Dar es salaam Travel Guide

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The Alcove Restaurant

The Alcove Restaurant


Dar es Salaam means "House of Peace" in Arabic. For a city which such a name it is a surprisingly busy and lively place where it is sometimes hard to find some rest. Unfortunately, security has deteriorated and it is no longer safe to walk in town after sunset. In practice, although not in theory, it is the capital of Tanzania. The president and the cabinet ministers spend most of there time there and you also find there the head offices of various governmental organizations, parastatals etc.

From the way the city centre is built you can understand that it was once a small town without much traffic. The city has grown quite fast since independence, partly without much planning, and now has a population of almost two million. The city was founded in the 19-th century by the Sultan of Zanzibar who needed a port on the mainland

The main sights are the very colourful Kariakoo Market and clock tower, the National Museum, and the Botanical Gardens. All of these are either in or not far from the city centre.

About 10 km from the city centre along the road to Bagamoyo, you find the the Village Museum, which is also worth a visit. The best beach close to the capital is Oyster Bay. Other beaches, with better security, our found further north along the coast. The South Coast is also being developed and has nice beaches.

The university is found "mlimani" (on the hills) NW of the city centre in what was once a rural setting but is now encircled by the city.

Looking for entertainment? You are bound to enjoy the pleasures of bars, restaurants  along with the lovely beaches. Water parks are without fail, at very affordable prices.

Feel like taking a trip to the lovely Island of Zanzibar? Why not? The ferry picks you up at the Harbor, located by Forodhani Primary school, and drops you off, in Zanzibar. How long does a trip like this take you ask? Try about 4 hours, but you will be guaranteed that those hours are worth it. Give it a try and you wont regret it. Enjoy!


Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: Self


January 05, 2006 change by ingvar

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