Dar es Salaam is the most populous and economically important city in the East African country of Tanzania. Approximately 3,000,000 people live in Dar es Salaam, which is only one tenth of the country’s populations. Nonetheless, the majority of the country’s economy is centred in the city; half of the country’s manufacturing and the majority of Tanzanian trade happens in Dar es Salaam.
The city is split into three districts – Ilala, Kinondoni, and Temeke. The Dar es Salaam region is not the capital of the country but still acts as the bureaucratic centre for Tanzania.
Dar es Salaam is a harbour city, and a quick trip off of the coast to Bongoyo Island will be a great day trip for any visitor. For nature lovers who want to spend more than the day at Bongoyo, the Pugu Hills are only 12 kilometres from the airport and are great for hiking and walking.
The National Museum in Dar es Salaam and the Zoological Gardens are two of the city’s more popular tourist attractions, although many visitors travel to the area’s gorgeous beaches instead of staying inside. Kigamboni, or South Beach, is one of the more popular ones.
Dar es Salaam’s major airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (Airport code DAR). 25 airlines fly into and out of the airport, including Precision Air, which provides the most frequent flights and the most routes. Air Tanzania and Air Uganda are the only other carriers which fly to more than two destinations from the airport.
Just over 1,200,000 travellers fly into or out of Julius Nyerere International Airport each year. Aside from Precision Air, Kenya Airways, Delta, and KLM fly the most frequently to or from the airport.