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About Dar es Salaam
Warm blue water, easygoing people and warm weather always make for a great vacation and escape from the hassles of everyday life -- all three come in abundance in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It is somewhat of an anomaly in today’s world, largely untouched compared to the U.S. and Europe, and rich with natural resources and beauty. Travel north from your Dar es Salaam hostel and climb Kilimanjaro or go on a safari through the Ngorogoro Crater, both of which actually call Tanzania home (a common misconception is that these are located in Kenya).
As this is a former German colony, you'll note that the Germans left behind one of their famous trademarks -- how to brew beer. Nothing is better on a hot day than a bottle of Serengeti or Safari lager, and the best thing is that a bottle is half a liter as opposed to the normal sizes you find in the U.S. and Europe.
Without a doubt if you are traveling through the country you will need to land in Dar es Salaam, which means “haven of peace.” Lined by the Indian Ocean, Dar boasts great Indian and local cuisine, or chakula in Swahili. And local giant Azam boasts the best ice cream you'll ever have, which is perfect, considering the intense heat you will encounter.
Although there is not much to see in Dar, there are a couple of islands that have been designated natural reserves that are only a few minutes away by car. First is Bongoyo Island, which lies off the Msani Peninsula. Often referred to simply as “Peninsula,” the area is home to many of the nightspots and upscale residences, with the area serving as a home to many foreign ambassadors.
You can take a ferry from Slipway to the island, where you will be greeted by sandy beaches, clear blue water, and fisherman asking you what kind of seafood you would like them to catch for your lunch. There is literally nowhere on the planet that serves seafood that fresh. Of course if you would like to stick to the basics, chicken and chips (or chipsis as they’re called by Tanzanians), are options.
If you’re looking for a similar but less expensive and less crowded experience, a well-known option that is more popular among the non-tourist population is Mbudya. You have to drive about thirty minutes from central Dar, but it is amazing with water that is different shades of blue.
With a renewed focus on tourism, Tanzania’s many sights should only become more elegant, accessible, and widely known. Therefore if you want to take advantage of one of Africa’s best kept secrets, learn some Swahili and start living hakuna matata.
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Friendly Gecko Guesthouse
"My new favorite place to stay in Dar es Salaam, if not Africa - Very clean rooms, seriously cheap accommodations, all proceeds go to assist a local orphanage. What more could you ask? How about a beach a mile away and an excellent staff in a safe and secure gated home. I will go back soon. You should too!" … "… you have questions, need information or support, there is always assistance by our managers on site. We want to offer...
Mbezi Beach Home Rental
"… and cutlery. To make your stay complete the apartment has a TV for local channels, a safe for storage of your valuables and wireless modern which, however, requires tenants to buy their own recharge vouchers. Mbezi Beach Home Rental is located 15km from the city centre in the mbezi beach suburb of Dar es salaam adjacent to a housing estate of the Central Bank of Tanzania. Being ½ km from the beach it enjoys the cool breeze of...
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Kipepeo Beach Camp
"Really great chilled place on the beach, will be heading back soon! Check out the place a little further along the beach, far less busy, less touristy but run by some great guys -- been a while since I was there." … "We stayed at Kipepeo in March '06 and had a really good time there. The rooms ranged from spartan beach huts and room for your tent all the way to luxury cabins with hammock strewn balconies. The food was excellent, the...
"… and a BBQ stove. Alemap house's close proximity to the supermarkets like Shopas plaza, baraka plaza, Mlimani city mall, new world cinema, a variety of local fast-food, up-market restaurants, cine club and mbalamwezi beach which makes Alemap house a very convenient place to stay while in Dar es salaam. Other services offered at a fee include: Airport transfers, Car/Van rental, Laundry Longer rental rates negotiable....
"… for sitting and resting. Here breakfast and dinner are served and people sit and talk enjoying the cool ocean breeze. There is also a permanent tent with room for two. Enjoy your breakfast with milk, tea or coffee and local culinary delights and the evening meals with Ugali, rice, sweet potatoes, beans, local vegetables and fresh tropical fruits. On request: Guided tours to Bagamoyo, Dar City - Batik workshop Please note :...
Safari Inn Ltd
"… being on cleanliness and providing good service at competitive price for the traveler has become a motto. Total Rooms 40 The hotel has 40 rooms, 15 Single, 25 Twin/Double of which 10 are air-conditioned. All rooms have en-suite bathroom (hot water facility), in-room telephone and international call facility through reception. The rooms are small and basic with no frills, emphasis being on cleanliness and providing good service at a...
