Dar es-Salaam, the largest city and former capital of Tanzania is located on the East African natural harbour – the Swahili coast, with sandy beaches in some areas. The city gets its name from Arabic; romanized “D?r as-Sal?ma” which means “Place of Peace”. It is East Africa's largest city, as well as the leading arrival and departure point for most tourists visiting Tanzania, the national and safari parks, as well as the Islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. Our trained tour specialists, ground handlers, private concierges, city guides and support team will hand pick and organize your Dar es Salaam city tours.

From a small fishing village, Dar es Salaam is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and now a major city and commercial port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast, approximately 584km from Dodoma, Tanzania's capital. The city served as Tanzania's capital city until 1974, when the capital was transferred to Dodoma, and has remained a focus of central government bureaucracy since 2018. Book a day excursion Dar es Salaam city tour with us, we'll take & show you the major attractions & participate with you in the top day activities.

Attractions & Activities |Things to do in Dar es-Salaam

This important economic centre boasts of many attractions including; the National Museum and House of Culture, Bongoyo Island, Mbudya Island, Askari Monument, Dar es salaam Zoo, Dar es salaam war cemetery, Kariakoo Market, St. Joseph Cathedral, Azania Front Church, Masjid Maamur, Coco Beach, Village Museum and Kigamboni Bridge, among others. Also, known for its beaches, islands, seafood and music, Dar es-Salaam is filled with a variety of activities for every type of guest. Here are Trafeka’s 5 of the best things to see and do while visiting the City of Peace.

1. Mbudya Island

If you are looking to escape the busy city for a day, Mbudya Island is the perfect place to go to unwind – there you will find beautiful beaches, clear waters and amazing seafood. Our trained tour specialists, ground handlers and private concierges team will hand pick and organize you a trip to Mbudya Island. 

2. Kivukoni Fish Market

For an authentic experience in Dar es Salaam, the Kivukoni Fish Market is the place to go. It’s a great chance to witness the combination of cultures and business in a traditional Tanzanian setting. You can also catch some excellent photos of fishers unloading their wares along the docks. Let us visit Kivukoni Market with you, you'll enjoy a memorable tour experience.

3. Coco Beach

Also known as Oyster Bay, this beach is located right on the Msasani Peninsula. You will find plenty of tasty street food snacks served here, as well as an occasional concert. Our trained team will go through your tour requirements and special requests, to create you the perfect itinerary, which will include; live music, beach parties and other city events. The area's nightlife is something else to look out for.

4. Askari Monument

Askari Monument was unveiled in 1927 as one of three statues displayed throughout former British Africa, depicting an Askari soldier in WWI uniform with his bayonet pointing towards the harbour. The statue serves as a reminder to honour those who fought in the British Carrier Corps. You will find this figure at the centre of the roundabout between Samora Avenue and Maktaba Street, allegedly marking the exact centre of downtown Dar. 

5. Village Museum

Established in 1996, the museum located about six miles north of the city centre showcases over a dozen different types of traditional Tanzanian huts, a good place to learn more about rural Tanzania’s customs and traditions. The museum is also interactive as you can enter and explore the huts. There are also dance and music performances available for an extra price. 

Accommodation: Where to stay in Dar es Salaam

Are you looking for places to stay in Dar es-Salaam? Contact us. We are available 24/7 to help travellers make their travel more enjoyable with our concierge and personal assistance. Book hotel accommodation with us and enjoy great discounts, with available options for luxury, business, family and honeymoon friendly hotels.

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