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Dar es Salaam: City Tour

1. Dar es Salaam: City Tour

This tour of Dar es Salaam will take you to the National Museum, Village Museum, Mwenge Carvings Market, Tingatinga art Gallery, Slipway Shopping Centre, The Fish Market, City Centre, Historical Building, and many other sites. The name Dar es Salaam means "the house of peace" and is an exciting mix of sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. The largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its sophisticated contemporary present.  Learn about interesting facts of the city as well as some incredible historical sights that are all part of the adventure of the full-day tour.

Dar Es Salaam: Overnight Safari at Mikumi National Park

2. Dar Es Salaam: Overnight Safari at Mikumi National Park

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Enjoy breakfast that is served at the hotel of your choice and meet your driver-guide for an introduction and a short briefing. Collect your packed lunch and drive to Mikumi National Park for an afternoon game drive.  Mikumi National Park itself is nestled between Uluguru Mountain to the northeast, Udzungwa Mountains, and the Rift Valley escarpment to the southwest as part of the Selous ecosystem. This area offers the highest game density of the entire conservation area that lies west of Dar es Salaam City and 107 km from the nearest town named Morogoro located on the highway from Dar es Salaam to Zambia, covering an area of 3230 km².  Marvel at the big diversity of animals and observe lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and many more with different bird species. Have some lunch en route to the Park and enjoy afternoon game drives in the park till sunset. Savor dinner and have your overnight sleep at Camp Bastian.  Day 2: Mikumi National Park – Dar es Salaam Wake up and have some breakfast at the Camp, followed by early morning game drive in the Park. Discover animals on their morning moments searching their breakfast After a hot lunch served at the camp, you will drive back to Dar es Salaam and be dropped off at the hotel of your choice or the airport for your onward flight.

From Dar Es Salaam: Mikumi National Park 2 Nights and 3 Days

3. From Dar Es Salaam: Mikumi National Park 2 Nights and 3 Days

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Meet your driver-guide for an introduction and get a short briefing. Collect your packed lunch and drive to the Mikumi National Park for an afternoon game drive.  Mikumi National Park itself is nestled between Uluguru Mountain to the northeast, Udzungwa Mountains, and the Rift Valley escarpment to the southwest as part of the Selous ecosystem. This area offers the highest game density of the entire conservation area that lies west of Dar es Salaam City and 107 km from the nearest town named Morogoro located on the highway from Dar es Salaam to Zambia, covering an area of 3230 km².  Enjoy lunch that will be served en route to the Park. From the afternoon to sunset game drives in Mikumi National Park. Dinner and overnight will be at Camp Bastian.  Day 2: Full Day – Mikumi National Park Wake up and enjoy breakfast that is served at the Camp. Go on a full-day game drive in Mikumi National Park. Mikumi houses a huge concentration of animals, including Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, and many more.   The park contains a subspecies of giraffe that biologists consider to be the link between the Masai giraffe and the reticulated or Somali giraffe.  Take in the landscape of Mikumi that is often compared to that of the Serengeti. Enjoy the views of the park and the wildlife. Malundwe Mountain consists of three peaks along a ridge running north and south, and the south peak is the highest point in the park, reaching 1290 meters above sea level. Marvel at the vegetation of this area that consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palm trees.  Savor your lunch that is served at the picnic site selected by your driver-guide in the middle of nowhere inside the park. Dinner and overnight sleep will be at Camp Bastian.  Day 3: Mikumi – Dar es Salaam After breakfast served at the camp, you can check out and drive back to Dar es Salaam with game drives en route. Upon arrival to Dar es Salaam and drop off at the hotel of your choice or airport for your onward flight.

Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday

4. Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday

Visit Bagamoyo, a historic center of trade located 65-kilometers north of Dar es Salaam on the coast opposite Zanzibar. Travel to fascinating archeological sites on a guided tour and discover the incredible history that shaped this ancient town. Step into the Kaole Ruins located 5-kilometers south of Bagamoyo. Learn the story of the ancient Arab town of Kaole that was forced into decline by the arrival of the Portuguese in the 15th century. Explore the ruins which consist of 30 tombs and the oldest mosque in East Africa. Bear witness to the reminders of Bagamoyo's past. Visit the prison where slaves were held captive during the slave and ivory trade. The word Bwagamoyo means “Here I throw down my heart,” reflecting the despair of those who would never return to Africa. See the relics of the colonial era at the Old Boma, a statehouse constructed by the Germans in 1897 and later taken over by the British after the first world war. Later, walk among the tombs of German leaders who perished during the First World War. Trace the roots of Christianity in Bagamoyo with the Catholic Museum, the former resting place of the famous explorer Dr. Livingstone. Then, see the First Cross erected in 1867 by French missionaries. Finally, enjoy the warm hospitality of Bagamoyo. Beautiful beaches and hotels make it the ideal destination for relaxation during a visit to Dar es Salaam.

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What people are saying about Dar es Salaam

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Amazing day around the city. The guide and driver are very nice and helpful. At my request, they brought me to the exchange office, I also really wanted to find a magnet with Dar es Salam, they were very kind and brought me to the shops where I could find it. At the end of the day, I still managed to find it, because such a magnet is very rare. Driven by air-conditioned car, cold drinks and snacks included. Useful information during the excursion. They picked me up at my hotel, although the collection points were indicated when booking, and she was not included in that zone. Visited the National Museum and the Village Museum. If you have any travel preferences, they will meet you halfway. Thank you very much, you are very cute!

I liked it very much. Many thanks to the organizers for picking me up from the hotel. An interesting adventure - moving on a local ferry to another part of the city. There we visited the fish market with local flair, the churches, which were especially decorated for Christmas, even got to the Christmas service. I was impressed by the museum and, of course, the ethnic village with a performance in which I myself had a chance to participate. Communication with the guide and his story was a special pleasure and left a wonderful impression of this day spent in Dar es Salaam.

Booked at the last minute during my 7 days in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Glad I selected Dove Adventure Tanzania for the City Tour. I truly had a great experience. The tour consisted of me and the guide, Mr. Lasway. Mr. Lasway was knowledgeable about the history of the areas visited, and made the experience to the Village Museum memorable and exciting. Throughout the tour he was very courteous and insightful. If I ever come back to Tanzania, I’d book again with Dove Adventure Tanzania!

I did this excursion with Godefrey and Haroun. It was really very good. Godefrey knows the history and the city of Dar very well. I recommend doing this excursion!

It was a wonderful 2 days, I saw a lot of animals and had a lot of fun. Many thanks also to my guide Karim.