DOWNTOWN CITY WALK
Dar es Salaam, as the economic centre of Tanzania, is one the most interesting and multicultural cities of the region. Its history, ethnicity, and cultural heritage combined with its port, street markets, its colonial, socialist and contemporary architecture; makes it ideal for a walking tour.
Exploring downtown, especially districts such as Kivukoni, Kisutu and Kariakoo, will give you the chance to see from a human scale the Tanzanian economic uprising, and the challenges that the city still needs to overcome. Chaos and happiness, colors and noises, and certain kind of flexible hyperactivity are just some of the things you will perceive since the first moment you arrive.
No matter your interest, do not let behind these few places:
• National Museum & House of Culture
• Kariakoo Market
• Mzizima Fish Market
• Makumbusho Village Museum
• Sunni Mosque
• Azania Lutheran Church
• Mwenge Wood Carvers’ Village
NEIGHBOURHOOD CYCLING TOUR
Afriroots offers special tours across the city. Theses tours are meant to show you the daily life of Dar es Salaam. You will have the opportunity to explore different neighbourhoods, poor and middle class by bicycles or a bajaji. This tour offers insights different community development initiatives and the opportunity to interact with coffee sellers, shoes makers, the “mamas” and the kids playing on the streets.
The estimated cost is between $40.00 USD per person. Most of the income collected goes directly to the community and their different upgrading projects.
More information here: http://afriroots.co.tz/dar-tours/
Turquoise water, a nice picnic with the catch of the day, and a few hours for swimming and tanning are the best words to explain this place. At just 30 min by boat from the north coast of Dar es Salaam, Mbudya Island is a good site to spend a day (more quiet on a weekday), if you are looking for taking a break from the city.
The boat to Mbudya can be taken next to White Sands Hotel or to Kunduchi Hotel. The shared boat trip cost is TSH 10,000. The island is a reserved area, one can only visit it for the day. There is an entry fee of TSH 20,000 for non-residents.
Nafasi Art Space
Vipaji Gallery, Mwara Road, Dar es salaam
The vibrant island of Zanzibar is a perfect destination for a weekend.
Located at 93 km at the north coast of Dar es Salaam (1 1/2hour by Ferry, or 30 minutes by plane), Zanzibar offers a great variety of activities such as city walks through its narrow streets, relaxing beaches and contemplative natural parks.
Stone town is the best starting point. The old historic center, full of small spices shops, woodcarvers, and handicrafts sellers, is pivotal to daily life in Zanzibar. The classic Arabic alleys mixed with European colonial architecture, Persian traditions and the insular African culture; creates an exciting environment, especially for photography lovers, food explorers and people interested on African history.
Wild life can be seen through the Cheetah’s Rock initiative, the coral park in Chumbe Island, the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park among many other natural conservation sites. Traveling to the different coastal villages north or south is a must. Places such as Nungwi, Paje, Matemwe or Jambiani offer pleasant beaches with white powder sands, clear blue water for bathing, snorkeling and scuba diving.
MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
Situated at just 4-5 hrs by car from Dar es Salaam, The Mikumi National park is the nearest large wildlife reserve in the metropolitan region. It is possible to book a safari tour directly from Dar es Salaam or from Morogoro city. These tours vary depending on budgets and days planned in the park.
Four of the big five game animals in Africa: Lions, Leopards, Elephants, and Buffalos as well as giraffes, hippos, crocodiles are at Mikumi. Furthermore, the savannah landscape surrounded by Baobabs, palms and swamps is both breathtaking and fragile. You will have a good insight about this special ecosystem and the increasing need for it to be protected.
Inside the park there are safe and comfortable lodges or camping sites including a small restaurant and a common bonfire. The presence of a safari guide is mandatory throughout the entire visit, and nigh excursions or any interaction with the animals is banned for your own safety.