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Things to do in Dar es Salaam

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Dar es Salaam: City Tour

1. Dar es Salaam: City Tour

This tour of Dar es Salaam will take you to the National Museum, Village Museum, Mwenge Carvings Market, Tingatinga art Gallery, Slipway Shopping Centre, The Fish Market, City Centre, Historical Building, and many other sites. The name Dar es Salaam means "the house of peace" and is an exciting mix of sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. The largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its sophisticated contemporary present.  Learn about interesting facts of the city as well as some incredible historical sights that are all part of the adventure of the full-day tour.

Dar Es Salaam: Overnight Safari at Mikumi National Park

2. Dar Es Salaam: Overnight Safari at Mikumi National Park

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Enjoy breakfast that is served at the hotel of your choice and meet your driver-guide for an introduction and a short briefing. Collect your packed lunch and drive to Mikumi National Park for an afternoon game drive.  Mikumi National Park itself is nestled between Uluguru Mountain to the northeast, Udzungwa Mountains, and the Rift Valley escarpment to the southwest as part of the Selous ecosystem. This area offers the highest game density of the entire conservation area that lies west of Dar es Salaam City and 107 km from the nearest town named Morogoro located on the highway from Dar es Salaam to Zambia, covering an area of 3230 km².  Marvel at the big diversity of animals and observe lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and many more with different bird species. Have some lunch en route to the Park and enjoy afternoon game drives in the park till sunset. Savor dinner and have your overnight sleep at Camp Bastian.  Day 2: Mikumi National Park – Dar es Salaam Wake up and have some breakfast at the Camp, followed by early morning game drive in the Park. Discover animals on their morning moments searching their breakfast After a hot lunch served at the camp, you will drive back to Dar es Salaam and be dropped off at the hotel of your choice or the airport for your onward flight.

From Dar Es Salaam: Mikumi National Park 2 Nights and 3 Days

3. From Dar Es Salaam: Mikumi National Park 2 Nights and 3 Days

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Meet your driver-guide for an introduction and get a short briefing. Collect your packed lunch and drive to the Mikumi National Park for an afternoon game drive.  Mikumi National Park itself is nestled between Uluguru Mountain to the northeast, Udzungwa Mountains, and the Rift Valley escarpment to the southwest as part of the Selous ecosystem. This area offers the highest game density of the entire conservation area that lies west of Dar es Salaam City and 107 km from the nearest town named Morogoro located on the highway from Dar es Salaam to Zambia, covering an area of 3230 km².  Enjoy lunch that will be served en route to the Park. From the afternoon to sunset game drives in Mikumi National Park. Dinner and overnight will be at Camp Bastian.  Day 2: Full Day – Mikumi National Park Wake up and enjoy breakfast that is served at the Camp. Go on a full-day game drive in Mikumi National Park. Mikumi houses a huge concentration of animals, including Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, and many more.   The park contains a subspecies of giraffe that biologists consider to be the link between the Masai giraffe and the reticulated or Somali giraffe.  Take in the landscape of Mikumi that is often compared to that of the Serengeti. Enjoy the views of the park and the wildlife. Malundwe Mountain consists of three peaks along a ridge running north and south, and the south peak is the highest point in the park, reaching 1290 meters above sea level. Marvel at the vegetation of this area that consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palm trees.  Savor your lunch that is served at the picnic site selected by your driver-guide in the middle of nowhere inside the park. Dinner and overnight sleep will be at Camp Bastian.  Day 3: Mikumi – Dar es Salaam After breakfast served at the camp, you can check out and drive back to Dar es Salaam with game drives en route. Upon arrival to Dar es Salaam and drop off at the hotel of your choice or airport for your onward flight.

Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday

4. Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday

Visit Bagamoyo, a historic center of trade located 65-kilometers north of Dar es Salaam on the coast opposite Zanzibar. Travel to fascinating archeological sites on a guided tour and discover the incredible history that shaped this ancient town. Step into the Kaole Ruins located 5-kilometers south of Bagamoyo. Learn the story of the ancient Arab town of Kaole that was forced into decline by the arrival of the Portuguese in the 15th century. Explore the ruins which consist of 30 tombs and the oldest mosque in East Africa. Bear witness to the reminders of Bagamoyo's past. Visit the prison where slaves were held captive during the slave and ivory trade. The word Bwagamoyo means “Here I throw down my heart,” reflecting the despair of those who would never return to Africa. See the relics of the colonial era at the Old Boma, a statehouse constructed by the Germans in 1897 and later taken over by the British after the first world war. Later, walk among the tombs of German leaders who perished during the First World War. Trace the roots of Christianity in Bagamoyo with the Catholic Museum, the former resting place of the famous explorer Dr. Livingstone. Then, see the First Cross erected in 1867 by French missionaries. Finally, enjoy the warm hospitality of Bagamoyo. Beautiful beaches and hotels make it the ideal destination for relaxation during a visit to Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania: Nyerere National Park Trip Entry Ticket and Safari

5. Tanzania: Nyerere National Park Trip Entry Ticket and Safari

Leave from the unique city of Dar es salaam - and spend a full day immersing yourself in the splendor of Nyerere National Park. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Savannah as you take a day to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature. Explore a savannah landscape of crocodile-filled Rufiji River, grassy plains, and palm trees on a full-day tour to UNESCO-listed Nyerere National Park from Dar. Watch for wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives and have a picnic in the park, on a guided trip that includes hotel transfer, breakfast, lunch, and entrance fees.

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What people are saying about Dar es Salaam

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 14 reviews

I had an absolutely wonderful day tour of Dar es Salaam with Mike. This young man met me at the Ferry Terminus on my arrival, the first thing I saw when exiting the building, was my name held high in black and white. He gave me the required history of the area we were in and then he took me around the area before we drove to the next point. My tour lasted approximately six hours, and Mike kept me engaged all the way, he is a wealth of information and very knowledgeable about Dar. We covered so many places and only break for lunch. He also provided bottled water to keep me hydrated. He was very patient with my many questions, and his main interest was making sure I had a great experience. I now have a wonderful knowledge of this wonderful city. There was so much information at hand, and so fascinating. We also visited the tourist market where I was able to purchase all my souvenirs, and I found the fish market to be a memorable experience. Mike turned a good vacation into a great one.

I liked it very much. Many thanks to the organizers for picking me up from the hotel. An interesting adventure - moving on a local ferry to another part of the city. There we visited the fish market with local flair, the churches, which were especially decorated for Christmas, even got to the Christmas service. I was impressed by the museum and, of course, the ethnic village with a performance in which I myself had a chance to participate. Communication with the guide and his story was a special pleasure and left a wonderful impression of this day spent in Dar es Salaam.

Excellent tour, friendly and very well-read guide, safe driver who always had something new to show. Nothing escaped his keen eyes, so we could see all the animals up close. Accommodation African and excellent, unanimously all more than satisfactory

Excellent guide, who contacts some of the places we shall visit to try to arrange a visit outside of rush hour.

It was a wonderful 2 days, I saw a lot of animals and had a lot of fun. Many thanks also to my guide Karim.