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How to get to Dar-es-salaam City / Town


Plane

The Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), Tanzania’s main airport, is located about 6 miles west of the city. A taxi ride to the city should cost about Tsh15,000.

Train

There are two train options through Dar es Salaam, including Tanzania Railways Limited, with connections to Dodoma and more. TAZARA Railway runs a scenic route through the Selous Game Reserve and on to Zambia.

Car

Highways connect Dar es Salaam to most major centers in the region and nationally, including the A-7 to Morogoro. The Tanzam Highway runs from Zambia to Dar es Salaam along the the Cairo-Cape Town Highway.

Bus

Kilimanjaro Express and Dar Express are two of the largest bus companies with service to Dar es Salaam, offering connections to Arusha and beyond.


 

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Dar es salaam - Town FAQ's

There is really no right or wrong time to visit this beautiful country. The best time to go on a Tanzania safari depends entirely on what you want to see and experience: The major national parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire deliver superb year-round game viewing, but visitor numbers peak from about June to October when the country is at its driest. This period also coincides with the migration river crossings, however, all the parks offer amazing wildlife sightings at this time as vegetation is less dense. If you are looking for a tropical beach getaway to Tanzania’s coast, Zanzibar and other islands, the best time to visit is between June and March.

All our tours are tailor-made, so the total cost will depend on various factors, including but not limited to the duration of your stay, accommodation options, experiences, travel costs, and more. As a rough guideline, our Tanzania tours generally cost between $350 to $3,500 per person per night sharing and are dependent on service provider availability and seasonality. 

The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency. However, USD is generally accepted, as long as the print is past 2007. Most places will also give you change in USD if you pay with that currency and the same for Shilling. Your tourism areas will also accept USD. You can use credit cards at most establishments as long as they have telecommunications signal. 

 Credit cards are also accepted at most properties with telecommunications signal, although it is better to have USD on-hand for leaving tips or shopping at smaller local markets, etc. Many vendors do not accept American Express, so rather travel with your Visa or MasterCard.

Extremely rich in age-old cultures, traditions and religious beliefs, Tanzania is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Tanzanians are known for being friendly and harmonious, with great respect for their fellow man (and woman) and, in particular, their elders.

Religious belief is strong in Tanzania, with Christianity and Islam as the most prominent. Most Muslims are in Zanzibar, but visitors should be aware of the conservative nature of these destinations and behave and dress accordingly. Women should always keep their knees and shoulders covered. 

T-shirts that cover the shoulders and shorts for women are acceptable (but not too short). Women should wear and carry a wrap to cover legs in the village and towns as revealing clothes can be offensive to locals, especially in Zanzibar and Muslim areas. On the beach and within the confines of beach hotels, normal swimwear (but no nudity) is acceptable.

Many Tanzanians are quite happy with visitors taking their picture. However, always ask permission first. Not only is it universally polite, but some ethnic groups in Tanzania believe that the flash of a camera will steal your soul. 

The system of public transport in Dar Es Salaam is good making travelling around Dar Es Salaam a relatively simple process. However one of the main problems associated with the city is traffic problems during rush hour which can make travelling around Dar Es Salaam extremely tiring.

TAXI

Taxis are the most expensive form of moving around the city; however with Uber and other car sharing companies opening in the city; prices are starting to fall. Taxis do not have meters and fares should be discussed beforehand. What you can do is ask for the price and then bargain your way to a better price. It is all about bargain in Dar es Salaam.

Don’t forget we can organise airport transfers with our trusted drivers at a set rate. This includes airport transfers.

DALLA DALLA

Dalla Dallas are privately owned minibuses which travel along set routes and are the main mode of public transport in Dar Es Salaam.

This is the cheapest way to travel but on comfort level, not so much especially during the peak hours of the day where there are a lot of people on route. First and last stops are shown in the front window, but routes vary, so confirm with the conductor that the driver is going to your destination.

 DART

The Dar Rapid Transit (DART) project in Dar es Salaam is gradually taking over old dalla-dalla routes. The Kimara–Kivukoni line of the new system runs express buses between the city centre and Ubungo (Tsh650, about 20 minutes), stopping en route at both Ubungo Bus Terminal and Ubungo-Sheikilango, and in the city centre at Kisutu St, Old Posta Transport Stand and Kivukoni. Purchase your ticket at any station in advance of boarding.

