Reginald Mengi, Tanzania’s richest man once said “everything you see is the product of someone’s imagination or dreams” and nothing echoes that thought more than the city where he has made most of his millions: Dar es Salaam. This beautiful city formerly the capital of Tanzania holds the enviable status as the richest city in the East African nation. Dar es Salaam with literally means “residence of peace” is not only Tanzania’s largest city but its most formidable tourist attraction. Boasting a population of over 4 million people, the city is touted to be the third fastest growing city in Africa (after Bamako and Lagos) according to City Major.
This growth in terms of population, capital and infrastructural development is not unconnected to its economic potential and its budding tourist attractions. Dar es Salaam is filled with fun filled spots, museums, markets, beaches and islands that will surely become a part of you somehow on the famous words of Anita Desai. Let’s dive straight in.
The Kariakoo market which is the busiest and most thrilling market in the city is an ideal place to start your sojourn into the wonders of the city. The market guides you into the authentic side of local Tanzanian products and opens your eyes unto the wonders inherent.
Another beautiful market to visit is the Dar es Salaam fish market where hundreds of different delicious fishes are sold and even auctioned off. If you are not a lover of fish, I bet this market would make you crave for some.
For those looking to get their groove on, I will recommend a visit to Coco beach also known as Oyster Bay. The beach popular in the city is usually packed with Tanzanians, Africans and even Asians looking to dance to beautiful African songs, eat hot local food and enjoy the night away. Many beautiful ladies abound to wet the appetite so ladies hold your man very close.
The most beautiful and serene places to see in the city are the islands for sure. The Bongoyo, Jangwani, Mbuja and Kigamboni islands are a beauty to behold with their accompanying beaches littered with gorgeous sceneries. Surely a great place to unwind in your hut while enjoying grilled fish, drinking and live music.
After having so much fun, its time to get down to serious business as an academician would say. A visit to the National Musuem of Dar es Salaam should be top of your agenda. Here you learn more about the rich history and culture of Tanzania which is sure to leave you captivated.
Other gorgeous places to visit include Puga Hills Nature Reserve and the Village Museum. The latter offers you a chance to observe a number of typical styled Tanzanian traditional huts and learn more about the tribes of the country.
The Tingatinga Art Center which is famous around Africa for its rich display of artworks is a must visit spot.
For lovers and families, the Kunduchi Wet ‘N’ Wild Water Park which is the largest water park in East and Central Africa will bring joy into the hearts of your loved ones with its colorful mix of pools, playgrounds, fast food restaurants for everyone.
I could go on and on about the lovely sights in Dar es Salaam but as they say “seeing is believing”. I would like to give you the privilege of discovering other gorgeous spots yourself and I must tell you, there are a lot.
A visit to this East African city would convince you and please make sure you don’t over stay your visa while having fun.
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