Dangers & Annoyances

Take the usual precautions in Dar es Salaam:

  • Watch out for pickpocketing in crowded areas, and for bag snatching through vehicle windows.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and leave your valuables in a reliable hotel safe.
  • At night, always catch a taxi rather than taking a dalla-dalla or walking.
  • Avoid walking alone along the path paralleling Barack Obama Dr, on Coco Beach, and at night along Chole Rd.
  • Only use taxis from reliable hotels or established taxi stands. Avoid taxis cruising the streets, and never get in a taxi that has a ‘friend’ of the driver or anyone else already in it.

Police Stations

Central Police Station Near the Central Line Train Station.

Oyster Bay Police Station Opposite the US Embassy.

Traffic Police Headquarters Near the Central Line Train Station.

Embassies & Consulates

Immigration Office

Immigration Department Just off Kilwa Rd, about 3.5km from the city centre.

Emergency & Important Numbers

Tanzania has no general emergency telephone numbers. For true emergencies, try seeking help from your embassy.

Tanzania's country code255
International access code000

LGBT Travellers

Homosexuality is illegal throughout Tanzania, including in Dar es Salaam, and prosecutions have become more commonplace (including 12 arrests in Dar es Salaam in late 2017). At the time of research there is no openly gay scene in Dar. For updated information, try checking LGBT Voice (lgbtvoicetz.org).

Internet Access

Most hotels, even budget ones, now have either a fixed internet point or wi-fi. Internet cafes abound in the city centre; the more professional ones are tucked away in commercial centres such as Harbour View and Osman Towers. Most charge between Tsh1000 and Tsh2000 per hour.

Main Post Office Has terminals (Tsh1500 per hour).

Serena Hotel Business Centre

YMCA Internet Café

Money

There are ATMs all over the city, and in all the major shopping centres.

ATMs

Changing Money

Forex bureaus give faster service and marginally better exchange rates than the banks. There are many scattered around the city centre, particularly on or near Samora Ave, where you can easily compare rates. All are open standard business hours.

All the big hotels also offer currency exchange, but their rates are less favourable. The worst rates of exchange are generally at the Galaxy Forex Bureau in the arrivals hall at the airport, although it's useful for doing reverse exchanges at the end of your travels. In town, try Serena Forex Bureau.

Opening Hours

Opening hours in Dar es Salaam are generally as follows:

Banks and Government Offices 8am–3.30pm Monday to Friday

Restaurants 7am–9.30am, noon–3pm and 6.30pm–10pm; some places close during Ramadan

Shops 8.30am–5pm/6pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am–1pm Saturday; some shops close at noon Friday for mosque services

Supermarkets 8.30am–6pm Monday to Saturday, 10am–2pm Sunday

Post

Telephone

Starter packs and top-up cards for mobile-phone operators are widely available at shops throughout the city.

Tourist Information

Marine Parks & Reserves Unit Oversees Tanzania's marine parks and reserves.

Surveys & Mapping Division Map Sales Office Sells dated topographical maps (1:50,000) for mainland Tanzania.

Tanzania Tourist Board Information Centre Free tourist maps and brochures, and limited city information.

Travel Agencies

For flight and hotel bookings, try the following:

Coastal Travels Especially good for travel to the Zanzibar Archipelago, and for flights linking northern and southern safari circuit destinations (for which it has its own airline). Also offers reasonably priced city tours, day trips to Zanzibar Island, and Mikumi National Park excursions.

Fast Track Tanzania The agent for Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique and Malawi Airlines.

Kearsley Travel One of the oldest travel agencies in Dar. As well as the usual flight, car and hotel bookings, it also offers southern circuit safaris. Also has an office at Sea Cliff Village.

Travel with Children

Dar es Salaam is full of fun things to do with children:

Accessible Travel

  • Downtown Dar es Salaam is crowded, and manoeuvring a wheelchair on a sidewalk can be very difficult. It may be better to make advance arrangements with your hotel for a minivan taxi that can accommodate a wheelchair.
  • The Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam has bathrooms with roll-in showers and grab rails. Advance booking is advisable. Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel also has wheelchair access.
  • Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.