If the DART is handy for your destination we would definitely recommend taking over a dalla dalla.

public transport in Dar Es Salaam

 FERRY

The passenger and vehicle Kigamboni Ferry operates daily from early morning until late evening between Kivukoni Front and Kigamboni, just across the channel, and the gateway to Dar es Salaam’s southern beaches and especially to us at Kipepeo.

There is now a bridge which takes you to the city – but we still prefer the ferry.

 BAJAJ

Another recent addition to the transportation in Dar es Salaam is the bajaji. These are motorised tricycles known as Tuk Tuks in south east Asia. Although now not allowed in the city centre you will see them travelling all over Dar Es Salaam. They offer you the flexibility of a taxi but at a significantly lower price.

Purchasing your visa upon arrival is standard.

The tourist visa is valid for 90 days and the cost is $50 for foreigners, $100 for US citizens. That said, roughly 50 countries from around the world are exempt, including South Africa, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brazil. For the full list of exemptions, please go here.

For those in need of a visa, note that you’ll be given an entry form on the plane to fill in. When you land, an immigration officer will look over your passport and entry card, then ask about your accommodation and departure date, before sending you to the cashier’s window.

Once the cashier receives your passport and payment, you’ll be asked to wait in a designated area. After processing, they’ll call your name, return your passport (visa stamp in place), and provide you with a receipt. Your new tourist visa is good for one year, but you can only stay in the country for 90 days at a time.

There are no mandatory vaccinations for entering Tanzania. The only exception is proof of a yellow fever vaccination if you’re coming from a country with a known yellow fever epidemic.

That said, to ensure your health whilst travelling abroad you should have the following vaccinations: typhoid, TDP, varicella (unless you’ve had chicken pox), and Hepatitis A and B. If you’re an adventurous eater, you might want to add cholera to the list.

Tanzania is in a malaria zone, as shown in the map below. That said, malaria isn’t an issue in all parts of the country. But you might want to consider using anti-malaria medication. If so, please order enough to be able to continue taking them seven days after returning home.

All good accommodations where mosquitoes are an issue provide you with netting around your bed.

Finally, your doctor may recommend a rabies shot – a series of two doses over a four-week period – if you plan on caving or working with animals.

Insect repellent and sunscreen

Please bring enough insect repellent and sunscreen for the trip. You’re heading to a country just south of the Equator, and so it can get very hot. It’s not easy to find insect repellent and sunscreen in Tanzania and, when you do, they’re pricey.

Whilst on safari, you need to protect yourself from tsetse flies. These flies can transmit African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness. It’s best to wear light-colour clothing; tsetse flies are attracted to dark colours, especially shades of blue. Unfortunately products containing DEET usually don’t discourage tsetse flies from biting, so try to find a natural insect repellent containing eucalyptus oil.

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS). It’s illegal to purchase Tanzanian shillings outside of the country. Most tourist areas accept US dollars as payment (in fact, dollars are sometimes even preferred over the local currency). But please ensure your US dollars were issued after 2006, otherwise they won’t be accepted. Tipping in dollars is also welcomed.

There are ATMs in most cities and towns, but these can be unreliable. Don’t expect to find ATMs in national parks. There’s usually a withdrawal limit of TZS 400,000 (around $170) per transaction at ATMs, and please note that the withdrawal fee on foreign cards can be hefty.

If you want to exchange any Tanzanian shillings back into dollars at the end of your trip, this will need to be done before you leave the country.

The three international airports in Tanzania are in Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Zanzibar. There are many other airports, as well as airstrips, that one can use for travel within Tanzania.

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam

This airport is on the east coast. It’s the biggest airport and you may need to fly here and then catch a connection to one of the smaller ones. This airport makes the most sense if you’re heading to west, central or southern Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) near Arusha

JRO is just outside of Arusha, the main city of northern Tanzania. This is the ideal airport if you’re heading on a Northern Circuit safari or a Kilimanjaro climb. As you can see in the map below, it’s very close to Moshi, the closest town to Kilimanjaro National Park.

