Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, Terminal 1
Highlights to explore
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city and commercial port on the country’s Indian Ocean coast. A former fishing village, the city’s name is derived from the Arabic language meaning ‘Haven of Peace’.
National Museum offers Tanzanian history exhibits, including the fossils of human ancestors found by anthropologist Louis Leakey.
Craftsmen create and sell masks, bone carvings, shields, spears and fabrics, plus Tingatinga-style paintings that utilize saturated colors, at the Mwenge woodcarvers’ market. At the northern end of the harbor is the buzzing Kivukoni fish market and auction where dhows, or sailboats, drop their daily catch. Dhows also cruise to the nearby islands of Bongoyo and Mbudya, whose uninhabited beaches and clear waters are part of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve. The city’s Kigamboni district offers white-sand beaches on the mainland.
1. Dar es salaam is warm year-round. Many travellers visit the city and nearby beaches during the drier months (July – Sept). Heat and humidity tend to be higher in Nov – Feb, ahead of the main rainy season (March – May)
2. The most common form of transport in Dar es salaam are the public buses called Daladala, which are often found at the bus terminals. However, there are motorcycles called Bodaboda used by most of the people as it allows them to get into the city faster compared to Daladala’s and taxi. The government has also introduced a bus rapid transport BRT or mwendo kasi in Kiswahili, the metro buses runs between Kimara to Kivukoni.
3. Dar es Salaam (and specifically the area of Oyster Bay) is home to the brightly coloured and tourist-oriented Tingatinga painting style. The Nyumba ya sanaa ("House of Art") is a cultural centre, workshop and shop dedicated to Tanzanian art, showcasing and promoting Tanzanian craftmanship
4. There are beaches on the Msasani peninsula north of Dar es Salaam and in Kigamboni to the south. Trips to the nearby islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve are a popular daytrip from the city and a spot for snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. Bongoyo Island can be reached by boat from the Msasani Slipway.