Tanzania Dar es Salaam

Dar  es  Salaam,  meaning  The  Haven  of  Peace  in  Arabic,  has  one  of  the  best  deep  natural  harbours  in  the  world.  From  a  small  Swahili  town  in  the  middle  of  the  19th  century,  Dar  es  Salaam  has  grown  into  a  large  metropolitan  centre  with  a  population  of  over  3,500,000  dwellers.  The  city  population  represents  the  over  120  tribes  of  Tanzania  with  their  different  cultural  backgrounds  coming  together,  alongside  the  oriental  civilizations  from  the  far  and  middle  east,  and  the  Europeans  including  early  Portuguese  visitors  in  the  16th  Century,  the  Germans  and  later  the  British.  All  cultures  at  one  time  or  another  passed  through  Dar  es  Salaam.  It  is  necessary  to  visit  Dar  es  Salaam  to  appreciate  the  secret  of  letting  different  cultures live together in absolute harmony. Being  the  commercial  capital  of  Tanzania,  Dar  es  Salaam  is  also  the  main  gateway  to  the  nature  reserves  of  southern  Tanzania,  which  include  the  Selous  Game  Reserve  and  the  National Parks of Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa Mountains, Saadani and Kitulo. It also serves as a convenient connection for travel to the islands of Mafia, Zanzibar and Pemba both by sea and air. A city tour of Dar es Salaam will take you to the National Museum, Nyerere Cultural Centre, the Village Museum, Mwenge Wood Carvings Market, and the Magogoni Fish Market, among other interesting spots.

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