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Holiday In Dar es Salaam

If you need to get away for a while, what better place than a town that began as a summer holiday spot for a sultan? 
Dar Es Salaam, on Tanzania’s east coast, may not be the official capital, but it’s the largest city and the capital of culture, combining beaches, business and bumpin’ nightlife. If holidays to Dar Es Salaam are good enough for the sultan of Zanzibar, they’re good enough for you.

Things to Do in Dar Es Salaam

A holiday in Dar Es Salaam is more action-packed than a Mad Max movie—although Charlize Theron won’t be there. Make a stop at the National Museum and get your bearings on this city of 3 million. The highlight: A famous fossil known as Nutcracker Man, discovered by someone named Leakey. (All true.) You can also see vintage autos and contemporary art. This museum is diverse, to say the least—much like Tanzania itself.

If it’s time to hit the beach, head to the Slipway on Yacht Club Road and hop on a dhow boat to Bongoyo Island. You can snorkel, swim…or rent a thatched-roof banda hut and do nothing except chow down on fish and chips. If you’re used to seagulls, you’ll get a kick out of the island’s resident leftover-hunters: monitor lizards! For a different beach experience, pick up one of lastminute.com.au’s car hire options in Dar Es Salaam and steer your way to South Beach in Kigamboni.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

You can use those wheels for shopping too. One must-buy on your Dar Es Salaam holiday is tingatinga art. What now, you say? This uber-bright, cartoony painting style originated in Oyster Bay, and you’ll find plenty to choose from at the Tingatinga Art Center. Since you’ll probably keep that for yourself, you still need some gifts for your friends back home. Uhuru Street in downtown might as well translate to “retail therapy street”. Find traditional kanga wrap skirts, wood carvings and more.

Our Dar Es Salaam packages in downtown suit everyone from business travellers to those who like their food from the streets—vendors, that is. Search out the mysteriously named “Zanzibar mix”. Is it a soup? A stew? There’s one thing we know for sure: The mix of lemon-mango sauce, coconut chutney and potato is definitely delicious. Wash it down with a Stoney Tangawizi if you dare—this ginger soda is strong.

When it’s time for something even stronger than that soda, you can go classy or…not so classy. On the north side of the bay, Mbezi Beach has oceanfront lounges with chill atmospheres and even chillier beverages. For a night where anything is possible, though, check out Oyster Bay, whose scene can go from upscale to dive bar within a few blocks—much like your judgment after a few drinks.

What’s Next?

Whitewashed, gift-wrapped getaways with the same-old photo ops? You’re so over it. You need lastminute.com.au’s packages to Dar Es Salaam, where you can dig into African culture, sandy coastlines and, oh yeah, tons of wonderful “Zanzibar mix”. That’s a holiday we can get behind.


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Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro

Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro

Kivukoni Street, P O Box 9574, Dar es Salaam
    5.0 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Kivukoni, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Azania Front Lutheran Church, Atiman House, and Askari Monument. National Museum of Tanzania ...

    Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The KilimanjaroAU$311

    28 Jul - 29 Jul

    Golden Tulip Dar Es Salaam City Center Hotel

    Golden Tulip Dar Es Salaam City Center Hotel

    City Plaza, Jamhuri Street, Dar es Salaam
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Kisutu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Askari Monument and Atiman House. Azania Front Lutheran Church and St Joseph's Cathedral are also ...

      Golden Tulip Dar Es Salaam City Center HotelAU$125

      18 Jul - 19 Jul

      Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel

      Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel

      Ohio Street, Dar es Salaam
        5.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Kivukoni, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dar es Salaam International Conference Centre and Julius Nyerere International Conference ...

        Dar Es Salaam Serena HotelAU$289

        2 Aug - 3 Aug

        Hotel Slipway

        Hotel Slipway

        Slipway Road, Msasani, Dar es Salaam
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Nestled on the beach, this Masaki hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Slipway, Nyumba ya Sanaa, and Little Theatre. Zanzibar Ferry Terminal and Lugalo Golf Course ...

          Hotel SlipwayAU$206

          27 Jul - 28 Jul

          Ramada Encore by Wyndham Dar Es Salaam

          Ramada Encore by Wyndham Dar Es Salaam

          Ghana Avenue, PO Box 10183, Dar es Salaam
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Kivukoni, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dar es Salaam International Conference Centre and Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre. ...

            Ramada Encore by Wyndham Dar Es SalaamAU$190

            23 Jul - 24 Jul

            HOTEL BLUE SAPPHIRE

            HOTEL BLUE SAPPHIRE

            Julius K. Nyerere Rd, Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Situated in Dar es Salaam, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ilala Market, Tanzania National Stadium, and Uhuru Monument. Kariakoo Market and St Joseph's ...

              HOTEL BLUE SAPPHIREAU$154

              26 Jul - 27 Jul

              Best Western CBD Hotel

              Best Western CBD Hotel

              Nkurumah Street, Dar es Salaam
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in the heart of Dar es Salaam, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Uhuru Monument and Kariakoo Market. St Joseph's Cathedral and Atiman House are ...

                Best Western CBD HotelAU$136

                31 Jul - 1 Aug

                Tanzanite Executive Suites

                Tanzanite Executive Suites

                Mali Street, Morogoro Road, Dar es Salaam
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Kisutu, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Uhuru Monument, St Joseph's Cathedral, and Atiman House. Askari Monument and Dar es Salaam International ...

                  Tanzanite Executive SuitesAU$116

                  18 Jul - 19 Jul

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