Advice for a first timer to Dar Es Salaam
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jan 29, 2013 9:56 AM Last Post By: Ndreyanka
Jan 22, 2013 10:15 AM
Advice for a first timer to Dar Es SalaamHi!
I'll be headed to TZ in late March-Early April. Visiting my girlfriend who is currently volunteering for the Peace Corps in Njombe. She's gonna meet me in Dar when I arrive so we thought we'd stay around there for a couple of days to reconnect and enjoy the Ocean before traveling on. I've been trying to do some research about exactly where to stay and reading this forum (which is fantastic) and I figured I'd ask for advice.
I did run across Mikadi Beach a few times in some blogs I've been reading... Seems pretty cool. Anyone know anything about it? I'm up for any tips or advice to make this trip the trip of a lifetime....
Jan 25, 2013 12:30 AM
1I spent about fifteen days in total over two months mostly camping at Mikadi mid-2012. At the time I had no feel for Tanzanian Guest Houses, which is a much better deal money-wise. You're in a bit of a cocoon at Mikadi - signs everywhere telling you how dangerous it is outside the camp. Its mostly an overland trucker stop. On the plus side, the local area of Kigamboni is very chilled (but dangerous at night - walk with locals). The walk to the ferry crossing is safe, even in the early evening; besides you have constant tuk-tuk options (Tsh2,000/trip). The food market at Kigamboni is great, and its the place to stock-up on fruit and water. There's a little tavern across the road from the entrance to Mikadi which sells beer etc. at normal Tanzania prices, i.e. half what it would cost you inside Mikadi, and the vibe is relaxed - its a great way to observe passing life in the area. They also do basic food cheaply. Food at Mikadi is the usual price at backpackers around, which like the accommodation and the alcohol is over-priced. Its a good place to find your bearings, though, and a much better place than the middle class suburbs more frequently seen by tourists. And it is relaxed inside and the beach is cool, but pretty dangerous to walk without one of the 'Masai' guards. Do yourself a favour, and visit the KCC centre, particularly around 5/6pm when the kids are practicing their acrobatics. Its a trip, and the volunteer staff are pretty cool. Next time I'm in Dar I'll head for Kigamboni again, but for a Guest House rather than Mikadi. Tanzanians are pretty reserved and it takes a bit of time to feel your way around. I'd imagine that the student area of Dar would be fun to stay in, but you'll be a bit away from the beach. The Bradt guide lists some seemingly cool places further away from the harbour along the Kigamboni road.
Jan 29, 2013 9:56 AM
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