Having long been a gateway to the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, its history, bustling markets, restaurants, and beaches are fast persuading travelers to prolong their stay in Dar es Salaam before moving on 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 flavors, an unmistakable Arabic influence, and tangible remnants of colonial Europe. Indeed, the city was once an important hub for the slave trade; 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, it all feels a world away when strolling through the tree-lined streets in the city center; the 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 cafés and traditional restaurants.
Dar es Salaam’s restaurants are a good place to meet fellow travelers 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 socialize with expats. Finally, if and when you do decide to explore further afield, beautiful Zanzibar is just a ferry ride away.