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Dar es Salaam Tours & Vacations

  • An aerial view of Dar es Salaam
  • The waterfront is a popular photo spot to take photos on Dar es Salaam tours.
  • Fishing boats close to Dar es Salaam
  • The city of Dar es Salaam is one the starting points you can begin your Tanzania safari.

Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, is located on a massive natural harbour on the eastern coast of Africa. It is the country’s richest city, serves as an important economic centre and can easily be combined with a Tanzania safari.

The Germans were the first to arrive in Mzizima (a healthy town), the former name of Dar es Salaam in 1859. By 1866 the Sultan Seyyid Majid of Zanzibar gave the city its current name. The German East Africa Company established a trading station in 1887, overthrowing the Arabic rulers. They began to colonise the East Africa Coast and Dar es Salaam became the administrative and commercial centre of the company.

During the First World War, the territory was occupied by the British forcing Germany to relinquish control. Following the Second World War, Dar es Salaam continued to grow, and when Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania in 1964, it became the capital. (The capital was later changed to Dodoma in 1973).

The name Dar es Salaam translates to “haven of peace” and is an apt description of the lifestyle found there. In a multicultural society, African, Arabic and Asian influences are found everywhere and various cultures, Arabic, Indian, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu coexist. Visits on travel to Tanzania to the beaches and nearby islands as well as the museums and local markets highlight what the city has to offer. An exciting culture with a laidback attitude, there is much to do in Dar es Salaam.



Tanzania Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Tanzania travel.

Learn about the history and culture of Tanzania, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Tanzania's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Tanzania for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Tanzania safaris today!


Extend Your Trip

After your African Safari, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from Tanzania or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours


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Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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    DELUXE | RAIL: This journey is one of the most famous rail experiences in the world. Travel through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania combining the luxury of pre-war travel with modern touches.
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 13,600
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • Rovos Rail Dar Es Salaam to Lobito

    DELUXE | RAIL: Ride through the heart of Africa on this incredible luxury rail journey aboard the Rovos Rail. Travelling from the Indian to the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll head on safari game drives, tour Central African cities, and enjoy the unmatched luxury of the Pride of Africa as you pass through Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola.
    16 Days
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Selous Game Park

    The Selous is home to roaming elephant populations and some of the last black rhino left in the region. Due to its remote location, it is one of the untouched gems of Tanzania’s parks.
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,010
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Safaris Worldwide, Small Group Touring
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