While the bustling, vibrant city of Dar es Salaam is the commercial capital of Tanzania the beaches just north of the city offer tourists and residents a relaxing resort experience rivalling the well known beach resorts of the Indian ocean islands.
The Beach resorts of Kunduchi, Mbweni, Bahari and Jangwani have a wide choice of three, four and Five star International and local hotels with pristine beaches as well as superb conference facilities.
Dar Es Salaam Marine Reserve
The Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System is a group of marine wildlife reserves in Tanzania, situated off the coast of Dar es Salaam Region. The reserve system consists of nine uninhabited islands, four north of Dar es Salaam Bongoyo, Mbudya, Pangavini and Fungu Yasini) and five south of the city (Inner and Outer Makatumbe, Inner and Outer Sinda and Kendwa Island). It provides protection for several important tropical ecosystems; coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds.
The most frequently visited of the four islands in the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve it is a popular relaxing day trip from the resorts offering snorkelling, swimming and freshly caught seafood at beach side restaurants. There are daily ferries from Msasani Peninsula.
Also a very popular place for tourists to visit with a number of Shopping centres and a good variety of restaurants serving international and local cuisine. No visit to Oyster Bay is complete without a visit to Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society to buy a wide choice of authentic Tanzanian art. The paintings are known for their enamelled colours and highly decorative patterns reflecting the heritage of traditional hut paintings.
Another popular day excursion from the beach resorts and once the last stop for slave and ivory caravans from the interior en route to Zanzibar. It was the capital of German East Africa and was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast. Many of the famous European explorers such as Henry Morton Stanley, Speke and Burton started their journeys of exploration from Bagamoyo. At the Catholic mission in the town the body of David Livingstone was placed here by his faithful servants before being sent to Westminster Abbey for his final burial. The local museum has a wonderful collection of photographs relating to David Livingstone’s life and explorations in Africa.
Enjoy an afternoon at the Kunduchi Beach Wet n Wild Waterpark with its 22 water slides, rain dance stage & 5 restaurants & bars.
The Beach Resorts of Dar es Salaam are very popular conference venues with facilities catering from 50 persons to over 500 delegates and are ideal for corporate business events as well as incentive groups.