Dar es Salaam City Tours
A city tour of Dar es Salaam will take you to the National Museum, Nyerere Cultural Centre, the Village Museum, Mwenge Carvings Market, and the Magogoni Fish Market, Botanical Gardens, City Centre, Historical Building and Other Interesting Sites.
1. The Askari Monument
The Askari Monument stands on the location of statue to Major Herman Von Wissmann, a German explorer and soldier, who became Governor of German East Africa in 1895. The first statue of Von Wissmann was erected in 1911 to celebrate the German victory in 1888, and then demolished in 1916 when the British occupied Dar es Salaam. The current statue, Askari Monument, depicts a soldier in a World War I uniform, commemorating the African troops who fought and died during the 1914-18 War.
2. The Clock Tower
It is located along Samora Avenue standing at the roundabout that connects Nkrumah, Uhuru, Railway and India Streets. Built in 1961 it was put up to inaugurate Dar es Salaam elevation to city status.
Visit of Natural Attractions
3. The Botanical Gardens
The first Director of Agriculture, Professor Stuhlmann, originally laid out the Botanical Gardens in Dar es Salaam in 1893, The oasis of indigenous plants has an enchanting mix of flowers and plants including one of the few places in the world to see the coco-de-mer palm tree that is native to Seychelles. The Botanical Gardens also became the home of Dar es Salaam Horticultural Society, which still has a building on site that has undergone some restoration with most of the exhibits now labelled.
4. Dar es Salaam Northern Beaches
The shoreline of Dar es Salaam is not particularly good for swimming. The beaches north of Dar es Salaam are lined with resorts and have become popular weekend getaways. The best beaches are Kunduchi and Mbezi beach; they are separated by a lagoon but are easily accessed off Bagamoyo Road. The Kunduchi Ruins include a late 15th C mosque, Arabic graves from the 18th or 19th C and preserved pillar tombs.
Snorkeling around the reefs or sailing in dhows to some of the small islands such as Bongoyo or Mbudya are other opportunities while visiting the beaches. Bongoyo Island Reserve has some walking trails and a quiet beach area, except on holiday weekends. Mbudya is popular for snorkeling or swimming only.
5. Dar es Salaam Southern Beaches
The coastal area south of Dar es Salaam is more tropical and rural the further south you travel. Miles and miles of white sandy beaches make for a relaxing getaway.
The beach near Kigamboni, close to Mjimwena village, is the closest spot to Dar es Salaam for camping. Gezaulole, south of Kigamboni, has a cultural program for tourists to learn about Zaramo life, local history or plan a day trip by sailing to nearby Sinda Island.
Ras Kutani is an isolated area for anyone seeking a secluded tropical location. Water sports and fishing are popular in Ras Kutani.
6. Pugu Hills
The Pugu Forest, originally named the Mogo Forest, is considered one of the oldest forests in the world. The Pugu Hills Forest Reserve is the location of the source of the Msimbazi River. It is home to hippos, lions, cheetahs and black and white Colobus monkeys as well as the giant elephant shrew, bushpigs and mongoose. The forest is protected because of its high bio-diversity levels. Pugu Forest has been visited by many biologists and is one of the top forests for bird conservation in Africa with over 80 recorded species. On the other side of an abandoned railway tunnel are man-made caves that house a large colony of bats. Visitors to
Pugu Forest can watch the bats as they fly out of the caves in the evening, which is quite a sight.
Visit of Historical Buildings and Sites
7. Azania Front Lutheran Church
German missionaries built Azania Front Lutheran Church in 1898. The red-tile belfry rises above the surrounding rooftops and the whitewashed building is still a recognizable landmark in Dar es Salaam. The tiled canopies over the windows provide shade and the gardens are a welcome retreat for weary tourists. The front entrance faces the harbour. At one time, Azania was the centre of the original 19th C German mission; it is now the cathedral for the diocese.
