Weekend in Dar-es-salaam I What to do?


Hello and welcome!

What are your tips to make the most of your weekend in Dar es Salaam?
What are the places to visit, whether alone, as a couple, with friends or with family? Are there any activities, exhibitions, events that you particularly recommend? What are the organised festivals?

To talk more specifically about your experience, what do you do during the weekends in Dar es Salaam?
Share with us your good plans, your habits and desires for outings.

Thank you in advance for your answers and good discussion! 

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  1. 10 Family-Fun Weekend Activities In Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

    Although the week will keep your family busy with school, work and settling into life in a new place, when the weekend comes, it can be a great time to explore the beauty that Dar es Salaam has to offer. 


    Tanzania is known for its breathtaking landscape and diverse animal population. According to the Tanzanian Tourist Board, Tanzania has more wild animals per square kilometer than any other country in Africa, why not take a trip into the wild with a local safari? 


    With regards to the same source, Tanzania also contains more surface water than any other country, which is perfect if your family enjoys a beautiful beach day. Dar es Salaam is no exception to what you would expect in Tanzania’s largest city. Dar, known for its beautiful harbor and nearby beaches, also has a rich history. If you wander the downtown core, you will be surrounded by museums, historical landmarks and countless restaurants as this is an urban hub. 


    There is lots of exploring to be done, but we wanted to give you a clear and easy-to-follow list of 10 fun things to do in Dar es Salaam, so you and your family can get right into experiencing your new home. 


    1. Hiking At Udzungwa Mountains National Park 

    A butterfly relaxing on a leaf

    Udzungwa Mountains National Park offers beautiful walks through the thick, green forest bordered by breathtaking waterfalls. One of the most popular hikes is the 170-meter Sanje Waterfall hike, but prepare lots of snacks and water as this will take half a day to complete. To make this walk even more remarkable, monkeys, rare birds and beautiful butterflies frequently make appearances along the trail.  


    2. Explore The Authentic And Tribal Homes At The Village Museum 

    With a more hands-on approach, the Village Museum offers families a glimpse at traditional Tanzanian homes. Each home contains historical items, and villagers show guests how to weave, make pottery and do carvings, an irreplaceable experience for any family. 


    3. Have Some Fun In Fun City 

    Fun City is an amusement park, which offers attractions to please the whole family. Whether it’s adventuring through the dry park, full of roller coasters and Ferris wheels, or cooling off while racing down a water slide or challenging your family members to a game of basketball, your day will fly by at Fun City. 


    4. Cool Off At Kunduchi Wet-N-Wild Water Park

    Colorful waterslides at wet-n-wild water park

    It’s no secret that Dar es Salaam’s heat is sweltering. Cool off and have a family fun day at Kunduchi Wet-n-Wild Water Park. This is the largest water park in East and Central Africa, so there are lots of play areas, slides and pools for you and your children to explore.


    5. Spend A Day In The Sun At Kigamboni Beach 

    On the topic of cooling down in the rather hot city of Dar es Salaam, why not take your family to the picturesque Kigamboni Beach? Lay back in the soft, white sand with a book under an umbrella, while you watch your children frolic in the water. Kigamboni Beach is also a great place for authentic and delicious street food.


    6. Learn How To Sail Dar Es Salaam Yacht Club 

    The Dar es Salaam Yacht Club is one of the best places in the world to learn how to sail. To become a member, you have to be a watersport enthusiast – be it sailing, fishing, kayaking or diving. Once you and your family are members, you have access to beautiful, exclusive beaches. Many families you meet in the school community will also be members of the club and spend a lot of time here, which will be an outstanding way to make connections!


    7. Explore Africa’s Wildlife On A Safari 

    A safari truck driving through the jungle

    Why not take full advantage of being in this part of the world and go on a safari? These are an exceptional way for you and your family to completely immerse yourselves in the wild and see these beautiful, wild animals in their natural habitat. Take a trip to Mikumi, Selous or Serengeti National Parks to experience the most amazing safaris! 


     8. Get A Taste Of Home At Zuane 

    Moving to a new home in a new country can be scary for everyone in the family. What better way to feel at home than with delightful comfort food, specifically a delicious plate of pasta or pizza! Zuane also offers a family-friendly atmosphere with a playground outside so the little ones can get their energy out while you wait for the food to arrive. 


    9. Explore The Breathtaking And Historical Zanzibar

    Two sailboats sailing around ZanzibarA short plane or ferry trip away, Zanzibar is a tropical paradise and makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Known for its soft, white sand and turquoise water, Zanzibar is worth the trip and a must-see now that you’re in Dar es Salaam. 


    10. Bounce

    For the adventurous, active family types with kids who have a lot of energy, Bounce is for you. You can spend the day getting exercise, flying through the air as you test out which trampoline is the bounciest. This place is surprisingly tiring so remember to bring refreshments and snacks for once you’re all done. 

    These are just 10 suggestions of family-fun activities for the weekend, but there are so many things to do. An excellent way to find more is to ask around and see what other families have experienced. Get involved at your child’s school and see what makes Dar es Salaam home for other families and faculty. 

    Still trying to figure out what school to enroll your children in? We have created an eBook that helps make this ominous process a little less daunting. 

    Dar es Salaam is a great place to call home, you just have to take the time to explore. 

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