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Bid for the catch of the day at Kivukoni Fish Market

For one of the most immersive experiences in Dar Es Salaam, head to the Kivukoni Fish Market on Ocean Road at dawn to see the fisherman draw in their catches and auctioneers sell them off. It's hectic, noisy and can sometimes get a little rowdy, but you'll get no fresher fish anywhere in the city.

Get the bends with a yoga class

Satya Renee Bangoy (tel: +255 754 666 010; is an India-trained, Philippines native who holds daily yoga sessions around Dar Es Salaam that are planned specifically for those passing through the city. The classes also support a local healthcare centre.

Go diving along Jangwani Beach

While die-hard divers typically head to Zanzibar or Mafia Island, there is still much to see in the waters directly off Dar Es Salaam. Located at Jangwani Beach, 25km (15.5 miles) from the city, Sea Breeze Marine (tel: +255 754 783 241; run courses from beginner to advanced levels with plenty of marine life and sunken hulls to encounter along the reef.

Head out on a bird safari

Forget Tanzania's big game, there is stunning wildlife to be seen closer to Dar Es Salaam. Local birdlife is varied and Andrew Majembe (tel: +255 784 490 399; offers six, half-day tours around different sites in Dar, taking in both forests and flamingo-filled coastal swamps. Be sure to book in advance.

Watch a wood carver in action

Located near the Village Museum, Mwenge Carvers' Market is a colourful cacophony of over 200 wood carvers who sit and whittle everything from traditional Doei masks to wooden fish. Prepare to slip on your haggling gloves here, as the locals will hike the price a little/lot.

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Hotel Sapphire

Centrally located, the Hotel Sapphire is a clean and pleasant budget option with 63 rooms to choose from. All come with either queen-size or twin beds as well as cable TV as standard. Marble floors help cool the sleeping quarters, while large bathrooms, Wi-Fi and coffee and tea making facilities ensure guests have everything they need. Best of all though are the extremely helpful staff and the rooftop bar, which gives great views across the city.

Tiffany Diamond Hotel & Spa

This clean and airy hotel in the centre of the city has much going for it. Spacious air-conditioned rooms come with complementary Wi-Fi satellite TV and great showers while suites have more room and large Jacuzzi baths. The Shaba Lounge on the 10th floor has views of the harbour and a small but fully-equipped gym sauna and spa are good for unwinding.

Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro

Providing a slice of serenity in this busy and bustling city, the 5-star oasis of The Kilimanjaro offer views over the open Indian Ocean as well as an affable, rooftop infinity pool if the beach seems a little too far away. The 180 large rooms mix African and European features and come with refreshing rain showers, king-size beds, satellite TVs and high speed internet. There are also two excellent restaurants on-site that dish up international fare and local specialties, as well as a lively lounge with an outdoor terrace. Its luxury wellness centre offers spa treatments, saunas, steam rooms and a gym.

DoubleTree by Hilton

In the chic Slipway section of the city, the DoubleTree by Hilton is a wonderful waterfront stay that overlooks Oyster Bay. Its spacious, regal-looking rooms are styled with African art and aristocratic furnishings, and all come with complementary internet, LCD TVs, refined bathrooms and the finest Egyptian cotton sheets. With a swimming pool and three restaurants on-site, the whim of every guest should be catered for.

Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel

The Arabic touches and European elegance of this 5-star palace are just a few meandering minutes from the city centre. Its 230 rooms offer luxury in abundance with king-size beds, much needed air-conditioning, cable TV and separate sitting areas. The hotel also has enough bars, lounges and restaurants to form a break away village, but visitors are usually too busy relaxing in the swimming pool and wellness centre to worry about such fantasies.

New Africa Hotel

Right in the heart of the city, just a few streets from the waterfront, the New Africa Hotel is a modern and well equipped bolthole that offers large, comfy beds, flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi. While only some rooms afford views over the harbour, the excellent rooftop restaurant gives superb vistas for all enjoying its tasty Thai tucker. There is also an on-site casino for those that like a roll and the hotel's dimly lit bar tends to pack out on a Friday night.