Dar es Salaam means “The Haven of Peace” in Arabic and has one of the best deep natural harbors in the world. Dar es Salaam was a small Swahili town in the 19th century and has since grown into a large metropolis with a population of over 4.3 million people. The cities population represents the over 120 tribes within Tanzania along with their different cultural backgrounds able to come together peacefully alongside other civilizations from the far and middle east, along with the Europeans including the Portuguese visitors in the 16th century to the Germans and later the British.
All cultures have passed through Dar es Salaam at one time or another throughout time. It is necessary to visit Dar es Salaam to grasp and understand the secret of different cultures living together in complete harmony. Dar es Salaam is not only the commercial capital in Tanzania, but it also serves as the main gateway to southern Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve as well as Mikumi, Ruaha, Saadani, and Kitulo National Parks.
Dar es Salaam is also a convenient connection place for travels to the islands of Mafia, Zanzibar (Unguja) and Pemba by either sea or air. A city tour in Dar es Salaam will likely take you to The National Museum, Nyerere Cultural Center, The Village Museum, Mwenge Wood Carving Market, and the Magogoni Fish Market are a few of the interesting spots.