Longing for a safari-like experience? Dar es Salaam Zoo in Tanzania is the perfect place to go to. Located in Kigamboni area, it is one of the largest zoological parks in East Africa. Exactly 37 km (23 miles) away from the city centre of Dar es Salaam, the zoo is particularly famous for being home for numerous animal and plant species typical to Tanzania. What sets it apart from other zoos is that it actually provides visitors with the unique opportunity of actually interacting with the animals and plants it caters for. Yes, you can see, you can touch!
Among the species you can feast your eyes on at Dar es Salaam Zoo, giraffes, crocodiles, zebras, antelopes, tortoises, gazelles, monkeys, hyenas, lions, leopards stand out, but also reptiles like snakes and numerous species of birds.
To make you feel at home, the zoo administration even reserved a special spot for domestic animals, including ducks, sheep and goats. But, surprises do not stop here. What would an African zoo be without its typical desert animals? Camels, horses and donkeys also have their special corner at Dar es Salaam Zoo, and ready to carry younger visitors on a mini safari around the zoo.
A river with crystal-clear water runs straight through, adding to the ‘wild’ feel of the place.
A significant number of plants grow here naturally, and many rare species are grown artificially to add to the attractions of the zoo. Birds thrive here due to the natural paradise that the rich vegetation and wildflowers have created for them. The numerous fruit-bearing plants provide more than enough food for them all year round.
If your kids want to go for a dip, the zoo’s swimming pool is just perfect, not to mention they can also have fun at the playground, well-equipped with slides, swings and jungle-gyms for that purpose.