Short Layover in Tanzania? Here’s What You Can Do!

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What can I do in Tanzania if I only have a few hours in the country? Worry not! Some of the places you can visit within the city  include the National Museum, House of Culture, Mwenge Curio shops, Kunduchi beach, etc.

Do you have a short layover in Tanzania? Here’s what you can do!

What Can I Do in Tanzania for a Short Layover?

Visit National Museum and House of Culture

Are you a history buff? If you only have a short layover, the National Museum of Tanzania is the place to go. The National Museum of Tanzania consists of five Tanzanian museums dedicated to preserving and displaying exhibits on Tanzania’s culture and natural heritage.

You will have the opportunity to view and learn from the museum’s chronicle about man’s evolution. The earliest hominid skull of Australopithecus boisei is displayed in the national museum of Tanzania.

Visit Mwenge Curio Shops

The Mwenge Curio shops are a great place to see handcrafted items and traditional African garments in modern styles. The artists at these stores have put in a lot of effort and time to create exquisite and one-of-a-kind items.

Wooden helmets are the most popular product here, but you may also find gems in craft shops selling everything from textiles to sandals, beaded necklaces, and more.

Unlike numerous tourist marketplaces worldwide, merchants in this market do not bother customers. They will encourage you to visit their store, but you will not be pressured to make a purchase.

Kunduchi Beach

Kunduchi beach is located in Dar es Salaam.  If you have a short layover in Tanzania, this is an excellent spot to visit and rest. The Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort boasts direct access to the area’s most gorgeous length of the beach and on-site activities like a swimming pool, beach volleyball, the Wet & Wild Waterpark, and beach mini soccer.

Visiting fish market

The fish market in Dar es Salaam is the center for fresh fish and seafood in the city. If you are a fan of fish, this is the place to rush within your short layover in the country. So many types of fish are available in the market, including surgeonfish, rabbitfish, etc. In the market, you will also interact with locals and learn some of their few cultures and traditions.

Visit Makumbusho village

The Makumbusho village, located in the center of Dar es Salaam, is a museum that displays genuinely built houses and tools from a few Tanzanian tribes. Only 18 ethnic tribes from various country sections are featured at the museum since there are far too many tribes in the country.

Aside from the historic dwellings, you’ll also come across some craftsmen and artists, and it’s a treat to see them at work. If you were traveling on weekends, you would be lucky to enjoy traditional dance performances.

Eat Tanzanian cuisine

Tanzania has one of the best foods in East Africa, blended using natural spices. Therefore, during your short layover, you can get into the restaurant or in the Tanzania streets to taste its delicious dishes. Some of the common meals in the country include Chips Mayai, Biryani, Pilau rice, and chapati.

Kariakoo market

Kariakoo market is the largest and busiest market in Dar es Salaam. It is a must-visit if you have a short layover in the city. At Kariakoo Market, you may get cheap apparel with African prints and vegetables, spices, household items, fruits, and meat. Walking around this lively, colorful, and energetic market is fun.


Are you having a short layover in Tanzania? Here’s what to do. The above activities are appropriate for your short layover in the county. For more information and trip bookings to Tanzania, reach out to TripIndigo.




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