At first glance, Dar es Salaam seems chaotic to many. After all, East Africa’s largest city is crowded and noisy. But if you take the time to explore the six million metropolis in more detail, you will discover behind the busy facades: extensive markets, skyscrapers and colonial villas on the beach of the Indian Ocean. Dar es Salaam is the epitome of the diversity of modern Tanzania.
What country is Dar es Salaam located in?
in 1862, the Sultan of Zanzibar founded Dar es Salaam, which means “place of peace”, on the site of the village of Mzizima. At first, the city remained only a small port until the German East Africa Company built a railway station there in 1887. With the starting point of the Central Line railway, it served as the capital of German East Africa from 1891 to 1916. To this day, some buildings bear witness to this history: they often reflect the colonial past of the city and show a diverse mixture of architectural styles. These include Swahili, British, German and Asian traditions, among others.
After the Second World War, the city was modernized and expanded with modern multi-storey buildings. The natural, almost inland port of Dar es Salaam is the starting point for most agricultural and mineral exports from the Tanzanian mainland and serves the nearby landlocked countries. In addition, Tanzania’s most famous city is a leading financial center in the fields of art, fashion, media, music, film and television.
480 km from the capital Dodoma and located on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Dar Es-Salaam is the most important city of Tanzania. It is rather ugly and not particularly worth seeing, you do not need to stay here overnight.
Dar Es-Salaam is a transit point for many travelers. I recommend that you take a bus, plane, train or boat and leave this city as soon as possible.
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