If you are planning to travel to Tanzania, you will more than likely find yourself landing in Dar es Salaam's Julius Nyerere International Airport. Named after the county's first president, this is the largest international airport in the country and where all international flights to the country arrive. Regional flights from neighbouring countries also touch down here making it easy to find cheap flights to Dar es Salaam. The airport is a 40-minute drive away from the city centre.
When booking flights to Dar es Salaam, be careful to ensure that you arrive during the day. Dar es Salaam flights that arrive late in the night will result in spending more than £50 for a taxi ride to the city centre as public buses and mini buses do not operate late into the night.
Taxi services are available all over the city. They are however more expensive than other means of public transport. The main bus station in Dar es Salaam is in an area known as Ubongo. All major bus services such as Dar Express arrive and depart from this point.
Many of the roads in Dar es Salaam are worn out as a result of poor maintenance. If you are planning on hiring your own private vehicle, opt for a four-wheel drive. These vehicles will ensure comfort and safety throughout your stay in the city.
There is always something to do while in Dar es Salaam. For original carvings and other handmade artefacts and souvenirs, visit Nyumba ya Sanaa. This shopping centre founded by American Nuns offers you a wide variety of original handcrafted leatherworks, jewellery and carvings made from soapstone and wood. Nyumba ya Sanaa is situated next to the Royal Palm hotel on Upanga road.
If you want to learn more about Tanzania and its history, the National Museum on Shaaban Robert Street is the place to find all the information you are looking for. This natural history museum displays various artefacts from ancient Tanzanian civilisation as well as fossils discovered in the country.
Many people booking Dar es Salaam flights do so with the intention of experiencing the rich culture of the country. You can do this at the Village Museum. This is based in the Kijitonyama area of Dar es Salaam along the Bagamoyo Road. There are traditional dances, homesteads and farming methods on display.
If you are looking for a great place to do your shopping in Dar es Salaam, begin at the Mwenge Carvers' Market just off New Bagamoyo Road for original handmade souvenirs. Mnazi Mmoja is a great place to shop for traditional printed cloths often worn by women (Kangas).
The nightlife and cuisine of Dar es Salaam is excellent. Cuisines range from traditional spicy Zanzibari and Arabic meals to the classic European dishes. Clubs such as the Club Bibilicans, Mambo Club and Q-Bar feature all genres of music and are especially geared towards catering to British and German tourists.
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