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Things to see in Dar es Salaam

Tourist Offices

Tanzania Tourist Board

Address: , IPS Building, 3rd Floor, Dar es Salaam, PO Box 2485
Telephone: (022) 211 1244.
Opening times:

0930-1730.

Website: http://www.tanzaniatouristboard.com/

Attractions

National Museum and House of Culture

Formerly known as the National Museum, this attraction close to the Botanic Gardens contains some snapshots of Tanzania’s rich cultural heritage. It retains famous fossil discoveries made by paleoanthropologist and archaeologist, Louis Leakey, in Olduvai Gorge, plus historical displays on regional civilisations, the development of the slave trade and the German and British colonial periods of Tanzania's history. It is hard to avoid the fact that the collection, as it stands, is limited and somewhat patchy, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Exhibits range quirkily from historic craft exhibits and prehistoric skulls to guides on ridding a house of termites. The museum also has an attractive courtyard and a café shaded by a huge Banyan tree.

Address: , Shaaban Robert Street, Dar es Salaam,
Telephone: (022) 211 7508.
Opening times:

 0900-1830.

Website: http://www.houseofculture.or.tz
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Village Museum

If you’re not going to make it into rural Tanzania, the Village Museum provides a good survey of the sort of architecture that is found there. This open-air museum features a collection of 19 authentically reconstructed dwellings that show traditional ways of living for different ethnic groups throughout Tanzania. These ways of life still endure in many areas of the country. Situated 10km (6 miles) north of the city centre, the museum also lays on traditional dance and music performances during the afternoons, and is partly aimed at teaching urban Tanzanian children and teens about the cultural heritage of their rural cousins.

Address: , New Bagamayo Road at Makaburi Street, Dar es Salaam,
Telephone: (022) 270 0437.
Opening times:

 0930-1830.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Nyumba Ya Sanaa (Nyerere Cultural Centre)

Founded back in 1972, this centre also known as the 'House of Arts', is a handicrafts hub where young artisans congregate to work, display and sell their wares. Jewellery, textiles, pottery, etchings, paintings and carvings are all on display, many of them available at very reasonable rates. There's also the chance for visitors to participate in actually making some of the craft work too. The centre lays on traditional dance performances at the weekends, when a bar and small restaurant open to accompany the shows.

Address: , Ohio Street, Dar es Salaam,
Telephone: (022) 213 1727.
Opening times: Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Askari Monument

The role of East African soldiers in the First World War is little known internationally, but is commemorated by this key Dar es Salaam monument. Askaris were African soldiers recruited by the colonial powers, and during the First World War they fought in small numbers on both sides in a series of battles across East and central Africa. This bronze monument, unveiled under British rule in 1927, commemorates local deaths on the British side of the conflict, and includes an inscription in English and Swahili by Rudyard Kipling. The monument is now a popular focal point for street hawkers.

Address: corner of Samora Avenue and Azikiwe Street, , Dar es Salaam,
Telephone:
Opening times:

 Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Botanical Gardens

Just across the road from the National Museum, these tranquil gardens have shrunk a bit since they were first laid out by the Germans at the end of the 19th century. However, it is still an enchanting spot with its pathways flanked by bougainvillea, Jacaranda and scarlet-blossomed flame trees. There’s a good collection of native trees and plants here, while the free-roaming peacocks add a suitably decorative note.

Address: , Samora Avenue, Dar es Salaam,
Telephone:
Opening times:

0930-1830.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

St Joseph’s Cathedral

This impressive neo-gothic church on the Dar es Salaam waterfront looks almost like it’s been teleported here from suburban Berlin and is still surprised to find itself surrounded by palm trees. Built by the Germans in 1897, as testified on the original inscriptions still visible in the nave, the church is the centre of the Catholic Diocese of Dar es Salaam. The most enduring monument to Tanzania’s brief spell as a German colony, the cathedral’s best feature is the stained glass windows looming behind the altar.

Address: , Sokoine Drive, Dar es Salaam,
Telephone:
Opening times: Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Azania Front Lutheran Church

Another grand church built during the German colonial period, this protestant church is a style best described as tropical Bavarian. With its whitewashed walls, jutting red tiled canopies and leafy gardens facing out over the harbour, it’s one of central Dar es Salaam’s prettiest spots. There’s not a massive amount to see in the handsome, sober interior, but in the days before air conditioning, its cool, shaded aisles would have been a revelation. If you’re lucky, you’ll arrive during the church’s sporadic choir practices, when you can hear the sound of singing drifting out into the street.

Address: Corner of Sokoine Drive and Azikiwe Street , , Dar es Salaam,
Telephone:
Opening times: Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

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Hotel Nikko Tower

Just a short walk to the ferry terminal, Hotel Nikko Tower is great for either a swift stay before heading to Zanzibar or for a longer budget break in Dar. Clean and colourful rooms have large TVs, free Wi-Fi and decent double beds and there is a simple fitness centre on the top floor. The on-site sports bar has a decent happy hour and shows live games on a large screen.

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.