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WHITE SANDS HOTEL AND RESORT - DAR ES SALAAM:
On the shores of the Indian Ocean, on over 500m of pristine private beach, lies the picturesque White Sands Hotel and Resort. Recently completely refurbished and upgraded to international four star standards this 88-room hotel provides a perfect setting for sports and relaxation.

The un-spoilt beach areas of the Swahili coast offer a whole new experience for the discerned holiday maker. Whether in to snorkeling, diving or deep-sea fishing there is abundance of sea life to be discovered on one of the best coral reef structures in East Africa.

The main foyer is elegantly decorated in a traditional carved wood theme.

The two restaurants, pool bar, and a night club can satisfy any culinary taste – African, Continental or Oriental.

Recreational facilities include a fitness centre, sailing, water skiing, scuba-diving centre, deep-sea fishing and an amusement park with water slides.

White Sands Hotel and Resort has its own adequate transport facilities. Our fleet of four vehicles are suitable for a group of up to 45 people. The transport facilities can be used for airport transfers, town trips or excursions. For all hotel guests, airport transfer is complimentary subject to 48-hour booking. Full meet and greet service in seven languages (English, French, German, Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian and Lithuanian) is available subject to 48-hour request.

First ever in East Africa, Centre for Alternative Health and Wellbeing (CHW) to be run by registered therapist Mr. Michael Lerch (GQHP) a leading specialist in the field of Neuro & Biofeedback, and Psycho & Hypnotherapy, coupled with a Wellness Centre.

White Sands Hotel and Resort is the only hotel in Africa with internet access on its own private beach. Remain connected - no matter where!

White Sands Hotel and Resort with its diverse facilities and friendly service is a preferred place for international travelers, holidaymakers’ as well as local businessmen and families. The multinational management team of the hotel is continually striving for service, excellence and maintaining an international standard of all its facilities.

Accommodation:
The White Sands Hotel with 88 sea facing rooms, housed in individually thatched villas, surround by lush tropical gardens and palm trees, stretching along 500m of private beach front, lying on the very shores of the Indian Ocean. All rooms have recently been refurbished and renovated to ensure your stay more comfortable and more enjoyable. Available are twin bedded and double bedded rooms. We also offer inter-leading rooms.

All rooms are en-suite with:
Satellite Television
ISD Telephone Lines
Access to Wireless Broadband Internet
Individual Controlled Air Conditioning Units
Private Sea-facing Verandahs
Mini Fridges
24 hour Room Service
Laundry Services
Tea/Coffee making facilities and,
Hairdryers are also available

Guests of the White Sands Hotel also enjoy airport and/or seaport transfers. Simply provide the details on reserving your rooms and we will be there to meet you.

Conference Facility:
White Sands Hotel and Resort boasts one of the best conference facilities in Dar. We have the facilities and equipment to accommodate groups of all sizes, whether you need a small meeting or a major conference venue with numerous breakaway events, we can accommodate it all.

Our five conference rooms are fully air conditioned with natural light and well appointed with necessary modern equipment. Our standard equipment include, Overhead Projectors, Slide Projectors, Direct Screen presentations, VHS & Playback facilities, Whiteboards and FlipCharts. Data projectors, computers, printers, cell-phones and other equipment are available on hire basis. Our efficient staff members are always willing to help and support you from the beginning to the end.

The Gilman’s room can accommodate up to 200 people, Ace’s room can accommodate up to 150 people and the Kisiwa Banda which is situated on the beach front can accommodate up to 40 people.

Available also are separate meeting rooms for up to 20 people and an executive boardroom for up to 15 people.

The hotel’s pool area is one of the most prominent venues in town for staging dinner functions of up 300 people.

Business Centre:
Our fully-equipped business centre provides the business executive with an office and secretarial services that they may require.
Services available include:


· Full secretarial support
· Broadband internet services
· E-mail handling
· Telephone and Fax services
· Photocopying
· Printing and scanning

Bureau de Change:
A supply of the local currency when you first arrive in a new country helps settle your nerves, makes the first few hours easier. It gives you freedom and peace of mind.

We accept all major currencies and our rates are updated daily to make sure that they are always competitive.

Guest Shop:
Come...slow down and wander through our guest shop

We stock a wide selection of curios, gift items, clothing, film, sweets, postcards, personal requisites and toiletries.

Shoppers will find unique gifts and decorative items like - anklets, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewellery box, Keychains, lighter case, and a whole lot more.

