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Although it was a only a small fishing village in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam is today Tanzania’s major Commercial city and one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. Its growth in importance makes it even easier to book a flight to Dar Es Salaam from most major international departure points.
The city has a diverse range of cultures and influences that reflect Tanzania’s history as a German and later British colony. This, and its location in a picturesque natural harbour, make flying to Dar Es Salaam with Qatar Airways an invigorating experience.
During your trip to Dar Es Salaam you can discover the roots of the city at the Village Museum, which features a range of traditionally built houses. On some afternoons you can also watch tribal dance performances. The National Museum can provide a wealth of information about Tanzania’s past as Tanganyika and Zanzibar, as well significant local fossils discoveries.
Other popular attractions within the city include the Askari Monument and the Zoological Gardens. Safari day trips to Mikumi National Park also provide a chance to see Tanzania’s wildlife up close, while some local charitable organisations can arrange tours to visit some of the entrepreneurs trying to make living in Dar es Salaam.
A trip to Dar Es Salaam offers plenty of choice for beach lovers, particularly around Kigamboni. If you’d like to try your hand at snorkelling or just go for a swim, the Dar Es Salaam Marine Reserve provides a picturesque location for underwater exploration. Hiking trips can be taken in the nearby Pugu Hills, with knowledgeable locals acting as guides.
Back in the city centre there are numerous options for entertainment that cater for a range of tastes, from Tanzanian beats to international dance and pop.
You can enjoy a wide range of culinary options to suit all budgets. Trips to Dar Es Salaam can be punctuated with everything from Tanzanian grilled meats, chapattis and stews, to high-end Asian food from China and Japan, as well as Mediterranean dishes.
The City Centre area has no shortage of restaurants, and you’ll certainly have no trouble finding Tanzanian street food wherever you happen to be. Hotel restaurants are also worth investigating, but are usually at the upper end of most budgets.
If you’re looking for some traditional East African fashion and crafts as keepsakes from your travels to Dar Es Salaam, head to Mwenge art craft or the textile markets in Mnazi Mmoja. Shopping on these colourful, bustling markets can be a memorable experience in itself, making anything you buy there even more worthwhile.
Many visitors travelling to Dar Es Salaam take home jewellery made out of Tanzanite – a blue gemstone that is only mined in Tanzania. Make sure that what you get is the genuine article by buying from reputable sellers.
Julius Nyerere International Airport is the main destination for international flights to Dar Es Salaam.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Dar Es Salaam please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type D / G
Language: Swahili / English
International dialing code: +255