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Dalla-Dallas And Ferries To Travel In

Posted on November 9, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment


Commuting in Dar es Salaam is fairly easy, though with the usual obstacles that a busy capital city of country has. The favourite means for public transport are the Dalla-dallas or minibuses. There are ferries too, servicing between other major cities like Zanzibar, from Dar es Salaam.

The Dar es Salaam Airport

The DAR, acronym for Dar es Salaam International Airport, here is on Nyerere Road, 12 kilometers to the southwest of the city, providing many services fro both national and international destinations. You could check the details on its website www.tanzaniaairports.com .

For the tourists and other passengers who arrive here by flight there are a number of amenities like an internet café, a couple of exchange bureaus, souvenir shops, bar and restaurants as well.

To get to the city from the airport here, you could go to the main road and get on to one of those Dalla-dallas, as the minibuses here are known as. You could also hire a taxi and decide on the fair before getting on to it as the taxis do not run on meters here.

There are daily services to major cities from Dar es Salaam to other Tanzanian cities like Arusha, Zanzibar, and Kilimanjaro to name a few.

Ferries from Dar es Salaam

The dalla-dallas could also take you directly to the city’s ferry terminal. The city has regular ferries from here to cities like Zanzibar and Pemba. Dhows or boats are other options when traveling by water route. There are two types of dhows- the Jahazi, the large lateen-sailed boats and the Mashua- smaller ones with wider hulls and motor.

The ferry is at a walking distance from the center of the city.

Rail route

Railway lines here connect this Tanzanian capital to Zambia and to other cities in the southwest. Two lines of Tanzania run past its Capital City, Dar es Salaam.

Dar es salaam roadsRoadways

Driving by yourself wouldn’t be advisable unless you are absolutely familiar with the routes and driving in East Africa. It would be good to arrange for a taxi through your tour agent or through the safari operators here.

If you want, you could reserve a taxi fro your service and private tour.

Around the city: Public transport

The cheapest and convenient modes of public transport are Dalla-dallas. There are shared taxis available as well, though rarely and there is no system of metered taxis here.

Walking tours:

Botanic gardensWalking around the city is perhaps a good way to know the city well, and take a look at some of the attractions of Dar es Salaam. There are some walking tours organized here that cover the major sites of the city like the Botanic Gardens.

Bird walks too are arranged here by the The Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania as Dar es Salaam that has a variety of birds.

While bicycling is perhaps not the best option with roads being very busy, some local groups do offer bicycling tours of the city. Yu could interact with the local people of this city in this way. The Pugu Hills Nature Centre at about 12 kilometers from the Dar es Salaam International Airport makes for a good countryside cycle tour.

Booking a mountain bike would be essential for tourists, and better still, if brought from home.

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