Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: East African Summer Travel Guide

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: East African Summer Travel Guide
Taking Africa into consideration for the next trip is a big yes. We only know this continent about wildlife and all, but aside from that, they also have sub-Saharan, cold, green and beach regions. And when it comes to beaches, Zanzibar, Tanzania is a big deal that I’ve decided to take a visit to this wonderful island in East-Africa for my summer 2019 getaway.

I am currently living in Southern Zambian province. Living in Zambia, which is a land lock country and as a Filipino who grew up in the Philippines which is surrounded by 7,641 islands, with only two seasons in a year — summer and rainy, it’s important for me to swim every summer season.

Tanzania is a neighboring country of Zambia in the north-east. The options in traveling to Tanzania would be through bus, train, famously known as Tazara and plane. The cheapest and longest would be train, next would be bus while flying is the most expensive but fastest. Due to time concerns, we decided to fly, still i find the plane ticket economically fair and not that expensive.

Day 00 – Day 01
Dar Es Salaam, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Azania Front Church & Coco Beach
Due to some flight delays, our plane arrived late in Lusaka, Zambia that pushed our flight from 1300 hrs to 1600 hrs to Dar Es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital.

St. Joseph's Cathedral
St. Joseph’s Cathedral
Azania Front Church
Azania Front Church
The Coco Beach/Oyster Bay directly facing the Indian Ocean
The Coco Beach/Oyster Bay directly facing the Indian Ocean

If you only have few days in your time, you can actually skip Dar Es Salaam — there’s nothing much to see. You can even have this place visited in just half a day. Aside from St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Coco Beach, just go ahead straight to Zanzibar because there’s much to see in the island. However, i believe that learning about a country won’t be complete without having yourself experience its capital.

The famous fish market in Dar, also one of the recommended go-to place in the capital.
*A view from the ferry*
The famous fish market in Dar, also one of the recommended go-to place in the capital.
*A view from the ferry*
Sitting literally to a rock of dead oysters.
Sitting literally to a rock of dead oysters.

Our plan is to arrive in Dar, take a ferry to Zanzibar and fly out again from Dar. Economically saying and based on experience, this is impractical. If you really considering Dar in your itinerary, i would suggest for you to fly in here. Take a ferry to Zanzibar and fly out from there, this will save you a ton of money but also days, time and physical strength.

Tip: We all know that airport taxis are expensive, Thank God, there’s Uber in Dar! Download it, as it’s a life saver in going around and money. The good thing about Dar is that the commuting cost is really cheap compared to Zanzibar!
 A view from the ferry port, leaving Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar
A view from the ferry port, leaving Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar
A view from the ferry port, leaving Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar
A view from the ferry port, leaving Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar

Tanzania is a Muslim country and a wonderful mix of people from different racial backgrounds and religion. It’s generally safe going around this country and most people are used to tourist. So come and visit but generally be kind to locals and be culturally appropriate in the country.

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  1. Beautiful photography and post! Thank you for taking us along on your trip and mentioning your recommendations.

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