Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s biggest city, with its beautiful beaches, sights and many culinary options, is a very popular tourist destination. With a population of about 4.3 million and growing it is also the economic, cultural and political center of Tanzania.
We have compiled of a list of 10 wonderful things to do in Dar es Salaam for those lucky enough to spend time in Tanzania’s amazing capital city.
1. Coco beach
Enjoy some quality time at the beach and swim in the Indian ocean!
2. The Dar es Salaam fish market.
Get up nice and early and enjoy the auctioning of freshly caught fish at the fish market.
3. the National Museum
Learn about Tanzania’s culture and heritage at the National Museum.
The ferry ride to Zanzibar is an amazing experience on its own because you might get a glimpse of a few dolphins while chilling out on the deck of the fast moving boat.
Stone town, ruins, the old fort, beautiful beaches and delicious food are just a few of the things you can do in Zanzibar.
5. Kariakoo Market
Kariakoo is one of the largest and most popular markets in Dar es Salaam. Visit this market to get a good sense of Tanzanian culture.
6. The Village Museum
At the Village Museum you will gain great cultural insight into various traditional ways of life around Tanzania.
7. The Harbor
Go down to the harbor and watch all the boats going in and out, you may even see some traditional coastal fishing boats called Dhows.
8. The local cuisine
There are so many good places to eat in Dar es Salaam that its hard to suggest a restaurant but try some of Tanzanias favorite dishes like ugali (dish of maize flour), nyama choma (roasted meat) and mishikaki (beef skewers).
9. Mwenge Carvers Market
Do your souvenir shopping at Mwenge Carvers Market. Here you can find amazing hand crafted souvenirs.
10. Uhuru Street
Here you can buy traditional Tanzanian Kangas for very reasonable prices.