JRO is also the closest major airport to the large game reserves of the north like Serengeti National Park. That said, Tanzania is a big country and it will take a day to drive from JRO to the Serengeti, for instance, especially as much of the drive is on dirt roads that require four-wheel drive. You might like to consider flying to one of the various airstrips across northern Tanzania to reduce travel times.

Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar

If you’re heading to the Zanzibar archipelago, then you want to fly into ZNZ on Unguja Island. If you’re heading to Zanzibar from elsewhere in Tanzania, then you could also use Pemba Airport (PMA) depending on your planned itinerary.

Zanzibar is famous for its beautiful, warm-water beaches, unique cultural history, beautiful game parks and wildlife, and water sports. We find that many like to fly there from Kilimanjaro International Airport after having completed a Kili climb in order to relax and unwind after their epic trek.

Fly into Kenya and drive south

Note that you could also choose to fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya, and then drive southwards for 800 km to reach the Tanzania border. This works well for those wanting to visit both Kenya and Tanzania.

Note that if you’re going to visit more than one nation in the region, you’ll probably want to obtain an East African visa over just a Tanzanian visa.

Distance: 46.9KMTime: 1.5HR

Dar es salaam Region in Tanzania


Over the last century, Dar es Salaam has grown from a quiet Zaramo fishing village into a thriving tropical metropolis of over four million people. Straddling some of the most important sea routes in the world, it is East Africa’s second-busiest port and Tanzania’s commercial hub. Despite this, the city has managed to maintain a low-key, down-to-earth feel.


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Find all the transport options for your trip from Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater right here. We displays up to date schedules, route maps, journey times and estimated fares from relevant transport operators, ensuring you can make an informed decision about which option will suit you best.

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Things to do in Dar es salaam

There’s no better way to get to know Dar than on one of the tours offered by Serengeti trips. The tours, mostly conducted by bicycle, are a good mix of getting to know the city’s major historical landmarks and encounters with the locals. There’s even a tour dedicated to nightlife. It’s a terrific way to access Dar’s lively after-dark scene.

Tanzania’s capital in all but name, the city has some excellent museums, and they’re among the best things to do in Dar es Salaam. The biggest and best is the National Museum, which takes you on an intriguing journey through Tanzanian history. It begins with world-famous archaeological finds from Olduvai Gorge, then travels down through the slave trade and colonial era, and even houses former president Julius Nyerere’s Rolls-Royce. The Village Museum has reconstructed village scenes from all corners of the country, with live cultural performances and craftspeople at work to bring it all alive.

The Indian Ocean off Dar is an underrated destination for diving, snorkeling, and just escaping the city to sail around beautiful local islands such as Bongoyo, Pangavini and Mbudya. The Dar es Salaam Yacht Club runs sailing and fishing excursions, and, once back on shore, if you can take out a temporary membership you can use the club’s facilities, which include a swimming pool and a children’s playground.

Locals in Dar es Salaam love a day at the beach, and with balmy temperatures year-round, it’s always a good choice for when you’re in town. There are plenty to choose from, but Coco Beach, on the Msasani Peninsula north of town, is a real favorite. It offers the chance to mingle with locals enjoying the food stalls, wandering minstrels selling beer and coconuts, and live music. The beaches out on Bongoyo Island are quieter and just as worthwhile.

Kivukoni Fish Market is a real Dar experience, especially in the early morning when fisherfolk hawk their fish and other seafood to local restaurant and home chefs. It’s a fabulous experience, filled with local color, salespeople shouting to make themselves heard, and some rather pungent smells. Even if you’re not in the market for something to cook for dinner, you’ll love the experience. It’s one of the least touristy things to do in Dar es Salaam.

You’ll eat well in Dar es Salaam, and what locals crave more than anything is a street barbecue. Every evening queues form at aromatic Barbecue House, close to Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road. Here locals order chicken, beef or fish, served with naan bread and a choice of chilies, coconut chutney or tamarind sauce. It’s a similar deal at Mamboz Corner, where Morogoro Road meets Libya Street, with Zanzibari marinades a highlight. Four times a year, the Nyama Choma Festival (Swahili for grilled meats) takes over Tunisia Road with barbecue cook-offs and live entertainment.

