Dar es Salaam City Tour - Everyday

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Dar es Salaam City Tour - Everyday

Dar es Salaam is on the Swahili Coast, means "the house of peace" formerly Mzizima, it is an enticing mix of sight seeing, shopping and entertainment, history, culture & the largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its sophisticated contemporary present.

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National Museum and House of Culture
Dove:Established in 1934 as a memorial museum dedicated to King George V, opened to the public as the National Museum in 1940 and expanded in 1963. it houses many historical treasures the most important of which are the remains of the first humans “Paranthropus boisei” discovered by Dr. Louis Leakey at Olduvai Gorge. The museum also has a large colonial history section with Ethnographic displays include traditional crafts, head dresses, ornaments and musical instruments. Hunting and gathering, initiation rites, traditional healing and witchcraft are a few other themes; also on view are leather and bark clothing, and a wooden bicycle in working order.
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Mwenge Woodcarvers Market
Dove:The One stop shop for Carvings and Paintings. It is a small and main carving factory and its main market at the same place located along Sam Nujoma road in Mwenge area Dar es Salaam, the factory is a collection of the famous Makonde carvers whose main tribe migrated from Mozambique to Southern highlands of Tanzania and specialized in carving using Ebony, Mahogany and other type of woods representing their traditional past, present and seasonal activities, their tribe’s myth and life style, traditional matters and other features, spirits, ghost, demon-faced and bodies sculptures. Demon masks are used mostly in ceremonial, treatment and prediction of future events and trends. Most of these ghost and demons sculptures are antiquities.
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The Slipway
Dove:It was an old boat yard located on the Msasani Peninsula formerly used for building and repairing Boats and ships, launching and retrieving small boats including servicing fishing boats as well. Currently Slipway area has been modernity modified to serve both Local and International standard services including the traditional Souk Market with handmade products. A souvenir shopping centre harboring more than one hundred stalls is available accumulating different crafts from different parts of the city and the country including the famous Tingatinga paintings and Makonde Carvings. The Slipway area also has the Best Hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean, apartments, Bank services and the Pharmacy treatment, a unisex beauty Salon and kid’s playground, one of the best bookshops in town, general ice cream Parlour and fresh juice. There are four restaurants at Slipway which serves different cuisines while enjoying the view of Msasani peninsula and the breeze of the Indian Ocean such as The Terrace restaurant which serves mostly Italian cuisines, The Waterfront restaurant set along the Indian Ocean serves seafood and Pizza, Classico café in the middle location serves Sandwiches and Cappuccino and Japanese fresh fish style and Sushi is prepared and served at Azuma Restaurant. Generally Slipway is a one stop lively shopping & leisure centre with family oriented entertainments.
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Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society
Dove:Tingatinga Paintings are Tanzanian traditional paintings created using layers of bicycle paint representing physical features and landmarks drawn in a canvas material. Formerly they were locally drawn on Masonite and ceiling boards and later Canvases added using several layers of glossy enamel paint which turned its noticeable outlook brilliant, and very attractive representing local people’s activities, Landscape with its exotic animal. Bicycle paint is a good material to use on making clear, vibrant colored paintings that contain sharp contrasts and still gives the ability to work with shades surfaces. The name Tingatinga was derived from the founder of the painting style, a Tanzanian named Edward Said Tingatinga who passed away in 17th May 1972, he left behind his art flying his name to the world, a wife, two children (Daudi & Martina) and six painters who later taught many more other painters.
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Makumbusho/ Village Museum
Dove:Collection of main on-site traditional buildings from different places and ethnic groups in Tanzania in which it gives a global picture on different main traditions of Tanzanian tribes. The Kijiji cha Makumbusho, or Village Museum, established in 1967, is an open-air ethnographical museum located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, on the road Mwenge and Bagamoyo. It showcases traditional huts from 16 different Tanzanian ethnic groups. There are also examples of traditional cultivations, and traditional live music and dance shows are held daily.
