Silversea Luxury Cruises À DAR ES SALAAM

DAR ES SALAAM

Located on the Indian Ocean coast, Dar es Salaam is the commercial capital and the country's major city. Originating from a small fishing village, Dar es Salaam began to gain importance in the mid-19th century when the Sultan of Zanzibar decided to establish a trading centre which necessitated a safe port. In 1862, the Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Majid, started the construction of the city. He wanted a settlement on the mainland that would act as a focus for trade and caravans into the interior. View more

Craftsmen from Zanzibar were brought to build the new city. A steam tug was ordered from Germany to assist with the tricky harbour entrance and to speed up movements in the wind-sheltered inner waters. When Sultan Majid suddenly died in 1870, his successor did not share Majid's enthusiasm for the new settlement with the result that it became neglected. Sultan Barghash did maintain control over Dar es Salaam through an agent who made sure that duties were collected for use of the harbour. In 1887, the German East African Company took up residence in Dar es Salaam, over which the Arabs staged a revolt to protest this takeover. When the revolt was crushed, the German government took control and made Dar es Salaam the main centre for their administration and commercial activities. Considerable construction took place during this German period; many of these buildings are still in use today. A floating dock made operational in 1902 and the construction of the Central Railway to Lake Tanganyika further strengthened the importance of the port. Today a teeming city of 3.5 million people, Dar es Salaam is the terminus of the new Tan-Am Railway that connects Tanzania with Zambia. When Germany was defeated in World War I, she also lost control of German East Africa. Renamed Tanganyika, the country was allocated to the British as a League of Nations mandate. In December of 1961, Tanganyika attained independence, with the charismatic Julius Nyerere as the first Prime Minister. In 1964, Zanzibar and Tanganyika merged to form Tanzania. Swahili and English are the official languages; the main religions are Christianity and Islam. Travellers to Dar es Salaam will find sites of historical interest both in the city and the surrounding area.

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Excursions depuis DAR ES SALAAM

Dar Es Salaam Highlights

This tour provides a look at Dar Es Salaam with some insight into daily activities. Departing the pier, drive through the city centre and toward Mnazi Moja Park where you can see a replica of the Uhuru Torch Monument. The original one was erected on Mt. Kilimanjaro to commemorate freedom from colonialism that came with independence.


We then have the opportunity to enjoy a more formal historical perspective at the National Museum. During your visit, see historical and archaeological items, among them Louis and Mary Leakey's finds from Olduvai Gorge. These human fossils displayed in the Hall of Man include the skull of the so-called Nutcracker Man. There is also a collection of tribal ornaments, headdresses, witchcraft paraphernalia and traditional musical instruments collected from various regions in Tanzania. (The museum is not air-conditioned.)


From here proceed with a drive to the Makumbusho Village Museum. Our tour takes us back in time as this is where we have an opportunity to learn more about the culture of the 120 different indigenous tribes. See the different architectural styles and use of building materials, in addition to possibly eyeing artists working on some more traditional crafts.


Thereafter we visit Tinga Tinga which displays traditional art that is unique to Tanzania. During the visit we will see the artists working on their colourful designs be it on canvas, house hold utensils, letter openers and even key rings.


From here, we head back to the port.


The climate is extremely hot & humid, therefore a risk of dehydration - guests should drink plenty of water.


Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of waking to and from the coaches and venues and extended periods of standing during demonstrations, approximately 8 steps at the National Museum (no elevators). This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear comfortable shoes and casual, light layered clothing, sunglasses, hats and sun lotion. Guests must be aware that equipment and guides may not be up to Western standards but are the best available in this particular area; air conditioning in tour vehicles cannot be guaranteed. Guests are recommended to please ensure to first ask locals if they wish to take their photo. No photography of police/army or White House is allowed. Photography is not permitted in the museum unless payment is made. The fees vary for each museum and for camera size. The order of sites may vary.

Golf Tour at Dar Es Salaam Gymkhana Club

Looking for an African Golf Experience?! Then this tour is perfect for you!


Upon disembarkation, board your coach and travel to the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club. This multi-faceted facility was established in 1916 and offers a variety of different sporting activities including golf, tennis, squash, cricket, football and snooker.


Upon arrival at the golf club, you will be met and directed to the Pro Shop to sign-in for your round of golf. Put your skills to the test when you play this challenging par 71 golf course.


On completion of your 18 holes, you will have surely worked up a thirst and appetite. Make your way to a nearby restaurant to enjoy a refreshing drink and snacks before transferring back to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves approximately 11 yards (10 metres) walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. The cost of the tour includes transportation to and from the pier, the course, Temporary Club Membership fees, Green fees, Gold Kit with 3 balls, Light Snacks, Incl. 2 drinks per person (choice of soft drinks or local beer). Golfers must follow a strict dress code including collared shirts and golf shoes (soft spikes only) or flat soles sports shoes. No t-shirts, jeans. Golf shirts are available for purchase at the Pro Shop.

Highlights of Dar es salaam - Full Day

Raised from the humble surroundings of a fishing village just over a century ago, Dar es Salaam blossomed into one of the most beautiful seaside capitals. The modern history of Dar es Salaam dates from 1857 when the then Sultan of Zanzibar decided to turn the inland creek just south of Mzizima into a port and trading centre. Appropriately, this town was named Dar Es Salaam meaning "Heaven of Peace". Its importance rose with the steam ship services, which rendered the former port of Bagamoyo impractical. In 1891, the German High Commissioner transferred the seat of his government from Bagamoyo to Dar Es Salaam, and in 1902 a floating dock was made operational.


