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I have 3 days in Dar es Salaam before travelling onto KIli

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I have 3 days in Dar es Salaam before travelling onto KIli

My husband and I have 3 days in Dar before our Kili climb. I seem to be having difficulty choosing a hotel. I am trying to decide between Moevenpick, Southern Sun, Doubletree Hilton and Seacliff... Lots of mixed reviews ! Any recommendations from anybody wh has recently stayed in any of theses hotels ? Also is there anything interesting we should do or see while there ?

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1. Re: I have 3 days in Dar es Salaam before travelling onto KIli

Three days in Dar is alot of .

I would recommend a beach front option,Sea Cliff.although Moevenpick is the top in town or you can extend to Zanzibar for some days.

Think to Do in Dar are:

**Dar es Salaam City Tour**


Raised from the humble surrounding of a Fishing Village just over a century ago. Dar es Salaam blossomed into one of the most beautiful seaside capitals.

The modern history of Dar es Salaam dates from 1857 when the Sultan of Zanzibar decided to turn the inland creek just south of Mzizima into a port and trading centre. Appropriately this town was named Dar es Salaam meaning “Haven of Peace”. Its importance rose with steam ship services which rendered the former port of Bagamoyo impractical. In 1891 the German high commissioner transferred the seat of his government from Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam, and in 1902 a floating dock was made operational. The construction of the centre railway to Lake Tanganyika further enhanced the importance of this port. Today Dar es Salaam is the terminal of the new Tan-Zam Railway connecting Zambia to Tanzania.

1) Askari Monument: Azikiwe street part of Uzunguni district, the area Germans (and subsequently the British)

settled after taking control of the city. The centre of this area-the roundabout between Samora Avenue and

Maktaba Street marked by the Askari Monument.

The first statue on this spot was erected in 1911 and depicted (represented) Hermann von Wissmann-solder,

explorer and governor who played a key role in the German development of the city.

2) Tanzania National Museum: Established in 1940 as king George V Memorial Museum. It is rather smaller than

you‘d expect for a national showcase, but it briefly covers pretty much every aspect of Tanzanian culture history,

from prehistoric hominid fossils through to colonialism and independence.

3) Botanical Garden :Opposite the Museum at the Eastern end of Samora Avenue, date from German time and

offer a shady oasis of piece and a wonderful escape from the city. Garden are reasonable well tended, and contains

dozens of species of palm trees and raucous (harsh) population of peacocks. Botanical Garden, which was

established by the Germans in 1906.The garden still having the same colorful enchanting (delightful) flavor of

flowers and plants.

4) Karimjee Hall: Now closed to the public, this stately white building was the former house of parliament before

the legislature was relocated to Dodoma, and is where Julius Nyerere was sworn in as president. Today it is used

for parliament committee meetings and political function,

5) Ocean Road Cancer Hospital: Built in1886 as the German Malaria Research Laboratory. This was where Richard

Koch, who in 1905 was awarded a Nobel Laureate for his discovery of tuberculin (wrongly believed to be cure of

TB), On 1st October 1997 Ocean Road Hospital in Dar es Salaam commemorated one hundred years of its


6) State House: Originally dating from German times, it was damaged by British shelling during WW 1 and

partially reconstructed during 1919-22. Its ornate structure blends elements f African Arabian architecture, and

currently houses the Office of President – which means no photography.

7) Ferry Fish Market: Kivukoni/Ferry Fish Market is housed in a new structure on Dar es Salaam's seafront.

Boats deliver their catch at dawn directly to the market.

Wade in for red snapper, lobster, prawns, squid, barracuda and shellfish fresh from the Indian Ocean. The Market

is daily open from dawn to late evening and frequently busy.

8) Azania Front Lutheran Church: It’s located along Kivukoni bay; it’s among the earliest churches built in the

Country, where by it built in 1905 by Germans during colonial time. With a red-roofed belfry overlooking the water

and a rather stern Gothic interior, this mad it to be one of city’s major landmarks.

9) St Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral: It built in 1897, is a major city landmark and good place to experience

Dar’s vibrant church music (kwaya), best heard during Sunday Mass. The cathedral is notable for its twin

confessionals facing the altar, one in Baroque style, the other in Gothic.

10) Independence torch monument (Mnazi mmoja): A wonderful area near the centre, with the Uhuru Torch

Monument, built to celebrate the country's independence in 1961.This is near Jamhuri and Uhuru Streets. On one

side is seen the Uhuru Torch Monument erected to symbolize the Freedom Torch placed at the peak of Mt.

Kilimanjaro upon Tanzania's attainment of independence. On the other side of the park is the Republic Fountain

which commemorated the foundation of the republic in 1962.

11) Kariakoo Market: Visit the famous ancient Kariakoo Market. It is a largest market through out East Africa.

The name “Kariakoo” dates from WW1, when, after the expulsion (kick out) of Germans in the city in 1916,

thousand of Tanzanians were conscripted (recruited) into the hated British carrier Corps to serve as war porters.

Their Barracks were erected on the site of the present market on the patch of empty ground that has been

earmark (mark down) for Ceremonial (official) Park in honor of Kaiser Wilhelm 11.

12)Makumbusho Village: Then proceed to Makumbusho (Memorial Village) that holds authentically constructed

dwellings from different parts (tribes) of the country. The village often holds Ngoma (traditional dances) and

other cultural activities.

13) Mwenge Art Market: From Makumbusho Village to Tinga Tinga Art gallery (Mwenge), this is the area where

local people sell their art crafts. Most of the goods are made at the gallery and it offers a wide selection of

beautiful pottery, paintings, jeweler, and carvings.

Back to town.

14 ) House of Arts", also known as the Nyerere Cultural Centre, is a unique handicrafts venue in which artists, most of them young, create and sell their work. Their output is generally of high quality and includes jewellery, textiles, pottery and ceramics, etchings, paintings, and the inevitable Makonde woodcarvings. Rather somnolent these days, you can still try your hand at painting, drawing, batik and etching,and there's a small bar and a modest restaurant where you can have lunch.

15) Bongoyo Island Located 1.5 miles (2.5km) north of Dar es Salaam, Bongoyo Island is an uninhabited island and makes up part of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve. Popular with tourists and other travellers seeking leisure activities,this island offers some fantastic snorkelling opportunities as well as beautiful sandy beaches and great hikes. The island can only be reached by means of a dhow and takes approximately 30 minutes.

**Bagamoyo Trip**

Pick up from your point and drive to Bagamoyo which lies 75kms north of Dar es Salaam. Bagamoyo was the starting point of the slave caravan routes and also the terminus of the white missionaries. While in Bagamoyo, visit the Kaole Ruins (dating back to the earlier part of the 15th century), and the first Roman Catholic Church in Tanganyika built by the Germans in the 1880's. Do not forget the museum, which houses numerous historical artifacts. Bagamoyo was founded towards the end of the 18th century as a small port trading in dried fish, gum, cobalt and salt. Bagamoyo also served as a caravan entry port, with traders coming from distant areas of the interior, as far as Morogoro and Usambara. Later on, the use of this town for Ivory and slave trade increased its importance in the 19th century.



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2. Re: I have 3 days in Dar es Salaam before travelling onto KIli

I think the above post provided you with sufficient information to pick and choose from to spend several days in Dar. Most people get turned off by Dar, as it is a very busy very large city, with all the problems that large cities have. But if you know where to go there, then there are a lot of things to do in Dar.

As for your hotels, the ones you mention are all good hotels. The Movenpick has been a good hotel for a number of years and is in the city center so it is a good jumping off point. There is typically a lot of activity around the hotel so that would make it a good choice.

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