Dar Es Salaam Could Have Been The Second Stone Town!


The picture above was shot in 1930, in which existing to this very day from left are Dar Es Salaam City Hall, The Old Boma, The Ferry and St. Joseph Cathedral.

Dar es Salaam “the house of peace”, formerly Mzizima, is the former capital and largest city in Tanzania. It is the most populous city in the East Africa coastal region and a regionally important economic center. Located on the Swahili coast, the city is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

After two weeks of planing and a week of sharing details of a free City Excursion on the wake of Sunday July 8th I set feet to wonder the Dar City. Well and luckily two friends; Mike and Jerry joined.


Jerry and Mike, Dont Mind Their Serious Faces, LoL

Coming Outside the City From North, Going through important suburbs Mwenge, Makumbusho and Morocco of which they are no more Farms but filled with businesses and Tall Buildings. From stationed Media Companies to corporate offices and more.

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Now for those who did not know, Dar es salaam was found by Sultan Majid and named as House of Peace where in 1862 he built his Boma House and Palace and used the boma as guest house for traders and vacation home from the busy Zanzibar. This like Zanzibar’s stone town featured construction of the whole seafront. He built several other buildings including the 1866 Atman House which was bought by White Fathers Missionaries in 1925.

The Atman House, Built in 1866. The Second Oldest Building in Dar es salaam.

However after the death of Sultan Majid in 1867 the constructions fell and this was the time, the Stone Town of Dar es salaam fell. Supposed he could have lived longer, Dar es salaam could have become a second stone town. But this event pushed the city back until when the Germany came.

The Sad truth is the city was not preserved and many old historical building have been torn down to all the constitutions of new buildings. This has set a City into a an existing old and yet new town structure. Some of the oldest Germany influenced building on the seafront are the Azania Front Lutheran and St. Joseph Cathedral RC Churches that exists to this very day.


Dar es Salaam is also the largest and most populous Swahili-speaking city in the world. In the 19th century, Mzizima (Kiswahili for “healthy town”) was a coastal fishing village on the periphery of Indian Ocean trade route.

As we debated and arguing on the Germany influences we walked to the other side and passed the Ocean Road Hospital which was built for Europeans. We walked outside the Karimjee Hall. This Hall was built by Karimjee Family and later donated to the Goverment as well us with Usagara School in Tanga region. The Karimjee Family has been an imprtant traders in the country since 1820s when they settled in Zanzibar.

Peacock Bird, Outside Karimjee Hall.

As the tour got busy and too immersed we had an opportunity to visit the City Botanical Garden. Sadly this famous always flowering and watered Garden was not well preserved in the past. The famous Green House is empty scrath that; there is one Mango tree trying to grow inside.

Mango Tree Trying to Grow Inside the Old Green House.

However the good news it is now under renovation. Her vegetation are still exisiting to this very day and more are being planted. It is believed it will soon be opened to public. This Garden was established in 1893.

The Dar es Salaam Botanical garden is an oasis of greenery that is located in Kivukoni area of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania. It is also the location of the local government offices, a small building that is specifically for the executive officer of the Kivukoni Ward. It has its own parking area that is situated on Garden avenue and right next to the Southern sun hotel’s entrance or another one next to the ward offices.

The gardens are one of the few places in Tanzania and East Africa in general where you may get to see the rare ‘Coco de mer’ tree outside its native Seychelles. It also is one of the most tranquil places in the city, with possible sightings of rare animals such as peacocks and hedgehogs.

The City Tour is Incomplete Without Visiting the Tanzania National Museum. The fees are 1500TZS for East African Community Member Citizens and 6500TZS to all other Nations. The Museum preserved the unique antiquities of Tanzania.

And lastly on a Tour we passed the Askari Monument before we headed to the India Street for Lunch and final tour breakdown.

Askari Monument, Dar es salaam.

The Askari Monument in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is a memorial to the askari soldiers who fought in the British Carrier Corps in World War I. It was unveiled in 1927.

The main feature of the monument is “The Askari”, a bronze statue of a soldier. The soldier has a rifle with a bayonet pointed towards the Dar es Salaam harbour.

In the place where the Askari Monument is located, there used to be another statue, namely that of German explorer and army Major Hermann von Wissmann, governor of German East Africa in the late 19th century. This former statue, unveiled in 1911, represented Wissmann standing, one hand on his hip and one on his sword, looking towards the harbour; at his feet, an African soldier covering a dead lion with a German flag. When the British entered Dar es Salaam in 1916, they removed this statue along with those of Karl Peters and Otto von Bismarck.


Pictures Shot By Augustine and Mike, Words By Augustine.

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