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Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam comes from the Arab and means "house of peace".

During the German occupation, at the beginning of the 20th century, Dar es Salaam was the center of the colonial administration and was the main point of contact between the mainland and the Indian Ocean.
The legacy of colonial presence, both German and British, can still be seen in monuments and architecture.
Numerous historical monuments, including St. Joseph's Cathedral, the White Father's Mission House, the Botanical Gardens and the old State House, can become an interesting tour around the seafront and the city center.
In addition, both the National Museum and the Village Museum deserve a visit.

Today it is the largest city in the world where Swahili is spoken and is one of the main entry points for all tourists who want to visit Tanzania, thanks to the international airport Julius K. Nyerere.
It is the largest and richest city in Tanzania and it is a very important economic center.
It is also known for art, fashion, media, music, movies and television.

Even though it lost the status of capital in 1974 (the process ended only in 1996, formally replaced by Dodoma), Dar es Salaam hosts most of the administrative functions of the country.
In fact, the government offices all have their main headquarters in Dar es Salaam, even the diplomatic missions and non-governmental organizations in the country are all there.
In the city also you can find a large number of restaurants, shops and offices.

It overlooks the Indian Ocean, on a natural bay between the islands of Zanzibar and Mafia, and continues to maintain the atmosphere and appearance typical of a colonial city.

The skyscrapers and the great boulevards are still few, in fact most of the buildings are low, the streets are dusty and crowded, and the palms and mangroves still dominate the coast.
Large cruise and merchant ships dock in the port, as well as sailing dhows and fishermen's canoes.

Peculiarities of Dar es Salaam:

  • it is the economic capital of Tanzania;
  • his name was chosen by Seyyid, sultan of Zanzibar, in 1866;
  • it is the main commercial and political center of Tanzania;
  • here you can live a multicultural experience, starting from the cuisine and coming to discover the true local culture;
  • the nearby islands are a beautiful destination for snorkeling;
  • the surrounding beaches are very beautiful and the water is crystal clear;
  • to learn about Tanzania and its culture you can visit the "National Museum" and the "Village Museum".

Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve

It is a protected area located about 20 km north of Dar es Salaam.
The reserve is composed by the union of four marine reserves that include the islands of Bongoyo, Mbudya, Pangavini and Fungu Yasini.
The total area of the reserve is about 15 km² and includes several tropical ecosystems: coral reef, mangrove forest and a seaweed bed.

Three of the islands are composed of sedimentary rock (both terrestrial and marine), while the fourth is a sand dune. All are surrounded by a rather rich coral reef, which makes access to the islands difficult during the low tide.

The marine reserve is rich of bird life. There are also numerous groups of dolphins and occasionally, between May and August, humpback whales are spotted in the deepest waters.

What to do

Beach holiday, diving and snorkeling, fishing, cultural tourism, museums and monuments, shopping and nightlife, SPA treatments.


The city of Dar es Salaam covers an area of 1,800 km² and overlooks the Indian Ocean.

When to Go

The climate is hot and humid, the hottest months go from November to February, in fact there is an average temperature of 34°C.
The season of the Great Rains is from April to May, while that of the Little Rains is from October to November.

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