Hostels in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam is a major city and commercial port on Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast. Over the last century, Dar es Salaam has grown from a sleepy Zaramo fishing village into a thriving tropical metropolis of over four million people. Straddling some of the most important sea routes in the world, it is East Africa's second-busiest port and Tanzania's commercial hub. Despite this, and its notorious traffic jams, the city has managed to maintain a low-key, down-to-earth feel. The open-air Village Museum has re-created the traditional homes of local and other Tanzanian tribes and hosts tribal dancing. It's part of the National Museum, which offers Tanzanian history exhibits, including the fossils of human ancestors found by anthropologist Louis Leakey. Dar es Salaam's architecture is a mixture of African, Arab, Indian, and German, although much of this is now dwarfed by towering high-rises. Many travelers bypass 'Dar' completely; those that linger will encounter the city's eclectic cultural mix and languid vibe. Rimming the central area is Kivukoni Front, with a bustling fish market where dhows dock at dawn to offload the night’s catch. Excellent craft markets and restaurants abound, and nearby sandy beaches and islands beckon, so there is plenty to do, and these hostels provide an excellent base for exploring the area.
How much do hostels in Dar es Salaam cost?
Average Dorm Price $15 ($7 to $25)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $42 ($20 to $60)
Dorm Bed: $20.00
Private Room: $25.00
Overall Rating: 100%
The Slow Leopard offers a guesthouse with a double room as well as a 6 bed dormitory available for travelers looking for a place to crash at a reasonable budget. The property is also one of Dar es Salaam premiere bars and is the number one spot for burgers in the city. Ideally located in the leafy suburb of Masaki, the Slow Leopard Dar is just minutes away from shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. From Masaki, it is a short trip to the city, the ferry to Zanzibar or even the islands of Bongoyo or Mbuya. The bar downstairs is a favorite local spot, dishing up famous burgers and cold drinks with plenty of live sport available. There is a common room available for relaxing and getting to know fellow travelers, and there is a free breakfast included with your stay as well as free Wi-Fi, parking, linens, and towels.

Chole Rd Masaki , Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania,
Dorm Bed: $8.50
Private Room: $10.00
Overall Rating: 47%
Mgulani Hostel, operated by The Salvation Army, has 25 bungalows available for individual guests or up to 3 persons per bungalow. A restaurant is available for all meals, and a kiosk is always open for snacks, refreshments, and cold drinks. The hostel also hosts events as a conference center with air conditioned classrooms suitable to groups up to 100 persons. Wi-Fi is included for Deluxe and optional for other bungalow bookings. Mgulani Hostel is found minutes away from Dar es Salaam city located along Kilwa Road, the main road into town from the south. Located roughly between Nyerere International airport and Zanzibar ferry. State House, Kigamboni beach ferry is only 7 kilometers and Dar es Salaam Seaport is only 3 kilometers. National Stadium & Uhuru Stadium located right next door within walking distance. Each bungalow has private shower and toilet area. The bungalows are equipped according to standard and all have new beds, mattresses, and mosquito netting. They offer bungalows with and without AC. The bungalows vary in standard and price including: Standard, Standard Plus & Deluxe. Also available is a new dormitory building with 2 self-contained rooms plus 15 other rooms with bunk beds. The property is wheelchair friendly and breakfast, linens, and towels are free with your stay.

Kilwa Road, near JKT, Salvation Army Compound Mgulani, Kurasini , Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania,
Private Room: $25.00
Overall Rating: 73%
Situated in Dar es Salaam central business district, just 20 minutes' walk to the city center, Stay Inn Hotel is a convenient accommodation for all travelers. There is an onsite Restaurant which offers both local and international cuisine. A Buffet breakfast with 8 different varieties is included in your room price. There is a lift at the property for guests' convenience. Stay Inn Hotel is just 15 Kilometers from Julius Nyerere International Airport, 20 minutes' walk to Zanzibar Ferry Terminal, and 10 Kilometers to Ubungo Bus Terminal. Guests can get travel information from the tourist information desk at the hotel. The spacious, modern rooms are air conditioned, and include flat screen TV's in all rooms, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, fan, ensuite, wardrobe, phone, chair, and table come in all rooms. Some rooms have a private balcony and are fitted with a refrigerator.

Udowe / Swahili street Kariakoo , Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania,
Dorm Bed: $7.00
Overall Rating: 67%
Dar Downtown Suites is located in a safe and secure area in the heart of downtown Dar-Es-Salaam. This location is in the city center and is only a 10 minutes' drive to downtown Dar. Ilala is commonly referred to as ‘Downtown Dar’, where much of the commerce, banking, and national offices are located. Lots of sightseeing and places to visit are in close proximity to Dar Downtown Suites. The facility offer an outdoor patio with tables and chairs as well as a common area with a television for entertainment. The dorm rooms are spacious and clean and equipped with comfortable double-decker beds. Bathrooms are shared. Linens and parking are free with your stay.

Tukuyu St and Ngoma St - Ilala , Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania,
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