Things To Do In Dar Es Salaam
The city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, lies nestled in a harbor on the Indian Ocean. It has been-- and still is -- home to Arabic, British, German and South Asian communities. This means that the culture there is highly diverse. With all these various communities cohabiting in one place, you will find a huge range of cuisines available; they vary from authentic Tanzanian cuisine to different dishes from around Africa and the other cultures in the city. The vibrant communities have much to offer visitors, and much is to be explored here.
When To Go:
During the months of March, April and May you will encounter the rainy season; the humidity is high, especially because the coast is right next to Dar es Salaam. There can be heavy downpours -- not very friendly for tourists who want to roam the city and experience the culture. The dry season lasts from the months of June till October. During this period the sky is usually clear and sunny and it is considered to be the best time to visit Tanzania. The months of November and December are unpredictable months with rain expected, so the dry season is the best time to roam the city and find amazing things within it.
If you’re planning a trip to Dar es Salaam, then you can find this “top things to do in Dar es Salaam” guide handy...
This island with the sandy white beaches is a 20-minute boat ride off the coast and one of the most alluring tourist spots of Dar es Salaam. It is the best place to swim because the sea is not affected by the tides so it’s safe and fun. Along with this the Mbudya Island has opportunities and facilities for snorkeling, which is the most popular activity on this island. Swim in the clear blue waters of the ocean and explore the sea life.
The shore and the relaxing beach are the best places to unwind on your vacation. Feel the water soothe your body and mind and lie down on the sand to get a sunbath. You will find some amazing seafood at the beach and the lobster is quite famous! Moreover, there are boat trips that are quite cheap and will take you across the blue waters to special huts where you can relax surrounded by water all around. It is an isolated beach where a few fishermen will be found getting some octopus and needlefish. This trip is definitely worth some time off from your busy schedule of sightseeing, and quite refreshing.
To reach the uninhabited Bongoyo Island you need to take a 30-minute boat ride; this special place is surrounded by calm azure waters and is also safe for swimming, unlike the beaches along the coast of Dar es Salaam. You can let your kids play around in the white sand while you relax in the sun and try getting a sunbath. You can go snorkeling with your family or by yourself and find some amazing coral in the waters of the Indian Ocean.
Try the food around the island, it is mostly traditional seafood that tastes absolutely delicious. If you plan to stay for a longer period of time then try to get a banda for some shade in the sun. The Bongoyo Island is a serene place to relax in the midst of the ocean with some lovely views and spectacular experiences; it is the most-visited of the four islands in the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve.
Kunduchi Wet 'N' Wild Water Park
The Kunduchi Wet 'N' Wild Water Park is the largest water park in East and Central Africa making it a great spot for tourists and locals looking for some extra excitement. Go to the water park on a free day when you have a lot of time to spend and enjoy the rides. The slides and tubes are put in like a spaghetti-type arrangement, and are suitable for all ages to have fun. The park has 22 water chutes and tubes coming from various directions, a fake river, and 7 swimming pools scattered around the area.
Other than these water rides you will find pool tables around the park and also places made for go-karting, many slot machines for some extra fun, a track for biking which is a quad bike track, jet skis which are the most amazing part of this park, beach buggies to roam about and horse riding to complete your day. Grab some food from the many restaurants lined along the Kunduchi Wet 'N' Wild Water Park and try the authentic African cuisine they have to offer. There are options for other cuisines as well. So get ready and set out for some wet fun!
The Village Museum is located a few miles from the main city and exhibits the traditional dwellings of more than 120 ethnic groups of Tanzania. You can roam around the different settings of the villages and explore, while learning about the culture of the different groups and villages found in Tanzania. This is the best way to learn about the history of the country and to know about how the people in various settings live. Travel through the Village Museum and experience the rural side of Dar es Salaam and Tanzania.
The museum is spread across 15 acres of land and the tribal houses set up here exhibit different local activities of their tribe such as arts, crafts, carving, weaving and painting. The houses date from 1709 to 1850. There are special tribal cultural dances held here to exhibit the traditions of the different tribes found in the country. You can go in the gardens and also visit the Museum Shop and buy some very cool artifacts and cultural things made by the village people. This experience will increase your knowledge of the rural life of Tanzania.
The Coco Beach is the hub of attraction for locals and tourists and is a major spot for people to hang out, especially on the weekends. Truly a scenic place, it can be crowded, but the activities are thoroughly energetic and fun-filled. White sands, blue water and a clear blue sky is what you need to relax and take a day off from your roaming around the city. The beach also offers a very nice view of the sunset.
Coco Beach is also known as the Oyster Bay and if you actually want to enjoy your trip here, then try going on a weekend when you will find many Tanzanians and Asians strolling around the beach and enjoying the activities. Walking around you will find stalls where you can relish the savory taste of African cuisine on the beach. This place is open for small concerts and parties that happen quite frequently. The beach isn’t very safe for swimming but the view is very enjoyable with the water and the sand all around. So plan a day to the Coco Beach and charm yourself with the many activities found there.
