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Where to Stay in Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is the largest city in the East African nation of Tanzania. It serves as the nation's economic and cultural hub as well as the gateway to the popular island tourist destination of Zanzibar. The city is divided into three distinct districts: Kinondoni, Ilala and Temeke. Most leisure travelers choose to book hotel reservations in the affluent northern region of Kinondoni. This district is home to many luxury resorts that cater to the elite travelers. Here, beautiful beaches, including the famous Coco Beach, offer visitors a place to relax, swim and sunbathe. Neighborhoods, such as Oysterbay, are home to shopping districts, art galleries, fine restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Business travelers looking to stay close Dar es Salaam's central business district should search for hotels in the Ilala district. Known as the city's administrative and transportation hub, it also is its center of commerce. Large bazaars, such as the Ilala Market, host vendors who sell a variety of wares, including local textiles, carvings, artwork and jewelry. Or head south to the district of Temeke. Although the area has a reputation as being Dar es Salaam's industrial center, thanks in part to the presence of the Dar es Salaam Port, it also features a number of luxury resorts. In particular, the southern region across the channel known as Kigamboni, or South Beach, is an especially popular tourist destination.
Dar es Salaam Hotel Tips
Because of its geographic location near the Equator, Dar es Salaam experiences a tropical climate with varying periods of wetness and dryness. The busiest tourist season is between January and February. During this period average temperatures range between the mid 70s and the low 90s, while rain is at a minimum. If you plan on traveling during these months, book your hotels reservations a few months ahead of time to ensure availability. July through October is also a peak tourist period for Dar es Salaam. Temperatures are a little cooler during these months, which is ideal for those that want to avoid the hot climate.
Budget travelers should search for discount flights to Tanzania and hotels during the city's "long rains" season, which lasts from April through May. Temperatures remain high as rainfall exceeds 5 inches on average. Or compare rates during late October through November. This "short rains" season experiences about half the precipitation of the main rainy season.
Dar es Salaam Hotel Recommendations
Stay south of central Dar es Salaam near Kigamboni at the exquisite South Beach Resort. The hotel overlooks azure waters where guests can swim, Jet Ski and snorkel. Along the adjacent white sands, visitors can sunbathe or play beach volleyball. The hotel features a large outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and children's playground. Accommodations range from guestrooms to private huts. There are 36 tastefully appointed air-conditioned rooms, each outfitted with its own private balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Chawaba Camping Village features rentable huts and are surrounded by natural luscious greenery. As for food and drink, guests can grab a bite at Rifu's Bar and Grill, or enjoy a cocktail at the Whisky Shack.
Or book reservations at the Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski, which provides guests with convenient access to both the waterfront and the city's central business district. The exclusive boutique has been a Dar es Salaam landmark since the 1960s. The recently refurbished facility features extra spacious guestrooms that are each decorated with warm tones and a mixture of African and European styles. Optional sea-facing rooms and suites are available for guests that want to wake up to spectacular vistas of the waterfront. Relax at the hotel's full-service spa, which offers a variety of treatments including Thai and Swedish massages. There is also a fitness center on-site. Business travelers can make use of the hotel's business center, while pleasure seekers can sunbathe on the hotel's pool deck.
Those looking for a lavish boutique on the Msasani Peninsula should consider the Golden Tulip hotel. Located along the Indian Ocean, the hotel offers guests pan Romaic views of the water. The facility's exterior was inspired by Arabic architecture, providing an exotic and luxurious atmosphere. Modern banquet rooms provide guests with space for special events and meetings, while on-site fine dining restaurant is a great place to sample some modern fusion cuisine. There are 84 guestrooms and several executive-style suites. All rooms provide guests with private balconies, offering stunning views of the East African coast. The hotel also features a picturesque swimming pool and deck, located adjacent to the ocean.
Dar es Salaam Transportation
Those visiting central Dar es Salaam can manage the bustling district on foot. This area is fairly walkable, aside from the occasional busy road. Streets here are lined with vendors and craftsmen, making it an excellent spot for a stroll. The most common form of public transportation in the city is by daladalas, a shared shuttle that travels on a fixed route. These shuttles usually have their routes clearly marked on the front of the vehicles. Taxi service is available as well throughout the city. For day trips, tourists can rent a car from one of the several rental agencies with operations in Dar es Salaam. Driving within the city itself can be a challenging task due to high rush hour congestion. If you're looking to travel north to the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve or to the islands of Zanzibar, you can catch a ferry. Boats leave periodically throughout the day.
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