Top 10 Dar es Salaam Attractions & Landmarks

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Known for its sandy beaches, secluded islands, finger-licking good seafood cuisine, and danceable songs, Dar es Salaam is a city of comprehensive cultures. This largest city of Tanzania is brimming with tons of tourist activities. Here are the top 10 attractions and landmarks in Dar es Salaam that you must visit:

  1. Azania Lutheran Church

Built-in 1898 by German missionaries, this church is an architectural gem and a significant Dar es Salam landmark. This red-roofed belfry with a gothic interior overlooks the water, which gives an excellent viewpoint and makes the church picturesque. It is also very close to many other tourist attractions, so starting the day from here would be a good idea.

  1. National Museum and House of Culture

Dedicated to Tanzania's history, The National Museum and House of Culture is arguably the best place to learn about the people and culture of Tanzania. The museum leaves no stones unturned to show Tanzania's colorful past. This museum covers every aspect of Tanzanian history, from fossils and biology to art and ethnography.

 

  1. Village Museum

Showcasing over a dozen types of dwellings of the traditional Tanzanian huts, the Village Museum is undoubtedly one of its kind! The best part of the museum is that it is interactive, which means you can enter and explore the huts. This museum is a beautiful spot to admire the art of pottery, weaving, and local craftsmen's carving. This place also hosts tribal dances and other cultural activities to entertain the tourists.

 

  1. Joseph Cathedral

This gothic-style Roman catholic church is another magnificent German creation. This church's most prominent features are its gothic vaulted interior, shingled spire, and Instagram-worthy stained-glass windows. Visit this church on a Sunday morning and begin your day with the soulful songs sung by the choir.

 

  1. Mbudya Island

Mbudya Island is a place with blue waters, towering palms trees, and long stretches of white sand. This place is perfect for a quick getaway near the city. This island is known to be one of the most popular day trips from the city. Activities like snorkeling, diving, and boating will keep you entertained, and the fresh seafood will satisfy all your exotic food cravings.

  1. Kariakoo Market

Do not miss out on this lively market of Dar es Salaam! The loud vendors and noisy traffic ensure a thrilling experience of authentic Tanzanian shopping style. This place is ideal to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, clothes, and many other household items at the best bargains.

  1. Kivukoni Fish Market

This fish market gives an insight into how a typical Tanzanian fish market looks like. It is the best place to get the fresh catch of the day! To get a glimpse of the most energized fish auction, visit this iconic market at 6:30 am. We assure you that you will not return empty-handed!

  1. Pugu Hills

Spend your days in nature's realm at the breathtaking Pugu Hills. This perfect city escape from Dar es Salaam is considered one of the oldest forests in the entire world, with over 80 species of birds! This place is a bird watchers paradise in its most accurate form.

  1. Bagamoyo Town

This town is an ancient East African trade port. The site displays the Swahili culture's perfect image in the forms of ancient mosques and churches – endogamy of the Arab and the local culture. If you visit at the right time, you could participate in the vibrant Bagamoyo Festival of Art and Culture.

  1. Coco Beach/ Oyster Bay

Savor street food, listen to live music, and relax on this pristine beach. The long-stretched bay overlooking the Indian ocean is a well-known spot for concerts and loud beach parties that take place frequently.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Dar es Salaam and have an adventurous and exciting trip. Don’t forget to check out the Expert Guide on Selous Reserve while you’re in Tanzania!

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