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.
The city is the leading arrival and departure point for most tourists who visit Tanzania, including the national parks for safaris and the islands of Unguja and Pemba.
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 routes. In 1865 or 1866, Sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar began building a new city very close to Mzizima and named it Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam fell into decline after Majid’s death in 1870, but was revived in 1887 when the German East Africa Company established a station there.
The town’s growth was facilitated by its role as the administrative and commercial center of German East Africa and industrial expansion resulting from the construction of the Central Railway Line in the early 1900s. German East Africa was captured by the British during World War I and became Tanganyika, with Dar es Salaam remaining the administrative and commercial center. After World War II, Dar es Salaam experienced a period of rapid growth. Dar es Salaam is the city in Tanzania to which villagers flock for better opportunities.
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09:00 AM Meeting for the first part of the Tour
We will meet at New Posta Bus Stop or any agreed stop in the CBD mostly I would preferably pick you from your hotel and go starting the tour.
09:30 AM to 12:30 PM First Part of the Tour
The tour will includes the precolonial history of the city visiting the Railway station, later a stop at Old Boma “the oldest building in the city”, walk along the waterfront viewing/visiting the oldest churches in the city – Azania Front Lutheran Church and the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cathedral. Later a short visit to the Fish Market where we will taste fresh sea food on a short break. On mid day we will stop at Tanzania National Museum to revisit the colonial and archaeological finding and discoveries that are preserved up to date. Later on our way to bus stop we will visit the Askari Monument, City Clock Tower, Independence Square and the glimpse of Kariakoo Market. Later we will board into Rapid Bus System to head outside CBD.
Note: Only The First Part is what we refer as the HALF DAY if is choosed to be done alone.
13:00 PM – 14:00 PM Lunch Break
A Lunch Break at University of Dar es Salaam, will use this time to study few things on the history of the University and why it is Famous.
14:30 PM – 17:00 PM Second Part of the Tour
A second part will feature quick stop at Mlimani City Mall, later a stop at Mwenye Wood caving Market and then the Village Museum at Makumbusho town.