Bustling tropical metropolis
Dar es Salaam is the economic heart of Tanzania.
The main port of Tanzania, located on a quiet bay of the Indian Ocean.
- Surface 1.393 km2
- Inhabitants 4,3 million
- spring rain season April & May
- fall rain season November
About Dar es Salaam
Over the past century, Dar es Salaam has grown from a sleepy fishing village into a thriving tropical metropolis of over 4 million people.
Culture and products in Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam, notorious for its traffic jams, has succeeded in maintaining a calm, down-to-earth feeling.
During the German occupation in the early 20th century, Dar es Salaam was the center of the colonial administration. In addition, the city was the main contact between the agricultural land and the world of trade and commerce in the Indian Ocean and the Swahili coast. Remains of colonial presence, both German and British, are still clearly visible in the architecture in the city.
There are beaches in the north, on the Msasani Peninsula, and in the south, in Kigamboni.
From this city, coffee, cotton, sisal, and hides are exported. Furthermore, food, textiles, cement and medicines are produced for the local market.
From Dar es Salaam marine reserve, day trips to the nearby islands – Mnudy and Bongoyo – are popular as these are the perfect spots for snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. The island of Bongoyo can be reached by boat from the Msasani Slipway.
Climate & season
Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate and is a wonderful destination all year round.
April and May:
There’s a higher chance of rain. This essentially means a tropical shower in the morning and sometimes at night. The temperatures are pleasant (26 degrees on average).
June to October:
This is the “cool” period in Dar es Salaam. The temperature has slightly dropped to 24 degrees on average during the day.
November to December:
Precipitation varies and temperatures slightly rise.
December to February:
This is the hottest period of the year (on average 27 degrees during the day).
1. Dar es Salaam was the capital until 1973 and is still the economic heart of Tanzania. The capital of Tanzania is now Dodoma, more centrally located. However, the move is still not complete.
2. Dar es Salaam means “House of Peace” in Arabic.
3. All government offices have their headquarters in Dar es Salaam, as do all diplomatic missions and non-governmental organizations.
4. With the establishment of the German East Africa company, Dar es Salaam became the administrative center and main trading place of German East Africa. The industry expanded strongly as a result of the construction of the central railroad at the beginning of the 20th century.
5. Dar es Salaam is the main city of Tanzania in the fields of art, fashion, media, music, film and television and a leading financial center.
6. Dar es Salaam is the largest and most populous Swahili-speaking city in the world.
7. Oyster Bay is home to the brightly colored and tourist-oriented Tingatinga painting style.
Visit the fish market, the art market, museums, historical buildings or the nearby beaches and islands, and experience the cultural mix and languid atmosphere of this city by the Indian Ocean.
Animals in the area
The animals living in Dar es Salaam are pets, various bird species and tropical fish off the coast.
Dieren overzicht Dar es Salaam
- Diverse bird species
- Tropical fish
Accommodations in Dar es Salaam
This large city is primarily a dynamic business center.
But also an interesting stopover between your international flight and the rest of your trip.