As the gateway to Tanzania, this is the perfect starting point on your way to see Zanzibar, to go on safari or even to climb Mount Kilimanjaro...
Dar es Salaam flights arrive at Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR), known officially as Julius Nyerere International Airport. It is located six miles from the city centre and a taxi is the easiest way to reach it. Once in the city, the first thing visitors should do is wander around taking in the colonial and historic architecture. Dar es Salaam is the busy cultural and financial centre of Tanzania, so there is a lot to see including the bustling Kariakoo Market, the beautiful harbour and a number of museums.
For those staying in the Msasani Peninsula, it's just a 12 mile drive from the airport. From here it's possible to get a boat to the uninhabited island of Bongoyo, which is an ideal location to go snorkelling or just relax on the beach. To the north of Bongoyo is Mbudya Island, which is another stunning destination that is great for hikes as well as places to eat, drink and relax.
Visitors wanting to go further afield may be heading to Mount Kilimanjaro, to climb it or perhaps just stare in wonder.
Most visitors will also want to visit the Zanzibar archipelago, where they can explore the historic Stone Town on the main island, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Scuba diving is also very popular on Zanzibar.
Another major port of call is the historic town of Bagamoyo, which was once the capital of German East Africa and a very important trading post.
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The Tanzanian capital has limited direct flights from the UK, so using connecting services is going to be the best way to reach the city...
British Airways flies from Heathrow to the city via Doha in conjunctions with its partner Qatar Airways. You can also use Qatar to fly from Manchester and Edinburgh.
Emirates flies from several UK departure points via Dubai, Turkish Airlines via Istanbul, KLM via Amsterdam and Kenya Airways on its London service via Nairobi and onwards to its neighbouring capital. Ethiopian Airlines also offers a London service via its home base of Addis Ababa.
Find out how to get to and from the airport with our short guide...
Public transport can be a little hit and miss in Dar es Salaam and even taxis aren’t that reliable an option. If your hotel offers you a reasonably-priced – or even better, free – shuttle service then it would be wise to use this. Remind them a day or two before you travel that you’ll be waiting at the airport at the given time.
The airport taxi rank should be busy but negotiate a price before you travel and don’t get ripped off. You can expect to pay around 20,000 Tanzanian shilling (about £7) for a journey into the city centre, though you might be asked for much more.
Car hire in Dar es Salaam is another option. You can collect a pre-booked vehicle at the airport and then use your car to get to your resort or city destination. Use TravelSupermarket’s price-comparison tool to find low prices on car rental.
It’s a challenge to find your ideal spot in Dar es Salaam – beach or city? Island or mountain? The options are endless...
For many, Dar es Salaam is nothing more than a stopover destination, an interesting diversion on the way to or from the beaches on the island of Zanzibar, the safari lodges of outback Africa or the soaring peaks of the Tanzanian interior. Dust off the initial layer of chaos, though, and you’ll discover a city with beautiful colonial architecture and peaceful gardens. In the city itself you’ll find a wide range of hotels, from budget hotels with basic amenities to luxury hotels that reach for the sky.
Less than a 20-minute drive north of the hectic scenes of Dar, the downtown area of the city, you’ll unearth the tranquil resort hotels of the Msasani Peninsula, which include those in affluent Oyster Bay. International hotel brands compete for business here, offering guests ocean views, swimming pools, cocktail bars, a choice of restaurants and stylish, comfortable rooms. The proximity to the city makes this a great base for a dose of beach life interspersed with urban pleasures.
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