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Dar es Salaam is often seen as a necessary stop-off on the way to a safari holiday. However, there are some interesting attractions in the city itself, including the National Museum, the Makumbusho Village Museum, Mawazo contemporary art gallery and the Askari Monument. Dhow cruises to the island marine reserve of Bongoyo are deservedly popular. Travellers seeking an authentic taste of city life may want to check out the busy fish market, Kivukoni Front and Kariakoo Market. Oyster Bay, meanwhile, is an upmarket enclave of glamorous mansions and the location of Coco Beach, a good spot for a swim, drink or lunch.

When to fly to Dar es Salaam

Due to its proximity to the equator, the climate of Dar es Salaam is tropical with hot and humid weather all year round. The most popular time to visit is outside the rainy seasons which last from April to May and October to November. Months from December to March tend to be the hottest times.

Getting around Dar es Salaam

The public transport system in Dar es Salaam is limited. Dalla-dallas are small minivans with specific routes. They’re cheap and fairly easy to use, but a little geographical knowledge of the city helps. Taxis are privately owned (there are no official taxis) and prices should always be agreed before travelling.

Caution should be exercised, especially in busy areas such as Kariakoo Market, against pickpockets and bag snatchers. Muggings are not an infrequent occurrence in the city. Visitors should always keep money and valuables secure and out of sight, avoiding quiet areas and walking alone at night.

Airport Overview

Dar es Salaam International Airport is also known as Julius Nyerere International Airport after Tanzania’s first president, and serves Tanzania’s largest city and capital Dar es Salaam.

While the airport is relatively small, a lot of travellers have reported that it is chaotic and disorganised, and the facilities on offer are very basic and often out of date. One complaint in particular is the lack of signage – it is difficult to know which gate you are meant to be at.

Standing in long lines at this airport should not come as a surprise, so make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the airport – Dar es Salaam is very hot, and the airport’s air-conditioning seldom works.

If you are flying into Dar es Salaam International, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find your way around (and to get to the airport, as traffic in the area is also notoriously bad) – and try to avoid long layovers there, if possible.

A new terminal and taxiway are under development.

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Interesting information about Dar es Salaam

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Avg temp for this month inDar es Salaam30.1 °CSource: World Weather Online
Average monthly rainfall inDar es Salaam19 mmSource: World Weather Online
Average flying time toDar es Salaam9 hrs 40 mins
Rate of exchange inDar es Salaam100.00 TZS = £0.04Source: Oanda
Which airlines fly toDar es SalaamAir France, Lufthansa and Kenya Airways
Available deals toDar es Salaam1286
Advertisers with deals toDar es SalaamOne2One Flights, Cheap Ticket and TravelCenterUK
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Cheapest flights offer toDar es Salaam£343
Avg flight deal toDar es Salaam£779

 How much do things cost in Dar es Salaam?

  • 3 course meal for 2: £11.29
  • Bottle of beer (imported beer): £1.30
  • Cheap meal: £3.02
  • Taxi - fixed fee: £1.86
  • Meal at McDonald's or similar: £5.69
  • Bottle of wine: £5.41
  • 1 bedroom flat outside of centre: £312.16
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre): £0.35
  • 3 bedroom flat outside of centre: £827.71
  • Small bottle of water (0.33 litre): £0.28
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