Best of Dar es Salaam
Dar has a beautiful sea front by the Indian Ocean. When walking around you’ll notice the city has a mix of African, Arabic and South Asian influences. Tanzanians are known for their friendliness and if you know a bit of Kiswahili, you’ll easily end up having fun chit-chats with them.
Many travelers stop here on their way to Zanzibar and before going on a safari in Tanzania. While you’re here visit the nice islands of Bagamoyo, Bongoyo and Mbudja. Dar offers you some deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and diving spots where you can see e.g. sharks.
What to see and do in Dar es Salaam
Zanaki Street has the best Indian and other food places. Culinary delights are guaranteed in Dar! Try some of the local beer such as Kilimanjaro, Safari and Serengeti. Check out our adventure tours in and around Dar es Salaam.
Volunteer work in Dar es Salaam
Many humanitarian non-governmental organizations have their offices in Dar es Salaam, so if you are interested in doing volunteer work, you might have good chances here. However, it’s always better to do some research beforehand.
Travelling to and from Dar es Salaam
The public transportation is handled by mini-vans, daladala’s. Their routes can be read from signs, in front of the vehicle and you can hop on and off anywhere. Just yell shoo-sha to stop them. All vans marked “posta” take you to city center.
Ubungo is the central bus station, where almost all busses depart. This is located in Morongoro Rd. The Scandinavian Express has its own station at corner Msimbazi St and Nyerere Rd. It’s always safer to arrive and depart before night even if the city has a safer reputation than other big cities in the country. When you’re choosing between companies, avoid the cheapest; it might be less safe and nerve wreckingly slow.
The Tazara station and Tanzanian Railways Corporation Station is where the trains depart.
You can get from Dar es Salaam to Pemba, Zanzibar and Mtwara by regular boats or ferries. Check the schedules before going as not all routes are operated daily.
Accommodation in Dar es Salaam
The prices of accommodation vary a lot; ask contact KILROY travel advisor to get the comfiest and cheapest accommodation in Dar.
When to go to Dar es Salaam
The weather in Dar is very humid and warm, all year round. March trough May are the rainier times with April being the monsoon month. The best time to visit is from June to September when the temperatures are not the highest and rains are shorter.