Dar Es Salaam Guide

Dar es Salaam Tanzania known previously as Mizizma is the former capital and the most populated city in Tanzania. Located on the Swahili coast the city is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. 

 

Not to be confused with the closely named Dar el salaam in Morocco this Tanzanian city can not be considered anything less than historic shifting from one ruling body to the other through world war one without losing its very own sense of identity through it all. 

 

The city is an economic and central hub and an essential pitstop in your tour of Tanzania. 

Brief about Dar Es Salaam City

 

The city consists of 5 districts each holding the ever growing population. The five districts are lalla, Kinodini, Temeke, Kigamboni, and Ubungo with Temeke acting as a industrial district of the city located in the east and housing the most of the Dar el salaam Populus  WIth beautiful tropical weather, an ever-growing warm and welcoming community and a thriving industrial sector  Temeke is on its way to greatness.

Climate & Best Time

 

Due to the city's proximity to the Equator and warm Indian ocean, the city enjoys an extremely tropical climate with hot and humid weather throughout the year. The city has a dry season and two rainy seasons. 

 

The dry season lasts from June to October. It is when rainfall is rare and the skies are clear and cloudless with lots of sunshine. 

 

The city experiences two rainy seasons. The long one lasts from April to May whereas the short one starts in November and ends in December. 

 

During the long rainy season, the city experiences heavy showers in the morning and opening up in the afternoon with gray clouds. 

 

The best time to visit Dar Es Salaam is throughout the whole year. It welcomes visitors all year around, as the dry and wet seasons offer wildlife lovers a chance to witness the Great Migration in the Serengeti.

Things to Do in Dar Es Salaam

 

1- St Joseph’s Cathedral

 

The gothic style Roman Cathedral church is residence to the Archbishop of Dar es Salaam. Note that the English mass is available on Sundays at 8:30 am and 11:00 am. Stop by this time to hear the choir and witness the amazing architecture. 

 

2- Mbudya Island

 

Mbudya Island is an excellent way for visitors to enjoy the tranquility and escape the bustling city for a day trip. It is a rewarding experience to relax on the beautiful beaches, clear waters and magnificent seafood. 

 

You can access the island through taking a short boat ride from many points along Dar es Salaam's harbour. 

 

Snorkeling and cabanas are available with an affordable price. Another option is that you can bring your own equipment for a day of rest.  

 

3- Kivukoni Fish Market

 

The Kivukoni Fish Market is a great place for those who look for an authentic Dar es Salaam experience. Explore the combined business and cultures in a conventional Tanzanian setting. Take some amazing shoots of fishers while unloading their wares along the docks. 

 

4- Coco Beach

 

Known as Oyster Bay, Coco beach is great for having tasty street food snacks, besides an occasional concert. It is located right on the Msasani Peninsula. 

 

5- Mwenge Woodcarvers Market

 

You cannot go to Dar es Salaam without buying souvenirs for friends and family. Mwenge Woodcarvers Market displays various open-air stalls that sell a plenty of products. The market is marked by its sculptures and wood carvings. 

 

Note: Take a look at more than one place before buying to know your options and try to bargain. 

6- National Museum and House of Culture

 

The National Museum and House of Culture is for culture enthusiasts who look for an educational experience. The museum displays a range of pieces, from bones and fossils to statues and carvings. It also has a great collection of cars which belonged to Tanzania’s first president.

 

7- Udzungwa Mountains National Park

 

Located five hours north of Dar es Salaam, Udzungwa Mountains National Park is a perfect example for the adventurous travelers making a great weekend trip for hiking and discovering the wilderness.. The park has amazing views and local guides to help visitors. 

 

8- Village Museum

 

Showcasing over a dozen of various types of traditional Tanzanian huts, the museum is a great interactive experience to learn more about rural Tanzania’s customs and traditions. Established in 1996, the museum is located approximately six miles north of the city centre. You can also enjoy dance and music performances, but for an extra price.  

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