dar es salaam tanzania
dar es salaam tanzania
dar es salaam the haven of peace
There is no better place on this planet than Dar es Salaam.
The largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its sophisticated, conte
Born in Dar es Salaam and attending primary school here so we know the city and outskirts inside out, a proper local and I can take you safely into areas other tour operators do not venture into, local barbeques and nightlife is my speciality.
Day or night, Dar es Salaam offers a range of exciting recreation opportunities,
from casinos to bars and clubs, to local cinema to bird watching.
Explore local markets with their displays of distinctive native handicrafts; enjoy classical music presented by the British Council or the Alliance Francaise or experience exhilarating performance of traditional music and dance.
Dar Es Salaam is reinventing itself.
This coastal capital is emerging as a city that is cosmopolitan and even enjoyable to explore.
Dar remains at heart a bustling Swahili market town, yet is a centre of trade and commerce attracting ambitious Africans from all of Tanzania and its neighbouring countries, and international communities who come to this port for all manner of business.
Here is the hub of communication in Tanzania,
a far cry from the lifestyle and experiences of the rural majority.
For city-lovers, Dar has plenty of quirks, and a reasonably loping East African pace anywhere beyond its hectic centre.
Its Indian Ocean location offers realms of respite: a wild coastline and sea breeze, easy excursions and seaside accommodation.
There is one lodge in particular, Ras Kutani, which
is a stone’s throw away from Dar yet extremely remote
and arguably the best mainland beach lodge on that whole coastline.
The city physically reflects the paradox of Indian Ocean calm and enterprise.
High-rise residential buildings and gleaming office blocks have grown up around the city centre and certain suburban areas, and yet the old character of its periodically Arabic, German and British colonial and African past is still much in evidence in the low-rise red-tiled roofs on the main streets and the makuti- thatched suburbs.
Laden ocean-going tankers cruise across the horizon, and in their
wake Arab dhows skim the waves and dock on shores green with mangroves
Despite confusion over the role of Dar es Salaam - officially demoted from capital city in 1973, but still awaiting the actual transfer of government to Dodoma.
It remains the most urbanized centre of Tanzania and its commercial capital, so it acts as a good mirror of the country’s economic state.
The range of new businesses, cafes, bars, restaurants and products now available reflects the success of the market reforms urgently introduced in 1986.
What to see and do in Dar es Salaam:
Nyerere Cultural Center
Bavaria-style railway station
Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph
Lutheran Azania Front Church
Mwenge Handicrafts Village
Kunduchi Wet 'n' Wild Water Park
Excursions from Dar can be organized to the nearby islands of Bongoyo and Mbudya.
Dar es Salaam is a treasure-trove for connoisseurs of art.
Makonde carvings, TingaTinga paintings, bead, bone and malachite jewellery, baskery, spices, colourful wrap-arounds called 'kanga' and 'kitenge', batik and brassware are most popular and excellent buys.
You can even get leather beaded wrist bands with your own logo made
up or favorite football team like Chelsea, Arsenal written on them, make
The rare and brilliant Tanzanite gemstone found only in Tanzania, makes a precious souvenir.
At Mwenge Village, Nyerere Cultural Center and Samora Avenue,
handicrafts are available at reasonable prices.
Visas are required for all visitors coming to Tanzania (Except East Africans).
Visas can obtained at the point of entry for all nationalities except those from West African Countries, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Visa requirements can be changed at any time.
The national currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling.
Main export goods are coffee, cotton, sisal, tea, cashews, tobacco, diamonds, and gold.
Electrical Current Tanzania operates on a voltage of 220/230 volts AC.
Local Time Tanzania is three hours ahead of GMT.
Situated on the East coast of Africa, Dar es Salaam enjoys a hot and humid climate with an average daily temperature of 30C (86F).
The monsoon season, known
as the long rains, occurs from March to May.
Government & Society
Tanzania is a republic whose capital city is in Dodoma.
The total of the
Tanzanian population is 29 million, out of which approximately 1 million lives
in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania's official languages are English and Kiswahili besides that various native African languages are spoken.
Banking hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 - 12:30 hr. and from 13:00 to 16:00 and on Saturdays from 08:30 to 11:30 hr.
Some banks are also opened on Sundays
from 09:00 to 14:00HRS.
Shops: Monday until Saturday 09:00 to 12:00 hr. and from 14:00 - 17:00 hr. A few exceptions will have longer opening hours and are also opened on Sundays.
Tips: In hotels and restaurants it is customary to reward good services with a tip of 10%.
Visitors can attend a wide variety of competitive sports such as cricket, soccer, rugby, tennis, squash and golf.
Swimming, snorkeling, fishing and sailing head the list of active sports.
Tanzania Holidays & Festivals
January 1 New Year's Day
January 12 Zanzibar Revolution Day
February 5 CCM Day
Date Varies Good Friday & Easter
April 26 Union Day
May 1 International Workers Day
Date Varies Maulid (Islamic Holiday)
July 7 Saba Saba Day
August 8 Peasant's Day
December 9 Independence Day
December 25 Christmas
Date Varies Eid al-Haj (Islamic holiday)
Date Varies Eid al-Fitr (Islamic holiday)
Your day after a nightly big party will be on beaches and islands lazying and sampling fresh fish, lobster, coconut juices, local wines or day visits to cultural centers of interest.