View of Dar es Salaam from across the water

Dar es Salaam Tours and Travels

About Dar es Salaam

The buzzing metropolis that is modern-day Dar es Salaam is often by-passed, as visitors to Tanzania beeline straight to the national parks for some game viewing. However, for those who take the time to become acquainted with this rapidly expanding city, the rewards will be great. Skyscrapers tower down over colonial buildings that, despite being overshadowed in a literal sense, haven't lost their former grandeur. With the seaport here being one of the busiest in all of Africa, and the population standing at around 4 million, but growing every day, Dar es Salaam is fast becoming one of the most important cities on the continent.

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Within the city there are a number of things to do, one of which is to wander around the Kariakoo Market, the busiest in the whole city. Shoppers flock here on a daily basis in search of a bargain or two. Row upon row of stalls stretch through the market area selling virtually anything you could imagine from food to souvenirs to clothing. Haggling is the norm around here as well so make sure you practice your bargaining techniques before you hit the market. However, even if you don't want to buy anything, the experience of the market is more than enough of a reason to pay the market a visit.

Other sites of interest in Dar es Salaam include the National Museum, which has an incredible display of human history as it traces us back through the process of evolution. For a more relaxing trip, the city also has several stretches of stunning coastline. Coco Beach is usually a favourite with locals and travellers alike because of its glistening white sand, swaying palm trees and bath-temperature water. There really isn't a better way to spend a day than lazing in the sun here.

Dar es Salaam Tours

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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:

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.

Peacock Hotel Dar es Salaam

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Peacock is a comfortable and modern hotel, with spacious and elegantly furnished rooms, which are tastefully decorated with neutral colours. The hotel is cocooned in a wall of blue glass, to keep it cooler in the Tanzanian heat, a welcome relief for those who have spent the day exploring the city. The Tausi Restaurant, located within the hotel serves a fantastic range of local and international dishes throughout the day. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Dar es Salaam, near the best of the entertainment and the business district.

Ras Kutani Dar es Salaam

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Ideally situated between the deserted shores of the Indian Ocean and quiet inlets of a freshwater lagoon, the Ras Kutani resort provides a barefoot hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The nine beach cottages are made from sustainable natural materials and blend seamlessly into the surroundings, all with ocean views and spacious verandas. The four secluded hillside suites are set deeper into the coastal forest with private plunge pools. At the heart of the property is the welcoming bar with an open-air lounge comfortably kitted with lounge chairs and cushions, perfect for evening cocktails and the delicious Tanzania-inspired cuisine served.

Serena Hotel Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Serena Hotel, located in the heart of the busy city of Dar es Salaam is a stunning accommodation that combines international standards of comfort and elegance with touches of African style and culture. Equipped with a pool, fitness centre, bar and restaurant, the hotel has everything needed for a luxurious stay in Tanzania's thriving capital. The hotel is centrally located and within walking distance of the major shopping areas of the city.

Southern Sun Hotel Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

The Southern Sun is a smart, modern and attractive hotel. There is a mix of standard rooms and suites, all of which are spacious and elegantly furnished. There is a swimming pool located outside, which is perfect for cooling off after a hot day exploring this busy city. There are also two different restuarants, both of which serve fantastic Swahili and African food. From the hotel, South Beach is just a short drive away and is the ideal place to while away a few hours in sunshine. The hotel is superbly located on the border of the Botanical Gardens and diplomatic offices.

Dar es Salaam Tailor made suggestions

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