Dar es Salaam is the largest, most affluent city in Tanzania. Literally translated as "The Abode of Peace", the former capital city is has long been home to the country's central government. It is easy to reach Dar es Salaam from London, with regular flights departing from Heathrow, where Emirates and Turkish Airlines offer the most frequent service. It is also possible to reach this stunning destination from airports around the UK, for example with low cost flights from Edinburgh. All services include a stopover, mostly in Turkey, Egypt or Dubai. If you'd like to book a cheap flight to Dar es Salaam you can use a flight comparison tool. Just enter the dates on which you'd like to travel, and compare the the results to find the cheap flight with the best times and prices for you.This thriving city, with its towering skyscrapers, is situated on a natural harbour, offering white sandy beaches, unrivalled views and a holiday resort feel.
The most popular method of getting around in Dar es Salaam is by "daladala", public minivans that pick up passengers along popular routes. As they travel to the most popular destinations in the city, they get very crowded and will only stop on request. Taxis are also available but tend to be expensive. It therefore may be more convenient to either cycle or walk around the city. This will allow you the see the city's best sights while also avoiding getting stuck in traffic. Moreover, it's cheap, leaving you more money to haggle for souvenirs at the local markets. There are several exciting and unusual things to do in Dar Es Salaam. Mikumi National Park is worth visiting for a safari. Your hotel or tour operator will be able to help arrange this. West of the airport are the Pugu Hills, a perfect spot for hiking. Visits can be arranged through the Pugu Nature Centre. Some local villagers will also be happy to assist on hikes for a small fee.