Dar Es Salaam
Dar es Salaam was Tanzania’s capital city. It is the commercial capital and the largest city in the country. Located in southern Tanzania on coast of the Indian Ocean, Dar is a bustling, chaotic place, filled with life and color.
Dar es Salaam is primarily a port city in southern Tanzania, located on a huge natural harbor. “Dar es Salaam” means “haven of peace”, but you’ll find with almost 3 million people calling the city home, it’s not exactly tranquil. Dar es Salaam it is the economic heart of the country, the high rise business district buzzes with activity throughout the day. The government was officially moved to Dodoma in the center of Tanzania in the 1970’s, but Dar es Salaam is the true capital and the central government by and large still operates from here.
Visitors to Dar es Salaam are usually en route to Tanzania’s fantastic southern national parks including the Selous and Ruaha, or catching a ferry to the exotic Zanzibar archipelago. The best time to visit Dar es Salaam is during the dry season from June – October, otherwise temperatures can get very hot and humid (but you can always dip in the Ocean).
Dar es Salaam remains Tanzania’s social and commercial heart, as the country’s largest city and main port. Most travelers fly into and out of ‘Dar’, as it’s always called. We’ll often be able to arrange for you to connect straight through to your safari or beach lodge, but occasionally an overnight stop here is needed. Then visitors are often surprised how much they enjoy the place.
Dar isn’t one of Africa’s most beautiful cities; many parts of it are dusty and poor. Yet it’s a vibrant and interesting corner of modern Africa. Colorfully clad people jostle with vehicles and bicycles in the streets, whilst street-stalls sell anything from wooden carvings to matching sets of luggage.
|Languages spoken||English, Kiswahili|
|Currency used||Tanzania Shillings (TSh)|
|Area (km2)||1,590 km²|