visiting dar es salaam

Arrival

A visa is required for entry to Tanzania. It is possible to receive a visa on arrival, but we strongly recommend getting one in advance in order to eliminate the possibility of any problems with entry. For more information about visas click here.

Documentation of yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers coming from countries where the virus is endemic. For a list of countries click here

The airport is 12 kilometers from the city center of Dar es Salaam. An official taxi stand is easy to find upon exiting from Terminal 2 (international arrivals). Taxis cost $35 USD to downtown Dar es Salaam. Despite the airports proximity to the city center, the ride can take up to an hour when the roads are congested.

If possible, we recommend arranging pickup with your hotel.

Getting around

Taxis are readily available in the city center and are inexpensive. Use official taxis with white license plates and taxi numbers painted on the side, or a car provided by your hotel. Uber is also available.

Attractions

Slipway: A shopping area on the waterfront of Msasani Peninsula. The Slipway offers good dining options, a craft market and a dive shop.

National Museum: Dar es Salaam’s National Museum offers a collection of early hominid skeletons and exhibits on Tanzania’s history.

Coco Beach: The beach, located between downtown and the Msasani peninsula is popular with locals, especially on weekends.

Bongoyo Island: Bongoyo Island offers swimming and snorkeling just 7km North of Dar es Salaam. The island is part of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve, with an entry fee of $10 USD. The Island can be reached via a ferry from the Slipway on Msasani Peninsula (Tsh 36,000).

 Attractions outside of the city

Zanzibar is accessible by both ferry and plane.

  • Ferry: Azam Marine operates the fastest ferries, with four daily departures to Zanzibar ($25-$40 depending on the ticket class). The ferries depart from the Zanzibar ferry port off Sokoine Drive.
  • Flights: Multiple flights leave daily from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar and with a flight time of approximately 30 minutes.

Safaris: Tanzania boasts some of the world’s greatest safari spots, but all require some travel from Dar es Salaam. Arusha, a 90 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, offers the best base for safaris. Top destinations include Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Mount Kilimanjaro: The Mountain is best reached from Arusha, a 90 minute flight from Dar es Salaam.

Safety

The biggest risks to travelers are muggings and petty theft. Exercise common sense, avoid carrying valuables with you, watch your belongings in crowded areas and avoid walking on the streets or beach after dark.

When travelling, use official taxis with white license plates and taxi numbers painted on the side, or a car provided by your hotel.

Health

Only drink bottled water. Avoid any food, especially fruits and vegetables, that may have been washed in the local tap water. 

Documentation of yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers coming from countries where the virus is endemic. For a list of countries click here

Malaria is endemic to Tanzania. Consider taking a malaria prophylaxis. 

 

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