Travel Desk:
Visit our travel desk for further information about
· Local sight-seeing
· Excursions outside Dar es Salaam
· Car rentals
· Domestic and International Airlines Ticketing
· Boat Trips


Restaurant & Bar:
Our Ruaha restaurant serves an Ala Carte menu prepared by our International chefs, selected from a blend of traditional Tanzanian, Oriental and Continental Cuisine. Our specialty includes European, Vegetarian and Eastern cuisine.

The coffee shop operates from 7h00 till 22h00, situated next to the hotel swimming pool, serves a wide variety of light meals and snacks. Select from pizzas, baguettes with assorted fillings, fish cutlets, our famous roast chicken or spicy chicken wings. To name but a few dishes. Of course the coffee shop also serves cappuccinos, espressos and regular Tanzania coffee and tea. Round these off with delightful pastries.

Should your stay coincidence with one of our fantastic Seafood barbeques, we can assure you of the freshest seafood and to be serenaded by our local band.

Leisure:
If lounging around the hotel swimming pool, on the shores of the Indian Ocean under the waving palm fronds sounds to tranquil for your creature comforts. We offer a host of activities for the more energetic.

The Sea Breeze Diving Center, Deep sea fishing charter, will satisfy your quest for an Underwater Experience. A DISCOVER SCUBA course takes less than 6 hours to have you underwater. Up close and personal with the mysteries of the deep. For the experienced diver, there are full range of dive courses available. As for the actual Dive sites, Coral reefs and warm clear tropical water, with excellent visibility, most of the year round. The fish life is abundant , with both Whales and Dolphins being regular visitors. Dive prices include all equipment.

Alternatively, you could always spend the day, on the Mbudya Island. One of three uninhabited Tropical Islands lying in 5 minutes of the hotel front. The Islands themselves have recently been declared Marine reserves. Our Mbudya Island Ferry Service, runs seven days a week. Still got energy, then there is always Water World. Our Water & Slide game park, is situated adjacent to the hotel, with a host of activities, games and slides to entertain all. We also offer Windsurfing, Sailing, Para-Sailing and Jetski Hires.

Attractions:

Dar es Salaam:
Dar es Salaam, translated as ‘Heaven of Peace’ is Tanzania’s major city located on the shores of the Indian Ocean. From being just a small fishing village its importance changed in the 1880s when Christian missionaries made it a starting point for their journeys to the interior of the country.

Dar es Salaam is a city full of surprises, where traditional African culture and colonial roots combine with international taste and sophistication. It is a safe and very friendly place where "Karibu" ("Welcome") seems to be on everyone's lips.

Nestled between coconut palms and acacia trees, the azure blue sea and milk white sands draw everyone to the shores, especially to see the breathtaking sunsets.

The city centre has many historical buildings and interesting architecture. Its mixture of Arabic, Asian and European history gives a special atmosphere to surroundings, streets and life. A tour though the city to experience the true warmth and hospitality of the people of Dar es Salaam is a must!

Nyumba ya Sanaa:
In this House of Art, non-profit artists are working to support artistic gifted young men and women. Here, not only can you see the artists at work but also buy crafts from different parts of the country, or just have a cup of coffee in the cafeteria. Visit the fish market in the early morning when it is busy, lively and commerce is at its peak.

Village Museum:

In the Village Museum situated 10 kilometres northwest of the city centre you find a collection of authentically built houses from different parts of the country. At the Village Museum you can also enjoy traditional dance performances (so called ngoma).

Msasani Slipway:
Here you can buy books as well as souvenirs of good quality. Every Saturday there is a craft market held at Msasani Slipway.

Tinga Tinga Paintings:
Tinga Tinga is a popular style of art originated in Tanzania in the 1950s. The style is named after its original painter, Edward S. Tinga Tinga, who began to paint in this style under the influence of popular painters from Zaire. The themes of the pictures include African wildlife, village and market scenes, and scenes of modern life. The paintings are done in oil (or acrylic) on canvas. The style also includes pictures on bowls, trays, postcards, and other items.

Tinga Tinga is one of the many forms of impressionism the beautiful and mysterious continent of Africa has given birth to. Unlike Western styles of impressionism, Tinga Tinga Art gets its unique and vibrant style from the magnificent natural surroundings of Africa.

Artists have the freedom to use their brushes to express their thoughts in bright, eye-catching colours. A striking feature in most of these paintings is the way the artists capture the animals of the Eastern coast of Africa, in what appears to the a distorted yet a very interesting image of the original creature!

Mwenge Craft Market:
Mwenge Village is the site of a score or more stalls selling carvings, jewellery, exotic cloth and trinkets of all kinds at bargain prices.

