Dar es Salaam Tanzania – Vacation Destination Information

This stunning city is located on the eastern coast of Indian Ocean. It has a relaxing atmosphere and pristine beaches. The habour of Dar es Salaam is the main port in Tanzania. The main international Airport in Tanzania, Julias Nyerere Airport is also located in the capital city and is 13 km from the city centre.

For visitors to gain entry into Dar es Salaam, or Tanzania from yellow fever infected regions they are required to obtain yellow fever international certificate of vaccination. Tourists arriving from non-endemic areas such as Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand are exempted from this stipulation. To the northwestern of Tanzania is a forest flagged as a high-risk area for yellow fever.

All visitors are also required to carry along with them Visas with the exception of citizens from several African and commonwealth countries. Some airlines may require visas before you board hence its important you get one from the Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission in that respective country. Though for citizens from some countries visas could be issued on arriving to any of the airports found within Tanzania or at the Kenyan/Tanzanian border.

Dar es Salaam can be accessed via regional hubs from Nairobi in neighboring Kenya, Johannesburg in South Africa and to a lesser degree Addis Ababa. The airport is also accessed through other Tanzania airports that handle domestic as well as international flights. These are the Kilimanjaro International Airport and Dodoma airport and a few more. There is also a ferry service operating between Mombasa in Kenya and Dar es Salaam.

Transport within the city of Dar es Salaam is usually by taxis, visitors should bear in mind that this taxis charge a standard flat rate per journey within the city. If visitors are interested in visiting Zanzibar then they must produce evidence of Yellow fever certification. Transportation to Zanzibar is done through ferries where a visitor could opt to go for a choice of a catamaran, an ordinary ferry or a hydrofoil. A port charge of USD 5 is levied to the boat fare.

And like the rest of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam never really gets cold and light clothing is recommended. Average daily temperatures hover in the 30C range with October to March being the hottest period. Warmer clothing such as sweaters is however necessary to get you through the evenings and early mornings if you are heading for the highlands. Short sleeve shirts, shorts and trouser for men are sufficient and so are short sleeve blouses, slacks and skirts for the ladies.

Dar es Salaam has fair share of historical landmarks like the St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the White Father’s Mission House, the Botanical Gardens, the old State House and the National Museum that add to the value and pique visitor’s interest to visit the city centre. There is a Lutheran Church flaunted as the oldest building existing in the city, which only seems to showcase the rich Christian heritage of Tanzania that dates back 18th century when the first missionaries came to Tanzania.

A majority of visitors to Dar es Salaam find it worthwhile to take a southern Tanzania safari tour to Mikumi, Udzungwa, Ruaha and Selous game reserves – one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in Tanzania.