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Why Fly to Dar es Salaam?
The one time capital of Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam is usually regarded as a staging post for those setting off to the islands of Zanzibar or Tanzania’s national parks. In fact, this bustling port city, affectionately known as Dar, has some hidden treasures of its own and is well worth spending time in before your safari trip or island getaway holiday. You can use Travelzoo’s SuperSearch to find cheap flights to Dar Es Salaam.
Flying to Dar es Salaam from the UK
Flights to Dar Es Salaam leave the UK from London Heathrow, which fly directly to the East African city, and from London Gatwick, with one change at Doha where you have to stay overnight before connecting onto Dar Es Salaam. You can also fly from London City airport but you’ll have to change at Amsterdam and Nairobi. There are also indirect flights from London Heathrow. You can stop at Zurich or Cairo, both with only a couple of hours’ stopover.
Popular Flight Routes to Dar es Salaam
Which Airlines Fly to Dar es Salaam?
British Airways operates the only direct service out of the UK to Dar Es Salaam, flying from London Heathrow. If you want to fly out of London Gatwick, Qatar Airways services the route to East Africa but you must do an overnight in Doha. For those wishing to leave from London City Airport, KLM and Kenya Airways operate a service via Amsterdam and Nairobi. Swiss operates a service out of London Heathrow to Dar Es Salaam with a plane change in Zurich. Egyptair offers cheap flight tickets for services to Dar es Salaam from London Heathrow with a Cairo stop.
Mini Travel Guide to Dar es Salaam
Dar has a mixture of African, Arabic and Indian influences, making a visit to one of its many restaurants a rewarding experience. The city’s attractions include the National Museum of Tanzania, which gives visitors a good grounding about the bustling seaport, the Village Museum where you can see how the natives lived here hundreds of years ago and the Zoological Gardens. Evelyn Waugh fans might like to stop off at the Forodhani Hotel Training Building, now the Appeals Court but in its heyday the Dar Es Salaam Club where the British novelist would pop in for a drink.
Despite not being the capital of Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam, sitting in a tranquil bay just off the Indian Ocean coast, has developed into the most important economic centre of East Africa. Diplomatic offices, governmental departments and major African business HQs all jostle for space in this busy port which services the rest of the continent. The marks of early 20th century British and German colonialisation can still be seen in the city’s architecture and the National Museum narrates an interesting tale of German and British intergration with the locals.
As you wander past the Azania Front Lutheran Church, built by German missionaries at the turn of the 20th century, you may be lucky enough to hear the choir practising – pop your head round the door of this red-roofed building to admire its simple beauty.
Grab your sunhat and take a walking tour of some of Dar Es Salaam’s lovely historic monuments, taking in St Josephs Cathedral, the White Father’s Mission House, the Zoological Gardens and the Old State House.
If you fancy a daytrip, jump on a ferry out of Dar to Bongoyo Island where the beaches are untouched, the silence only broken by the rustle of wildlife dashing through the lush forest vegetation. This is also a great diving and snorkelling spot.