Dar es Salaam, formerly Mzizima, East Africa safari is the largest city (population about 5,000,000 estimated 2002), economic centre and former capital of Tanzania. The Name was Translated from Arabic Language means ‘Safe Harbour’. The city serves as the capital for the surrounding Dar es Salaam Region as well as, arguably, the de facto current capital of Tanzania. Though inland Dodoma is the official capital, the vast a majority of federal government employees live in Dar and most major political figures maintain residences here. Located on a harbour on the Indian Ocean, it is the main port for Tanzania, handling exports of minerals, coffee, cotton, sisal and hides. In addition it is the hub of Tanzanian’s national transport system as most major highways and all railways originate in or near the city.
Downtown Dar es Salaam East Africa safari has a very Arabic and Indian flavor to it, with many small business proprietors being of those origins. Many of the buildings and general layout of the downtown area have a frenetic, claustrophic feeling that lends itself to street vendors and restaurateurs doing a good business. The night life of Dar es Salaam includes several night clubs and casinos, and a multitude of local bars and restaurants, some of which have local acts performing. Most of these are East African Dance Bands but there is a trend towards R and B (“Bongo Flavor”) or hip hop acts.
A few local restaurants specialize in traditional Indian or Zanzibar cuisine, while many other establishments, such as the New Protein Bar, serve traditional Tanzanian foods such as “Nyama Choma” (roasted meat) or “Mishkaki” (Shish Kabob) with salt and various hot peppers. There are also an ever-increasing number of international restaurants as the expatriate community and tourism grow.
City Tour/Sight Seeing, Nearest Attractions:
National Museum, National Library, Ferry to Zanzibar & Kigamboni, Various off shore islands, Mwenge Woodcarvers Market, Askari Monument and old city centre, etc