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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania © omoo
Meaning 'Haven of Peace' in Arabic, Dar es Salaam began as a small fishing village and has become a melting pot of cultures, encompassing African, Arabic and South Asian flavours. But this city is anything but peaceful. A bustling metropolis by East African standards, and the largest city of the exotic land of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is a major port which straddles some of the world's most important sea routes. It is the economic and cultural heart of Tanzania and the main transport hub for travellers.

With German, Asian, Swahili and British architecture to appreciate, visitors will find no shortage of attractions to busy themselves with while on holiday in Dar es Salaam. The city also has a few interesting museums, including the National Museum and the Makumbusho Village Museum. On a nice day you can head to the Botanical Gardens, while the colourful and vibrant Kariakoo Market and clock tower is also popular with tourists and holidaymakers. Those in search of sandy beaches to sun worship on will do well to take the ferry to Bongoyo Island, or visit Kigamboni on the south coast.

Most tourists simply transit through Dar es Salaam on the way to more exotic Tanzanian destinations, but this rapidly expanding city is not without charm and more and more travellers are discovering its hidden delights. Accommodation in the city is plentiful, but visitors will find that Dar provides plenty in the luxury class and plenty in the budget class with not much in between, making mid-range accommodation the hardest to find.

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