8. Karimjee Hall
Karimjee Hall was constructed in 1916 by the British government to house the legislative council. The building was presented to Municipality of Dar es Salaam by the Karimjee family and later used as the nation's House of Parliament when Tanzania regained independence in 1961. Karimjee Hall has been used as the venue for many occasions including the swearing in of Julius Nyerere as the country's first president.
9. The Old Boma
Old Boma is Dar es Salaam's oldest surviving building; constructed in 1867. Old Boma was built to accommodate the guests of Sultan Seyyid Majid who had a palace located next door. Items to note within Old Boma include a door from Zanzibar and coral walls. Three years after the building was completed, Sultan Majid died, and the city he had constructed fell into disrepair.
10. The State House
The State House was the original residence of the German Governor; built in the late 1890s by Germany. At one time, the State House had tall Islamic-style arches on the ground floor and a veranda with railing on the upper level. Cast-iron columns also supported the roof. In 1914, the British nearly destroyed the building during World War I. In 1922 the State House was rebuilt with similar arches on the ground floor but scalloped arches on the upper level and a tower with a crenulated railing. The style is more in tune with East African architecture. The State House is now the home of the current president.
11. The Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph
St Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral was started by missionaries in 1897 and took five years to finish. The interior of St Joseph's features artwork are original German inscriptions.
12. Greek Orthodox Church
Upanga Road - Built in 1952 by the Greek Planters Community.
13. The Ocean Road Hospital
Built 1897, it has undergone total rehabilitation. The small domed building between the main hospital and the old doctor's house where Dr. Koch discovered the malaria and tuberculosis viruses.
14. The Kariakoo Market
The Kariakoo Market, built in 1974, offers three layers of market area and forms the centre of the Kariakoo market which is spread out in the neighborhood. According to some sources, Kariakoo Market is the largest of its kind in East Africa, and indeed it stretches for many blocks in the Kariakoo area.
15. Kivukoni Fish Market
This is the biggest fish selling market in Dar es Salaam with varieties of fresh and shell fish every day. It is located at the ferry point.
16. Dar es Salaam Harbour
Dar es Salaam is the principal port of Tanzania and is a major sea outlet for the Republic of Zambia, Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
17. Resident Magistrate Building
Kivukoni Front - Built in 1893. Originally the German High Court
18. The White Father's House
Built in 1865 - The sultan Majid Guest House.
19. Mnazi Mmoja Park
A wonderful green area near the centre, with the Uhuru Torch Monument, built to celebrate the country's independence in 1961.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.
20. Makumbusho Village Museum
Makumbusho Village features traditional homes found in different parts of Tanzania, representing 18 ethnic tribes. Visitors can walk through the homes and watch examples of traditional painting, weaving and carving by artists and craftsmen. The dwellings include furnished huts, cattle pens, and meeting places.
21. National Museums
It is Located on Shaaban Robert Street. It was originally built in 1940 by the British as King George V memorial. A new building was added in 1963. The museum displays ethnography, archaeology, and history, including the skull of Australopithecus Boisei, which was discovered in 1959 at Olduvai Gorge by the late Dr. Leakey, antique tribal artefacts and some fascinating World War I memorabilia.
Ethnographic displays include traditional crafts, head dresses, ornaments and musical instruments. Hunting and gathering, initiation rites, traditional healing and witchcraft are a few other themes; also on view are leather and bark clothing, and a wooden bicycle in working order.
22. Mwenge Village
Mwenge Village is the site of a score or more stalls selling carvings, jewellery, exotic cloth and trinkets of all kinds at bargain prices. Makonde carving is probably the best known art work produced in Tanzania. This art is produced by the Makonde people of southern Tanzania, and their material of choice is Ebony (African black wood).
23. Nyumba ya Sanaa
The 'House of Arts' as it is also known, is a handicraft centre where young artisans congregate to work, display and sell their wares. Jewellery, textiles, pottery, etchings, paintings and carvings are all on display and available at very reasonable rates.