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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Pemba

    Tropical paradise
    Pemba Island is less of a tourist haven than Zanzibar, but just as beautiful. The island is characterised by luxuriant tropical vegetation. You will see here sprawling plantations. The Pemba Channel separating Pemba from the mainland is considered to be one of the last great untouched territories for divers and deep sea fishers. From Dar es Salaam, you’re best reaching the island byplaneor by ferry. The latter, though, leaves only once a week and is not always that punctual.
  • Askari Monument

    Historical statue
    Without a doubt, the Askari Monument is the city’s most famous statue. It depicts a soldier pointing his rifle towards the harbour. The statue is dedicated to those who fell in World War I. It is found in the exact centre of the city, between Samora Avenue and Maktaba Street. The famous British novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling wrote the inscription for the statue, in English and Swahili.
    Azikiwe Street
    Dar es Salaam
  • Bongoyo Island

    Beautiful beach
    Swimming in the warm Indian Ocean – that’s simply part of being in Dar es Salaam. Many places directly in the city, though, are simply too dirty. So it’s worth taking a trip to Bongoyo Island. After thirty minutes on the boat, you’ll find yourself on a beautiful beach. A day trip to laze in the sun, snorkel, and enjoy fish ’n’ chips and a Serengeti Lager. A great brief holiday away from Dar. The boat leaves at 9.30am, 11:30am, 13:30pm, 15:30pm and returns at 12:30pm, 14:30pm and 5pm.
    Boot von Slipway Pier aus
    Dar es Salaam
  • South Beach

    Nice and relaxing
    Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll find here 100% peace, quiet, and relaxation. The beach here is beautiful and invites you in for a swim. If you want to stay out of the sun, you can also rent a covered beach hut for a day. Or you can stay the night in one of the numerous hotels here. The rustling of palm leaves in the wind and the breaking of the waves – relaxing here is simply magnificent.
    Ferry from Kigamboni
    Or you can take a taxi from Dar es Salaam, about 8 km
  • Azania Front Lutheran Church

    Church at the port
    The Azania Front Lutheran Church can safely be called a landmark of Dar es Salaam. It is located in a beautiful setting by the city harbour and presents an enchanting tower with characteristic canopied windows. The church was built in 1898 by German missionaries. Hence the Bavarian style with the red tiled roof. The church serves the local diocese.
    Kivukoni Road
    Dar es Salaam
  • Selous Game Reserve

    The Selous Game Reserve is one of the most beautiful in Tanzania. It is the largest nature reserve in Africa, extending over 50,000 square kilometres. The Selous Reserve is home to over half of the country’s population of elephant and many buffalo, zebra, gnu, hippopotamus, impala, and wild dog. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
    +255 22 212 8485
  • Zanzibar

    Island dream
    You must simply see this island when you are in Dar es Salaam. The island can be reached by plane or ferry. Awaiting you here are not only beautiful Stone Town with its white colonial houses, but also white beaches and crystal clear water. Here, the Indian Ocean also shows its best side. Whether you’re relaxing at one of the great hotels like the fantastic boutique hotel Kilindi Zanzibar (originally designed by ABBA founder Benny Andersson before he sold it) or exploring the mysteries of this Spice Island on a tour – this island is simply a dream.
  • Botanical Gardens

    Green and exotic
    Here you will find both local flowers and foreign exotic plants like e.g. the Coco de Mer, a palm originally endemic to the Seychelles. The foundations for the Botanical Gardens were laid in 1893 during the German Colonial Empire. Here you should simply take a stroll through and let yourself be inspired by the flowering splendour.
    Kivukoni Road
    Dar es Salaam
  • Mwenge Market

    Traditional products
    Mwenge Market – that is real, authentic Tanzanian. Here you’ll find wood carvings, the typical colourful pictures of the country, jewellery, scarfs, shawls, woven baskets, and batik tunics. It’ll be worth your while simply to stroll by the various stalls, admiring the crafts you see everywhere and comparing prices. This is no place for high tech, but for traditions and lovingly created products.
    Sam Nujoma Road
    Dar es Salaam
  • The Slipway

    Shopping and leisure centre
    The Slipway ranks among the best shopping centres in Dar es Salaam. And it is a leisure centre to boot. Here you can shop till you drop, drink, eat, enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean, and let the kids rollick about in the waterpark and playground. Whether you’re hunting for a souvenir, wanting to book a trip, or simply spending the remains of the day with friends – you’ll find everything you need at The Slipway. And it even offers overnightaccommodation.
    Msasani Peninsula, Slipway Road
    Dar es Salaam
    +255 22 260 0893
  • National Museum & House of Culture

    Archaeology and history
    The National Museum has been around since 1940. It lies directly next to the Botanical Gardens. Here you can view archaeological finds, replicas of petroglyphs, and much more from past times. Visitors can learn many interesting details about the Colonial Era and let themselves be transported back to the years of slave traders, local uprisings, and independence. You can also admire traditional crafts, jewellery, and musical instruments.
    Dar es Salaam
    +255 22 212 2030
  • Tingatinga Art Center

    Typical Tanzanian art
    This Tanzanian style of painting is famous far beyond the national borders. The typical Tingatinga paintings are colourful and present animal motifs, everyday scenes, and patterns that are simply unmistakable. The scene was built up around the painter Edward Said Tingatinga – hence the name. These pictures can be found everywhere in Dar es Salaam and Tanzania. The style is best represented, however, at the Tingatinga Art Center. The pictures are also for sale here.
    Dar es Salaam
    +255 655 424 303
  • Makumbusho Village Museum

    Insights into tradition
    Makumbusho Village Museum presents traditional houses built by eighteen ethnic tribes from various parts of Tanzania. When walking through these houses, visitors can inspect examples of traditional painting, weaving, carving, art, and crafts. In the furnished huts with barns and meeting places, they can also gain insights into the lives of each tribe. Performances of traditional dances and other cultural events are also held here.
    Entlang der Bagamoyo Road in Kijitonyama
    Dar es Salaam


If you want to tour this market, you’ll have to get up early. It’ll be worth it. At 6:30 am, you’ll experience the climax of the fresh fish auction. People from all over the city come here for the catch of the day. And it’s an experience to see the wares crossing the counters.

Fish Market
Ocean Road
Dar es Salaam