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Ocean Road Cancer Institute
Dove:Founded in 1895 by the German colonial government catered exclusively for German community. After the First World War the British Colonial government reserved the hospital for serving the European communities. After independence in 1961 the hospital was renamed the Ocean Road Hospital, and all racial restrictions were removed. In 1980 the facility was converted into a cancer treatment unit, the Radiotherapy Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Dar es Salaam was shifted from Muhimbili Medical Centre to the Ocean Road Hospital. In June 1996, Ocean Road Hospital was made an independent autonomous institute directly under the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and its name changed to Ocean Road Cancer Institute. Very admirable today as it has undergone a total rehabilitation, Note the small domed building between the main hospital and the old doctor’s house where Dr. Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch, a German scientist researched about Malaria and Tuberculosis Viruses.
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Uhuru Monument
Dove:The Freedom Torch was placed and first lit on top of the Highest Peak of Africa of Mt. Kilimanjaro upon Tanzania's attainment of independence on December 9, 1961 by Alexander Nyirenda. Symbolizing to shine in the country and across the borders to bring hope where there is despair, love where there is enmity and respect where there is hatred.
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Askari Monument
Dove:Located at the center of a roundabout between Samora Avenue and Maktaba Street, unveiled in 1927 to honor the African Soldiers who fought in the first World War and to the memory of the Native African Troops who fought, to the carriers who were the feet and the hands of the army, and to all men who fought, served, died for the King and the Country in the East Africa in World War 1”. The former statue was unveiled in 1911 to celebrate the Germans victory in 1888, represented Major Herman Von Wissmann, a German explorer and soldier, who became Governor of German East Africa in 1895. British entered Dar es Salaam in 1916 and removed this statue along with those of Karl Peters and Otto von Bismarck.
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Central Railway Station
Dove:Built in 1890’s: the starting point of the railway to the Lake Regions. It runs west from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika via Dodoma. A branch leads to Mwanza on Lake Victoria. It was the second railway project coming into existence in the colony of then German East Africa after the Usambara Railway. The Railway starts at Dar es Salaam at the Indian Ocean through Dodoma the center of the country and proceeds further to the shore of Lake Tanganyika, Kigoma. It crosses central Tanzania completely with a length of 1,254 kilometers (779 mi) and overcomes the height of the east edge East African rift valley.
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Atiman House
Dove:Built in 1865, the Sultan Majid Guest House. In 1922, it was sold to the White Fathers, and became their main base in East Africa. The building is open to visitors and has a little exhibit with old pictures of Dar's sea front, dating back to the years of German rule. The White Fathers' House (also known as Atiman House) it’s a historical building located in Sokoine drive, north-east of St. Joseph's Cathedral, i t is named after the White Fathers, as the building has been the seat of their mission since 1922. The alternative name of "Atiman" refers to Adrian Atiman, an African physician who was freed from slavery in Nigeria by the White Fathers and later served in Tanzania until his death in 1924.
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st.joseph's cathedral
Dove:It is the main Catholic Church in Dar es Salaam and most Government leaders who share the same faith perform their prayers in this Church which is opposite Zanzibar Ferry Boats Terminal. It was built by the German around 1897 and completed in 1902 in Gothic style architecture.
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Azania Front Church
Dove:Azania Front Lutheran Church was built by the German Missionaries in 1898 in the city center opposite New Africa Hotel and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the nearby small town of Kigamboni and the Harbor of Dar es Salaam. The Church is active and operational in the same purpose as it was built. Many people of the same faith feel proud to perform their marriage vows and contract in this historical building.
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  1. National Museum and House of Culture
  2. Mwenge Woodcarvers Market
  3. The Slipway
  4. Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society
  5. Makumbusho/ Village Museum
  6. Ocean Road Cancer Institute
  7. Uhuru Monument
  8. Askari Monument
  9. Central Railway Station
  10. Atiman House
  11. st.joseph's cathedral
  12. Azania Front Church

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