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Dar es Salaam Vacations

The beautiful city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, sits on the Indian ocean, so you know your Dar es Salaam vacations will include spectacular views. In fact, many hotels in Dar es Salaam are specifically situated to offer some of the most breathtaking views you have ever seen. But there is more to this sun-drenched city than ocean views. Grab package deals to Dar es Salaam and let your African adventure begin.

Major Attractions

Dar es Salaam car rentals allow you to visit all of the major attractions in and around the city on your own schedule. Drop your bags off at your hotel, and then start enjoying the glorious sights and sounds. Music and dance are the biggest attractions. Just about everywhere you go, you will see energetic street performers bopping the Bongo Flava, which is hip-hop and R&B with a Tanzanian flavor. The city also has five museums, of which the most notable is the National Museum. Its exhibits are dedicated to Tanzanian history, and include the bones of Paranthropus boisei. Nearby are the botanical gardens, with excellent examples tropical plants and trees. The Msasani peninsula is the place to go for a day at the beach, or grab a trip to one of the nearby islands for some swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Recurring Festivals and Events

The Sauti za Busara festival is six days of music and fun. This cultural extravaganza is held every year in the middle of February. It features a bopping mix of music and dance styles like ngoma, kidumbak, taarab, rumba, mchiriku, and Swahili hip-hop "bongo flava." You will also be treated to mystic and religious music, film, and comedy acts. Mwaka Kogwa is the four-day New Year celebration. Events include pretend fights with banana stems, huge bonfires, and singing. In July, Dar es Salaam hosts the ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival). This festival highlights the art and culture of the African continent.

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Tours and Activities in Dar es Salaam

The great thing about travel is that you seldom have to chase after brand new experiences — they'll come to you! So unpack your gear, chill out and get ready to make some amazing new memories.

Booking a Dar es Salaam Half-Day City Tour will add some kick to your getaway to Dar es Salaam. You might also want to try out a Zanzibar Full-Day Excursion!

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