Dar es salaam the coastal capital is emerging as a city that is cosmopolitan and even enjoyable to explore. Dar Es Salaam remains at heart a bustling Swahili market town, yet is a centre of trade and commerce attracting ambitious Africans from all of Tanzania and its neighbouring countries, and international communities who come to this port for all manner of business.
Dar es Salaam is generally of most interest to business people, with leisure travellers generally prefering to pass through the city as quickly as possible. Exceptions are those arriving on the late arriving KLM and Swissair flights from Europe, who require an overnight stop. Early morning departures such as the BA can usually overnight in Zanzibar Stonetown instead and catch the early morning hopper flight over.
Bagamoyo has played various historical roles in Tanzania. Apart from being a slave and ivory port, it was also a German headquarters in 1891. Explorers such as Burton, Speke, Grant, Livingstone and Stanley all passed through this town. The name Bagamoyo comes from the Swahili words “bwaga moyo”, meaning “throw down you heart,” a despair expressed by people who were captured as slaves,knowing that they faced uncertain future
Things to do in Dar es salaam
Visit the National Museum and House of Culture for cultural ethnographic collections, artifacts and vestiges from the Tanganyika fight for freedom, history on slavery and colonialism, evolution displays and more
visit the Bagamoyo Salve Market Ruins and explore this historic landmark that was one of the most active points of the bustling Tanzanian slave trade. Formerly a fishing village, the area has been home to Indian and Arab traders, the German colonial government, and Christian missionaries during its storied.
Located in the Oyster Bay Peninsula, discover the Tinga Tinga Market featuring a creative display of the unique artwork of Eastern Africa. Inspired by artist, Edward Saidi Tingatinga, this painting style includes bright colors, cartoon-like figures, decorative patterns, and bold enamel dots that is now well-known around the world.
Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System. The uninhabited islands of Bongoyo, Mbudya, Pangavini and Fungu Yasini, just off the coastline north of Dar es Salaam, form this marine reserve system. Bongoyo and Mbudya – the two most visited islands, and the only ones with tourist facilities, offer attractive beaches backed by dense vegetation.
Fish Market Head down to the Kivukoni fish market in the early morning to see fishers flog their catch to restauranteurs and homemakers with all the zeal of Wall St stockbrokers.
St Joseph Cathedral This spired, Gothic-style, Roman Catholic cathedral was built at the turn of the 19th century by German missionaries. In addition to the striking stained-glass windows behind the main altar (best viewed late in the afternoon), it still contains many of the original German inscriptions and artwork, including the carved relief above the main altar