Dar-es-salaam Travel Guide

1. Life on the Water

From lounging at the beach to exploring scuba diving or deep sea fishing, you’ll want to take advantage of the city’s picturesque waterfront.

2. Traditional Culture

Experience the city’s rich culture at venues like the Makumbusho Village Museum, including dance and other performances.

3. Shopping

Find one-of-a-kind souvenirs at the Wonder Workshop, where disabled artisans create art out of recycled materials, or check out the lively markets.

4. Go on Safari

Enjoy the area’s spectacular wildlife with a safari to nearby Mikumi National Park, or a more extensive side trip to Selous Game Reserve.

5. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

The city is home to a thriving dining and nightlife scene, with live music and dance clubs a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Whilst not particularly beautiful to the eye it is vibrant and bustling with life. There are buzzing markets, colourful street stalls and an ever busy port.

Local culture of Dar es Salaam

In the harbour, huge steel cargo boats sit alongside wooden dhows with haphazard sails and produce spilling over the sides. Fishermen can be seen selling their day’s catch on the seafront, or walking along the streets passing glittering high rise buildings on one side and peddlers roasting cassava on the other.

Cosmopolitan architecture

There is a mixture of German, British, Arabic and Indian architecture, with cosmopolitan people everywhere, but underlying it all, Dar is a true Swahili city.

People idle away the time chatting, the pace of life is relaxed and the residents are friendly and welcoming to visitors. It is easy to while away an afternoon here, before continuing your journey to Tanzania’s parks and islands.

Tanzania is a country in East Africa located south of the equator, bordering the Indian Ocean and includes the Zanzibar Archipelago. It neighbours several countries, namely Kenya and Uganda in the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west, and Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi to the south. Because of its proximity to so many other excellent destinations, our Tanzania tours are packed with adventure. 

The city of Dar es Salaam is a year round destination that is visited by the travelers all throughout the year. 

Though the equatorial weather remains nearly the same throughout the year, it is believed that the best time to visit Dar es Salaam is during June to October, and mid-December to March which is the dry season.  For wildlife lovers, it is the best time to visit Dar es Salam as the weather remains cool and pleasant and you can witness wild beasts strolling in the lush green grassland. 

During the dry season that lasts from June to October, rainfall is rare so you can be mostly assured of clear, cloudless skies, lots of sunshine and sapphire blue Indian Ocean waters. 

National Museum & House of Culture

Opened in 1940 as a memorial to King George V, the national museum and house of culture takes you on a journey that displays Tanzania’s past. The museum houses ethnographic displays on traditional crafts, customs, ornaments, and musical instruments, as well as a small collection of vintage cars, including the Rolls Royce used by former president, Julius Nyerere.
 

National Museum & House of Culture

 
Opened in 1940 as a memorial to King George V, the national museum and house of culture takes you on a journey that displays Tanzania’s past. The museum houses ethnographic displays on traditional crafts, customs, ornaments, and musical instruments, as well as a small collection of vintage cars, including the Rolls Royce used by former president, Julius Nyerere.

Botanical Gardens

Established in 1983, botanical garden in Dar es Salaam is home to Horticultural Society. You can admire an enchanting mix of indigenous and exotic plants including purple bougainvillea, blue jacaranda, scarlet flame trees, and red hibiscus.
 
 

Mbudya Island

 
For those who are looking to escape the busy street life, Mbudya Island in Dar es Salaam is popular tourist attraction in Tanzania that is visited by people from all walks of life. Mbudya Island is the perfect place to go in Dar es Salaam for a relaxing respite of beautiful beaches, clear waters, and amazing seafood.

The best safari in Tanzania depends on what you want to see and do. There are various safari experiences, of which the Great Migration is the most famous. However, the Great Migration is a journey and does not take place in one single setting. Therefore, when and where you go in Tanzania will determine whether you get to see this annual spectacle.

But even when the Great Migration is not passing through Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, you can still enjoy spectacular year-round Big 5 safaris. Destinations like the Ngorongoro Crater are filled to the brim with a wide variety of wildlife for exciting sightings. Furthermore, a Tanzania tour pairs well with a beach getaway in Zanzibar Archipelago, gorilla trekking in Rwanda, or any of Africa’s star destinations. Our Travel Experts can recommend the best time, duration, destinations and experiences personalised to your needs and wants.