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Living in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Dar Es Salaam, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 16 people living in Dar Es Salaam what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If you are moving to Tanzania you should be aware of the diverse cultural landscape, with over 120 ethnic groups, and embrace the warm and welcoming Tanzanian hospitality. Understanding Swahili, the official language, can enhance communication, and adapting to a slower pace of life prevalent in many areas will help ease the transition to the Tanzanian way of living. Additionally, being prepared for the varying climate, from coastal regions to highlands, and respecting local customs and traditions will contribute to a smoother integration into Tanzanian society.

Gosberth, says: 2024

If you are visiting Tanzania mainland make sure that you visit Dar Es Salaam, a busy bustling business city that offers you a diversity of culture from people of different ethnicity where opportunity meets friendship, beaches night life food, and many more adventures. Beware of our hot weather though!

If you are moving to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania you should be prepared to meet the most friendly, helping and joyful people, moreover, you will discover the local language Swahilli which is very rapid and multi languages-oriented; few words are similar to Arabic, others are similar to English. The city is massive with agricultural lands accompanied with a notable urban development. Finally, many nationalities and races are gathered here, like: Indians, Arabs, Turks, Brits and many others making it a very good spot for tourism and investment at once.

Mohammed, says: 2023

If you’re moving to Dar es Salaam you should know we have calm weather, mostly sunny, the beach and the people are very generous. Swahili is our main language.

Mohabe, says: 2023

If you are moving to Dar es Salaam you will need to be ready to see the good view of the Indian Ocean, the all-time crowd in Kariakoo market and Kivukoni fish market as well as good beaches.

Fabian, says: 2023

The Island of Zanzibar is a mere two hours from my city by ferry and only half an hour by flight. Dar es Salaam has hot and humid weather most of the year. Our people will welcome you with hospitality and we have amazing safari trips. Serengeti and Morogoro are only a few hours away from the main city.

Dar es Salaam’s architecture is a mixture of African, Arab, Indian and German, although much of this is now dwarfed by towering high-rises. Many travellers bypass ‘Dar’ completely; those that linger will encounter the city’s eclectic cultural mix and languid vibe. Rimming the central area is Kivukoni Front, with a bustling fish market where dhows dock at dawn to offload the night’s catch. Excellent craft markets and restaurants abound, and nearby sandy beaches and islands beckon.

Micaiah, says: 2020

East Africa part of the continent. The only way to know where East African countries are will require you to study the world map and identify the African continent. By that, it is easy to know the East African countries and the city is in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam in one of the coastal city of Tanzania.

Christopher, says: 2020

Dar es salaam is the largest and former capital city of Tanzania, in Swahili coast (Indian Ocean). It is the leading financial center due to large and small business activities, music, fashion, media, hotels, fishing, harbor, airport and other economic activities. This high populated city have cool weather during mid year and most of time sunny with high temperature. The city has all services one need such as, international airport, shopping malls, markets, different embassy offices, beaches, good hospitals and are like.

Daniel, says: 2020

People from all tribes in Tanzania move to Dar es Salaam looking for opportunities. Dar es Salaam has a blend of the good and bad that makes a place tick.

Dar es salaam city is in the coastal region of Tanzania and is also the most populated city with a population of more than five million people. Dar es salaam is also the major important city in Tanzania as it offers more jobs opportunity by having many industries, major ports, airports, railways, and other privates companies around the city.

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania. The weather is quite soothing year-round, except during November to January where it gets quite hot. People of Dar es Salaam are humble and hospitable. The city holds a peaceful environment, with no political conflicts occurring. it’s a developing city, so you’ll find yourself with many infrastructure visible throughout the city. For weekend getaways, there are several places not so far from the city that are extremely beautiful and calming like The Overhang. One must surely pay a visit there. To sum up, living in Dar es Salaam would be a very simple, yet fun filled life.

It is beautiful city with easy access to social services and low cost of living. Although having a hot climate which ranges on 32 degrees and serious traffic jams. It’s people have hospitality and there are plenty of recreational places. I recommend anybody to come live in my city.

Micaiah, says: 2020

It’s a beautiful city with many people. It is a business city for our country and has a lot of opportunities for rich and poor people. There are a lot of people present and it is the most populated city in the country. The greatest thing about it is the people’s generosity.

Christopher, says: 2020

the area is has hot weather, high traffic congestion also the majority are poor but the country is democratically free people can express their views and all human rights are followed here, freedom of worship speech, movement and ownership. The country is a third world country there is a lot of industrialization campaign going on.

Rainer, says: 2020

Dar es salaam is the business and economic city in Tanzania. The city has more than six millions people whereby most of them are businessmen. The city is in eastern part of Tanzania nearest to Indian ocean and it have various areas for recreation, leisure, pleasure and tourist attractions places like Saadan island.

Happiness, says: 2020

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