Dar es Salaam

Dar es salaam which means  “Haven of Peace” in swahil,boasts one of the world’s finest natural habours.The city displays the many influences on its history,There is Asian district speciality shops,restaurants and temples,while the German colonization has left behind  a Bavarian-  style railway station,the Roman Catholic  St. Joseph’s cathedral and Lutheran Azania Front Church.

The Botanical  gardens, and Gymkana Club are evidence of British occupation .

City Tour of Dar es salaam

Raised from the humble surroundings of a Fishing Village just over a century ago, Dar Es Salaam blossomed into one of the most beautiful sea-side capitals. Many beautiful and unspoilt beaches are within easy reach of Dar Es Salaam, literally translated as “The Heaven of Peace”. Our most popular excursion in the city for tourists in transit enroute to the game parks of the North or South, or for Business clients with some leisure time, is the half day Dar Es Salaam City Tour.

Here is a sample of the sights and sounds you will experience during the tour:

The Askari Monument:

in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is a memorial to the askari soldiers who fought in the British Carrier Corps in World War I. It is located at the center of roundabout between Samora Avenue and Maktaba Street, a place that reportedly also marks the exact center of downtown Dar. It was unveiled in 1927.

The main feature of the monument is “The Askari”,a bronze statue of a soldier. It was realized in the United Kingdom by British sculptor James Alexander Stevenson, who worked for Westminster’s Morris Bronze Founders. Stevenson signed the statue with pseudonym “Myrander”. Before being sent to Dar es Salaam, the statue was exhibited for a while at the Royal Academy, receiving critical praise. The soldier has a rifle with a bayonet pointed towards the Dar es Salaam harbour. The statue stands on a pedestal. On the narrow sides of the pedestal are plaques with a dedication in Swahili (Arabic and Latin script) and English; on the wide sides of the pedestal are 2 pictorial plaques showing fighting African soldiiers and the carrier Corps.

Azania Front Church

The Azania Front Lutheran Church is a Lutheran church in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, serving as a cathedral for the local diocese. It is among the most well-known landmarks and tourist attractions of the city. It is in the city center, close to the ocean, facing the harbour. It was built by the German missionaries in 1898, in the Bavarian style of the time, with a red-tiled roof, tiled canopies over the windows and bright white walls

Mnazi Moja Park:

This is near Jamhuri and Uhuru Streets. On one side is seen the Uhuru Torch Monument erected to symbolise the Freedom Torch placed at 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.

Kariakoo Market:

This beautiful main market has an interesting local colour and a diversity of peoples as well as exotic fruits, fresh fish, food products, handicrafts, local textile material and many other locally made products. The market’s colour, charm and character makes it a must for every visitor.

University:

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 trees.

Village Museum:

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.

House of Crafts (Nyumba ya sanaa):

Near the heart of Dar Es Salaam there is a unique centre for creating and selling Tanzanian arts and crafts. Many of the artists working here have developed their talents through training which enable them to transform traditional materials, designs and motifs into contemporary forms. At ‘Nyumba ya Sanaa’, one finds many exciting creative activities to become absorbed in like painting, drawing, figurative wax batik and etching. Carvings of ebony are made as well as jewellery, ceramics and ‘tie-and-dye’ dresses for men, women and children.

National Museum:

The outstanding attraction is the Hall of Man where Dr. Leakey’s finds from Olduvai Gorge including the skull of Nutcrackerman (Zinjanthropus bosei) and other human fossils are displayed. The Museum offers an outstanding ethnographic collection of tribal ornaments, head-dresses, witch-craft paraphernalia and traditional musical instruments collected from various regions in Tanzania. Also, the history of the East African Coast is well portrayed with Chinese porcelain glazed pottery, trade wide beads from India and a series of copper coins from the Sultan of Kilwa.

State House:

The State House accommodates the offices of the President. It has an ornate structure reflecting a blend of African and Arabic architecture, partly built on the foundation of the old German Palace in 1922.

Ocean road hospital:

The Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) is located along the Indian Ocean about 200 meters from the beach. This health facility is one of the oldest health institutions in Tanzania having been founded in 1895 by the German colonial government. At its inception, the hospital catered for German community and after 1 st World War the British Colonial government adopted a policy that concentrated on provision of medical services for the European communities. After independence in 1961, all the barriers from the colonial past were removed and the hospital was re-named the Ocean Road Hospital, catering for all races and operated as a maternity wing of the Muhimbili Medical Centre. In 1980, a decision was made by the Ministry of Health to make Ocean Road Hospital the hub for cancer services, whereby the Radiotherapy Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Dar es Salaam was shifted from Muhimbili Medical Centre to the Ocean Road Hospital to give room for expansion. During the period between 1980 to mid 1996, deliberate efforts were made to upgrade the Radiotherapy Unit to a comprehensive Cancer Institute. In June 1996, by an Act No. 2 of Parliament, Ocean Road Hospital was made an independent autonomous institute directly under the Ministry of Health and its name changed to Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI). The Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director are appointed by the President of the united Republic of Tanzania.The main source of funding is from the Government of Tanzania. The institute also receives assistance from International organizations such as IAEA, WHO, IARC, UICC, INCTR, US NCI, Open Society, IAHPC, ICAP Columbia University, University of Copenhagen etc.

Coco beach:

The beach itself is a long sand and cliff strewn strip hugging the eastern coastline of the peninsula here in Dar Es Salaam, no more than a couple of miles long. In my opinion, it is one of Dar’s best kept secrets. The beach itself is rarely crowded, although it has all of the ingredients for a nice reprieve from city life. Along Toure drive and accommodated with the local People.

Coco Beach is one of those ‘bath beaches’, as I call them. You will have a strip of sand; put your toes into the water and, bam, only a few feet into the water you are already up to your chest. Of course, that is during high tide. Coco Beach at low tide in the morning is a different ballgame altogether. You can be wading through the water up to your ankles for hundreds of yards, along the rocky algae-covered grounds until you spot anything resembling a wave. The low tide in the morning almost doubles Coco Beach in size.

Surfers apparently love the place, although have rarely seen more than two riding the waves at a time. Parasurfers love to skip over the waves, and the consistent winds confirm what sailors have already learned: that Dar is a haven for most water sports.

The only time you will find Coco Beach crowded to capacity will be on the weekends. The sun, sand, and waves have nothing to do with this, but Dar’s musical acts! Very rarely will you have a weekend without a concert.