Dar es Salaam (“the place of peace”), formerly Mzizima) is the largest city of Tanzania and one of the largest cities in eastern Africa by population, as well as a regionally important economic centre. Located at the Indian Ocean, the city is one of the fastest growing in the world.
Straddling some of the most important sea routes in the world, it is East Africa’s second-busiest port and Tanzania’s commercial hub.
At the northern end of the harbour is Kivukoni Front, with a bustling fish market where dhows dock at dawn to offload the night’s catch. There are also excellent craft markets and restaurants, and nearby sandy beaches and islands. The city’s architecture is a mix of African, Arab, Indian and German, although much of this is now dwarfed by towering high-rises that reflect Dar’s rising prosperity in the golden-hued sunsets shimmering off their glass exteriors. Many travellers bypass ‘Dar’ completely; those that stick around will be rewarded by the city’s eclectic cultural mix and down-to-earth vibe.