Cheap Flights to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Area City : 1,590.5 km² (614.1 sq. mi)
- Area Codes : (+255) 22
- Currency : Tanzania Shilling (TZS)
- Population (Metro) : 4,364,541(2012)
- Official Language : Swahili
- Time Zone : GMT+3
- Airport : Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)
DAR is situated 13,3km from Dar es Salaam city centre and takes approximately 30 minutes by vehicle via Julius K Nyerere Road and Nelson Mandela Road. Car rentals available at the airport include Sixt, Elephant Car Hire, First and others. A bus service from the airport to the city centre, operating 24 hours day, is located about 500m from the terminal.
Airlines departing from Cape Town, South Africa to DAR include:
- Kenya Airways (1 stop)
- Ethiopian (1 stop)
- Emirates (1 stop)
- South African Airways (1 stop)
- British Airways (2 stops)
- Kulula (2 stops)
- Turkish (1 stop)
The following airlines and others touch down at DAR:
- Auric Air
- China Southern
- Etihad Airways
- Jet Airways
- Air Berlin
- Air Seychelles
- Air Serbia
- Precision Air
- Air India
- Oman Air
Reasons to Visit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
- Dar es Salaam also referred to as Dar was birthed around 1865 when Sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar began constructing a new city in close proximity to Mzizima, a fishing village along the Indian Oceans trade route. Today Dar es Salaam is Tanzanias largest city with the busiest port, handling 90% of the countrys cargo. It’s an imperative economic and financial hub and the heart of Tanzanias media, film, television, fashion, arts, music and film activities.
- Blended within this sprawling city of concrete are lush patches and rising up from it, the striking PSPF Pension Twin Towers. The city affords visitors idyllic islands, splendid beaches, a sparkling blue ocean, lush flora, fabulous wildlife, museums, monuments, great eateries, clubs and pubs.
- Accommodation comprises luxurious well known hotels by Hilton, Protea and Southern Sun including establishments like the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel, Rainbow Hotel and Hotel Slipway. Budget travellers have a good choice of backpackers, some also perfectly located next to a beach.
When to Visit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
For long hot days with hardly a drop of rain, the dry season from June to October is ideal. The citys long wet season is from March to end of May while the short one is during November and December. For game viewing, both the wet and dry seasons are suitable. Average temperature highs range around 30°C (January), 29°C (June) and 31°C (December).
Places to Visit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
- Bongoyo Island just 2.8km from the city is an uninhabited island 2.8km in length. Take a ferry to get there along with a picnic basket and refreshments, spend time snorkelling, swimming and lazing on the beach and cook up your freshly caught seafood. Alternatively venture to Mbudya Island or Pemba Island that comprises an area of 984km².
- The bronze Askari Monument established in 1927 serves as a memorial to askari soldiers who battled for the British Carrier Corps during WW I.
- The Uhuru Monument, a landmark and tourist attraction is a white pylon with a replication of the Uhuru Torch mounted on top. Its located in the city centre within the Mnazi Mmoja Park.
- A popular tourist attraction is the Azania Front Lutheran Church that operates as a cathedral for the local diocese. Built in 1898 in Bavarian style by German missionaries, its located in the heart of the city.
- The beautiful spired Gothic-styled St. Josephs Cathedral located in Sokoine Drive, built at the turn of the century by German missionaries, affords striking stained glass windows and many original German inscriptions and artwork.
- The National Museum of Tanzania preserves and displays exhibits on the countrys history and natural environment that includes a copy of the well-known fossil discovery of zinjanthropus from Olduvai Gorge as well as other archaeological finds.
- The Village Museum located in New Bagamoyo Road is an open-air museum containing a collection of authentically constructed dwellings demonstrating traditional life from numerous parts of the country. Each dwelling has typical items of furniture and is encircled by small vegetables parcels. Villagers show off authentic skills of carving, pottery and weaving and when there are sufficient visitors, tribal dancing takes place.
- Tourists with time constraints wanting to experience more of Africa should visit the Panda Game Reserve 34km from the city or Pugu Hills Nature Reserve, just 25km from Dar es Salaam where hiking, birding and visiting caves renowned for their bat colonies can be appreciated.
- The Kunduchi Wet N Wild Water Park is the biggest water themed park in eastern and central Africa comprising 22 water rubes and chutes, an imitation river and seven pools for swimming, its the perfect place for families with kids.
- Dar es Salaam Zoo located 37km from the city in the Kigamboni region is preserved with natural fauna and flora with a river flowing through it all year through. The zoo comprises a forest conservation, wildlife unit, livestock unit and a Modern Kids Zone plus entertainment and refreshments including superb opportunities for professional people studying natural science to interact directly with wild and domestic animals. Additionally for family fun theres a swimming pool, fun fair and gym.
- Spend time and money at the Princess Casino with more than 250 slot machines, poker and more.
- The city offers a variety of eateries, some located in top hotels, others along the ocean with spectacular views and plenty in the city, all offering a variety of cuisines.
- An extravagant evening can be had at the Savannah Lounge & Bar situated on the third floor of the JB Belmont Hotel. Renowned for their notable cocktails plus an excellent selection of wines, champagnes and spirits, its great for sports fanatics with enough screens to watch a top match or dance to music from the Bora Bora Band. Its open from 23h00 until 1h30. One of the citys most popular nightclubs is Club Bilicanas in the heart of the CBD with its glass dance floor, a VIP lounge and seven bars to choose from plus well priced drinks. For a great burger, affordable drinks and sport on a big screen in a laid back atmosphere, The Slow Leopard in Chloe Road is the place to go.
Getting Around Dar es Salaam:
For traversing around the city, visitors have a choice between dalla-dallas (minibuses) or 30-seater coaster buses. Both modes depart when full and display the first and last destination on the front window. A dalla-dalla is cheaper but not that safe with drivers racing to collection points for new passengers. Main terminals comprise New Posta located in front of the post office in Maktaba Street, Kariakoo in Msimbazi Street, Stesheni in Algeria Street and Kivukoni on Kivukoni Front.
Taxi fares are not fixed or metered so negotiation for the best rate is required before getting in. Ranks are located throughout the city particularly in front of top hotels, popular bars, clubs, restaurants and attraction sites. Taxis can be identified by their white number plates.
Cheaper than a taxi, wave down a tuk-tuk, a two-seater motorcycle thats fully enclosed and somewhat shaky.
Car rentals in the city include:
- Avis (+255 22 276 1277)
- Green Car Rental (+255 22 218 3718)
Cycling on secondary roads is much safer than on main roads. If cycling is in your plan, preferably take your own bike as rental bikes are generally in poor condition. For an organised cycle tour go to: www.ibike.org/bikeafrica.