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Located on the Indian Ocean coast, Although extraordinarily effervescent, Dar es Salaam means "Haven of Peace" in Arabic.The cruise industry of Dar Es Saalam is among the explanations why this African seaside center has turned into one of the most popular destinations in the world. Among the best choices to showcase the variety of Tanzania and Zanzibar’s beautiful tourist points of attraction would be the Seaport cruise ships. A cruise among these ships, which are situated in Dar es Saalam, will give you around the good thing about Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and Ngorongrro Crater, and can showcase the best and most authentic side of Africa.
Tanzania’s biggest and wealthiest city, Dar Es Salaam is really a multi-cultural crossroads that's the place to find African, Asian and Middle Eastern towns. When converted, its title is Haven of Peace however; Dar El Salaam is not even close to a sleepy town. Its bustling roads encircle marketplaces, luxury hotels and also the best restaurants in East Africa.
The town boasts worldwide cuisine varying from traditional Tanzanian barbecue and Zanzibari food to Thai, Chinese and American restaurants. Following a scrumptious meal, go to the National Museum for understanding of a brief history of Tanzania.
Travelling central Dar is a fairly method to begin to see the city and most likely the easiest method to circumvent. Generally individuals will make you alone aside from the periodic greeting. There are not many pathways in Dar so exercise caution when walking along busy streets.
Dar Es Salaam Tanzania Cruise
The avenue for call in the minute one comes to the city of Dar Es Saalam, the design of the Large Mountain reaches hands. Mt. Kilimanjaro. Cruise ships pier at different berths within the harbor. The main harbor doesn't have devoted terminal for cruise ships yet.
Dar Es Salaam sits around the Indian Sea around the new england of Tanzania. It's the country's biggest city and former capital and came from here you can aquire a train inland to Arusha within the north, to Ponds Tanganyika and Victoria, and also to Zambia to whom the main harbor works being an outlet because of its copper exports. When you are here you can go to the Kariakoo market, the Botanical Gardens, National Central Library and also the National Museum of Tanzania that has notable collections coping with east African the archaeology of gortyn and history.
Tanzania's main port is found at Dar es Salaam harbor straddling some of the most important sea routes in the world. On the northern section of the harbor is Kivukoni Front, with a bustling fish market, where dhows sail in every morning at dawn to offload the night's catch. The city's architecture is a mix of Swahili, German, Asian, and British influences. German colonists organized Dar by arranging a grid pattern of streets fanning out around the port. The Lutheran Church and St Joseph's Cathedral are notable structures on the waterfront, and the city has an excellent museum. Beach lovers can escape the hustle and bustle of Dar with day trips to beautiful Mbudya and Bongoyo Island.
National Museum & House of Culture
Originally opened in 1940 as a memorial to King George V, the National Museum & House of Culture takes visitors on a journey through Tanzania's colorful past. The museum displays important fossils of some of the earliest human ancestors unearthed during the Leakey digs at Olduvai Gorge. Visitors can learn about Tanzania's tribal heritage and the impact of the slave trade and colonial periods. Other highlights of the museum include ethnographic displays on traditional crafts, customs, ornaments, and musical instruments.
Address: Shaaban Roberts Street Official site: www.houseofculture.or.tz 2 Village Museum
Village Museum
 About six miles north of the city center, the Village Museum showcases traditional dwellings from some of Tanzania's 120 ethnic groups. Visitors can wander through replicas of tribal homesteads scattered across 15 acres, and watch local artisans demonstrate their traditional painting, weaving, and carving skills. The museum also hosts Ngoma, tribal dances, and other cultural activities. Address: Bagamoyo Road, Kijitonyama 3 Askari Monument
Askari Monument
Cast in bronze, the Askari Monument depicts an Askari (soldier) in a World War I uniform, the bayonet of his rifle pointing towards the nearby harbor. The monument commemorates the African troops who fought as the Carrier Corps in World War I. Look for the inscription in English and Swahili written by Rudyard Kipling, the famous British writer and poet. Address: Azikwe Street and Samora Avenue 4 Old Boma  -- Constructed in 1866-1867 by Majid Bin Said, sultan of Zanzibar, Old Boma is Dar es Salaam's oldest surviving building. It was built to accommodate the guests of the Sultan who had a palace next door. Distinguishing interior features include a carved wooden door from Zanzibar and coral walls. Address: Sokoine Drive
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Built by German missionaries from 1897 through 1902, this Gothic-style, Roman Catholic church dominates the Dar es Salaam harbor front. Its most striking features include a shingled spire, vaulted interior, and stained-glass windows. The cathedral contains many of the original German inscriptions and artwork, including a carved relief above the main altar. It is the seat of the Dar es Salaam archdiocese. Address: Sokoine Drive
Botanical Gardens
Home to the Dar es Salaam Horticultural Society, the Botanical Gardens were established in 1893 by Professor Stuhlmann, the first Director of Agriculture. They were used as a trial plot for testing different types of plantation crops and tree species. Today garden enthusiasts can admire an enchanting mix of indigenous and exotic plants including purple bougainvillea, blue jacaranda, scarlet flame trees, and red hibiscus. Though the gardens are only a fraction of their former size, they are one of the few places in the world to see the beautiful coco-de-mer palm tree, outside of its native Seychelles. Address: Samora Avenue 7 Azania Front Lutheran Church
Azania Front Lutheran Church
  German missionaries built Azania Front Lutheran Church in 1898. The red-tile belfry rises above the surrounding rooftops, and the whitewashed building is still an iconic landmark in Dar es Salaam. Tiled canopies over the windows provide shade and the gardens are a welcome retreat for weary tourists. At one time Azania was the center of the original nineteenth century German mission; it is now the cathedral for the diocese.
