Introducing Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s major city and its capital in everything but name. ‘Dar’ is a down-to-earth place, with a picturesque seaport and enough historic buildings, shops and good restaurants to keep you busy for a few days. The city has a mix of African, Arabic and Indian influences yet keeps close ties to its Swahili roots.
Best places to stay in Dar es Salaam
Tanzania travel guide
“Wildlife galore, idyllic beaches, snow-capped Kilimanjaro, moss-covered ruins, friendly people, fascinating cultures – Tanzania has all this and more wrapped up in one adventurous and welcoming package.” Mary Fitzpatrick, Lonely Planet author
Tanzania - Dar Es Salaam (Chapter)
With a population of over three million and East Africa’s second-largest port, Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s major centre. Yet under its veneer of urban bustle, the city remains a down-to-earth place, with a picturesque seaport, a mixture of...
The National Museum houses the famous fossil discoveries of zinjanthropus (nutcracker man) from Oldupai (Olduvai) Gorge (although only a copy is available for general viewing), plus displays on many other topics, including the Shirazi civilisation of Kilwa, the Zanzibar slave trade, and the German and British colonial periods.
The centrepiece of this open-air museum is a collection of authentically constructed dwellings illustrating traditional life in various parts of Tanzania. There are sometimes traditional music and dance performances held on afternoons. The museum is 10km north of the city centre; the Mwenge dalla-dalla runs there from New Posta transport stand (Tsh300, 45 minutes).
In addition to its many other attractions, Africa offers incredible linguistic diversity. Most African languages belong to one of the following four language families: Afro- Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Congo (with the Bantu languages as the major...
This beach is packed with locals on weekends, and is an amenable setting for an inexpensive beer and snacks – both available from local vendors.
For a gentle initiation into Dar es Salaam’s markets, head to the fish market , near Kivukoni Front. It’s fairly calm as urban markets go, and you can watch fish auctions.
Top things to do in Zanzibar Archipelago
Best places to stay in Zanzibar Archipelago
East Africa travel guide
Gentle gorillas, stampeding wildebeest, snow-capped peaks, paradisiacal beaches and an amazing array of tribal cultures - all this and more await you in East Africa, one of Africa's most enticing corners.
Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure
From the buzz of Kenya's capital Nairobi to the excitement of tracking the Big Five across the Serengeti, feel the pulse of Africa on this 11-day journey. Explore the incomparable beauty of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater before heading east through the savannah to visit spice plantations and relax on the beach.
Top things to do in Zanzibar Town
Road to Zanzibar
Visit Africa and travel along the road to Zanzibar through Kenya and Tanzania. Cross vast savannas where magnificent herds of elephants roam, enjoy warm village welcomes in lush jungles and see where white sand and palm trees meet the deep, blue sea on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Best places to stay in Zanzibar Town
Tanzania - Zanzibar Archipelago (Chapter)
Step off the boat or plane onto the Zanzibar Archipelago, and you’ll be transported through the miles and the centuries – to ancient Persia, to Oman’s caliphs and sultans, to India, with its heavily laden scents.
Selous & Zanzibar
This is a trip for those who prefer to get a feel for a few destinations rather than just getting a glimpse of many. As the largest wildlife preserve in Africa and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1982, Selous Game Reserve is certain to exceed even the greatest of expectations.
Africa travel guide
Something special about Africa touches the soul; it is a continent of 54 immensely diverse countries that is both deeply troubled and profoundly uplifting.
East Africa Family Safari
Take a family trip to the zoo - or better yet, see iconic animals up close and in the wild on this astounding adventure through colourful East Africa. Embark on a safari through Kenya and Tanzania where the grassy Serengeti plains offer the chance to spot the Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo and leopards.
Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches
Be amazed by the astoundingly diverse beauty of East Africa's landscapes: verdant highlands, steamy rainforests, tropical beaches and waving grasslands that sprawl into the horizon. Travel on safari through the game parks of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Vic Falls to Kenya
Travel through a region of vast landscapes, epic beauty and amazing wildlife on this enriching journey. Packed full of authentic experiences that will inspire and delight, this unique Africa tour takes in iconic sights as well as hidden gems.