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Dar Es Salaam

Located on the Indian Ocean coast, Dar es Salaam is the commercial capital and the country's major city. Originating from a small fishing village, Dar es Salaam began to gain importance in the mid-19th century when the Sultan of Zanzibar decided to establish a trading centre which necessitated a safe port. In 1862, the Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Majid, started the construction of the city. He wanted a settlement on the mainland that would act as a focus for trade and caravans into the interior. View more

Craftsmen from Zanzibar were brought to build the new city. A steam tug was ordered from Germany to assist with the tricky harbour entrance and to speed up movements in the wind-sheltered inner waters. When Sultan Majid suddenly died in 1870, his successor did not share Majid's enthusiasm for the new settlement with the result that it became neglected. Sultan Barghash did maintain control over Dar es Salaam through an agent who made sure that duties were collected for use of the harbour. In 1887, the German East African Company took up residence in Dar es Salaam, over which the Arabs staged a revolt to protest this takeover. When the revolt was crushed, the German government took control and made Dar es Salaam the main centre for their administration and commercial activities. Considerable construction took place during this German period; many of these buildings are still in use today. A floating dock made operational in 1902 and the construction of the Central Railway to Lake Tanganyika further strengthened the importance of the port. Today a teeming city of 3.5 million people, Dar es Salaam is the terminus of the new Tan-Am Railway that connects Tanzania with Zambia. When Germany was defeated in World War I, she also lost control of German East Africa. Renamed Tanganyika, the country was allocated to the British as a League of Nations mandate. In December of 1961, Tanganyika attained independence, with the charismatic Julius Nyerere as the first Prime Minister. In 1964, Zanzibar and Tanganyika merged to form Tanzania. Swahili and English are the official languages; the main religions are Christianity and Islam. Travellers to Dar es Salaam will find sites of historical interest both in the city and the surrounding area.

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Excursions depuis Dar Es Salaam

Dar Es Salaam Highlights

Discover the history of Dar Es Salaam and the various tribes and local art depictions on this half-day tour to the National Museum and the Village Museum. This tour provides a look at Dar Es Salaam with some insight into daily activities.

Mnazi Moja Park

Departing the pier, drive through the city centre and toward Mnazi Moja Park where you can see a replica of the Uhuru Torch Monument. The original one was erected on Mt. Kilimanjaro to commemorate freedom from colonialism that came with independence.

National Museum

Next you will visit the National Museum for an opportunity to enjoy a more formal historical perspective. During your visit, see historical and archaeological items, among them Louis and Mary Leakey's finds from Olduvai Gorge. These human fossils displayed in the Hall of Man include the skull of the so-called Nutcracker Man. There is also a collection of tribal ornaments, headdresses, witchcraft paraphernalia and traditional musical instruments collected from various regions in Tanzania. (The museum is not air-conditioned.)

Mwenge Makonde Carvings Market

Continue with your sightseeing drive, heading to the Mwenge Makonde Carvings Market Situated near the University of Dar es Salaam, the Mwenge Makonde Carvings Market provides a unique opportunity to witness the entire carving process. Using tools and skills passed down from generation to generation; the craftsmen carve a wide variety of curios, statues and models ranging from tiny Maasai figurines to huge wooden elephants.

Makumbusho Village Museum

From here proceed with a drive to the Makumbusho Village Museum. Our tour takes us back in time as this is where you have an opportunity to learn more about the culture of the 120 different indigenous tribes. See the different architectural styles and use of building materials, in addition to possibly eyeing artists working on some more traditional crafts.

Tinga Tinga

Thereafter we visit Tinga Tinga which displays traditional art that is unique to Tanzania. During the visit we will see the artists working on their colourful designs be it on canvas, house hold utensils, letter openers and even key rings.

At the conclusion of the tour, board the vehicle for the drive back to the pier to re-join the ship.

The climate is extremely hot & humid, therefore a risk of dehydration - guests should drink plenty of water.

Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of waking to and from the coaches and venues and extended periods of standing during demonstrations, approximately 8 steps at the National Museum (no elevators). This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear comfortable shoes and casual, light layered clothing, sunglasses, hats and sun lotion. Guests must be aware that equipment and guides may not be up to Western standards but are the best available in this particular area; air conditioning in tour vehicles cannot be guaranteed. The order of sites may vary.

Historic Bagamoyo

Significant historical associations have made Bagamoyo an interesting place to visit. Due to its location as a mainland port close to Zanzibar, Bagamoyo developed as a centre for caravans and trade in slaves and ivory. In addition, it was the terminus of the missionaries and the site of the first Roman Catholic Church in Tanzania. The body of famed explorer David Livingstone was brought here in 1874, after which it was carried for hundreds of miles from the interior. Renowned European explorers such as Speke, Burton, Stanley, Peters and Emin Pascha all visited Bagamoyo at one time or another.

Kaole Ruins

Depart the pier with the approximate 1-hour drive north. Make a stop at the Kaole Ruins to see the remains of mosques and tombs thought to have been in use between the 3rd and 4th centuries.


From here, continue your drive to Bagamoyo, and proceed to the Travellers Lodge where a buffet lunch will be served. One hour for lunch, and another extra one hour for leisure and enjoy beach. Swimming is allowed but is subject to tide on particular day.

Holy Ghost Mission

After your lunch, next stop is the Holy Ghost Mission Complex, which consists of several buildings including the First Church which was established in 1872, the Father's House, the Mission Museum and the New Church, constructed from coral bricks in the early 1900's. David Livingstone's body was also brought here

Old Fort Photo Stop

At the conclusion of your visit, begin the return journey to Dar Es Salaam en-route you will pass the Old Fort, for a short photo stop. Dating from around 1860, the initial purpose of the Old Fort was to hold slaves until they could be shipped to Zanzibar. With its three stories, buttresses and battlements, it is quite an impressive sight. The building was used as a police post until 1992.

Your tour concludes at the pier to re-join the ship.

The climate is extremely hot & humid, therefore a risk of dehydration - guests are encouraged to drink plenty of water.

Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity with approximately 85 metres (279 feet) of walking and some extended periods standing during demonstrations and sightseeing. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The distance to Bagamoyo is 45 miles (72 kilometres), approximately 1.5 hours drive each way. Air-conditioning in tour vehicles cannot be guaranteed. There are no restrooms available until arrival at Bagamoyo. We recommend comfortable shoes, light layered clothing, sun hats, sun glasses and sun lotion. Also take along swimsuits and beach towels for optional swimming (depending on tides & time). Photography is not permitted in the museum unless payment is made. The fees vary for each museum and for camera size.

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