Dar-Es –Salaam Excursions

Bongoyo Island (4-5 Hours)

Located 1.5 miles (2.5km) north of Dar es Salaam, Bongoyo Island is an uninhabited island and makes up part of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve. Popular with tourists and other travellers seeking leisure activities, this island offers some fantastic snorkelling opportunities as well as beautiful sandy beaches and great hikes. The island can only be reached by means of a dhow and takes approximately 30 minutes.

Dar Es Salaam City tour (3-4 Hours)

This tour provides a look at Dar es Salaam with some insight into daily activities. Your driver will take you through the city center and toward Mnazi Moja Park where you can see a replica of the Uhuru Torch Monument. The original one was erected on Mt. Kilimanjaro to commemorate freedom from colonialism that came with independence. Continue heading to Village museum, Tinganga market, the Mwenge Carvings Market and National Museum where you will be able to see historical and archaeological items, among them Louis and Mary Leakey’s findings from Olduvai Gorge. These human fossils displayed in the Hall of Man include the skull of the so-called Nutcracker Man. There is also a collection of tribal ornaments, headdresses, witchcraft paraphernalia and traditional musical instruments collected from various regions in Tanzania.

Bagamoyo Former Capital of Tanganyika (1 Day)

Bagamoyo has played various historical roles in Tanzania apart from being a slave and ivory port, it was also a German headquarters in 1891. Explorers such as Burton, Speke, Grant, Livingstone and Stanley all passed through this town.The name Bagamoyo comes from the Swahili words “bwaga moyo”, meaning “throw down you heart,” a despair expressed by people who were captured as slaves, knowing that they faced uncertain future. On arrival, visit the Kaole Ruins, ruins of the Shirazai trade town (13th- 17th century), Old ferry on the mighty Rufiji River. Lunch will be served at Paradise Holiday Resort. (Visit of the Bagamoyo School of Arts for a Ngoma (traditional dance) session may be arranged upon prior notice.

Pugu Hills (3-4 Hours)

The are 15km (9 miles) southwest of Dar es Salaam. These lightly wooded forest reserves make ideal day or overnight trips from Dar es Salaam. These rare stands of coastal monsoon forest offer a stark contrast to the city. Accommodation can be found at Pugu Hills Nature Centre near to which are a series of short hiking trails and viewpoints overlooking the city.

Msasani Peninsula (2-3 Hours)

To the north of the city centre lies the Msasani Peninsula, on the western side of which is an attractive, lively Msasani fishing village, which is thought to stand on the site of one of East.
Oldest coastal Arabic settlements. Further west along Msasani Bay are a series of 17th-century ruins that are thought to be Dar es Salaam's oldest graveyard.

Saadani N/P (1 Day)

Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. The only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront, it possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania's tropical coastline and islands so popular with sun-worshippers. Yet it is also the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole!. Game drives and guided walks. Boat trips. Swimming. Visit Saadani fishing village, which lies within the reserve, where a collection of ruins pays testament to its 19th century heyday as a major trading port.

 

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