Transit Motel Ukonga
"Situated just five minutes drive from the Dar Es Salaam's J. Nyerere International Airport (Google map), Transit Ukonga offers you a personalized services while you're on transit to/from Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Mikumi, Selous or other places in Tanzania Transfers to/from the Airport and Zanzibar Ferry can be arranged upon request Our air-conditioned rooms are spacious and comfortable, fitted with Telephones, TVs, private toilets and...
"Felicia, our host was wonderful — a mother away from home. She was very welcoming and helped us to reorient ourselves after the calm of Zanzibar and the prospect of downtown Dar Es Salaam. Plus, and this is a big plus, she cooked us a wicked dinner and sat and chatted with us. Good value all round! The house is lovely — thoughtfully and lovingly redesigned and furnished. Kaya means home, Felicia told us, and it certainly was that." …...
Uplands Centre Hostel
"Uplands Centre Hostel is located at Changanyikeni area on Observation Hill, near to the University of Dar es Salaam (The Hill), opposite to the Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre (Takwimu). The high altitude compared to its surroundings enables it to enjoy the cool breezes of the Indian Ocean from the east. It has twenty-eight self-contained rooms with two beds each. We provide meals per order in our restaurant and, for your safety,...
Transit Motel Airport
"Really good rooms, convenient for late arrivals/early depatures - Clean and tidy, bar inside, friendly staff." … "Good services, excellent location - close to airport, which is ideal for early departures." … "… rooms are spacious and comfortable and have AC, Telephone, TV, private toilet and shower, and a reading desk. Wi-Fi is availabe free of charge any place within the building We arrange an Airport transfer for our...
New Bondeni Hotel
"New Bondeni Hotel is ideally located to suit the business needs, holiday makers and tourists visiting the country. There is a tour company in the hotel named Magomeni Tours & Car Hire which offers free tourist information and will help you make the most of your trip in Tanzania. All rooms have one double bed, which can accommodate 2 people. Other room facilities include a private toilet and shower, split air conditioner, TV, telephone and a...
"New Continental Hotel is located in the start of the city center having 48 net and clean rooms on bed and breakfast basis. our hotel is specially design for backpackers, business stopover, single traveler, medical students, and all kinds of the Traveler. we personally take care for all our clients and help them in all the ways they needed help. all the rooms in the hotel have mosquito net, hot and cold shower, Restaurant, internet cafe...
"… conveniently located just minutes from Dar es Salaams International and domestic airports in the heart of Tanzanias industrial and financial district. Our Accomondia Hotel is the perfect solution for corporate conferences for stays of one night or more. We pride ourselves in providing well maintained and managed suites and conference rooms, wireless internet, and two restaurants with 24 hour room service as well as airport...
"… Indian, Continental, Chinese, BBq, fast food and many other exotic dishes at economical prices. The ceilings and walls of the restaurant have been painted with natures wonders creating a unique atmosphere for our customers to dine and enjoy their lunch or dinner. The internet cafe is within the premises and is accessible 12 hours a day allowing you to be in contact whether for business of personal purposes. The mini mart within...
Tanzanite Executive Suites
"… coffee kettle,microwave,and toaster for the highest degree of comfort. All our guest enjoy complimentary access to our fitness center and may use the Jacuzzi and sauna. Tanzanite Executive Suites boost to be the best in terms of services provided.It has got a a total of 18 Studio rooms,all with King size bed for 2 people,18 Executive rooms,all with King size bed to assure a maximum relax,9 Deluxe suite (for 4 people, it has two...
"Transit Motel Airport provides clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation near Dar es Salaam's J Nyerere Airport. All our air-conditioned bed rooms have large queen size beds and twin beds, en-suite toilets and showers, remote controlled TVs, and mosquito nets A fully air-conditioned breakfast room is open from very early morning to cater for the early departures, offering continental buffet breakfast which is included in the room's...
Tiffany Diamond Hotel
"Tiffany Diamond Hotel is newly opened 3 star Hotel , located at the heart of Dar es salaam city. The Hotel offer 74 guest rooms with wonderful views of the Indian ocean. All rooms is fitted with all the amenities required by both business man / women and tourist, such as High speed free Wifi, Flat screen satellite T.V, Mini fridge, Safe deposit which is big enough to hold a lap top, Private en suite, Fully A/C , Hot shower, Reading table and...
"We have eight rooms, some double, some triple. The hotel also boasts a lovely garden with sizable pool for relaxing. Our restaurant and cocktail bar provide meals, snacks and a variety of drinks. We aim to give all of our guests a relaxing time. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a bath or shower. You can enjoy garden view from the room."...
Dar es Salaam Travel Tips & Suggestions
I recommend Mikadi Beach -- close to town, good food, clean and hot showers. You are also close to the Zanzibar Ferry.
It's brilliant, but hot, hot, hot!
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