Flying into Dar es Salaam most tourists will land at Julius Nyerere International Airport situated 12km south west of the city centre. DAR is one of East Africa’s busiest airports and you can fly direct or indirect with numerous international airlines. Note there are no direct flights from the USA and these will be routed via Europe.
Overland travel from other destinations in East Africa by either bus, train or car involve long distances and should only be tackled with an organised tour group.
The biggest airport in the Republic of Tanzania is Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. It is one of East Africa’s busiest airports and is serviced by 23 airlines including KLM, Air France, Swiss Airlines, Emirates and South African Airways so, flying in from anywhere in the world should be easy. The airport is situated 12km to the south west of Dar es Salaam. There are two terminals but this is likely to be upgraded in the near future with a third terminal in the pipeline. Taxis are available to transfer passengers between terminals, terminal 2 catering for international traffic and regional scheduled flights while terminal 1 is for general aviation and charter services. You can travel from the airport by bus, taxi or hotel shuttle. The bus service runs 24hrs a day, leaving from just outside the terminus and takes about 40minutes to the centre of town. Taxis are available to any destination but are not metered so be sure to negotiate a price before you leave. Alternatively most hotels will arrange a shuttle service directly to your hotel door.
Zanzibar International Airport is situated about 6km from the UNESCO world heritage site of Stone Town in Zanzibar City. The airport, also known as Kisauni Airport is located on the Unguja island of the Zanzibar archipelago. This airport is conveniently accessed from major East African destinations like Nairobi, Arusha, Mombasa, Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam but only a handful of flights direct from Europe. There are plenty of taxis waiting to take you into Stone Town and don’t be afraid to bargain a bit as prices are negotiable, alternatively most hotels will provide a shuttle service.
Visit the big and bustling Kariakoo Market for local goods and bargains. Go to the busy Kivukoni Fish Market to bid for fresh fish being auctioned. Stop in at Mwenge Carvers’ Market to see the locals creating carvings.
Head into the middle of Dar es Salaam to see the historical Askari Monument, a bronze statue of soldier armed with a bayonet, erected in remembrance of the brave men of the Carrier Corps who fought in World War I.
Walk along Temple Road in chaotic downtown to see the religious side of Dar es Salaam and visit one of the German built churches - the iconic Azania Lutheran Church on the harbour or the St Joseph’s Cathedral which comes alive on Sunday mornings.
Learn more about the historical periods, ethnography and cultural heritage of Tanzania at the National Museum and House of Culture, as well as taking a look at fossils discovered in the famous Olduvai Gorge and a vintage car collection. Just outside of the city lies the Village Museum showcasing traditional Tanzanian homes and lifestyles.
Escape the chaotic city and swim in the warm Indian Ocean, heading north to Jangwani and Mbuja or Bongoyo Islands, or south to the sandy beaches of Kipepeo in the Kigamboni area - great places to relax and eat seafood.
Browse and commission locally produced arts and crafts created by disabled artisans, including high-quality sculptures, jewellery and mixed medium crafts. Go to the Tingatinga Art Center to see brightly coloured traditional style artworks.
Go game viewing in Mikumi National Park, four hours drive from the city if you have a few extra days. See antelopes, hippos, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, crocodiles and even lions in their natural habitat.
Take a sailing trip on a traditional dhow vessel to see the lovely coast, eat authentic Tanzanian food and stop at one of the islands.
Sample local street food like Mishkaki kebabs and roasted corn on the cob, as well as roasted meat, called nyama choma in East African style. Mingle with the locals at Patel Brotherhood - one of many places to eat some delicious Indian food.