Your first stop will be a visit to the renowned National Museum. This outstanding attraction is known as the Hall of Man where Dr. Leakey's finds from Olduvai Gorge including the skull of Nutcrackerman (zinjanthropus bosei) and other human fossils are displayed. The stages of man's development over the last 10 million years are clearly traced and illustrated. The museum offers an outstanding ethnographic collection of tribal ornaments, head-dresses, witchcraft paraphernalia and traditional musical instruments collected from various regions in Tanzania. Also the h istory of the East African Coast is well portrayed with Chinese porcelain, glazed pottery, trade wide beads from India and a series of copper coins of the Sultan of Kilwa.


After an enjoyable visit we travel to Tinga Tinga, where we find a house or gallery if you will, of arts where local painters portray their skills in the local 'tinga tinga' art form. Sometimes referred to as crazy art, due to the very bright colour schemes and distorted figures of reality. At the Tinga Tinga center you will be able to see painters at work, and will have ample opportunity to purchase various souvenirs and household utilities that have been painted in Tinga Tinga style e.g. letter openers, trays, name plates, cup holders, key chains, as well as actual paintings on canvas.


After Tinga Tinga, continue to the White Sand Beach Resort, where a buffet lunch will be enjoyed.


After lunch, next stop is the Village Museum which is located approximately 10 kms along Bagamoyo Road and has a collection of authentically constructed traditional houses of various Tanzanian tribes. It displays several distinct architectural styles with building materials ranging from sand, grass and poles to mud and r ock. On certain days, villagers demonstrate their ancient skills of carving and weaving and offer their products for sale.


En route to ship, pass the State House which accommodates the offices of the President. It has an ornate structure reflecting a blend of African and Arabic architecture, partly built on the foundation of the old German Palace in 1922. We also pass a statue erected in memory of the African soldiers who lost their lives in WWI.

Historic Bagamoyo

Significant historical associations have made Bagamoyo an interesting place to visit. Due to its location as a mainland port close to Zanzibar, Bagamoyo developed as a centre for caravans and trade in slaves and ivory. In addition, it was the terminus of the missionaries and the site of the first Roman Catholic Church in Tanzania. The body of famed explorer David Livingstone was brought here in 1874, after which it was carried for hundreds of miles from the interior. Renowned European explorers such as Speke, Burton, Stanley, Peters and Emin Pascha all visited Bagamoyo at one time or another.

Kaole Ruins

Depart the pier with the approximate 1-hour drive north. Make a stop at the Kaole Ruins to see the remains of mosques and tombs thought to have been in use between the 3rd and 4th centuries.


Lunch

From here, continue your drive to Bagamoyo, and proceed to the Travellers Lodge where a buffet lunch will be served. One hour for lunch, and another extra one hour for leisure and enjoy beach. Swimming is allowed but is subject to tide on particular day.


Holy Ghost Mission

After your lunch, next stop is the Holy Ghost Mission Complex, which consists of several buildings including the First Church which was established in 1872, the Father's House, the Mission Museum and the New Church, constructed from coral bricks in the early 1900's. David Livingstone's body was also brought here


Old Fort Photo Stop

At the conclusion of your visit, begin the return journey to Dar Es Salaam en-route you will pass the Old Fort, for a short photo stop. Dating from around 1860, the initial purpose of the Old Fort was to hold slaves until they could be shipped to Zanzibar. With its three stories, buttresses and battlements, it is quite an impressive sight. The building was used as a police post until 1992.


Your tour concludes at the pier to re-join the ship.


The climate is extremely hot & humid, therefore a risk of dehydration - guests are encouraged to drink plenty of water.


Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity with approximately 85 metres (279 feet) of walking and some extended periods standing during demonstrations and sightseeing. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The distance to Bagamoyo is 45 miles (72 kilometres), approximately 1.5 hours drive each way. Guests must be aware that equipment and guides may not be up to Western standards but are the best available in this particular area; air conditioning in tour vehicles cannot be guaranteed. There are no restrooms available until arrival at Bagamoyo. We recommend comfortable shoes, light layered clothing, sun hats, sun glasses and sun lotion. Also take along swimsuits and beach towels for optional swimming (depending on tides & time). Photography is not permitted in the museum unless payment is made. The fees vary for each museum and for camera size.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Dar Es Salaam at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier either in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car with Guide (Full Day)

Explore Dar Es Salaam at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier either in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

World Cruise Collection: Selous Fly in Safari

On this limited participation tour, guests are afforded the exciting opportunity of taking part in a true wildlife viewing experience.


Depart from the pier and transfer to Dar Es Salaam Airport, where you will board a light aircraft for your 45-minute flight to the Selous Game Reserve. Take in the spectacular aerial views of the Tanzanian countryside en-route.


Upon arrival, you will be met by a local safari guide. Board a 4-wheel drive safari vehicle and enjoy the thrill of observing wildlife in their natural habitat. Selous is regarded as one of Africa's largest game reserves, and during the game drive, some of the animals you may see include elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, hippopotamus and a large variety of birds. All vehicles feature an open hatch, allowing for easy viewing.


Enjoy game viewing in this vast wilderness, before stopping at picnic site for a barbecue bush lunch and use of washroom. Continue with your game drive in the Selous.


In the late afternoon, you will be dropped off at the airstrip for your return flight back to Dar Es Salaam. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred back to the ship.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.