Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Dar es Salaam Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Andrew Moore

House of Peace

Dar es Salaam is Tanzania's wealthiest and largest city
The city has German and colonial historical buildings, churches and some interesting markets
Beautiful islands and white-sand beaches are within reach

Dar es Salaam, we don't know how it is for you but the mere mention of that name has a bit of a romantic ring to it for us. This is the largest and wealthiest city of Tanzania, its former capital and with nearly 4.5 million people one of the top 10 largest cities in Africa.

Dar es Salaam (literally "House of Peace") used to be a quiet fishing village, though that all changed when the German East Africa Company set foot here in the late 19th century. Nowadays it is one of the busiest ports in East Africa and the country's main commercial hub, though it's also fair to say that it doesn't feature prominently on the itinerary of most tourists to the country. Instead it is used as an entry point to places like nearby Zanzibar or the Serengeti.

Still, the city is home to some interesting museums, markets, colonial architecture and churches (like the German Lutheran church) and is beautifully set on the Indian Ocean. Bountiful islands and excellent white-sand beaches are nearby (we're not talking excellent for African standards, we're talking excellent!) so you may want to consider making Dar a part of your travel plans. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Dar es Salaam is a city in Tanzania. It has a population of 4,364,541, is situated at an altitude of 39ft and the best airport to fly into is DAR (Dar Es Salam International Airport, Dar Es Salaam)
  • The currency used in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

Dar es Salaam Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

88 88 88 86 84 84 82 82 82 84 86 88

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

2.6 2.6 5.1 11.4 7.4 1.3 1.2 1 1.2 1.6 2.9 3.6

More Dar es Salaam travel resources

Why don't you start with the Tanzania Tourist Board? Although having said that, it did take us a bit of time finding the actual page on Dar es Salaam. But we did. Next up is World Travel Guide and Wikitravel as well as Fodor's. We couldn't find many great blogs on the place, but here are 23 things to do in the city.

Dar es Salaam Attractions (Foursquare)

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