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Dar Es Salaam Zoo

Dar Es Salaam Zoo (Kibada) — this zoo is located in the Kigamboni-district in Dar Es Salaam region (37 km or one hour drive southwest from downtown Dar es Salaam). Such a visit is recommended for those who can’t do a full-scale safari. There’s a variety of domestic and wild animals consisting of Giraffe, Zebras; […]

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Dar Es Salaam Marine Reserve

Dar Es Salaam Marine Reserve — this is a group of marine wildlife reserves, situated off the coast of Dar es Salaam Region. The reserve system consists of nine uninhabited islands, four north of Dar es Salaam (Bongoyo, Mbudya, Pangavini and Fungu Yasini) and five south of the city (Inner and Outer Makatumbe, Inner and […]

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Coco Beach

Coco Beach (Touré Drive, Dar Es Salaam) — located on Msasani peninsula, Coco Beach is a favorite weekend location among the locals. The beach transforms into a food market with coconut and beer offered at many stands. If you arrive there during low tide, you won’t be able to swim, but Coco Beach is still […]

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Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens (Samora Avenue, Dar Es Salaam) – these gardens are a shady oasis (from a growing African metropolis) filled with an exciting combination of indigenous and exotic plants including the rare coco-de-mer palm tree outside its native Seychelles. Established in 1893, this stunning garden is now home to the Dar Es Salaam Horticultural Society […]

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The Slipway

The Slipway (Yacht Club Road, Dar Es Salaam) — For a more sedate shopping experience, head to pedestrianized expat hangout The Slipway. This peaceful enclave is home to a range of boutiques selling stylish clothing and quality (but pricey) Tanzanian artwork. There’s also an excellent bookshop, a hotel and a supermarket that sells international and gourmet […]

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Shoppers Plaza

Shoppers Plaza (Mwai Kibaki Road, Mikocheni, Dar Es Salaam) – the largest retailer here seems to be the supermarket (which is large by the country’s standards). Aside from that, there are retailers selling household items, electronics, hardware, garments, toys, etc. It’s still modest next to Mlimani City Mall.

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Sea Cliff Village

Sea Cliff Village (Touré Drive, Dar Es Salaam) – this is an outdoor shopping center that’s attached to Sea Cliff Hotel. There is a wide range of shops, eateries and useful facilities including a supermarket, ATM, pharmacy, dentist, bureau de change, Spur restaurant, and children’s playground. It’s close to the shore, so visitors can get […]

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Quality Centre Mall

Quality Centre Mall (Julius Nyerer Road, Sandali, Dar Es Salaam) – like Shoppers Plaza, the largest retailer here is a supermarket (which locals nickname the “American supermarket” for its large size). There’s also a movie theater, a children’s play area, and various local retailers & eateries. Given its distance from downtown Dar Es Salaam, it’s […]

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Mlimani City Mall

Mlimani City Mall (Sam Nujoma Road, Dar Es Salaam) – this is one of the largest malls in the country, with an area of 30,000 m². The opening ceremony was in November 2006. It is Tanzania’s first indoor air conditioned mall. Along with some apparel and other types of retailers, there’s a movie theater, food […]

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Veranda Tapas Bar

Veranda Tapas Bar (Kahama Road, Masaki, Dar Es Salaam) – this tapas bar makes an effort to balance vegetarian and non-vegetarian small plate options. There are galangal infused Thai ginger fish, herb infused chicken breast wrapped around a tangy olive and perfectly crisped golden prawns. Along with those, there are also steamed dumplings (paired with a […]