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City Guide to Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city is a vibrant seaside city that blends Indian, Arab and African influences to combine an authentic and unique culture that has metamorphosed chaotically in all directions in recent years but still has retained its original allure and plenty of charm.

While the city centre is adorned with attractive colonial buildings, bougainvillea-lined avenues and an array of palm-fringed beaches, the city has a laid-back feel that makes it impossible to grasp that its population is now more than 4 million people. What began as a small fishing village has grown into a bustling modern city, a business hub, a major port in Eastern Africa and a cultural centre. Here’s a town where you’ll find a myriad of influences, including a heavy Islamic influence, native Tanzanian tradition, and South Asian elements.

From discovering astounding street food to enjoying the expansive harbour and watching the famed Sukuma dancers, there’s a great deal to explore in Dar es Salaam.

While most pleasure-seeking visitors tend to stay briefly while en route to Serengeti, Zanzibar or Mount Kilimanjaro, there’s still plenty on offer to make you linger in Dar. Here are six things to do while in the city:

Visit the National Museum

Any visitor to a new city will first of all want to have a glimpse into the country’s culture and Dar es Salaam is a well-known bastion of Tanzanian culture as it hosts the National Museum of Tanzania. Established by the colonial-era governor, Harold MacMichael in 1934, this is a consortium of 5 museums, which was created to show and preserve the history and national environment of Tanzania. The other museums include; Dar es Salaams’s own Village Museum, the Arusha Declaration Museum, the National H