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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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Dar Downtown Suites
"… safe and secure area in the heart of downtown Dar-Es-Salaam. This location is city center. It is a 10 minutes drive to downtown Dar. Ilala is commonly referred to as 'Downtown Dar', where much of the commerce, banking, and national offices are located. Lots of sightseeing and places to visit are in close proximity to Dar Downtown Suites. Our dorm rooms are spacious and clean and equipped with comfortable doubledecker beds....
Mbezi Beach Villa - Luxury Suites
"… Suites Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: 24 hours before arrival. Check in from 13:00. Check out before 12:00. Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes included. Breakfast not included. General: No curfew. Non smoking. No smoking or Illegal drugs allowed in the premises. No pets allowed. All payments onsite in Tanzanian Shillings only. Three daily meals can be catered if requested early. Please...
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!" … "… neighborhood. With our large garden and community areas we offer a relaxed place to recover after a hectic and hot day...
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Kipepeo Beach Camp
"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 staff friendly, and the beach was that perfect blue. Unfortunately, when we were there, there were tons of blue bottles (small stinging jellyfish)." … "Really great chilled place on the beach, will be heading back...
Safari Inn Ltd
"Travel Warning to future Travelers - I am a young, female student researcher from Canada and was spending one week alone in Tanzania on transit before meeting my partner in South Africa. I arrived back from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam and needed to stay one night in Safari Inn before taking my early morning flight. I was approached by a taxi driver telling me that he could take me in the morning. I am usually cautious but was receptive to him...
"… trampoline 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...
"… for sitting and resting. Here breakfast and dinner are served and people sit and talk enjoying the cool ocean breeze. 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. There are two bedrooms in the house with an adjoining living room which can also be used by the guests. The bedrooms with their king...
Mara Courtyard Lodge
"… guarantee a good night sleep in this tropical Africa. The large size bedrooms have a sofa, TV, phone, a king size bed, coffee table, working station, balcony facing the garden. The balcony has two chairs made in a traditional style. If you are tired you can go out to your room verandah where you will find traditional local African arm locking chairs. Mara Courtyard Lodge's Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy:...
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...
"… our customers. We aims to provide the best level of service to all its customers whether local or from abroad. Our hotel has a welcoming atmosphere and customers are provided with all information they might require 24 hours a day to make their travel as comfortable and convenient as possible. We have paid Wifi Facility in the rooms you can request at the reception for the paid code. We also provide a taxi service 24 hours...
"… 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...
Tanzanite Executive Suites
"… Executive Suites offer 64 contemporary guestrooms and suites,with spectacular views over the city centre of Dar es salaam. All rooms include complimentary wireless internet access, a safe that is large enough to hold a laptop,mini fridge,satellite T.V,air conditioning,tea 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...
"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."...
Hotel JB Belmont Dar-Es Salaam
"… with your reservation we require valid credit card. The remaining amount of the reservation will be preauthorized and charged on arrival date of the booking by Travelmed Hotels Group. For non valid credit cards you will receive an e-mail notification. We require your reply and valid credit card details within 3 working days. If you do not provide valid credit card details within 3 working days your booking may be cancelled as a...
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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