Tourism

Sightseeing

Dar-Es-Salaam has a number of tourist attractions. This include the beautiful beaches, islands, national museum, village museum and the zoological gardens.

Beaches

Bahari Beach hotel, is about 20 km to the north of Dar es Salaam along New Bagamoyo Road. The hotel charges a small fee for non-guests. Kigamboni and Kipepeo are situated across the channel from the Zanzibar ferry, past the Kilimanjaro Kempinski hotel and near the main fish market. The crossing takes about 5 minutes, and the ride will cost you about Tanzanian Shillings 500. Once across, you can hire a taxi to take you to the beaches, most of which are accessed through the various hotel along the costs. Average entry fee to these hotels is about Tanzanian Shillings 2,000. If you plan on purchasing food from the hotel's restaurant, you may be able to get them to wave this fee. Most hotels are about 10km from the ferry and one should be able to get there for around Tanzanian Shillings 10,000 to 15,000. There are also daladalas which ply the road to the beaches. These are mini-vans, which are the most common form of public transportation in the city. Their popularity is due to the low cost, around Tanzanian Shillings 250 per ride, and a large number of them. However, participants should be aware that drivers will pile in as many people as possible and should be careful with pickpockets as you get into and leave the van. Further south from Kipepeo is Amani and Ras Kutani resorts. These are upscale resorts popular with both locals and the visitors. Ras Kutani does not however, accept children.

Islands

For a great day trip, one may head out to Bongoyo Island, which is a small, uninhabited island just off the coast. The boat to Bongoyo leaves from Slipway, along Msasani Peninsula, north of Dar-Es-Salaam. A taxi from the city center may cost Tanzanian Shillings 10,000. The first boat leaves at 9.30 am, while others at 11.30 am, 13.30 pm and 15.30 pm, with a minimum of four people. The ferry cost around Tanzanian Shillings 11,000 as well as US$5 for the marine park fee. The return ferries are at 12.30 pm, 14.30 pm and the last one is at 17.00 pm. There is a small restaurant on the island which serves a variety of foods and drinks (chips, fish and chips, eggs and chips, beer and others). Another option is to buy food at the Shoprite Supermarket which is located at Slipway. Upon your return, you can relax at several of the Slipway restaurants and watch the sun set.

Shopping

In November 2006, the "Mlimani City" shopping complex was opened. It has a number of shops and supermarkets such as the Shoprite supermarket, Game Department Store, and many others which are open for business seven days a week. Although it is a fair distance from the city center, it can be reached by taking a taxi or daladalas to Mwenge bus terminal, and walking approximately ten minutes further past Mwenge Carvers' Market. Carvings and other touristy souvenirs can also be found all over the city. Prices range from expensive to extremely cheap. The Mwenge market closes at dusk. There is also a smaller market at Slipway, which is the best place to get Tinga Tinga paintings and large batiks.

There are also a few well stocked English language bookshops such as A Novel Idea, which is located at the slipway and the other next to Steers on Ohio street. One may also visit the Shoppers Plaza complex for more bookshops and other things.

If interested in Kangas, which are a colorful, sarong-like pieces of cloth with Swahili sayings along the bottom, one may visit the Afro Fashion, at Samora Avenue, Opposite Extelecom Building (Celtel Point) (Samora Avenue), Telephone number 2124066/0784243735 between 9.00 am-5.00 pm. This shop and many others along the same street, sale quality souvenir items like shirts, batiks, kangas, Masai Materials -Kikoy, Tye and Dye Clothings, Arts and rafts, Masai Beads, and man others. It is also possible to visit the Kariakoo market or the cloth market on the streets around it. The market has moved a bit recently, but check around south end of Jamhuri St., where there are many textile shops. Here you can also buy vitenges, which are twice the length of kangas and usually cuts in half to form a complete outfit, for around Tanzanian Shillings 4000-15,000 each. However, Kariakoo market is not for everyone as it is very crowded, noisy, and can be overwhelming. If you are keen but hesitating, it might be best to find a member of the Secretariat who is familiar with the market to help you move around. Always watch out for pickpockets.

Tanzania is also famous for gemstone known as "Tanzanite" which is only found in the country. There are a number of shops that sell Tanzanite, an exquisite blue stone and very expensive. Grading of Tanzanite is on an alphabetical scale with AAA being the best and B being the lightest and cheapest. Those wishing to buy may expect to pay as much as US$850 per carat for AAA. If, like most foreigners, you're new to this, buying from a reputable shop, such as the one at the Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski, is advisable. This is essentially because although it might be more expensive, you are assured of what you are buying. Apart from Tanzanite, there are a number of gold and silver shops throughout the city.

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