Makonde carving is probably the best known art work produced in Tanzania. This art is produced by the Makonde people of southern Tanzania, and their material of choice is African blackwood. Their work is both traditional and contemporary, reflecting a tribal past as well as modern response to urban life. They utilize their tribal myths and stories as inspiration for the masterful work; one carver, for instance, specializes in ghost spirits and clouds. Animal statuettes, and human and demon-faced ceremonial masks are common.

Modern Makonde carvings fall into three main categories: representing men and women carrying out traditional roles within the community; intertwined figures participating in ceremonial rituals or showing several generations derived from a common ancestor, known as ‘people trees’; and depictions of ancestors & spirits from mythology in human form, often with an enlarged left ear.

Many communities actually believe the sculptures are embodiments of the spirits, and make offerings of maize and corn to them. Some still hold that they possess supernatural powers, and male Makonde carvers can carry a female figuring as a good luck charm.

National Museum:
You can visit the Dar es Salaam National Museum, which has a grand display of archaeological pieces dating back millennia.

The fossil discoveries from Olduvai Gorge are impressively displayed downstairs. Upstairs, the years of colonialism and the anti-colonial struggle are presented through a historically fascinating mishmash of objects, photos and yellowing documents.

The slave trade is documented and a portion of the museum is devoted to this part of the country’s history, as well as the colonizing entities which have had a surprising influence on the country as a whole. Tribal crafts and artistry is also exhibited.

Across the road is the botanical gardens. This garden is reasonably well-tended and dates back to German times. A pleasant place to spend some time.

Mbudya Island:
The uninhabited island of Mbudya, is a nature marine reserve situated off the coast of Dar es Salaam. The reserve includes the coral islands of Mbudya, Pangavini and Bongoyo. They are known for unique species of plants and terrestrial creatures. Sea Grass, Butterfly fish, Hermit crabs and Turtles are common inhabitants in the parks.

There are some good coral gardens and a few nice wall dives. There is not a massive population of fish but there is an excellent variety. Turtles and dolphins can be spotted if you're lucky.

There is only one commercial dive operator located just north of Dar es Salaam, the Sea Breeze Marine based at Whitesands Hotel.

White sandy beaches and warm blue seas, it's the perfect place for you to recharge your batteries!

Bagamoyo:
Bagamoyo was recently designated as Tanzania’s seventh world heritage site and is the oldest town in Tanzania. Bagamoyo's history has been influenced by Arab and Indian traders, the German colonial government and Christian missionaries.

The Kaole Ruins, comprises of two mosques and several tombs, showing the importance of Islam in early Bagamoyo. All of the structures were built with coral stones. There is a small museum at Kaole Ruins.

The Roman Catholic Mission is a picturesque mission, and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in East and Central Africa.

Bagamoyo Art College is the most famous art institute in Tanzania. Students come from all over the world to learn traditional Tanzanian drumming, sculpture, carving and painting. You can arrange to take a class or hear an African drumming performance at the college.

Boat trips to the Ruvu River Delta. From the boat you will see several species of mangroves and water birds. Hippos also swim in the Ruvu water and you'll can catch glimpses of them along the shore and in the water.

Bagamoyo has white sand beaches. You spend your time to relax or swim in the clear blue waters. Eat a picnic lunch before returning to the mainland.

Bagamoyo Art College is the most famous art institute in Tanzania. Students come from all over the world to learn traditional Tanzanian drumming, sculpture, carving and painting. You can arrange to take a class or hear an African drumming performance at the college.

Boat trips to the Ruvu River Delta. From the boat you will see several species of mangroves and water birds. Hippos also swim in the Ruvu water and you'll can catch glimpses of them along the shore and in the water.

Bagamoyo has white sand beaches. You spend your time to relax or swim in the clear blue waters. Eat a picnic lunch before returning to the mainland.

Sports & Entertainment:
Entertainment plays an important part of White Sands night life. Live bands perform during the theme evenings from Wednesday to Sunday.

White Sands Night Club – the most up-market night venue in Dar es Salaam, with extreme light effects and the only laser light show. We are open from 23h00 till dawn every Fridays and Saturdays.

The pool bar with elaborate range of drinks and cocktails operates from 10h00 to 01h00.

If the kids are happy it makes everyone's holiday more enjoyable. We have a kids pool for the little ones to enjoy in. There is also a play ground which houses swings and slides.

We have a group of clowns who come in every Sunday to entertain the little ones with their many tricks and games.

White Sands Hotel and Resort possess the best sports facilities in Dar es Salaam. The recently constructed modern gym has natural lighting and an open view of the Indian Ocean.

