Dar es salaam is the largest populous city in East Africa. It is the richest and largest city in Tanzania and also the economic nerve centre in the East African region. It is relevant in the country’s permanent bureaucracy and wields political power. Nestled along a natural harbour on the Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam is a multicultural city, home to African Tanzanians, Arabic and South Asian communities, British and German expatriates, Catholics, Lutherans and Muslims. It is also the hub for business trade and manufacturing. The city is divided into three districts and prone to heavy daytime traffic.
The name Dar es Salaam means “haven of peace” and so it seems with its scenic harbour, great beaches and historical buildings.
Dar es Salaam is the cultural and educational center of Tanzania. Education is vital here and there are several universities in the city that you may want to visit during your stay such as the University of Dar es Salaam. The must sees in Dar es salaam include the cultural centers such as the National Museum, the Village Museum, the House of Art and the Botanical Gardens. You may also want to visit the National Stadium, where the country’s football (soccer) clubs play matches and international games are held.
For natural attractions visit Tanzania’s national parks for a safari. You may also want to visit the beaches along the Indian Ocean coast, or drive up to Bagamoyo to see the oldest town in the country. It is also known as the original capital of German East Africa and home to several aboriginal ruins. Another must see is the Udzungwa Mountain National Park and finally the Las Vegas Poker room should be worth your while.
Dar es salaam boasts international cuisine ranging from traditional Tanzanian barbecue and Zanzibari food to Thai, Chinese, American Lebanese, Indian and Ethiopian restaurants. Try out Ugali with sauces as well as a plate of chips mayai for a delectable experience. You won\'t go wrong with the Mishkaki kebabs or a seafood favourite of lobster and crabs. Gaeng Curry (yellow curry soup) is a favourite of many-a-tourists. Finally, the food around village museum are to die for! For drinks, tropical fruit such as coconuts, pawpaws, mangoes, pineapples and bananas are abundant, as are the delicious fresh juices made from them. In addition, the following drinks are readily available - Safari (a locally produced lager), Konyagi (a popular frightfully strong gin that is quite affordable). Arabica variety coffee grown on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and served black in small porcelain cups is a firm favourite. So also is Chai tea (usually served very sweet in small glasses).