Mbalamwezi Beach Club
This is one of the most popular beach bars in the city with a very renowned selection of activities. The Mbalamwezi Beach Club caters to people looking for nightlife, parties, good food and relaxation in the busy hustle and bustle of the city. Right on the sand you will find a garden, a bar, a restaurant with affordable yet excellent food, a play area made for children, live music for continuous entertainment, and discos on the weekend for some extra fun.
Enjoy the sight of the Indian Ocean at night with the sound of music and the club energy surrounding you. You will literally be dining under the stars with the clear sky sparkling at night. Moreover, the cuisine offered isn’t just limited to African palate, but varies from European to continental to Swahili. Grab a drink from the bar and join in with the people dancing the night away. This is the most entertaining option for enjoying your night in Dar es Salaam. So get your dancing shoes on and head over to this beach club!
Las Vegas Poker Room
This casino was established in 1992 and became the first licensed casino in Tanzania. The Las Vegas Poker Room has more than 150 slot machines, card games, electronically operated Roulette games and also the traditional Roulette tables. The Las Vegas Poker Room hosts proper tournaments on national levels with players of all abilities playing at the award winning table.
This is an interesting place to spend some of your time. You will find free food and drinks going around while you play your games. Enjoy your night in the poker room with amazing games to play and amazing fun. This is something you don’t want to miss out on. Get the true feeling of a vacation and go to the Las Vegas Poker room to play a few games.
Petite Park is a nice place to go if you are with your kids and are looking for some family fun together. Explore the lush green gardens while the younger kids play around in the park. The park has a restaurant and entertainment areas, which are a good place to hang out. The food is delicious and very much worth a try. The café inside is like an transplanted European café with lovely painted walls that make you forget that you are sitting in a city in the middle of Africa.
The surroundings of the park are peaceful and enjoyable for anyone who goes there. There are special Music and Movement sessions for the kids to keep them busy and happy while you relax, and these last for an hour -- so they get a lot of entertainment and exercise. Plan your day at the Petite Park in the city of Dar es Salaam and enjoy your peaceful time while your kids enjoy their activities.
Dar es Salaam Zoo
This zoo is not just about animals but also about nature and is filled with greenery, flowers, fauna and different plants to delight visitors. The Dar es Salaam Zoo is quite a good place to be if you want to spend a nice day with your children. While they run about enjoying the variety of animals you can sit on a bench and enjoy the relaxing surroundings.
There are options of food available in the zoo with a nice little café and restaurant. Moreover, there are play areas for children, where they can play around after looking at all the animals. The most thrilling part of the Dar es Salaam Zoo is the opportunity to ride horses and camels -- rides which are fun and educational for the kids and even for the adults. There is a beautiful swimming pool in the zoo where you can take a dip if you find it too hot. or just sit and relax after a hectic day. The trip to the zoo will be fun and interesting, so do go there!
The National Museum of Tanzania is located in Dar es Salaam and houses different kinds of historical exhibits. It is the largest museum in the country that offers biological, archaeological, ethnographical, historical and art history. The House of Culture is an interesting part of the project and is educationally fun for children and grownups alike.
If you want to know everything related to Tanzania then this is the place you want to visit and explore; the exhibits placed in the museum will increase your knowledge while making history fun. The National Museum of Tanzania is an interesting place to visit so don’t miss out on a chance of knowing the history of Tanzania.
Dar es Salaam War Cemetery
The War Cemetery is close to the sea front and a little distance from the main city. It’s open from 6 am till 6 pm for visitors; otherwise it is locked. During the First World War Tanzania was a main center for the Germans, and African troops were fighting for Germany. Two German merchant ships were boarded and disabled here after shelling on one of the wireless stations by the British.
The Dar es Salaam War Cemetery opened in 1918, when many of the dead were brought here to be buried. The cemetery now contains 231 Commonwealth burials from the World War I. The cemetery also contains 124 casualties that were first buried in the Dar es Salaam Christian Cemetery but were moved when it could no longer maintain its standards. At the rear of the cemetery is the Tanganyika Memorial, which commemorates the more than 350 African troops who died in the Second World War. Go to the cemetery to pay your respects and look at the graves.
This water park is owned and managed by Whitesands Hotel of Dar es Salaam. It is located adjacent to the hotel, providing fun for those who choose to visit it. This park is an excellent way to spend time with your family and especially children on a sunny day -- the water will keep you cool, while the slides and other game activities will keep you busy and entertained. There is even space for sunbathing or if you want, you can sit in the shade. Along with this you will find an assortment of refreshments and food available at the Water World Park. Make your day fun and enthusiastic with your friends or family and splash in the cool water.
Tanzania is a country that has been important in history, having seen colonial rule and both World Wars. Dar es Salaam, as the capital of the country, has much of this culture and history seated within its foundation. The culture is distinct and diverse as many religions and tribes cohabit in the city. The cuisine is excellent and varied. Visit the village and national museums to know more about the culture and history. Don’t miss out on the fun -- visit the water parks, which are crowded but a lot of fun! The islands are another feature that are not to be missed. They can be called heaven on earth with the serenity and the beauty that surrounds them. Make your trip to Dar es Salaam worthwhile and memorable and visit the exciting places in the city.
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