Dar es Salaam is a relatively modern city, a little more than a century old that has an old world charm. It shows none of the overwhelming bustle that capital cities often possess, and the name that the founding Sultan of Zanzibar gave it in 1857 still applies: "Haven of Peace ".

It is the largest city and the political and economic capital of Tanzania. Located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast, the city has grown in economic importance to become a prosperous centre of the entire East African region.

One of the most attractive features of Dar es Salaam is its harbor. The crescent bay is fringed with palm trees and gorgeously wrought sailing craft often waft into port.

The city displays the many influences of its history. There is an Asian District with tea rooms and restaurants and Hindu Temples, while the German colonization left behind a Bavarian style Railway Station, a Roman Catholic Cathedral and a Lutheran Church. Its mixture of Arabic, Asian and European history gives a special atmosphere to surroundings, streets and life. A tour through the city to experience the true warmth and hospitality of the people of Dar es Salaam is a must!

Country Name: United Republic of Tanzania
Capital City : Dodoma
Time: GMT +3 hours
Independence: 9 December 1961
Currency: Tanzania Shilling


1st January   New Year’s Day
12th January  Zanzibar Revolution Day
dd/mm/yy Maulid Day **
7th April   Karume Day
dd/mm/yy Good Friday *
dd/mm/yy Easter Monday *
26th April Union Day
1st May May Day
7th July Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair Day
8th August  Farmer’s Day
dd/mm/yy Eid El Fitr **
14th October  Nyerere Day
9th December Independence Day
dd/mm/yy Eid El Hajj **
25th December Christmas Day
26th December Boxing Day

  * - Different dates for every year
** - Dependent upon sighting of the moon


The unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (Tsh) and there are no smaller denominations. It’s best to carry as little cash as possible when travelling to avoid further inconvenience if anything should be lost or stolen.

That said, major currencies (US Dollar, the English Pound, and the Euro) are easily changed at banks and Forex Bureaus. Major Banks such as Standard Chartered, Barclay’s Bank, CRDB and NBC have ATM machines that allow you to withdraw cash from both VISA and MasterCard accounts. Credit cards are accepted only at major lodges, hotels, and travel agents.


Dar es Salaam's weather is humid and hot during the dry season from September to March, and humid and cooler following the long rainy season from June to August. Dar has two rainy seasons, the short rains from late-October to early-December and the long rains from March to June.

During the dry season temperatures can easily soar to above 35°C in Dar. You should seek shelter from the sun during the midday heat and use copious amounts of sun-block.


December – March. Average temperatures range between 33 - 35°C

March – May. Average temperatures range between 30 – 33°C


Important Note: THIS IS A GUIDE ONLY. Please check with your nearest Tanzanian Consulate for up to date information.

Most visitors require visas with the exception of certain countries of the Commonwealth. It is advisable to obtain a visa in advance of travel as certain airlines insist on them prior to departure. Depending on nationality and country of origin, a visa may be obtained on arrival at Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro airports and at Namanga Gate on the Tanzania / Kenya border. Zanzibar remains independent although it is a part of the union of Tanzania. Passports and a Tanzanian visa are required even on a day's visit.

Requirements may change so you are advised to contact your nearest Tanzanian Consulate before finalizing your travel arrangements.

Visas cost US$10-60 depending on nationality and are usually valid for three months.

Requirements for obtaining a visa are: a passport, valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay, two passport photographs, proof of sufficient funds, two application forms and a detailed itinerary stating reason for visit. Sometimes, a copy of your airline tickets is required.

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