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A thriving seaside metropolis

“Dar”, as it is casually called, is a thriving seaside metropolis and Tanzania’s commercial hub. Developed out of a sleepy fishing village, today it is East Africa’s second-busiest port along one of the world’s most important oceanic routes. The urban fabric is highly decorative, with Arabic, African, Indian and European architecture lining the streets. The people are as eclectic as the urban fabric and it is a wonder to marvel at the styles of dress, variety of culture and corresponding eateries and experiences. Here, travellers can lose themselves in abundant markets, colourful happenings, and sometimes noisy and jostling crowds.

Dar Es Salaam, credit TTB Tanzania Tourism Boardfly Dubai

Visit fish markets; tour cathedrals, monuments and stately houses. A short boat trip takes you to the palm-fringed beaches of nearby Islands, where you can spend the day basking in sunshine. Nothing compares to relaxing and enjoying sundowners from gracious dhows in the evenings; looking back as the city lights twinkle at dusk. Despite the buzz and notorious traffic jams, Dar Es Salaam has managed to maintain its hallmark down-to-earth feel and is well worth a visit. Smell the sea, hear the gulls, feel the heartbeat of Africa.

Mwenge Craft Market

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