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About Dar es Salaam

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.

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Dar es Salaam Hotels

If you are planning a Dar es Salaam holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

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.

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

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

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 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 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!

Dar es Salaam Tailor made suggestions

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