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- t is a very nice place to go and chill with friends and family.
The waters are clean, the food is fresh from the sea and the boat ride is just a fun experience.Written 11 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Beautiful sandy beach, but with the awful reality of scrap and rubbish there too. Beach restaurant made fantastic grillSmall white sandy beach
We were a party if ten. Arrived from the mainland. The very small beach and clear water was affected by the low tide, so be prepared to see dead coral before 10:30.
After 10:30, for us, the waster covered over the unpleasant see bed parts.
Costs: 20$ per person, was needed to be paid before we could jump off the boat. The hone made beach chairs and parasols cost ca. 5000 shillings each.
Food was very basic but grilled fish and lobsters was amazing. Chips and beer also.
Very relaxing. Tried snorkeling out from the beach but only found seaa grass, absolutely no coral.
With the good comes the bad, there was no cleaning of the beach that I saw, plastic bottles, toothbrushes and even toothpaste was common on the far side of the stretch of beach.
Good to get away from the mainland.
Happy to go but not againWritten 4 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Nice place by the ocean with nice restaurants and cafes. Would recommend to go for the sunset. Has a big library and supermarket. Live music on fridays.Written 19 November 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- we took the ferry between dar and zanzibar. the boat we took was called kilimanjaro IV and was fine. the only bad moment is when our taxi dropped us at the ferry terminal in dar. dozens of young men surrounded us and the 1 minute it took us to enter the terminal was a bit much. after that, all was smooth. we got economy tickets from azam marine, $35 each, waited in the waiting area (outside, covered, but a bit hot :-) _ and then boarded the ferry, which was packed, but everyone had a seat, we spent 2 hours (the time it takes to do the crossing) in an ac space. the outside area is very windy, and exposed to the sun, but it is nice of course to see the harbor of dar, and the arrival in zanzibar. in zanzibar, you arrive in the center of town, which is nice too. from there, you can walk pretty much anywhere. strangely, upon arrival, you have to file immigration papers, and get another stamp on your passport, but you do not pay for that :-)Written 1 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- They have built each houses of each tribe in Tanzania where you exprience all in one place. Love the idea. At the end of trip they have dancers, dancing to tribal live music if you want to watch you have to pay. Worth a visit.Written 19 November 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I came here not to buy fish, but to watch the fishermen bring their catches in. There were a few other locals here who did indeed come here to buy and eat the fresh fish. I mingled with the people and took in the sights and atmosphere. Very interesting.Written 7 February 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This market is a place where you can buy fruits and vegetables, not a tourist attraction, in my opinion.Written 6 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Mostly one for the history of the country (from its colonial time under the Germans then the British to the time of the early republic under the 1st president Julius Nyerere, all of which I learned quite easily by means of the "historic photos" on display), also to see at this museum are displays of archaeology (not just of Tanzania but of the African continent as a whole including 3 or 4 of these "huge paintings" nicely depicting scenes of life in the prehistoric time) and also art in the form of paintings & sculptures (not too many but a nice-sized collection I would say including one painting depicting President Nyerere with his generals in the war between Tanzania & Uganda). Then, there are also the outdoor & semi-outdoor displays of: an "iron dinosaur"; a number of "presidential cars" (including about two Rolls Royce's); some collection of items memorializing the bombings of the Tanzanian & Kenyan embassies in the 1990's (really quite a "moving tribute" to those who died that day as seen in newspaper articles & written memorials displayed in a small pavilion on the museum grounds); and also a group of these wooden poles or such with human & animal figures carved on them (all standing on a lawn of the museum grounds).
And kind of interestingly, the "original building" of this museum (when it was first opened in like the 1940's) seems to be the small one-storied building which still exists but is now just empty inside; and also there's one building all the way at the back of the museum grounds which was just pretty much empty at the time of my visit (but about the same size as the main building out front with those of history, archaeology & art as mentioned above).
And yes, also worthwhile visiting along with this museum is the tower with a "revolving restaurant" on its 21st floor for "pretty great" views of both the city & the sea (called Golden Jubilee at just about a 10-minute walk away by first turning right after leaving this museum then a left turn after about two blocks).Written 19 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This beach is really quite lovely for a beach so close to downtown. There are several "hut" restaurants but no real facilities for changing or showering. There are quite a few hawkers that are bothersome.Written 24 July 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- There are some very talented wood carvers here. Carvings of all sizes. I didn't come here to buy, but just to observe and chat with the artists who would talk to me. I didn't bring a camera, but for visitors who want to take pictures, it's okay to photograph the Carvings but maybe not the carvers.
Reviewed by Miles Archer -- Boca Raton, FLWritten 7 February 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Visited the Park again after a while and can definitely see something is happening with regards to the general upkeep. Always have a fun time......Written 15 November 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Its a nice place for a day tour. A lot of animals are in there such as cheetahs, baboons, camels etc. Suitable for kidsWritten 11 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Local Bar located on the beach sands where you can swim during the day and party at nght, Not at its prime but still love the ambience.Written 19 November 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The church is a roman catholic, gothic style, cathedral in front of the harbour. Nice architecture, magnificient building, famous for the stained-glass windows (better view in the afternoon) and the art work. On, Sundays, during the service, you can hear the singing. If you want to book a guide tour, make sure that it will be early in the morning in order to avoid the crowd. It worths a visit!Written 4 May 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Had the morning free. So did a quick two hour climb to the sumit.
There are three main trails. 6km, 9km and 14km.
I went for the 6km one which is predominately through heavy vegetation. There is a steep route and gentler route up, you choose the route depending on the fitness of the climber.
It’s a great getaway from the city. The lake is a big plus.
I used Ayub (0786 832 027) who is an official guide at pugu forest reserve. I would recommend him.Written 14 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dar es Salaam
- The best day trips from Dar es Salaam according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Mikumi national park full day tour from Dar es sallam
- Private Full-Day Trip to Mikumi National Park from Dar es Salaam
- Mikumi Day Trip
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