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Dar es Salaam is a lively, dusty African city.

Whilst not particularly beautiful to the eye it is vibrant and bustling with life. There are buzzing markets, colourful street stalls and an ever busy port.

Local culture of Dar es Salaam

In the harbour, huge steel cargo boats sit alongside wooden dhows with haphazard sails and produce spilling over the sides. Fishermen can be seen selling their day's catch on the seafront, or walking along the streets passing glittering high rise buildings on one side and peddlers roasting cassava on the other.

Cosmopolitan architecture

There is a mixture of German, British, Arabic and Indian architecture, with cosmopolitan people everywhere, but underlying it all, Dar is a true Swahili city.

People idle away the time chatting, the pace of life is relaxed and the residents are friendly and welcoming to visitors. It is easy to while away an afternoon here, before continuing your journey to Tanzania's parks and islands.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Dar es Salaam

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Dar es Salaam, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Dar es Salaam

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    Places near Dar es Salaam

    Accommodation choices for Dar es Salaam

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Dar es Salaam. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam City

      Southern Sun Dar es Salaam


      The Southern Sun Dar es Salaam is an international-style hotel with good facilities. Whilst not an exciting hotel with lots of character, it is ideally situated in Dar and has friendly staff and good food.

    • Suite, Oyster Bay Hotel

      Oyster Bay Hotel


      The perfect place to wash off the dust after a safari or to relax and recover after an overnight flight. This is arguably one of the best small hotels in Dar es Salaam. The food is wonderful, the pool cool and inviting.