Dar es Salaam is a convenient access point and popular travel gateway, for African Safaris to Tanzania's famous Northern Safari Circuit game parks and the exotic Zanzibar Islands. Most travelllers start or end their Tanzania travels in Dar, as Dar es Salaam is fondly called, or stopover in the city en route to East African safari highlights.
Dar es Salaam, "haven of peace" in Arabic, is Tanzania’s most affluent city and its political, trade and travel hub, despite not being the capital city. The modern city of Dar es Salaam is located at a natural harbour on the Indian Ocean and retains a certain charm and character from its humble beginnings as a fishing village. Traditional dhow vessels and handcrafted canoes bob beside cargo ships in the bustling harbour where fishermen go about their daily lives and fresh seafood is offered up.
Dar es Salaam is home to a large expatriate community and features a cosmopolitan fusion of cultures, with Arabic, Indian, British and German colonial influences, as well as its strong Swahili roots. One of the best aspects of the city is its friendly locals who make visitors feel welcome.
The city boasts several great beaches, bustling markets, a picturesque port, colourful shops, museums and historic buildings to keep visitors entertained. Tanzania's largest city, Dar es Salaam, offers a diversity of international and local cuisine at its numerous restaurants, street cafes and stalls, ranging from Asian to traditional Tanzanian barbecue style dishes. The bright colours and pervasive aromas of spices, cooking, fresh flowers and sea make a lasting impression on the senses. Specific sights in central Dar es Salaam include:
Taste new flavours, dance to live music and be intrigued by the colours, sounds and smells of this prospering city.
The city is home to a vibrant music scene incorporating various styles, such as live dance music bands, traditional Taarab from Zanzibar and, R&B and Hip Hop styled "Bongo Flava". Dar es Salaam is the place where the popular Tingatinga painting style developed during the latter half of the 20th century in the Oyster Bay area. Numerous international restaurants have opened over recent years giving rise to a wide selection of globally diverse cuisine, along with the rich traditional Tanzanian, Zanzibar and Indian flavours of the city.
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