However, Mount Kilimanjaro, the northern circuit of African wildlife and the island of Zanzibar , are the reasons why many tourists that visit Tanzania, miss the largest city altogether. Culture, beaches, shopping and food — Dar Es Salaam has a little slice of adventure for you to enjoy. This is the place to go if you are hunting for the best bargains in town or wish to see the authentic side of local style Tanzanian shopping.
Things to do in Dar Es Salaam 2. People gather from around the city to purchase the fresh catch of the day. Arrive at around 6: The last time I went to the market, we came home with a red snapper, and a few kilos of fresh prawns and crabs.
We had a few delicious meals after that. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania 3. Otherwise, in a number of other building, including the newly built revolving restaurant, you can get a nice view of the city. Askari Monument, Dar Es Salaam 4. Azania Lutheran Church 5. When you enter the church, someone will probably approach you and start to guide you around, even without your asking.
National Museum, Dar Es Salaam 6. One of my favorite exhibits at the National Museum of Dar Es Salaam was a functional bicycles made entirely out of wood — everything from the frame to the wheels was all wooden — amazing. Along with an opportunity to hike the trails, you can also choose to bird watch or visit the cave which is famous for its colony of bats.
There are plenty of street food snacks and sometimes live music. The open area is also a place where frequent concerts and parties take place — check the city events guide.
Swimming is not really recommended at Coco Beach, though some choose to wade in the water. The town has been influenced by Arabs and Indians to create a uniquely Swahili culture.
Bongoyo Island day trip from Dar Es Salaam Bongoyo Island is a small island off the coast of Dar that makes a fantastic day trip of lazying on the beach, snorkeling and dining on fresh fried fish and chips. Get to the island by taking a boat from The Slipway shopping center. South Beach, Dar Es Salaam There are a number of hotels that you can visit, or you can rent your own personal banda thatch covered hut for the day.
The lanky palm trees rustling in the breeze and the rythmic wash of waves makes spending a day at South Beach one of the most relaxing things to do in Dar Es Salaam. Get there by personal vehicle or by local dala dala minivan. Village Museum More of a hands on than the National Museum, the Village Museum offers a chance to observe a number of typical style Tanzanian traditional huts and learn more about the tribes of the country.
When I visited, the museum was quite quiet with just a few other there. Mwenge Carvers Village Famous tinga tinga art of Tanzania The modern movement of Tingatinga painting is one my my favorite styles of Tanzanian art. The Tingatinga center is a rainbow of color and artistic inspiration.
You can browse around and buy anything you see. Kanga Shopping — Uhuru St. A popular thing to buy in Dar Es Salaam are the colorful pieces of wrap around cloth known as kangas. These brightly dyed rectangles of fabric are available in infinite colors, with infinite patterns and often include a message written in Kiswahili.
Nyama choma in Tanzania, roasted meat Go to a local restaurant, order your choice of meat and wait for it to slowly roast. In Tanzania, nyama choma is served with a few chillies and sometimes a tomato and red onion garnish. Many Tanzanians choose to wash down their nyama choma with a few beers. As soon as I arrive in Tanzania every time, I make sure I get my fill of nyama choma.
Mishkaki makes a wonderful dinner, and is often paired with a plate of chips to make the meal complete. The Upanga area, in central Dar, is one of the best areas of town to locate good Indian food. Here are few of the most famous Indian restaurant in Dar Es Salaam: Bawarchi Patel Grounds sports club with a restaurant in the evening Chapan Bhog In Dar, there are also many Tanzania restaurants that serve Indian influenced food, like grilled tandoor chicken.
This popular snack is called Zanzibar Mix Zanzibari Mix There is one dish in Dar Es Salaam that is rare, but is a gem of an example of an expertly prepared dish that sums up the realm of cultures and traditions of the city: Zanzibari mix is incredible — a comforting combination of deep fried fritters in a coconut milk curry and garnished with fresh chutneys and chili sauce.
My new favorite afternoon spot, is this place in Upanga. Tanzanian Street Food Fresh Tanzanian Street Coffee After spending a few days in Dar Es Salaam you may want to visit the famous island of Zanzibar for a relaxing holiday.
Be sure to read about how to get from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar and then check out these top things to do in Zanzibar. Most important, have fun in Dar Es Salaam!