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About Dar es Salaam is the commercial capital and the largest city of Tanzania. It is situated on the east coast of the Indian Ocean with a harbor line forming a favorable trading port. Accommodation One can choose to stay in small lodges or mid-range to upscale hotels. The minimum cost can be Tsh 20,000 per night in Kariakoo or City Centre. Tour Drive and Mbezi have international hotels that charge in US dollars, however budget accommodations can be found too. YMCA and Airbnb are affordable options for backpackers. Transport Dar es Salaam has two airports. Terminal  RSHUDWHV FKDUWHU Ă LJKWV DQG 7HUPLQDO  LQWHUQDWLRQDO DQG D IHZ ORFDO Ă LJKWV Travelers can rely on taxis for commuting to and fro most area including airport. 7D[LIDUHVDUHĂ€[HGIURPWKHDLUSRUWDQG within the city, the basic fare starts from Tsh 5,000/-. Public buses are affordable but not always comfortable. The DART bus service is reliable however packed by passengers. Minimum fare is Tsh 650/-. Two-wheelers (Boda Boda) are the fastest commuting options but are not always safe, starting Tsh 2,000/- . Car rentals are available from various private companies. Bajaji/ rickshaws mostly operate in areas of Msasani with negotiable rates starting Tsh 2,000/Weather The temperature is relatively stable with humid climatic conditions. June to October is the dry and cool season with expected rainfall. The temperatures start rising from November to February and monsoon sets in from March to May. January is the hottest month of the year. Shopping Markets are diverse and interesting

to explore. Souvenirs such as clothes and accessories can be bought at the Masai Market in Slipway, affordable hand-made paintings at Tinga Tinga Oysterbay, wood carvings in Mwenge and textile market on Uhuru Street. Prices are negotiable in these markets. Many hotels also have curio shops that sell same goods at a higher rate. Visitors can also look for Tanzanite jewelry shops in Masaki and India Street in the city. People The people of Dar es Salaam are warm, friendly and hospitable. Muslims, Christians, Hindus and other traditional beliefs live together in harmony and are welcoming to a large group of expats who make Dar their home away from home. Clothing Light cotton & summer wear is ideal on the most of the year tropical climate. It’s advisable to keep an umbrella for the rainy season. There are no strict rules for clothing in Dar es Salaam and the dress code is casual for most restaurants, pubs and public places Food One can never run out of food options in Dar. From fresh fruits in the market to Asian and Swahili street food to seafood delicacies in top hotels, food options are plenty in Dar es Salaam for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Price ranges from  VWUHHWIRRG  ÀYHVWDUKRWHOV SHU meal. Safety Dar es Salaam is a safe city, however petty thefts are common. It is advisable to take safety measures at all times; during your stay at the hotel, keep all personal belongings with you. It may not be safe to walk with a large amount of cash or valuables. Avoid walking on streets moving around alone during the night.

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