Despite its name, which means “abode of peace” in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is Tanzania‘s largest and busiest city. It is the country’s most important business and commercial hub and is situated right on the Indian Ocean. It is the main port of call for most visitors, as it is an ideal place from which to access both the wilderness areas and the beaches of Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Most visitors en route to the better-known Tanzanian attractions are surprised by the charm of this unassuming city. Must-see attractions include the beautiful beaches of Kunduchi, Mjimwena and Mbwa Maji, Dar es Salaam’s spectacular harbour and shopping at the local markets.
Explore the atmospheric ruins of Bagamoyo and visit the 13th-century mosque.
Wonder through a local market and take home a Tinga Tinga painting.
Purchase a well-cut, certified tanzanite at a charming boutique store.