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Officially the United Republic of Tanzania. this nation gets its modern name from a combination of its former name (Tanganika) and the name of its most famous territory, the island of Zanzibar. Tanzania includes most of the equally famous Serengeti Plain, famous for safaris. Mount Kilimanjaro forms part of its border, too. Its business hub is once-capital Dar es Salaam, on the Indian Ocean just south of Zanzibar; which has many MICE venues. The new capital, since 1996, is Dodoma is inland, some 515 kilometers due west of Dar es Salaam.
The country's main airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), which is named for the country's first president upon independence and is thirteen kilometers southwest of downtown Dar es Salaam. It has service is most parts of Africa, as well as to Dubai, Doha, Istanbul and Amsterdam.
Chief among MICE venues in Tanzania, the Dar es Salaam International Conference Center has six meeting and function rooms all named for African leaders, three of which can be combined to cater to up to 350 persons. Also on-site is a 150-seat restaurant, a veranda for receptions and a fifth-floor site in the city's PPF Towers building.
There are many excellent MICE hotels in Tanzania's Dar es Salaam, including the 230-room Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel, which has a small conference center, a ballroom for 550 persons and a garden tent with great views; the 180-room Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro (but a very long away from this mountain), which is right on the waterfront and has 16 meeting rooms and a ballroom for up to 400 persons, and the 152-room Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, which has one meeting room, and only for 25 persons. In Dodoma there is the safari-lodge-style New Dodoma Hotel (built more than a century ago as a hotel expressly for Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm when Tanzania was a German colony), which has six meeting rooms, the largest able to accommodate 250 persons, a garden courtyard for 300 and 94 guest rooms, while on Zanzibar, at its most northernmost tip, is the 101-room DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar-Nungwi, which has three meeting rooms that can cater to up to 100 persons.
Unique spots in Dar es Salaam in which to host events include the House of Culture, which used to be the King George V Museum but now pays homage to a new Africa and has gallery, indoor and outdoor space for use and is constructing a multi-media room and recording studio; Wista's Inn, which is just outside of the city, has gorgeous gardens and grounds and also 32 guest rooms; or take a group of up to 50 persons on yachts (or even ancient dhow) to Bongoyo Island with Tanzania Yachts, which is only three miles north of Dar es Salaam but uninhabited and can host events and meals. Near Dodoma, the Kirawira Serena Camp, run by the same company as manages the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel, is a luxury safari camp with 25 guest tents and can put on almost anything the heart desires, while on Zanzibar is another get-away-from-it-all venue, the Baby Bush Lodge, which is on a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach on the Indian Ocean side of the island and has a lounge, the Sky Bar Lounge, a bar on a deck, a pool courtyard and lots of open space.
Restaurants in Dar es Salaam that welcome groups include Ethiopian restaurant Addis in Dar, which can stage an elaborate Ethiopian coffee ritual; Osaka Sushi & Teppanyaki Restaurant, which has wonderful food, as well as an open-sided roof desk; The Alcove, which is a Chinese restaurant with two branches, one in the city centre, one on the coast but both with private dining space; Triniti, which serves local dishes with a Dutch twist and has an attractive garden and a huge dining room with an impressive, high thatched roof, as well as 12 guest rooms; and the restaurant at the Mbalamwezi Beach Club, which is just on the other side of the Msasani Peninsula that more or less divides Dar es Salaam in two and has a renowned seafood menu, the option of eating beside or on the beach and a pool and garden.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)
Approximate taxi fare: TZS 1512
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