State House
Built in the late 1890s, the State House was the original residence of the German Governor. In 1922 the British rebuilt the State House, adding scalloped upper-storey arches and a crenellated parapet, after they nearly destroyed the building during World War I. The State House is now the home of the current president. Although it is closed to the public, the building is an eye-catching landmark along the harbor front. Address: Luthuli Street, Kivukoni 9 Mbudya Island
Mbudya Island
A 10-minute motorboat ride from Kunduchi, beautiful Mbudya Island, in the Dar es Salaam Marine reserve, seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dar es Salaam. Sun seekers come here to bask on the island's white-sand beaches, snorkel, and swim the turquoise waters. Bandas (thatched huts) are available for rent on the beach, and locals sell fresh barbecued seafood and cold drinks. This is one of the most popular day trips from the city.
Bongoyo Island
Bongoyo Island, a much-loved island getaway, lies off Msasani Peninsula, about four miles north of the city. On the northwest tip of the island, day-trippers can relax under the shade of thatched umbrellas on the white-sand beach or cool off in the clear waters. Angelfish, starfish, clownfish, and sea urchins, are just some of the marine species snorkelers might spot among the coral. Behind the beach, nature trails wind between baobab trees to the island's opposite shore. The open-air snack bar serves cold drinks and fresh barbecued seafood. Bongoyo is perhaps the most frequently visited of the four islands in the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve.
Kunduchi Wet 'N' Wild Water Park
Next to Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort, about twelve miles from the center of town, this is the largest water park in East and Central Africa. Popular with families, the park is a colorful mix of pools, playgrounds, fast-food restaurants, and twenty-two water slides of varying heights, catering to both adults and young children. The park is also home to Tanzania's only Go Kart track. Address: Mtongani, Kunduchi Beach -- Official site: www.wetnwild.co.tz
Oyster Bay Beach
Also known as Coco Beach, this affluent expatriate enclave, about four miles north of the city on the Msasani Peninsula, is a popular weekend social spot. Locals and tourists alike come here to stroll the beach, savor street food, and listen to live music. The Tanzanian Tingatinga Art Gallery in Oyster Bay is also worth a visit.
Nearby Places
Kigamboni, or South Beach, is situated over the funnel in the Zanzibar ferry. Public beaches happen to be bought by designers, so the majority of the beaches are maintained by hotels that charge an entry fee. South Beach Resort is a well-liked hotel around the beach, much like the resorts of Amani and Ras Kutani.
Shopping and Food
There's an incredible craft market in Mwenge, the Mwenge Carvers' Market. Here you can view most of the artists result in the crafts which are offered through the country (even though some crafts offered in Tanzania are actually just items imported from Kenya). Prices differ from costly to very cheap. The marketplace shuts in the evening. Generally, stores, eateries, and resorts in Tanzania expect payment. Exceptions include payment for travel visas, entry costs to nature, and obligations for the famous safaris and thrilling treks.
For kangas (or khangas), colorful, sarong-like pieces of cloth with Swahili sayings along the bottom, try Kariakoo market or the cloth market on the streets around it. The market has moved a bit recently, but check around south end of Jamhuri St., where there are many textile shops. Here you can also buy kitenge, twice the length of kangas and usually cut in half to form a complete outfit, for around Tzs 4000 each. Try asking in here if you want something like a dress made to measure. Kariakoo is also a good place for fresh food. Watch out for pickpockets.
