Flights to Dar Es Salaam (DAR)

Flights to Dar Es Salam transport you to stunning landscapes, bustling markets and pristine beaches in Tanzania’s ‘House of Peace’.

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Flights to Dar Es Salaam

Having long been a gateway to the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, its history, bustling markets, restaurants and beaches are now fast-persuading travellers to prolong their stay in the city when they take flights to Dar es Salaam to get to their final destination.

Dar es Salaam’s past has left an indelible mark on its architecture, food and ethnic make-up – there are Asian flavours, an unmistakable Arabic influence and remnants of colonial Europe. Indeed, the city was once an important hub for the slave trade, and visitors can learn more about the city’s history at the National Museum.

Many of Dar es Salaam’s attractions are accessible by foot – somewhat surprising, considering the heavy traffic. However, this all feels a world away when strolling through the tree-lined streets in the city centre – the aforementioned National Museum, Askari Monument, Botanical Gardens, Karimjee Hall and Lutheran Church are all a short walk from one another, and the beaches of Oyster Bay are just a short cab ride away.

Plus, as in any big city, you’ll stumble upon your fair share of hidden gems, from market stalls and trendy boutiques to hole-in-the-wall cafes and traditional restaurants.

Dar es Salaam’s restaurants are a good place to meet fellow travellers and hang out with the city’s residents, whether you’re indulging in some fine dining at one of the hotels or staying out late to socialise with expats. Finally, if and when you do decide to explore further afield, beautiful Zanzibar is just a ferry ride away.

Visit the National Museum and House of Culture

Originally opened in 1940 as a memorial to the British monarch King George V, this building has since been transformed into a celebration of African cultural heritage. The museum is home to a moving exhibition detailing the impact of the slave trade on Dar es Salaam and Tanzania as a whole.

Shaaban Robert Street
+255 22 212 2030

Take a ferry to Zanzibar

Usually, four fast ferries leave for Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam’s ferry terminal each day. Boats arrive in Stone Town’s bustling food market, which is best perused at night. You can then spend a day exploring Stone Town’s winding streets before heading to one of the island’s amazing beaches.

Dar es Salaam Ferry Terminal
Sokoine Drive
+255 22 212 3324

Chill out on Kunduchi Beach

Head north for serene white sands, tranquil turquoise seas and friendly locals – an escape from the city without actually having to leave it. Other than relaxing on sun loungers and enjoying sea views, there’s a nearby waterpark to keep you entertained.

Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort
Kunduchi Lutheran Church
+255 22 2650050

Create your own walking tour

Start at the Askari Monument on Azikwe Street – the bronze statue commemorates the African troops who fought and died in the Second World War. Then head south to Kivukoni Road to the Azania Front Lutheran Church (built in 1898). Kivukoni is a hive of activity, where locals catch the ferry to nearby Kigamboni.

Askari Monument
Nnamdi Azikiwe Avenue
Corner of Samora Avenue

Explore the Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens were founded in 1893 by a German horticulturalist. Today, they feature plants such as red hibiscus, scarlet flame trees, purple bougainvillea and blue jacaranda. The gardens are also home to a coco de mer palm tree, one of the few outside the Seychelles.

Samora Avenue (opposite Karimjee Hall)

Shop at Kivukoni Fish Market

Get up early and follow your nose to Kivukoni Fish Market where fishermen sell the catch of the day (or night) to anyone looking for a tasty supper. The market is an invigorating thrill for the senses, and a great way to get a feel for the city.

Barack Obama Drive (towards Kigamboni Ferry Terminal)
Kivukoni Front

Tuk Tuk Thai Restaurant (Thai/Asian)

This bright and colourful restaurant has a lot of character, which is reflected in its tasty and skilfully prepared Thai offerings. Tuk Tuk’s menu also ventures beyond Thailand’s culinary borders, offering sushi as well as Indian curries.

Mirambo Street
Corner of Samora Avenue
+255 766 872 925

The Oriental (Pan Asian)

This slick restaurant in the Hyatt Regency serves an eclectic array of Indian, Italian, Asian and Swahili specialities. Oriental is one of the city’s more formal restaurants – its smart interior features teak wood furnishings and the tables are adorned with crisp, white tablecloths. There’s also plenty of outdoor seating.

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro
24 Kivukoni Front
+255 764 701 234

Mediterraneo Hotel and Restaurant (Italian/Seafood)

This beachside hotel features a beautiful outdoor restaurant that looks out over the sea. The style is best described as ‘beach shack chic’, with tall dining chairs fashioned out of old canoes. Mediterraneo specialises in Italian fare and seafood – try the lobster.

Kawe Beach
Tuari Road
+ 255 222 7548 1256

George and Dragon (British)

This British restaurant is a local institution. Not only does it look like a traditional British food and drink spot (think dark wooden tables and chairs, with wooden beams across the ceiling), but it also serves classics such as fish and chips, fry-ups and Sunday roasts.

Haile Selassie Road
Oyster Bay
+255 717 800 002

Chappan Bhog (Indian)

This purveyor of tasty Indian delights might not be anything special to look at but the food is out of this world. Try the delicious thali dishes, the dosas or stuffed parathas, and wash it down with a refreshing mango lassi.

Kisutu Street
+255 685 401 417

305 Karafuu (International)

Don’t be fooled by 305 Karafuu’s pared down decor – this restaurant is a favourite with locals thanks to its atmosphere, music and seafood. Casper the owner is something of a character, and is always on hand to ensure you’re well looked after.

Karafuu Street
+255 754 277 188

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dar es Salaam – Oyster Bay

Situated in the affluent suburb of Oyster Bay, the DoubleTree by Hilton boasts a fantastic beachside location, a luxurious outdoor pool and a pretty pier jutting out into the Indian Ocean, which is a great place to watch the sun go down. DoubleTree is home to the cafe Piano Piano and restaurant The Peninsula.

Slipway Road
Msasani Peninsula
+255 779 000 007

Q Bar & Guest House

This chilled-out guesthouse features 20 rooms, all with air conditioning, mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms. There’s also an eight-bed backpacker room for budget travellers. You’ll certainly find a community feel here, where there are two lounges that are popular hangouts for locals, especially with sports fans.

1 Haile Selassie Road
Msasani Peninsula
+255 754 282 474

Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Spa

This large hotel is the prominent destination on Kunduchi Beach. Facilities include an immaculate private beach, 138 sea-facing rooms, and a large waterpark. The hotel’s excellent service and friendly staff are an added bonus.

Kunduchi Lutheran Church
+255 22 265 0050

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro

The rooms here are spacious and well appointed, featuring European and African designs. The five-star property also has a striking infinity pool overlooking the bay, as well as a luxury Anantara Spa and impressive gym facilities. The hotel’s restaurants include The Palm, The Oriental and the Flame Tree Lounge.

24 Kivukoni Front
+255 764 701 234

Holiday Inn Dar es Salaam

The 124-room Holiday Inn is 15 minutes from the airport, and just five from the ferry port. Al Dar on the rooftop is one of the property’s four restaurants, and affords great views of the city. You may even spot a helicopter land on the hotel’s rooftop helipad.

Azikiwe Street
+255 222 139 250

Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel

The Serena Hotel is housed in a striking building, which is flanked by palm trees, lush gardens and a sizeable outdoor pool. Inside, the hotel boasts 203 clean and comfortable rooms, as well as a restaurant, fitness centre and children’s facilities.

Off Ohio Street
+254 732 123 333

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