Dar Es Salaam
Dar Es Salaam Campervan Rental, Tanzania
Hire 4WD Campervans in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Meaning ‘the abode of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam was once Tanzania’s capital but now it’s largest and most prosperous city. Influenced by a myriad of sultans in its short history, Dar exudes a mix of Africa, Muslim and South Asian influences along with a smattering of German and British. As one of Tanzania’s trio of international transport hubs – the two other being Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam is an apt introduction into Tanzanian culture and a great place to get your hamper stocked before your journey in a 4WD Dar es Salaam campervan rental or motorhome hire to explore the region’s savannahs for an unforgettable safari.
Discover exotic Zanzibar
Dar es Salaam is located on Tanzania‘s east coast right on the Indian Ocean. This gives you easy access to Zanzibar, just three hours to the north by ferry or 30 minutes by domestic flights. You can leave your Dar es Salaam 4WD camper rental for a day trip to the archipelago.
Zanzibar evokes an exotic image and rightfully so because of its role in the Spice Trade. This is where saffron is produced along with other popular spices. Join a spice tour to see where anise, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom are grown.
An equally intriguing concoction of history can be glimpsed at the Stone Town; a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed for its blend of Moorish, Indian, Middle Eastern and African traditions and architecture.
The Swahili Coast by 4WD Campervan Hire
Zanzibar’s resorts and electric blue waters are getting crowded for a reason; so if you want to escape to a much quieter slice of creamy white beach in the mainland. Take your Dar es Salaam 4×4 camper rental to Ras Kutani, a mere 15 miles south of Dar. It lies right on the quiet stretch of the Indian Ocean known for its luxury and palpable Swahili vibe.
For a dose of whiter sand and fewer tourists but plenty of marine creatures; drive your Dar es Salaam 4WD campervan hire 67 miles farther south to Mafia Island. Many describe Mafia Island as Zanzibar before ‘development’ took place. While not exactly Tanzania’s marine equivalent of the Serengeti Plains, the surrounding waters of the island are often visited by whale sharks, humpback whales and sea turtles.
Go on a Safari from Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is 600 miles southeast of the African safari crown jewel, Serengeti Plains. A 4WD campervan rental in Dar es Salaam will make that once-in-a-lifetime safari memorable and enjoyable; since you can bring all your comforts with you as you move about. If you are pushed for time and want to see the fabled Big Five in the wild (Cape buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard); try your luck at the 50,000-square-kilometre Selous Game Reserve, about five hours south by Dar es Salaam campervan rental. This immense sanctuary is home to massive herds of black rhinoceros, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, hippopotamuses and crocodiles. You will also have a variety of relatively pristine landscapes – from open wooded grasslands to dense thickets – as your backdrops.
Six hours to the west by 4×4 camper hire or motorhome rental is another of Tanzania’s well-preserved wilderness area, Ruaha National Park. It is mostly home to one of Tanzania’s largest concentration of elephants, kudu and sable and roan antelopes. You may also get lucky to spot lions and leopards, zebras, cheetahs and giraffes. Ruaha National Park is also exceptionally well-stocked for the delight of avid birders who could tick up to 571 species of residents and migrants off their life list.