Free tour

Learn Swahili and Shopping at Kariakoo

Duration: 1h
Languages: English
Guru: Kevin
Registered on July 19, 2021

I’m Kevin Angelo I’m Tanzanian through and through, with a misplaced affinity for cheesy romance movies (who doesn’t love Titanic!) and Country and Western music (something my friends are forever teasing me about). The first thing you’ll notice about me is that I love meeting new people and making them smile. The second is that I have a deep passion for and knowledge of my home country. You’ll have me on hand to help and advise you before, throughout, and even after your tour. After booking your place on my tour, you’ll receive some personal pre-travel advice on Tanzanian etiquette, and a little on the language – starting with; ‘how on earth do you pronounce Ngorongoro?’ A few things you should know about the people of Tanzania: we love to smile, laugh, sing, dance, and have fun (any excuse!) We wear our hearts on our sleeves and form friendships quickly and naturally. In fact, in my native language, Kiswahili, the word ‘mgeni’ meaning ‘foreigner’, is the same as the word for ‘guest’. Here you are not a tourist but a new companion, and that is the feeling I want you to experience as your personal host. Karibu nyumbani! Tanzania welcomes you home!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

They say the best way to learn a language is just to start speaking it. This combined experience will have you conversing with the locals by the afternoon -guaranteed!
We’ll start the day by introducing you to the beautifully phonic and melodic language of Kiswahili.
I’ll teach you some of the origins of the language – and some words you probably already know, even if you’re not aware! This isn’t just guidebook Swahili, we’ll cut straight to the words and greetings most commonly use, focussing on how to order food and buy goods. Then, once you’re confident with some key phrases, we’ll head out to the most bustling market area in Dar: Kariakoo market.
Here you’re going to knock the socks off the stallholders by conversing with them in perfect Swahili – I dare you! 
Don’t worry, I’ll be right by your side throughout. Expect laughter, amusement, and music as we fill up your toolkit with introductory Swahili.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    57PG+773, Livingstone St, Dar es Sala...
    57PG+773, Livingstone St, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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    I'll be waiting you right in front of Kfc restaurant

  • 1
    Outside visit
    KFC Restaurant

    Don't worry I will get there before you and I will send you my photo right away, you will not have trouble recognizing me. I'll probably see you first. We will start heading to Msimbazi center as I keep teaching you some Swahili words that you will not forget easily, start with a greetings, introducing yourself and talk to the local people that we meet.

  • 2
    Free admission
    Msimbazi Street

    From here you will start to see those people you haven't seen since you came to Tanzania in one place, everyone is selling something and others buy.  Enough noise to bother your ears, everyone will want you to look at their business, its amazing when they sing to make you buy their products.

  • 3
    Free admission
    Fruits point

    One of the favorite parts is this, if you are a good fruits eater then this is the place. Fresh fruits from the field, but there is one rule, it is important to eat here and not to carry. I'm kidding but it's good to eat at this spot trust me 😋

  • 4
    Free admission
    Mtaa wa Congo

    This area is a true meaning of Africa, nobody mind a space just mind your things. You might find yourself you lost everything in your pocket 😂, jusk kidding but trust me this is a market center. It feels like a different world, everyone's here.

  • 5
    Free admission
    Karume Sokoni

    The only place you can find any cheap shoe is here, all the brand's shoes are arranged in a small table. You'll be Amazed those shoes ain't new but everyone's fighting for them. We will go out and pass by the coffee bars that only men drink while talking about sports, politics and so on.

  • 6
    Outside visit

    After so much noises that disturbed your ears now you can relax and chill waiting for your transport to go back to your accommodation whil we look at the suite that hanging on the wall for selling.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Nicolas 03 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
I felt we went beyond a guide-client conversation while walking with Kevin in the Kariakoo market. Also practicing swahili basics during the tour it’s the greatest way of getting involved in the Dar atmosphere.
Yolanda 10 Dec 2022
Dar es Salaam

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Very trustworthy and protective of us. He was very professional
Jamila 18 Sep 2021
Dar es Salaam

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Travelled in group - Sep 2021
Kevin was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and fun. He took us throughout the market, helped us communicate, and was responsive to every need or question we had. Kevin is easy to talk to and fun to engage with. I highly recommend!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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