The wholesale textile markets are on Uhuru St. in the Mnazi Mmoja district near Kariakoo, although the number of people and the attention can be overwhelming for some visitors. It helps to speak Swahili, and if you can, go during the week rather than on Saturdays. Its a much more enjoyable experience on a weekday, since there are less people around you can chat with the sellers and there is less high-pressure haggling. The Uhuru Street sellers are wholesalers, so unless you feel you’re being quoted a very inflated price, it is difficult to bargain.
Afro Fashion Samora Avenue, Opposite Extelecom Building (Celtel Point) Samora Avenue 2124066/0784243735 9am-5pm T shirts, Batiks, Khanga, Masai Material,Kikoy, Tye & Dye Clothings,Arts & Crafts, Masai Beads, and other popular souvenirs.
Carvings and other touristy souvenirs can be found all over Dar. Remember that haggling is expected.
There is a fantastic craft market in Mwenge, the Mwenge Carvers’ Market. Here you can watch many of the artists make the crafts that are sold throughout the country (although some crafts sold in Tanzania are imported from Kenya). Prices range from expensive to extremely cheap. There are many stalls selling similar things, and if you are savvy, you might be able to pit the vendors against each other. The perk of the Mwenge market is the sheer volume of crafts to choose from. If you like the style of something at a specific store (they tend to carry items made by one or two artists), and you have some time, you can meet the artist and have them custom make something for you. The market closes at dusk. Shopping around this time gets you the best deals.
There is a smaller market at Slipway, which is a good place to get Tinga Tinga paintings and large batiks as well.
Tinga-Tinga Paintings
Local paintings are often executed in a style unique to Tanzania, “tinga-tinga”, named after the artist who founded the style, Edward Said Tinga Tinga. Some good places to find them are at the Slipway market, and in the alley off of Haille Selassie Road on the Peninsula, next to QBar.
Tinga Tinga Arts in Tanzania. has produced dozens of talented artists, especially those who paint in the style of traditional African hut paintings. This technique was made famous by Edward Saidi Tingatinga, an artist of the 1950s and 1960s who made the style popular. For more information, go to http://tinga-tinga.com/>
Nyumba ya Sanaa in Tanzania.At Nyumba ya Sanaa not only can one buy art, one can also witness art being created. This unique place is also the site of a fish market in the mornings. Snacks and beverages can be purchased and enjoyed as you watch the artists at work.
Tanzania Hotel.
Haggling: Haggling is expected when purchasing almost anything in Dar. However, on several occasions I’ve observed unnecessary arrogant and aggressive behaviour from travelers trying to buy carvings and paintings in the various tourist markets. Although it is true that most merchants quote much higher prices to tourists than locals, sometimes three times the price, negotiations should still be undertaken with respect and good humour. Don’t expect to pay the same as a local and don’t be insulted when you aren’t. The reality is that you probably have more money in your pocket than many Tanzanians see in a year. This also applies to backpackers. Remember the extra dollar or two you paid for that carving will most likely be used to buy food for the family. None of these merchants are rich. If you think it’s too expensive leave and look elsewhere, don’t call them thieves. Kariakoo is the cheapest market in Tanzania. If you want to buy cheap souvenirs, this is the place for you. If you’re a Muzungu (i.e. white person) shop owners will try to charge you much more that is worth. But that will be cheaper than what you get in the city or everywhere else in Tanzania. General rules: African necklaces should not be bought for more than 2000 shilings (the correct price is TS1000 but you won’t get that price easily), small drums should be bought for as much as TS4-5000 and soft stone products (hearts, plates, small animals, jewelry boxes etc) should not be purchased for more than 10,000 shillings.
When it comes to expensive souvenirs, Tanzania has cornered the market with a gemstone that can only be found (mined) in Tanzania, hence the name Tanzanite. Shops selling this exquisite blue stone are located in all major cities and towns, especially those popular with tourists like Zanzibar, Arusha and Dar. Your biggest problem will be knowing that what you’re getting is the real thing and worth the money you’re shelling out for it.
The rule of thumb is the darker the gem the more expensive it is. Light colored Tanzanite is genuine just not as sought after as the darker stones. But like all things there is much more to a stone’s value than just its colour so do your homework if you plan on spending a lot on one of them.
Grading is on a alphabetical scale with AAA being the best and B being the lightest and cheapest. Expect to pay as much as US$450 per carat for AAA. If, like most visitors, you’re new to this gem, buying from a reputable shop, such as Lothys at the Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski or Tanzanite Dream might be more expensive but you’re assured of what you’re getting. Nonetheless, there are several other good shops around Dar where you can get nice pieces or simply buy the gems and have them set back home. Like all things, negotiating is key.

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