Historical Passages through Dar es Salaam

The small fishing village of Mzizima has all but disappeared apart from the remnants that remain on the waterfront. Here, visitors will see dhows docked after a day at sea and fisherman bartering with street vendors. The rest of Dar es Salaam is steadily being thrust into the modern era, fuelled by its title as the country’s capital city for commerce and culture.

Dar es Salaam offers an array of accommodation options for every type of traveller and every type of budget. While the city has strong Indian, Arabic, and African influences and descendants, ethnic and international cuisine is on offer all over. Visitors can take a tour at a number of the museums or visit the trendy and affluent Oyster Bay district where Dar es Salaam’s most beautiful beach can be found.

Most international flights arrive in Dar es Salaam and as a result it serves as the gateway to Tanzania’s biggest attractions. These include the fabled Serengeti—home to the Great Migration, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the preserved wilderness and abundant wildlife of southern Tanzania and the turquoise splendour of Zanzibar to name but a few. A stopover in the city for a night or two will not disappoint.


  • Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s commerce and culture capital 
  • The city acts as a gateway to the country’s natural wonders such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area further inland and the Zanzibar islands
  • Julius Nyerere International Airport is half an hour from Dar es Salaam
  • The city has a vibrant nightlife, array of restaurants, a number of museums, and beaches
  • The perfect stopover to your Tanzanian adventure
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