In Dar es Salaam we still organize our visas to travel to Malawi and settle at Sunrise Beach Campsite.
It is a nice place to stay and anyway it will take some days to get all our paperwork for Malawi, like visas and temporary import permit for the car.
The campsite as most of the campsites in Africa is situated directly at the beach. Most of the time there is a backpackers guesthouse with the campsite. Here the tourists share the beach with the fishermen whose boat rest at the sandy beach.
The water of the Indian Ocean is warm, around 28 degrees and invites to bath in the waves. But if it is windy it is not a good idea to swim as the currents are stronger than usual and you might drift out to the ocean.
Sometime overlander tours cross our way with huge trucks and some tourists. These are organized camping trips and last for a week or two and travel through the country with tourists. They stay for one night at the campsite, they cook for themselves and stay in tents or in the truck.
From South Beach it is easy to get to Dar by public transport. From outside the campsite we take a Matatu to the ferry. There we cross the river to Dar and on the other side of the bay we take a tuk tuk to do all the organization of paperwork, shopping and refilling gas for our gas stove.
Dar es Salaam is a rather safe city. Tanzania is Muslemic and rather old fashioned. People are strong believers and so the country overall s very safe.
Queueing up at the ferry is quite disciplined. But when the ferry approaches everybody starts to move, and cars are loaded, goods, people and animals are brought onto the ferry.