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Masai warrior on the Serengeti, Dar es Salaam
 

Practical info Dar es Salaam, Tanzanya

Getting around the city

Getting around in Dar es Salaam can be confusing for visitors. Walking is a pleasant way to see the city, but pedestrians should be mindful of aggressive drivers as the city has no sidewalks. Minibus taxis (called daladala) and buses operate on a flat-fare basis, but travellers should be aware that these do not operate on regular schedules and are often dangerously overcrowded and are popular with pickpockets. Taxis can be hailed from outside most hotels in Dar es Salaam, at a fixed fare, but in most other places it is customary to negotiate the fare in advance. Travellers wishing to hire a car should make sure they have a valid international driver's license, which must be endorsed by the police on arrival in the country. Travellers opting to drive themselves outside of the city should look into hiring a 4x4 or SUV and be aware that cattle and other pedestrians tend to ignore the rules of the road.

Time

Local time is GMT +3.

Electricity

230 volts, 50Hz. Rectangular or round three-pin plugs are used.

Currency

The official currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. The tourism industry prices everything in US Dollars and they are the preferred unit of currency. Money can be exchanged in larger towns; foreign exchange bureaux may offer a better rate of exchange than banks. ATMs are available in major towns and cities. Some major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these should not be relied on and can incur a surcharge.

Communication

The international country dialling code for Tanzania, as well as Zanzibar, is +255. There is good mobile phone coverage in main cities and towns, with operators using GSM networks; rural areas may have limited coverage. There are international roaming agreements with most international operators. Avoid making telephone calls from hotels; they can be very expensive. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Julius Nyerere International Airport

www.taa.go.tz

Getting to the city

Most large hotels offer airport pick-up services and it is a good idea to arrange these when possible. Taxis are almost always available. It is also possible to rent a car.

Car rental

Car hire companies operate at the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis can be easily hailed from outside the terminal building but few of these have meters so it is best to negotiate a price first. The journey to the city can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.

Transfer between terminals

Transferring between the terminals is not usually required but can be done on foot or by taxi.

Facilities

The airport has a post office, banks, a bureau de change, restaurants, bars, a Business Lounge, a duty-free shop, gift shop, travel agent, and tourist help desk. Facilities are available for disabled travellers.

Parking

There is a car park in front of the terminal buildings.

Internet

Internet is available in some areas.