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Dar es Salaam

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In the 19th century Mzizima (Swahili for "healthy town") was a coastal fishing village on the periphery of Indian Ocean trade routes. In the late 1900’s Sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar began building a new city very close to Mzizima. He named it from an Arabic phrase bandar as-salam meaning harbour of Peace.

Dar es Salaam fell into decline after Majid's death in 1870, but was revived in 1887, when the German East Africa Company established a station there, the administrative and commercial centre of German East Africa and industrial expansion resulting from the construction of the Central Railway Line in the early 1900s.

German East Africa was captured by the British during World War I and from then on was referred to as Tanganyika. Dar es Salaam was retained as the territory's administrative and commercial centre. After World War II, Dar es Salaam experienced a period of rapid growth. Tanganyika attained independence from colonial rule in December 1961 and 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania, with Dar es Salaam continuing to serve as its capital.

Dar es Salaam today is a hustling, bustling seaport. The main sights are the colourful Kariakoo Market and clock tower, the National Museum, and the Botanical Gardens. About 10 km from the city centre along the road to Bagamoyo, is the Village Museum, which is also worth a visit. The best beach close to the capital is Oyster Bay.

To get you started with planning your holiday to Dar es Salaam, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Tanzania

Nungwi Beach | Zanzibar | Africa
Zebras & Zanzibar
11 days FROM $1,249

The perfect combo of action and idyllic island relaxation! Option to go wild in Tanzania's top national parks before heading over to the gorgeous island of Zanzibar for some sun, sea & sand!

Masai men under Acacia trees | Kenya
East Africa Encompassed
16 days FROM $2,489

Go wild on this game viewing adventure through the best of East Africa's reserves. From Kenya's Rift Valley lakes and the Masai Mara to the vast plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and then relax on the idyllic island of Zanzibar.

Gorillas | Uganda | Africa
Gorilla Trek and Tanzania
25 days FROM $2,489

From the wilds of the Masai Mara, to gorillas in Uganda, safari in the Serengeti and down into the Ngorongoro crater. Then top off your African adventure with a taste of the tropics on the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

Rhinos | African Safaris | Africa
Zimbabwe to Zanzibar
16 days FROM $1,389

Starting off at the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, travel through Botswana's legendary Chobe National Park, Livingstone in Zambia and explore the beaches of Lake Malawi, before sun, sea and more sand on the tropical island of Zanzibar!

Running Cheetah | African Safaris | Africa
Wildlife Express
22 days FROM $1,889

Take a walk on the wild side. Track the African elephant, lion, giraffe and zebra, chill out on Zanzibar, cool off at Lake Malawi, enjoy the pleasures of Victoria Falls - adrenaline capital of Africa and have the time of your life!

Flamingos in Lake Nakuru | Kenya | Africa
Flamingos to Falls
27 days FROM $3,489

Starting in Nairobi and ending at the thunderous Victoria Falls, take in some of Africa's best known national parks, including Lake Nakuru with its flocks of flamingos, the wildlife rich Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and Botswana's Chobe National Park. While enjoying some R&R basking on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi.

Monkey Bay | Lake Malawi | Africa
Sun, Sea, Safari
30 days FROM $2,889

Experience the diversity of Africa on a journey encompassing premier game reserves and idyllic beaches. From Johannesburg we explore Kruger, discover Mozambique's spectacular coast and coral reefs, enjoy game spotting in Hwange and Chobe, visit the mighty Victoria Falls and picturesque Lake Malawi, before ending on the tropical shores of Zanzibar.

Leopard in a tree | African Safaris | Africa
Down Africa Way
33 days FROM $2,489

Enjoy a real African adventure, from Nairobi to Johannesburg. Check out some of Africa's greatest game parks, idle about on the tropical island of Zanzibar, relax on the shores of Lake Malawi and enjoy the rush at Victoria Falls.

Herd of Elephants | Africa Safaris | Africa
Big Five Explorer
36 days FROM $3,089

Adventure overdrive. Trekking for gorilla, game-spotting, kicking back on Zanzibar, this expedition takes in some of the best of Eastern Africa and culminates at the breathtaking Victoria Falls - Africa's adrenaline playground!

Zebras | African Safaris | Africa
An African Adventure
37 days FROM $2,889

See the best of Africa, from its magnificent craters, dune-filled deserts and spectacular waterfalls, to its colonial cities and beautiful beaches. Game drive through Chobe and Etosha National Park, opt to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta, relax on the beaches of Lake Malawi and end your adventure on the idyllic island of Zanzibar.

Pride of lions | Serengeti | Tanzania
Kenya to Cape
43 days FROM $2,989

Embark on an overland journey across almost half the African Continent. A heady mix of game, beaches, exotic Zanzibar, adrenaline activities for the taking, giant dunes and exciting places.

Baboon and baby | African Safaris | Africa
The Big Overlander
47 days FROM $3,889

Experience the contrasts and raw appeal of this majestic continent up close and personal. Visiting eight countries, spot wildlife in Africa's best game parks, trek for gorilla in Uganda, relax and unwind on Zanzibar and soak up the incredible sights!

Giraffe and zebras | African Safaris | Africa
Absolute Africa
50 days FROM $4,489

From Johannesburg to Nairobi, travel through nine of Africa's most diverse countries. Trek in search of gorillas, spot the Big Five in premier game parks, visit deep crater lakes and the spectacular Victoria Falls, discover Mozambique's colourful coral reefs and kick back on idyllic beaches.

Giraffe | African Safaris | Africa
Great African Expedition
57 days FROM $4,489

An epic expedition that heads south from Kenya via Uganda to Cape Town. Jungle trek for gorilla, spot the Big Five, slide down Sossusvlei dunes, enjoy exotic locales and much much more!

Dar Es Salaam | Tanzania | Africa
Day out in Dar Es Salaam
1/2 day FROM $249

Gain insight into the history and culture of Tanzania with a visit to the enlightening National Museum and unique Makumbusho Village Museum on this Dar es Salaam half day tour. Plus later indulge in some retail therapy at the waterfront Slipway shopping and leisure centre.

Tailormade Holidays to Dar es Salaam

On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Tanzania — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Dar es Salaam.

Kilimanjaro Hotel Kimpinski, Dar es Salaam
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

The rooms at the Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski are very spacious, offering a combination of comfort and luxury. The rooms feature warm tones and a mixture of African and European styles.

Movenpick Royal Palm Hotel, Dar es Salaam
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel offers you East African culture and tradition combined with international standards and Swiss quality. The rooms are elegant and spacious.

Oyster Bay Hotel, Dar es Salaam
Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

On the coast of Dar Es Salaam, the Oyster Bay hotel is a beautiful home away from home with luxurious accommodation with a real personal touch. The eight guest suites are tastefully furnished in a contemporary African style in soothing tones. The opulent en suite facilities with showers and full size baths allow for pure relaxation. Add to that the crashing ocean outside and you'll find the perfect haven in the busy city of Dar Es Salaam. The hotel is in the ocean side, ambassadorial, residential area of Oyster Bay.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

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