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Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar Exotic Indian Ocean Ports of Call
Flashback: Delegates to Seatrade Convention in Miami saw the Tanzania Tourist Board raise its profile and presence with its first-time Coffee Break Sponsorship on Tuesday, March 4, prior to the State-of-the-Industry Address. Tanzania will highlight Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar as its exotic Indian Ocean ports of call, as well as shore excursions to some of Africa's most famous national parks and game reserves.
Dar es Salaam's New Luxury Hotels: A Sign of Confidence in Tanzania's Expanded Tourism Sector
Kilimanjaro Kempinski Hotel: Tanzania tourism is booming and this is reflected in new hotel investments by well known luxury brand hotels such as Kempinski, Movenpick and Sun International. For the first two, Kempinski and Movenpick, Tanzania represents their first venture in East Africa. "These major hotel projects, both on mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, demonstrate great confidence in the future of the country's tourism growth," said Hon. Zakia Hamdani Meghji, MP, Tanzania's Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism. According to Peter Mwenguo, Managing Director, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), "the five- star 180 room Kilimanjaro Kempinski Hotel opening promises to revive Dar es Salaam as a major port of call and tourism center. This major investment in down-town Dar es Salaam will play a key role in upgrading the surrounding waterfront area. In addition, the hotel will serve as an anchor for the development of Tanzania's "Southern Wildlife Circuit.
Zamani Kempinski Resort: In Zanzibar, the luxurious 110 rooms and suites Zamani Kempinski Resort will open July 1. Each room will feature its own terrace and Indian Ocean view. The facilities include a swimming pool, health and beauty spa, restaraunts, bars, banquet rooms and upscale boutiques.
Kunduchi Beach Hotel: The new luxury five-star property in Dar es Salaam, the Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort, was officially opened in March by Tanzania's Vice President, Dr. Ali M. Shein. The 262- room hotel, renovated and expanded by its new owners, the Wellworth Hotels & Resorts Ltd, features a unique and beautiful blend of Arabic and Tanzanian architecture. In addition to the usual five-star amenities of a beach front property - watersports, swimming pool, restaurants, fitness center, guest internet access- the Hotel has a full-service business center and seven conference rooms equipped with state-of-the-art meeting facilities.
Mövenpick: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement to operate the 251 room Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel Dar es Salaam. Amenities include a fitness centre with sauna, an outdoor pool, a hair and beauty salon, plus tennis, squash and golf facilities nearby. The comprehensive range of conference and banquet facilities which can cater up to 440 participants and the lavishly furnished Business Centre provide business executives with the ideal conditions to stage successful meetings and events.
A Couple of Days in
Dar es Salaam
Planning a trip to Tanzania for September, my travel agent seemed alarmed that I'd be "stuck" in Dar es Salaam for two days. She suggested a day trip to Mafia Island to solve the problem. Since small planes make me nervous, this idea was a non-starter. So I resigned myself to Dar, a city mainly depicted to me as a place to go through rather than to. As it turned out, a couple of days in Dar proved not long enough. Here are some of the things that happily filled my days. When the thrill of lolling around a pool with your fellow tourists sipping passion fruit juice wears thin, KARIOKOO MARKET is the place to go, to mingle with the wananchi ("citizens")and lose yourself among the myriad stalls. You may not be tempted to buy a sack of rice or a dried fish or an old pair of jeans, but you can sharpen your wits and get some good dialogue going, particularly if you muster a little Swahili. Photo by Karen Hoffman
Also in the Mwenge direction, right off the busy New Bagamoyo Road, is the VILLAGE MUSEUM. The cab driver who dropped me off agreed to come back in an hour. I wish I'd made it two. I had to tear myself away from some very energetic tribal dancing that takes place here most afternoons and of which I was the sole spectator. 'Museum' is a bit misleading. People came from all parts of the country to build houses typical of their tribe in this park setting. With a flashlight (bring your own, theirs are very weak) and the help of explanatory labels I wandered in and out of some ten dwellings (there were many more) noting the details of daily life and the intricacies of construction. There was a garden planted with indigenous crops and, in one corner, artists painting in the colorful tinga-tinga style had set up shop. They tutored me in the laid-back Swahili greeting, "Mambo?" (things), to which the response is, "Poa!" (cool) This goes over very well. I also came across a noted potter, Petro Mayige, in his studio, and couldn't resist a set of the clay figurines he sculpts using traditional know-how: an old man trouncing a youth at a game of bao, $15.
The evening of my last day in Dar I sat on the terrace of a humble restaurant on COCO BEACH with two Tanzanian friends I'd made. The beach, on Oyster Bay, had been closed for a couple of years - they explained - following the depradations of a killer shark. Now the shark had been caught and the beach was open and with plates of changu (a tasty local fish) and chips (French fries) and bottles of Kilimanjaro and Safari beer we watched the moon rise over the Indian Ocean. It was very peaceful. We were the only diners.
Had I stayed another day I'd have followed my friends' advice and taken the five minute ferry-ride from Kivukoni Front (near the new Japanese-built fish market) across to the southern peninsula of Kigamboni and explored the beaches there, so close to Dar yet apparently so unspoiled, with a couple of small guest houses and bars to choose from.
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