Dar Es Salaam
Along the Southern coast of Tanzania is nestled its commercial center, Dar Es Salaam. Once the country’s capital city, Dar es Salaam is a blend of African, Indian, and Arab influences that is at the same time intriguing and exciting.
This bustling city is home to one of the largest open-air markets in Tanzania. Tourists enjoy searching through these markets to find unique and beautiful East African delights. From the beautiful, vibrant colors of the kitenge (Tanzania fabric), to the hand-crafted wooden objects, there’s something for everyone along these busy streets.
A trip to Dar Es Salaam would not be complete without sampling the many culinary delights of the city and its inhabitants. The spiced aroma of cultural delicacies fills the air throughout the streets at all hours of the day. From sidewalk vendors selling kabobs right off the grill to high-class restaurants, Dar Es Salaam offers a wide variety of tantalizing culinary delights.
What You’ll See
From the bustling open-air markets to the extensive beach resorts that spot the coastline, as well as the variety of delicious culinary delights, Dar Es Salaam offers a lively scene for any visitor.
There are a number of things to do in and out of Dar es Salaam — but either way, this exciting city is a nice place to hang your hat no matter what you do during your stay.
Just off the coast of Dar es Salaam sits a group of islands — Bongoyo, Mbudya, Pangavini, and Fungu Yasini. These virtually untouched islands are the center for marine life on the coast of Tanzania.
Any of these islands offer an ideal place to relax on a quiet, pristine beach and unwind after an adventurous safari. The waters around these islands are also a snorkeling sanctuary where you’ll spot all sorts of colorful marine life.
Dar es Salaam is brimming with local activities for you and your family to enjoy. Take a tour of the city to see their Botanical Gardens, National Museums, Carver’s Market, and the bustling Kariakoo Market.