What to see in Dar Es Salaam

Dar Es Salaam Attractions

With a vast and turbulent history, Dar es Salaam is not a renowned sightseeing destination, but it does offer many attractions for holidaymakers and the city's down-to-earth atmosphere makes it pleasant to explore.

The main attractions in and around Dar es Salaam are actually natural, including the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve, the Pugu Hills Forest Reserve, and Bongoyo Island, which can be reached by a short boat ride. Visitors may also enjoy a trip to the Zoological Gardens, or a quiet afternoon at the Dar es Salaam Botanical Gardens, a lush sanctuary in the urban jungle.

For beach lovers, Kigamboni (South Beach) is situated just beyond central Dar es Salaam. An affluent area almost entirely filled with beach resorts, some of the best beaches in Dar es Salaam are to be found in Kigamboni. Many hotels charge an entry fee, however a portion of this is returned in the form of food vouchers.

For those wanting a taste of the local culture and history there are a number of good museums in Dar es Salaam, the most popular of which for travellers are the National Museum and the Makumbusho Village Museum.

Bongoyo Island

Located one and a half miles (2.5km) north of Dar es Salaam, Bongoyo Island is an uninhabited island that makes up part…

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Makumbusho Village Museum

A popular tourist attraction, the Makumbusho Village Museum displays traditional Tanzanian homes and lifestyles, representing…

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National Museum

Located next to the Botanical Gardens, the National Museum (now officially called the National Museum & House of…

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