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Collections of artefacts and exhibits explore topics including the evolution of man, the cultural heritage of Tanzania and the country’s natural history and biodiversity.
At the open-air Village Museum, approximately a six-minute drive north of the hotel, guests will find authentic recreations of tribal houses from different regions of Tanzania, and can witness performances of ‘Ngoma’: traditional tribal drumming and dancing.
The beauty of Tanzania’s indigenous plants and flowers is showcased in Dar es Salaam’s Botanical Gardens, which are also a ten-minute walk from the hotel. Established in 1893 as the home of the Dar es Salaam Horticultural Society, visitors to these stunning and peaceful gardens can stroll among jacaranda, bougainvillea, hibiscus and scarlet flame trees. The gardens also contain the Coco-de-Mer palm; a tree rarely found outside its native Seychelles.
One of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Askari Monument is an eight-minute walk west of Hyatt Regency. This bronze statue, reputedly located at the exact centre of downtown Dar es Salaam, depicts a soldier with bayonet raised and is a memorial to the African servicemen lost in battle during the First World War.
Kunduchi and Mbezi
Beyond the city centre, guests can recline in the sun at the fine white-sand beaches of Kunduchi and Mbezi, between thirty and forty minutes away by car from the hotel.
Pugu Hills Forest Reserve
Those who appreciate the great outdoors and wish to explore one of the oldest forests in the world should not miss the opportunity to visit the Pugu Hills Forest Reserve, approximately a forty- minute journey by car from the hotel. This protected bio-diverse area is rich in bird and animal life and is notable for its large bat colonies.
Guests seeking an authentic and memorable shopping experience shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit Kariakoo Market which can be reached by taxi around ten minutes from the hotel. Even if not tempted by the array of bargains on offer at this lively, colourful and historic market, Kariakoo is worth visiting simply for its unique atmosphere.
Dar es Salaam’s largest shopping mall, the Quality Centre, offers a more conventional and relaxed shopping experience and features seventy retail stores from famous international brands as well as a multiplex cinema, restaurants and a family entertainment centre. The Quality Centre Mall is a fifteen-minute taxi ride from Hyatt Regency.