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New Africa Hotel, Dar Es Salaam

Getting there


A major city in Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam has a charming sea port and a good number of historic buildings. A buzzing new city, the place has seen a major rise in shopping arenas and happening restaurants and hotels. The population is a friendly mix of African, Arabic and Indian influences. Dar Es Salaam is growing as a major commercial centre and being the largest city in Tanzania, has attracted the largest number of investors. This has brought about rapid commercialization and modernization of the city. It has even become the busiest Port in East Africa. The gateway to Zanzibar, it is a 75-minute ferry ride away and a part of the southern safari circuit. Dar Es Salaam has the potential to overtake Arusha as the main tourist destination in Tanzania. The tourist interests here include Nyumbaya Sanaa, Makonde Carvers, Village Museum and Askari Monument.

 

By air:
The airport is only 15 km from the city centre and can be reached by shuttle buses, taxis and car rentals from the airport. Some of the car rental offices are Avis, Europcar, Tanzania, Evergreen, Jeka Tour operators and other local taxis which are white in colour.

By road:
Different buses travel from Dar Es Salaam to other places such as Tawfiq which pasesTanga (6hrs), Moshi (8hrs), Arusha (10hrs), Mombasa (12hrs), Nairobi and Kampala. Fresh yaShamba, Air Msae, Dar Express, Metro Coach travel from Dar Es Salaam to Arusha.  Buses like Scandinavia Coach travel to the Southern regions of Tanzania (Iringa (8hrs), Mbeya and Rukwa).

By rail:
All Tanzania's rail lines converge in Dar Es Salaam. The two main services are Tazara and Central Line. The Central Railway Station is located off Sokoine Drive at the corner of Railway St, and Gerezani St. The line offers two route services - the first is from Dar Es Salaam to Kigoma via Dodoma, Singida, Tabora, Mpanda, Kigoma, Shinyanga and Mwanza.  For the Tazaraline, the routes are from Dar Es Salaam to Zambia via Morogoro, Iringa and Mbeya.

 

Nearby places of interest

Zanzibar Town, on the western side of the island, is the heart of the archipelago, and the first stop for most travellers. The best-known section by far is the old Stone Town (MjiMkongwe), surrounded on three sides by the sea and bordered to the east by Creek Rd. Directly east of Stone Town is the bustling, less atmospheric section of Ng'ambo, which you'll pass through en route to the beaches.

 

Bagamoyo's narrow, unpaved streets take you back in time to the mid-19th century, when the town was one of the most important settlements along the East African coast and the terminus of the trade caravan route linking Lake Tanganyika with the sea. Slaves, ivory, salt and copra were unloaded before being shipped to Zanzibar and elsewhere, and many European explorers, including Richard Burton, Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone began and ended their trips here. In 1868 French missionaries established Freedom Village at Bagamoyo's as a shelter for ransomed slaves, and for the remainder of the century the town served as a way station for missionaries travelling from Zanzibar to the interior.

 

The National Museum houses the famous fossil discoveries of zinjanthropus (nutcracker man) from Oldupai (Olduvai) Gorge (although only a copy is available for general viewing), plus displays on many other topics, including the Shirazi civilisation of Kilwa, the Zanzibar slave trade, and the German and British colonial periods. For vintage auto aficionados, there's a small special collection, including the Rolls Royce used first by the British colonial government and later by Julius Nyerere. The museum is currently undergoing extensive renovations, with a cultural centre and other additions planned.

 

Makutano Centre for Tanzanian Art & Craft promotes local arts and crafts, holds regular exhibitions and has crafts for sale. There's also the good Black Tomato cafe on the premises with breakfasts and sandwiches.

 

Important landmarks and their distances

Julius Nyerere International Airport - 15km/24 min drive

Tazara Railway Station - 7km/ 15 min drive

Ubungo Bus Station - 9km/ 20 min drive

Zanzibar Ferry Terminal - 450 meters/ 5 min drive

National Museum - 700 meters/ 8 min drive

Temple Street - 1km/ 2 min drive

Slipway Shopping Centre - 9 km/ 15 min drive

New Africa Hotel & Casino is located quite near to beaches of Dar Es Salaam, with a drive of 2km to 10km