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Dar-es-salaam day tours | Weekend activities

Dar-es-salaam day tours | Weekend activities

Dar-es-salaam Day tours: While Dar es Salaam isn’t Tanzania’s official capital city, it is the country’s largest, with a busy and picturesque seaport, many cultural offerings and fine shopping and dining. Let a local guide take you on a private Dar es Salaam tour to show you the highlights of this tropical port city.

Stroll with your guide along the city’s waterfront, with its colourful assortment of colonial-era government buildings, street-side vendors and ageing boats. On a Sunday morning, you can listen to the singing spilling out of nearby St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Dar es Salaam’s National Museum houses an interesting collection of early human fossils, along with more recent moments in Tanzanian history. Your guide will help you bargain for a piece of local art at the Mwenge Art Market or sample some regional cuisine at the bustling Kariakoo Market.

Your guide is keen to show you their hometown, and will happily customize a private Dar es Salaam tour that suits your unique travel interests.

Dar-es-salaam Day Tours Map

Activities in Dar-es-salaam


The island of Mbudya lies north of Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, which is uninhabited and one of the four islands within the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve. This stunning island in the middle of the Indian Ocean feels like the Zanzibar of Dar Es Salaam. 

Things to do in Dar-es-salaam

Visiting The Tanzanite Experience Museum gives you a chance to delve deep into history. It is an exciting journey that leads you right into the heart of this precious gemstone. Through a guided tour, visitors understand why Tanzanite is not only so rare and sought after and learn all processes.

Things to do in Dar-es-salaam

Wet ‘n’ Wild is an entertainment and leisure complex (The Largest in East & Central Africa) offering a wide variety of activities spread over 6 acres of land. These include water slides, children’s water play systems, sports grounds, restaurants, Go-karts & a quad bike track & water sports.

Arusha transfers to Bagamoyo

The town of Bagamoyo is a home to world class Historical sites and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with rich cultural heritage waiting you to explore. This town was once a most important trading port along the East African Coast and a German East Africa Capital. 


Just on the outskirts of the city, on the road to Bagamoyo, 45 minutes drive from the City Centre, is a lively African artisan market commonly referred to as the Mwenge Carvers’ Market. Established in 1984, the centre has grown to house members of the Tanzanian Carvers’ Association. 


The Dar es Salaam National Museum is located in Shabban Robert Street, next to the botanical gardens. Established in 1934 and open to the public since 1940, it was originally a memorial museum dedicated to King George V; one of the cars of the King is still on display

Bongoyo Island in Dar-es-salaam

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, is located right along the Indian Ocean, and while you can go to beaches at places in town like Coco Beach, it’s not really recommended to swim there (and not always the safest).So one of the closest swimming beaches, which happens to be an island, is Bongoyo Island. 

Dar-es-salaam transfers to Mikumi

Mikumi is Tanzania’s fourth-largest national park. It’s also the most accessible from Dar es Salaam. With almost guaranteed wildlife sightings, it makes an ideal safari destination for those without much time. Since the completion of the paved road connecting the park gate with Dar es Salaam.


Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. The only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast for an Indian Ocean beachfront, it as well possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands very popular with European sun-worshipers. 

Dar-es-Salaam Tours FAQ

To see all of the attractions listed above without feeling rushed, allow at least three days in Dar es Salaam — or longer if you plan to spend more time on the surrounding islands. It’s also wise to make room for unexpected weather change when you’re planning your itinerary.

YES! There is no dress code in Tanzania hotels, and, practically, tourists may put on whatever they like, including shorts.

YES! But Do not walk about any city in Africa, this includes Tanzania and Zanzibar, after dark.  If you must go anywhere after dark get a taxi, and make arrangements for them to come and bring you back to your hotel when it is after dark. 

During the daytime it is typically no problem to walk about, just don’t have valuable things like cameras hung from your neck, or carrying a laptop, or wearing excessive obviously expensive jewelry, that would be foolish in any large city. And Dar es Salaam is a city of about 3 million people, many are good people, some are not.

Swahili and English are the national languages of TANZANIA.

YES! It still reflects the Arab, Africans and Indian cultures. You can walk down its historic streets, colonial-era mansions and stop for some shopping at exotic shops, squares and bazaars. I would say Dar-es-Salam is not a bad place to visit either.

230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are square 3-pin. If you are taking electric hair styling tools in any shape or form flatirons, curling irons, hairdryers etc. or any other electrical appliances, you should make sure they are dual voltage and remember to change the voltage if necessary when you get to TANZANIA or you can undoubtedly kiss them goodbye!

More about Tanzania Travel Guide:

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Discover the best day trips from Dar-es-salaam  or other Tanzania’s Cities. If you’re here as a family, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Tanzania with kids and find suitable accommodation such as Tanzania holiday apartments. Whether you’re looking for the best weekend breaks in Tanzania or planning a longer holiday in, you can be sure you’ll find all the information you need. 

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