Top 5 Reasons To Plan a Journey To Dar Es Salaam
Dar es Salaam means the capital of Tanzania for many people, though it is not, it was the capital a long time ago, but Dodoma is the capital of Tanzania now. Dar es Salaam however, is the biggest city in Tanzania with more than 3 million people residing in the city. People use Dar es Salaam or Dar as the locals call it as a stopover to reach the safari parks, Mount Kilimanjaro or the islands in the Zanzibar archipelago. They never think that Dar es Salaam has a lot to offer for the tourist.
Given below are five reasons why you should visit Dar es Salaam:
When you visit a country you like to learn about the local culture, the cuisine, language and so on. What better way to learn about the culture etc than at a village museum. In the village museum at Dar es Salaam you will find homes that have been constructed to replicate the ones that are found in the villages. Villagers demonstrate the skills that they have such as pottery and carving. If you like dancing or watching dances then you can view a tribal dance in the traditional form every day.
An island that is just 30 minutes away from Dar es Salaam, Bongoyo Island is totally uninhabited. The white sand beaches of the island are a major draw and most people who cannot go to the Zanzibar archipelago go to Bongoyo to enjoy the Indian Ocean and the white sand beaches. You can also snorkel here and view the wonderful marine life that abounds here.
You can take a day trip to Mbudya Island when you are in Dar es Salaam. You take a boat from Dar to Mbudya and when there you can relax in a banda. The banda comes equipped with a hammock as well as seats. The turquoise waters and the white sands beckon you and you will be swimming in the waters in no time. You will also love the sea food on offer in the island.
The Askari monument is a statue that depicts an Askari soldier in World War I uniform. The rifle of the soldier is pointed towards the harbour and the monument is a commemoration for the Askari troops who fought with the British in the war. The inscription on the monument has been written by Rudyard Kipling and you can read it in both Swahili and English.
The National Museum and House of Culture was a memorial that was built for King George V. You can learn about the past of Tanzania and the best part is you can find fossils of the earliest humans in the world. These fossils were found in Olduvai Gorge and are treasures that the world needs to take care. You can also learn about the tribes of the country as well as the slave trade that was in prevalence long ago.
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