Dar es Salaam city Tour
Dar es Salaam is an enticing mix of sight –seeing, shopping and entertainment, the largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its and its sophisticated contemporary present. Dar es Salaam which means “Haven of Peace in Arabic” Over the last century Dar es Salaam has grown from a fishing village into one of the outstanding coastal capitals of the world. The beaches are amazing and pristine with an African character. You can start your day by seeing the attractions of Dar es Salaam.
Sights visited include:
A statue erected in memory of soldiers who fell during the first world war,
Mnazi Moja Park:
This is near Jamhuri and Uhuru Streets. On one side is seen the Uhuru Torch Monument, erected to symbolize the Freedom Torch placed on the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro upon Tanzania's attainment of Independence. On the other side of the park is the Republic Fountain which commemorated the foundation of the republic in 1962.
The University is superbly laid out amidst lawns and gardens on the Ubungo Observation Hill, some 14 kms away from the city. The hill offers magnificent open view of Dar es Salaam city. The main campus area is built on three low hills, well-wooded with cashew nut trees.
Local craftsmen can be seen at work as they carve traditional wooden carvings - an excellent stop for souvenirs.
This is 10 kms along Bagamoyo Road and has a collection of authentically constructed traditional houses of various Tanzanian tribes. It displays several distinct architectural styles with building materials ranging from sand, grass and poles to mud and rock. Villagers demonstrate their ancient skills of carving and weaving and offer their products for sale.
Tinga Tinga Centre is a house of arts where local painters portray their skills in the local 'tinga tinga' art from. Sometimes referred to as crazy art, due to the very bright color schemes and distorted figures of reality. At the Tinga Tinga centers guests will be able to see painters at work, and will have ample opportunity to purchase various souvenirs and household utilities that have been painted in Tinga Tinga style e.g. letter openers, trays, name plates, cup holders, key chains, as well as actual paintings on canvas.
The outstanding attraction is the Hall of Man where Dr. Leakey's finds from Olduvai Gorge including the skull of Nutcracker Man (Zinjanthropus bosei) and other human fossils are displayed. The stages of man's development over the last 10 million years are clearly traced and illustrated. The museum offers an outstanding ethnographic collection of tribal ornaments, head-dresses, witchcraft paraphernalia and traditional musical instruments collected from various regions in Tanzania.