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Where to stay in Dar es Salaam?

Postby mylinnea » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:37 am

Need some help! I'm going to Zanzibar in dec, but flying in to Dar es salaam, land at 13,25.
Best way to get to Zanzibar? By boat or flight?
How far is it from the airport to the seaport? I've read that the last ferry from Dar departs at 1500?
Should I stay one night in Dar and take the morning freey?
Cheap hotel or hostel near the seaport?

My first trip to Africa, appreciate any advice!!
Thank you in advance!!
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Re: Where to stay in Dar es Salaam?

Postby *emmas* » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:15 pm

Hi! I did the opposite way, went from Zanzibar to the airport at Dar. I went on the ferry and found it ok, except it can get very rough out on the water.

I stayed at the Holiday Inn for the night as my flight wasn't till the following morning. It may have been walking distance but I decided to just get a taxi from the ferry terminal instead of having to carry all my bags. It worked out really well as the driver asked if I needed to go anywhere else and I said the airport the next day. He came and picked me up the next day and took me out there and didn't charge me for both taxi rides till we got to the airport.

If it was me, I would arrive in Dar and stay the night and get the ferry the next morning. That way there is no rushing to get around. I was delayed at Dar airport for 14 hours and resulting in my missing my connection so I would rather play it safe.
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Re: Where to stay in Dar es Salaam?

Postby apster » Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:39 pm

Hello, I'm also flying to Tanzania in December. Will land in Dar and flying to Zanzibar on same day. I'll be there on 17th. :)
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Re: Where to stay in Dar es Salaam?

Postby mylinnea » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:55 am

Apster - I land in DAR the 19th..! Think I'll book a flight to Zanzibar the same day. How long is it between your flights in DAR? Do you think 2 hours enough?
Have you booked accom on Zanzibar yet?? :))
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