Dar es Salaam is an Arabic phrase meaning “haven of peace.” The name was given to the city during the time of Sultan Seyyid Majid of Zanzibar in 1866. Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city and its economic capital located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast, Dar es Salaam has grown in economic importance to become a prosperous centre in the East African region. Its busy harbor is the main port in Tanzania and its industrial area produces products for export and use throughout the country. Government offices all have their main base in Dar es Salaam, the diplomatic missions and non-governmental organizations in the country also have offices in this city.
During the German occupation in the 20th century, Dar es Salaam was the centre of the colonial administration and the main contact point between the agricultural mainland and the world of trade and commerce in the Indian Ocean and Swahili coast. Remnant of colonial presence, both German and British can still be seen in the landmarks and architecture around the city. The National Museum, Village Museum and many colorful markets are well worth a visit. There is Nyumba ya Sanaa that exhibits art and handicrafts throughout the year and gives visitors the chance to take part in workshops in painting and batik. Numerous historical sites including St Joseph’s Cathedral, White Father’s Mission House, Botanical Gardens and the old State House that make an interesting walking tour around the waterfront and city centre. In addition, Dar es Salaam has its own selection of spectacular unspoiled beaches at Kunduchi, Mikadi, Mjimwema and Jangwani.
Visitors to Dar es Salaam are well catered for, with a variety of choices of accommodation for all budgets, from backpacker hostels to five star hotels. For business travelers, there are a number of hotels boasting world class conference facilities. There’s a range of restaurants offering local and International cuisines, some specializes in Indian, Italian, Japanese and Ethiopian cuisine. Travelers enjoy their stay in Dar es Salaam because it provides facilities and amenities to suit all your safari expectations.
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