Dar es Salaam is a relatively modern city, a little more than a century old that has an old world charm. It shows none of the overwhelming bustle that capital cities often possess, and the name that the founding Sultan of Zanzibar gave it in 1857 still applies: "Haven of Peace ".
It is the largest city and the political and economic capital of Tanzania. Located in a quiet bay off the Indian Ocean coast, the city has grown in economic importance to become a prosperous centre of the entire East African region.
One of the most attractive features of Dar es Salaam is its harbor. The crescent bay is fringed with palm trees and gorgeously wrought sailing craft often waft into port.
The city displays the many influences of its history. There is an Asian District with tea rooms and restaurants and Hindu Temples, while the German colonization left behind a Bavarian style Railway Station, a Roman Catholic Cathedral and a Lutheran Church. Its mixture of Arabic, Asian and European history gives a special atmosphere to surroundings, streets and life. A tour through the city to experience the true warmth and hospitality of the people of Dar es Salaam is a must!