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Dar es Salaam

Islands · Shopping Malls · Specialty Museums
Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center. The sprawling metropolis boasts Tanzania's main international airport and a bustling harbor, making it a great starting point for exploring the area's national parks and other attractions. Towering skyscrapers and beachfront penthouses blend with quiet residential districts and ramshackle slums in Dar es Salaam, home to numerous museums and vibrant marketplaces. On a tour of Dar es Salaam, you can spend time lounging on its palm-lined sandy beaches, take day trip to the islands of Zanzibar, or just soak up the city's distinct Arab and Indian-influenced culture. Plan your tour of Dar es Salaam and Tanzania travel itinerary using our Tanzania day trip planning site.
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Dar es Salaam offers everything from affordable hostels and basic hotels, to upscale establishments that cater to foreign businesspeople and luxury beachfront resorts. The busy coastline and palm tree-lined stretches of sand host many of the deluxe lodgings available, while the city center offers the most in terms of budget places. You can also find a number of quality, mid-range hotels with moderate prices and all the modern amenities scattered around town.
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