What to do in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is the biggest and most populated city of Tanzania. Although it’s the economical center, it’s not very touristic. But if you are travelling to Zanzibar, chances are you will fly in Dar es Salaam as it has the main international airport. So make the best out of your quick stop in the city, here is what to do in Dar es Salaam!

Village museum

Entrance fee: 3€ including dance

Opening times: 9:00 – 18:00 daily

This open air museum showcases the different arquitecture of the homesteads of different tribes from Tanzania. It is very interesting, a way to visit the different cultures of the country in one same place. If you are interested in the way tribes used to live, and how many still live now a days, this is a good place to visit. To top it up, you will get show of a traditional dance where they sing with passion!

Tip: take your student card for discount!

 

Coco beach

This beach located in Oyster bay is a great appetizer before you get to the paradisiac beaches of Zanzibar. There are not that many touristic beaches in Dar es Salaam, Coco beach is one of the few and it’s located not too far from the city center. There’s many restuarantes and bars around to spend the day in the area.

 

Kariakoo market

Entrance fee: free

Opening times: 06:00 – 21:00 aprox.

This very busy market is the biggest in Dar es Salaam. You can find all kind of this here, from fruits and vegetables to electronics and clothes and everything in between. The opening times are a bit flexible, it depends on the demand. As long as there’s people around, it will remain open. Be careful with your belongings and don’t bring expensive items with you, there are pickpockets in this area.

 

Akemi revolving restaurant

Entrance fee: free

Opening times: 11:00 – 23:00 daily

One of the tallest buildings of Dar es Salaam hosts this restaurant on the top floor, the only revolving restaurant of Tanzania. You can go there for a fancy dinner, or for a more relaxed meal or drinks at the bar. It’s perfect to come for the sunset, but the views are stunning any time of the day!

Tip: happy hours Monday- Friday 5-7pm

 

National Museum

Entrance fee: 2’5€

Opening times: 09:30 – 18:00 daily

The highlight of the museum is a bone from the nutcracker man, zinjantrhopus. In this museum you can learn about the history of Tanzania, the slave trade that occured in the country and the colonization of Germany and Great Bretain. An intresting walk around the culture and past of Tanzania.

 


 

Dar es Salaam is busy and full of life, plenty of options for restaurants, markets and shopping malls. We hope you enjoy your visit to Tanzania’s biggest city!

Where we stayed  (awesome wifi + free breakfast!!): Chealsea hotel

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