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Dar es Salaam- For A Relaxed Vacation

Posted on November 9, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment


The Capital city of Tanzania is apt for those of you who have ample of time to tour the city are not in a hurry to cover a lot many places in a short span of time. The pace of life here is relaxed. On the platter of the tourists, the city serves reflections of colonial architecture, intricate streets, markets and of course, the tunes of guitar among other ways of entertainment.

There are beaches as well as hills and there are some islands around as well, to help you and the local people here get a break from the monotonous city life.

Location

This port city is along the East Coast of Tanzania, on a huge harbor on the Eastern Indian Ocean coast of Africa.

Climate

The climate here is tropical, courtesy its proximity to the Equator and the Indian Ocean. It is very hot and humid. The temperatures remain stable from day to night and summer to winter. June is the driest season. It’s coolest in October, to be precise, the early October. The months   from November to February, have short rains, more so the month of December. March and May are months that witness long rains and the month of April is when the monsoon finally peaks in. Temperatures are high almost through the year, barring the months from June to October and are highest in the first month of the year.

dar es salaam city
If you are visiting the city around December to February, which though should be avoided, you need to be ready for high humidity, avoid the sun during afternoons and carry plenty of sun block.

The best time to visit this Tanzanian capital city would be from June to September, right after the season of rains as then the temperatures here are relatively milder, the humidity level is low as well.

Transport

At a distance of about 12 kilometers, to city’s southwest on Nyerere Road is the city’s main airport. To take you to the city from the airport are dalla-dalla, as the minibuses here are called. You also hire a Taxi or get one for your service through your hotel. Taxis do not run on meters here.

There are ferries running between Dar as Salaam and Zanzibar and also to Pemba. There are boats like the large motor boats and the similar though smaller Mashua boats, plying between these destinations. Dalla-dallas takes you to the ferry terminals, which as at a walking distance from the city center.

Railway lines here connect this Tanzanian capital to Zambia and to other cities in the southwest.

To the west of the city, at a distance of about 8 kilometers on Morogoro Road in Ubungo, is the Dar es Salaam’s main bus terminal.

Essential for the tourists would be mountain bikes.

Major tourist attractions

As mentioned earlier, Dar as Salaam is the place for travelers who are enthusiastic purely for the love of entering a new city and have ample of time to explore it. Some major attractions of the city include the National Museum and the Village Museum.

The former is located in one of the other major attractions of the city, the Botanical Gardens. Preserved in this museum are the histories of local civilization and the famous fossil discoveries. The village museum too is a place worth visiting. For water-lovers, there is the Coco Beach near Oyster Bay in the city to have peaceful time at.

Botanical Gardens
More interesting avenues are found a little far off the city. Some good beaches wait ahead to the north and south of the city.

For the interest of the tourists, there is the Tanzania Tourist Board Information Centre. The tourist offices, as well as a number of hotels, eating-joints and the travel agents here have a monthly publication on the upcoming events in the city of Dar es Salaam called `What’s Happening in Dar es Salaam’, along with maps available freely to tourists.

While not one of the very popular tourist destinations of Africa, Dar es Salaam, the Capital City of Tanzania does promise you a comfortable tour. If it’s a stress free, laid back vacation that you want and if you really want to have some time just with yourself, this is the place worth making a trip to.

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