Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is a major port on the Indian Ocean. Some of the city’s must-see places include the Village Museum, the National Museum of Tanzania, and the Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the spirited energy of Kariakoo Market – the beating heart of the capital – or of Kivukoni Fish Market. Mlimani City is the largest shopping center in Dar, and the Nyumba ya Sanaa cooperative offers quality textiles and handicrafts. Make time to relax on the idyllic beaches of Kigamboni, Kipepeo or Mikadi. Finally, the marine reserve of Bongoyo Island will delight both swimmers and divers. Dar es Salaam has no shortage of events: January is the month for Wanyambo Festival, which pays homage to traditional art and music. In February, don’t miss the Nyama Choma Festival, a celebration of grilled meats, and Swahili Fashion Week is held in December.