Dar es Salaam is an accurate representation of the rich culture of Tanzania! From local, colourful and busy bazaars to delicious roadside vendors selling authentic Tanzanian cuisine, you’ll find that this city has a lot more to offer than its well known bustling beaches and historical structures.
If you’re in Dar es Salaam, you probably want to explore the rest of Tanzania as well, so it’s a good idea to spend just three days in this wonderful city. Wondering where to go in these 3 days? Well, don’t worry because we have a list prepared for you!
Here are some of the places you need to visit in your 72-hour stay at Dar es Salaam:
Spend Half a Day Shopping at Kariako Market
Also known as Kariako Bazaar, this populated market has everything you can think of! From undergarments to umbrellas to fruits and vegetables, you name it and they have it! it’s filled with tiny shops situated on narrow streets. The shopkeepers will try to lure you in with their discounts and offers, nonetheless, don’t forget to bargain while you’re there. You can also try their local delicacies at the various snack bars situated inside the market.
Check out the St. Joseph Cathedral and Azania Front Lutheran Church
If you’re into history and love admiring the architecture of religious buildings, then you must visit these two churches! They’re both remains of the German era, with original German scripts and writings displayed on their walls.
Visit Bongoyo Island
If you’re looking for a beach where you can both, snorkel and swim, then Bongoyo Island is the best place for you to go to! It’s only 20 minutes by ferry from Dar es Salaam’s Msanani peninsula and gives you a peaceful and relaxing escape from the hustle bustle of the city. At the island, you’ll find multiple restaurants serving delicious seafood as well so it’s best to go to the island in the morning, spend some time in the water and then have lunch from one of the restaurants on the island. You can come back to Dar es Salaam after lunch and explore another location within the city if you’re not too tired!
Have a picnic at Coco Beach or Oyster Bay
While Bonogoyo Island is off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Coco Beach is located in Dar es Salaam. However, the currents at Coco Beach are often too strong to go swimming, so you should avoid going into the water. It’s best to choose from either Coco Beach or Bongoyo Island on your 3-day trip to Dar Es Salaam because both of them will take up more than half of your day, each!
Take a trip to the Village Museum
Unlike modern museums that only allow you to look at objects from a distance, with a glass barrier in between, this museum is a different and unique representation of the different cultures of Tanzania. In the village museum, there are 16 different huts, each representing the culture of a different Tanzanian sect. You can enter those huts and look at the traditional and unique local objects that are placed inside the huts/houses. It’s a very interesting version of modern-day museums where there are no glass barriers and you can even touch the objects around you! The museum was constructed to promote Tanzania’s rich cultural heritage.
Kuvokoni Fish Market
Going to the fish market in Tanzania is an experience that you don’t want to miss out on! Seeing so many locals go out early in the morning just to get the best fish of the day is a great experience. Everyone’s full of energy and enthusiasm to get the best fish around! The fish market is best visited early in the morning when fish is fresh. Later in the day the aromas can be quite pungent.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your vacation mode on and start exploring these wonderful destinations!
While you’re in Tanzania, you might also want to check out the Best Cities to Visit in East Africa!