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Kivukoni Fish Market – Dar Es Salaam

Kivukoni Fish Market – Dar Es Salaam

Kivukoni Fish Market in Dar Es Salaam:

The Kivukoni fish market is a trading spot for fish and seafood that were caught or produced in the Kivukoni area as well as the neighbouring places.

In other words, throughout the day, there is fish being delivered to the place by fishermen and also people from all places of the city coming to buy from it. It is famous for having different kinds of seafood available at the some of the lowest prices in the city.

The seafood can be bought both raw as well as cooked at any of the individual vendors on site as well as the one restaurant.

What to do there?

Sample the many kinds of seafood that are available there, most of which are usually freshly caught on the same day. Try out everything from the octopus, squid, shrimp, prawns or any of the fish that the fishermen were lucky to have caught on that day, all for as low as 5 USD.

A variety of the other local dishes are available as well such as fries, chapati (morning) and rice.

If you are not particularly hungry for that day then you can just watch the many traders perform their daily duties, or watch the fishermen do their craft behind the market. With a good seat at the restaurant, you could watch the ships come into or out of the port and the Kigamboni ferry go from bank to bank.

Just remember to leave your valuables at your hotel or home when you come to this place and carry only as much money as you need.

How to Get There: Dar Es Salaam Fish Market

Dar Es Salaam fish market is located right next to downtown Dar Es Salaam, on Ocean Road, adjacent to the Kigamboni Ferry pier.  It’s not far to walk there from downtown or take a taxi.  If you drive a car, there is secure parking right across the street, at the grounds of the seashell and fresh market.

Dar Es Salaam fish market starts daily at dawn.  To see the fish auction, be there by 7 am.

HINT: There is an office located on the second story of the main market building.  Head up the stairs to enjoy an incredible view of the entire market and auction, and take a few photos!

Note: It’s a safe market to visit, but as with any crowded place, be careful with your belongings.

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