Holidays to Dar es Salaam

While Dar es Salaam is not Tanzania's capital city, the sprawling metropolis is the country's central hub, holding many of Tanzania's metropolitan attractions. The city streets are lined with shops and restaurants and the seaport offers fantastic views over the Indian Ocean. Dar es Salaam is often used as a stopover destination, with Dar es Salaam International Airport the gateway to numerous destinations around the country as well as the stunning beaches of Zanzibar Island.

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Dar Es Salaam Highlights

  • Tanzania's unofficial central hub
  • Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System
  • Beautiful beaches and a seaport to explore
  • A well-connected international airport
  • Plenty of shops and restaurants and Souks to explore
  • Swahili Culture

As Tanzania's largest city, holidays to Dar es Salaam hold a number of attractions, with the National Museum and House of Culture a great starting point for getting to know the city, and indeed the country, a little better. Pace through Tanzanian history and discover the colourful mixture of influences, including Indian, Arabian and African that have culminated in the city's unique culture and heritage. A number of exhibitions are on offer at the museum, chief among them being 'Zinj': the skull of an early human ancestor.

Uninhabited desert islands off the coast of the city comprise the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System. Encompassing Bongoyo Island, Mbudya Island, Pangavini and Fungu Yasini, you can visit these island escapes and at certain times of the year spot humpback whales.

For an authentic taste of Dar es Salaam some of the local market places are a way of picking up the city vibe. However, luxury is never far away with a number of plush hotels on offer around the city centre.

Selected Tanzania Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Tanzania

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Pool and view at Four Seasons Serengeti

The Ultimate Summer Tanzania Family Holiday

Cost For Family of 4
From $29,170 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Arusha, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island
Game drive amidst the wildebeest

Tanzania Longer For Less Special

Cost Per Person
From $6,610 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves
Baraza beach

Kenya and Zanzibar Safari and Beach Holiday Itinerary

Cost Per Person
From $4,340 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Masai Mara, Zanzibar Island
Shangri-La Barr Jissah

Opulent Oman and Zanzibar Holiday

Cost Per Person
From $4,020 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Zanzibar Island

Dar Es Salaam Accommmodation

All Tanzania accommodations
  • Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel
    Double Room

    A luxury stopover in Dar es Salaam, this Serena property is a superb choice, with plenty of facilities, comfortable interiors and excellent service.

  • Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro
    Infinity pool at night

    Set in the bay of an inlet, this comfortable city stop-over is an ideal rest stop with views over the Indian Ocean, but also serves well if your purpose is to explore Dar es Salaam.

  • The Oyster Bay

    Found amidst the bustle of Dar es Salaam, expect distinctive African charisma coupled with modern style from this comfortable city stop-over in Oyster Bay.