Water sports are well represented with water skiing, speed boat, slow boat, parasailing, laser sailing, catamaran, wind surfing and snorkeling. The hotel accommodates the only PADI five stars internationally certified diving center in Dar es Salaam with a full range of modern equipment for hire and internationally recognized instructors. Deep sea fishing is also a popular attraction with charters organized on request.

Adjacent to the hotel and part of it is one of the best Water World Amusement Parks. Water World offers varieties of slides and games and is a preferred place for relaxation and fun for families. This is also an ideal place for “al fresco” parties and functions and can cater up to 1000 people.

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DAR ES SALAAM:
To most travellers, Dar es Salaam is just a convenient port of call on the way to more exotic destinations of Zanzibar, the game parks, Pemba or Mafia Islands. This is a great pity, because “Dar”, as it is affectionately called, is a fascinating rabbit warren of a tropical port, often surprising the unwary wanderer with scenes of breathtaking beauty. While Dodoma has been appointed as the new capital of Tanzania, Dar is the real capital, a hustling, bustling seaport that straddles some of the most important sea routes on earth.

Life in Dar es Salaam revolves around the huge harbour, with the business district fanning out from here in a series of fascinating side and main streets. There is something irresistible about whiling away a few hours sitting at the water’s edge, watching dhows, as traditionally rigged as they have been for centuries, slipping under the bows of huge cruise liners and cargo ships as they skillfully navigate the waters of the port. On the northern arm of the harbour is Kivukoni Front, with its bustling fish market, where every morning at dawn the dhows sail in to offload the night’s catch, and yelling fishwives compete with each other for the best of the catch.

The city itself is an eclectic mix of Swahili, German, Asian and British architecture, reflecting its colonial past and more recent history. It is a relatively new city – Sultan Majid bin Said, then the sultan of Zanzibar, saw the potential of Dar as a deepwater port because of its strategic position at the centre of the East African coast. In 1866, he began work on his palace, built of coral blocks hewn on Changuu Island off Zanzibar. But he died before its completion and the palace fell into ruin – but not before he gave the tiny port its name – “Haven of Peace”.

Eleven years later, the German colonialists revived the plan and seized Dar from its Arab rulers, fighting off an uprising by the Bushiri local tribe. The Teutonic order they imposed on the chaotic little port is reflected today in the neatly laid out grid patterns of streets fanning out around the port, and in several grand edifices scattered around the waterfront, most notably the German Hospital, the Lutheran Church and St Joseph’s Cathedral. Other places worth a visit in the city centre include the botanical gardens, and the adjacent National Museum. The Museum is a hidden treasure with exhibits of cultural, ecological and historical significance, where archaeology buffs can see the skull of “Nutcracker Man”, antique tribal artefacts and some fascinating World War One memorabilia. The building itself is remarkable, containing unique sculptures, colourful tiles and intricate carvings, and is surrounded by a peaceful garden that occasionally hosts concerts and plays.

Venture toward the tight streets and colourful buildings of Karaikoo to get a good sense of the daily goings-on for thousands of Tanzanians. An enormous structure houses the largest covered market in Africa and the hive-like activity continues uninterrupted from dawn to dusk as Karaikoo is also a crossroads, a major bus terminus, and a shopper's paradise.

On the west side of Masasani Peninsula is the city's best option for ocean-side recreation. The Slipway is a collection of shops, boutiques, beauty salons, ice cream parlours, restaurants, apartments, pubs and a weekly crafts bazaar every Saturday and Sunday. Boats depart from here for daytrips to nearby Bongoyo island. The open-air Village Museum is located on New Bagamoyo road and features 18 traditional houses from different ethnic groups throughout Tanzania. In addition to this are traditional dance performances on most afternoons, displays of a variety of agricultural techniques and artisans at work.

Wandering the streets of Dar is nowhere more rewarding than in the Asian business district, along India Street and the intersecting Indira Ghandi Street. Here the flavours and smells are of a little Bombay, and if there’s anything you need to buy for your holiday, this is where you’ll find it. In this concentrated section of the city, you’ll find some of the best restaurants in East Africa, notably on Jamhuri, Mkunguni, Zanaki and Kisutu Streets. Further afield, take a taxi or walk up Ohio Street to where it becomes Upanga Road near the Gymkhana Club and look out for the distinctive Makuti-palm roofed building that houses Nyumba ya Saana, the House of Art. Begun in 1972 by an American nun, the co-operative supports nearly 200 young artists, with work ranging from batiks through carvings, oil paintings, pottery, weaving and clothing.

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