In the midst of Tanzania’s bustling capital city sits Southern Sun with its sprawling gardens and relaxing atmosphere. Designed to offer a peaceful space to return to after a day of exploring Dar es Sallam, Southern Sun boasts old world charm with all the amenities to satisfy the modern traveller.


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Location

Southern Sun sits within Tanzania’s lively capital of Dar es Salaam in the Kivukoni District overlooking the city’s lush Botanical Garden. The hotel is just a five-minute walk away from the town centre with its many historical landmarks, restaurants and markets.

Rooms

The 152 rooms at Southern Sun are both classic and modern with dark wooden floors and furnishings, large beds and en-suite bathrooms behind sliding wooden shutters. Blackout curtains offer a peaceful sleep and open up to views of the historical Botanical Gardens below. Executive rooms boast an open-plan lounge and bathtubs in spacious en-suites.

Communal Areas

The impressive hotel lobby offers plenty of sofas and chairs to enjoy drinks after a day exploring the city. Tuck into Swahili fare and fresh seafood at the Baraza Grill where a comfortable lounge café opens out to a sun terrace with overlooks the outdoor pool.

Activities

There is plenty to explore in Dar es Salaam and Kearsley Tours and Safaris, on the first floor of the hotel, can help guests plan their activities and excursions. The Botanical Gardens sits a mere 100ft away and it’s a short walk into the town for the Kariakoo Market, St Josephs Cathedral and the National Museum. Head to the ocean or hop on the Zanzibar Ferry for a day excursion across the water.

 

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DRY SEASON

A brief dry interlude before the more intense rainfall arrives in late March.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

DRY SEASON

A brief dry interlude before the more intense rainfall arrives in late March.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

DRY TO WET SEASON TRANSITION

The beginning and end of the rains varies each year, but generally, this period is the wettest time of the year. Travel to and from lodges is potentially difficult at times. This wet season is often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

This period is the wettest time of the year, and is often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. Travel to and from lodges is potentially difficult at times.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

WET SEASON - 'LONG RAINS'

This period is the wettest time of the year, and is often characterised by overcast skies and consecutive days of rain. Travel to and from lodges is potentially difficult at times.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

DRY SEASON

In the dry season, weather conditions stabilise, becoming more consistent and predictable. Clear skies are much more frequent. We recommend this as the perfect time to visit most regions in Tanzania.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

DRY SEASON

In the dry season, weather conditions stabilise, becoming more consistent and predictable. Clear skies are much more frequent. We recommend this as the perfect time to visit most regions in Tanzania.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

DRY SEASON

In the dry season, weather conditions stabilise, becoming more consistent and predictable. Clear skies are much more frequent. We recommend this as the perfect time to visit most regions in Tanzania.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

DRY SEASON

In the dry season, weather conditions stabilise, becoming more consistent and predictable. Clear skies are much more frequent. We recommend this as the perfect time to visit most regions in Tanzania.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

DRY SEASON

In the dry season, weather conditions stabilise, becoming more consistent and predictable. Clear skies are much more frequent. We recommend this as the perfect time to visit most regions in Tanzania.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT RAINS'

Weather in this season can be rather unpredictable, with sunshine interspersed with occasional heavy showers and thunderstorms. Though still considered the wet season, the rains are not as intense during this period as during the long rains. November can therefore still be a great time to visit.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

WET SEASON - 'SHORT RAINS'

Weather in this season can be rather unpredictable, with sunshine interspersed with occasional heavy showers and thunderstorms. Though still considered the wet season, the rains are not as intense during this period as during the long rains. November can therefore still be a great time to visit.

Being located so close to the equator and along the Indian Coastline means that Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate, with warm-to-hot temperatures consistent throughout the year. For the majority of the year, the maximum midday temperature averages around 32°C or 90°F. Mornings are more pleasant, averaging 22°C or 72°F.

There are two wet seasons in the majority of Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam is no exception. The first, known as the ‘long rains’, takes place between March and May, while the milder ‘short rains’ take place between October and December. Between these, there are two drier spells: January to February and June to October.

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