What to do when you are in Dar es Salaam

What to do when you are in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam, previously the capital of Tanzania, remains the financial and industrial centre of the country. Its expansion has been rapid and today it is home to nearly 5 million inhabitants, as well as being the main port of the region. The temperature never drops below 19 degrees in the middle of Winter and rarely rises above 31 degrees in Summer, making it an ideal destination for a holiday or a long weekend getaway.

In the Dar es Salaam National Museum and House of Culture, dedicated to the history of Tanzania, you will see bones of the Paranthropus boisei, an ancestor of man who may have been the first to use tools made of stone. A real treasure among many others, including Chinese pottery and George V ‘s car.

The Tinga Tinga Art Centre, not far from Oyster Bay, bears the name of the Tanzanian artist whose style has become a reference in East Africa. His work typifies the pictorial art of the region, ranging from the abstract to the naïve and including cultural scenes, all of which delight visitors. Paintings are on sale as from 99 USD.

Eating out

Although many restaurants offer cutlery, eating with your fingers is normal practice in Tanzania and it is common to see people plunging their right hand (and the right one only..) into a plate of rice.

To sample Nyama Choma, meat roasted on the grill, you have to be patient as you often choose your piece of meat (usually goat) and wait for it to be cooked.

 Sellers of coffee, toasted corn-on-the-cob, meat brochettes or chapatis are frequently seen around the town. Street food is one of the unmissable strong points of Dar, as it is affectionately known by its inhabitants.

Take a trip to Bongoyo Island

A few miles offshore Dar es Salaam is Bongoyo Island. The water around the island is clean and there are many types of water sports activities for you on the island. It’s a clean island and will give you the best experience of the Indian Ocean! You can reach the island by taking a ferry boat from Slipway in the Msasani area of Dar es Salaam. It’s a peaceful island that will give you a relaxing escape away from the hustle bustle of the city.


Visit the Village Museum!

Unlike typical indoor museums, this museum is a must-visit because it truly depicts the authentic architecture and culture of Tanzania. It’s an outdoor museum in which you can find traditional Tanzanian huts and explore their culture in the true sense!


Head over to Coco Beach, also known as Oyster Bay

Coco beach is the best local beach in Dar es Salaam. It’s a lively beach where you’ll easily find music and a lot to eat! The beach is a bit busy so it’s a great place to visit if you want to interact with the locals and socialize!


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Size chart

Centimeters (CM)

Inches (IN)

50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM X 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM X 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

100CM X 80CM

39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

140CM X 110CM

55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in