Hostels in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Get to know Dar es Salaam (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dar es Salaam. To help you make friends with Dar es Salaam before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

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.

Written by local enthusiast for Dar es Salaam hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Dar es Salaam hostels Jake

FAQ about Dar es Salaam Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Dar es Salaam. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Dar es Salaam. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Dar es Salaam costs on average $20 for a dorm. A hostel in Dar es Salaam with private rooms costs on average $33.
Hostelz.com shows all 7 Hostels in Dar es Salaam. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
JJ&JE Family House is the best hostel in Dar es Salaam for families.
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  • 21 hotels
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Dar es Salaam.

The Slow Leopard Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Dar es Salaam.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Dar es Salaam

Your Packing List for Dar es Salaam

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Dar es Salaam and Tanzania.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Dar es Salaam Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Dar es Salaam, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
7 Total number of hostels
$20 Average dorm price
$33 Average private room price
$12 Cheapest hostel in Dar es Salaam
JJ&JE Family House is the cheapest
3 Party hostels in Dar es Salaam
The Slow Leopard Hostel is the best rated
6.9 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Dar es Salaam - from the Community

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