Experience the true essence of Tanzania in the multicultural city, Dar-es-Salaam. Of course, the focus of every tourist in Africa would be a Safari or a beach holiday in Zanzibar. However, if you choose to travel to Tanzania, be sure to stop over a couple of days in Dar-es-salaam. It is an exceptional place with a combination of both the hustle and bustle of a city and the beauty of the Indian Ocean.
The best way to get to Dar-es-Salaam from Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar would be by flight, if you are looking to save on time. Flights are also fairly affordable depending on the airline you choose to fly with.
As you plan your trip to Tanzania, here are the 3 MUST-DO’s in Dar-es-Salaam:
The local food in East Africa is something you may never find in any other part of the world. Our personal favorite is the famous sururu. Sururu is basically tiny pieces of beef meat and fat that are marinated, lined up on a stick and roasted. It is usually served with bread naan/chapati and some chilli sauce. Truly a local experience! You cannot afford to miss this.
Dar-es-Salaam has some of the most exciting shopping malls in Tanzania. Expect to find big malls with popular brands such as Mr. Price, Max, Skechers and much more. For those looking to do local shopping, you can find lots of shops in town selling curios and African wear at far cheaper prices than those sold at popular tourist spots like Zanzibar and Tarangire.
Sea food is very popular here because of the location of the city. It can be obtained fresh and in abundance. Many people’s favorite spots are slipway beach where you can get the most delicious garlic prawns at the Thai-Kani restaurant. Or even the very popular Cape Town Fish Market that is great for seafood, drinks, music and ambience.
Other than the above, there is much more that Dar-es-Salaam has to offer. However, it does get hot here so you may want to pack light clothing and comfortable shoes. The temperature rises to about 32 degrees Celsius on most days. The Dar Es Salaam summer lies between the months of November and February, after which the rainy season begins. The hot and humid conditions are great for going swimming. Just pack your sun-block lotion!