Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania. It boasts the second largest port in the Eastern Africa region and is the economic hub of the country. It is the transit town to the many tourist destinations in the country and it is leading in film, media, music, art, and fashion industries.
When visiting the country, you will most likely land at the Julius Nyerere International Airport where you can exchange your currency to Tanzania shillings before you head to your hotel. Here are the top 7 things you need to do in Dar es Salaam before you leave.
1. Visit Azam Marine and Coastal Fast Ferries
Once in Das es Salaam, just take a ferry ride to the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar to observe the wonderful coastal side of the city. This is an amazing way to begin your holiday.
The ferry ride is an experience you would never want to miss while in Dar es Salaam, and you can enjoy it more if you purchase a Royale ticket that will land you onto a VIP seat.
2. Go into the Village Museum
The Village Museum will give you an opportunity to experience traditional and cultural life in Tanzania. It is an open-air museum which showcases the local culture and the different types of houses that Tanzanians build.
3. Take a Walk along the Coco Beach
Coco Beach is in the Oysterbay area. It is a public beach worth a visit once you are in Das es Salaam. Though the beach can be dirty and overcrowded at times, it is the best place to spend your weekend if you like to relax by the seashore.
At the beach, there are several restaurants and cafes where you can have a taste of the local cuisine while viewing the sea.
4. Visit the Slipway Shopping Center
This center is a favorite destination for exploring and shopping. You can take a casual stroll around the mall, moving from one store to another to see what they have on offer.
When you get tired, you can go into one of the restaurants found here and enjoy a cold drink with some sumptuous lunch.
5. Nyama Choma
Nyama choma is a Swahili word which means barbecued meat. There’s no better place to enjoy this than the city’s local restaurants. Your Dar es Salaam holidays tour can never be complete without a taste of nyama choma at Kwa Mfojo Nyama Choma or Mamboz Corner BBQ.
6. Visit Bongoyo Island and Indulge in water activities
Many Dar es Salaam safari tour packages include a visit to the Bongoyo Island. The island isn’t far from the city center and you will have to connect via a ferry boarded at the Slipway.
There are several water activities you can indulge in here including snorkeling and many more. If you feel hungry, you can enjoy grilled fish and chips at the shack on the beach.
7. High Spirit Lounge Bar
Dar es Salaam offers a pulsating nightlife. It boasts several clubs and bars where you can dance and drink throughout the night.
If you like to be the center of attraction, you can step onto the dance floor at the High Spirit Lounge Bar where disco lights will be shining on you as you while away the night.
To Wrap It Up
Dar es Salaam is one of the leading cities in Africa. The restaurants in this city offer delicious intercontinental and traditional dishes.
You can get around the city using trains, buses, and minibuses. It is best to visit the city from June to October because that is the dry season.