They say once a year travel to a place you have never been before, so Easter holiday 2017 I packed my bags and traveled to Dar es Salaam and boy was it amazing! I love going to places I haven’t been to before, the Idea of going somewhere new is always exciting.
See, during my uni days at CUEA, I made friends with students from different countries, most were Tanzanians from Dar es Salaam and Arusha. The way these Tanzanians bragged about their country cheeeeiiiii! They left you longing to visit and that’s how I promised myself to visit Tanzania someday.
I had forever been thinking of traveling to Dar es Salaam when an opportunity came, I didn’t think twice about it (yeah I’m always spot ) .
I was going for a friend’s function and because we were many, that meant cost sharing on accomodation, transport in Dar and food. The best part for me always 🙂
Due to a fixed schedule, I wasn’t able to sightsee but still the same the trip was a wonderful one. I enjoyed my four days there.
Things to note for your travel to Tanzania:
- You don’t need a visa.
- You need your passport.
- You need your yellow fever card.
- You can travel by bus, takes about fourteen hours from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam and the buses cost ksh3500.
- The buses mostly operate during the day.
- You will definitely need to up your Swahili game
- Roaming on your Kenya line is way too expensive, buy their local line on arrival and you will thank me later.
- If you go by air there are forex bureaus at the airport where you can exchange your money. (You will feel like a millionaire LOL)
- Flight to Dar es Salaam cost about ksh30000 at that time.
What to do:
This is more like what I was able to do, but there are a lot of things you can do in Dar if you have all the time.
1) Relax at Best Western Coral Beach Hotel.
I was here from 6am to midday for our sunrise beach party and it was amazing; the service was good, the waiters were more than helpful all the time, our breakfast was so yummy, they have a well stocked bar and to top it all they have free Wi-Fi. Check them here
2) Dine at Cape Town Fish Market.
This is a cosy seafood restaurant with a touch of class and great ambience. It is right by the ocean and in the evening you get to catch very beautiful sunset. I was here for dinner and the food was very delicious and the cocktails so tempting.
It is a little on the high end but above all we enjoyed our time there. Check them here
3) Experience the Dar nightlife.
Someone told me that there is no nightlife better than that of Dar and it is so true! Or maybe it’s because I was away from home? I’ll just say I had a good time at all the places we went to; High spirits Lounge and Elements. They sure do know how to party.
Well, that’s it.
Are you planning to visit Dar es Salaam anytime soon? Don’t miss to do Mbudya Island, my friends say it’s out of this world. I still cringe when I think of how I missed it (blame it on the rains).