the calm tranquility of the sea.

The Slipway is a trendy shopping & leisure center, and it's a one of a kind market in Dar es Salaam. It is situated on the Msasani Peninsula next to the Indian Ocean. The market provides a wide range of activities for both locals and visitors. 

It is home to fun activities which occupy your time and enable one to integrate with the people's culture. Charity Goat Races take place every September, and several people attend the event at The Green in Dar es Salaam. The goats compete around a specially designed track. And the races raise about 50 million shillings a year to sponsor local schools and charities. 

Get your groove on with the Mzalendo Halisi Music Festival. More than 100 traditional Tanzanian music and dance performers participate in this event. It takes place at the Posta Grounds in Kijitonyama, Dar es Salaam. During the day, visitors have the luxury to shop at a culturally-inspired market and view showcased art exhibitions. 

It also hosts the Fashion Week around November. Top regional designers assemble at Dar Es Salaam's National Museum for Swahili Fashion Week. The event highlights local talent, colorful African styling, and offers networking opportunities for the East African fashion industry.

Sadaani National Park is a recommended destination as it’s the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa right on the Indian Ocean. 

You can never go wrong with a trip to Dar es Salaam. The amazing bongo music concert is also something you can't miss.

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Other fascinating destinations in Tanzania

Tanzania is a heaven for scuba diving, the big game "5", mountains, and heaven beaches-It has practically everything a tourist could need on a holiday in Africa.

Tanzania is the typical, precise Africa you've always dreamed of. Who wouldn't wish to pay a visit to a place where the names of its renowned tour destinations are pronounced like an enchantment: Serengeti, Zanzibar, Lake Tanganyika, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Olduvai Gorge, "the Cradle of Humankind?"

The Serengeti National Park was made famous by the Lion King and it turns out to be one of the finest places where you can locate an African Safari i.e. Tanzania safari amongst the amazing class of Kenya safari, Rwanda safari, Namibia safari, Botswana safari, Uganda safari, etc. The thing which you can come across in Tanzania that you wouldn’t find across all of Eastern Africa is the elegance of Zanzibar.
You can come across fresh beaches along the territory and even come across mind-blowing diving chances on the island of Zanzibar. Most people also aren't aware of the fact that you can find two of the first Stone Age locations on the planet in Tanzania.

Discover the best tours in Tanzania visiting places like Zanzibar, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Mikumi National Park, Serengeti National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


Kilimanjaro / Moshi



Selous Game Reserve

Lake Manyara

Tarangire National Park