Dar es Salaam by Instagram

I’ve just returned from an all too quick visit to Tanzania. Though I was mostly on the deliciously spicy (in every sense) island of Zanzibar, I managed to get a look at دار السلام as well. A look at where, you ask? Why, the Haven of Peace, of course. Or Dar es Salaam, as it’s more commonly known. At least around here.

During the last 40 – 50 years, many countries in Africa and elsewhere have moved their capital cities inland (Nigeria, Kazakstan and Brazil come to mind). Tanzania began the process in 1974; 22 years later, the move to Dodoma was finally complete. However, Dar is still home to many government offices – and it’s the country’s business hub. Ambling about the city’s streets, it felt like a capital to me.

Here are a few snapshots of one of the fastest growing cities in the world, as seen through the lens of my iPhone.

Dar es Salaam on Instagram

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Dar in the early morning haze:
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I like a city where I don’t feel boxed in by skyscrapers.
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In fact, these two were the most towering structures I spotted.
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But as always, people are the most fascinating:
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That, and the sunsets, of course:
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I’m forever enthralled by Africa. How about you?

Linking up with TravelPhotoThursday today, since it’s, well, Thursday. Hop over for more fab images from around the world.I’ve just returned from an all too quick visit to Tanzania. I was mostly on the deliciously spicy (in every sense) island of Zanzibar, but I managed to have a look at the country’s capital, as well. Here’s a little snapshot gallery of three days in this East African capital as seen through the lens of my iPhone.

Dar es Salaam on Instagram


Kids on the beach near Slipway

I like a city where I doon’t feel boxed in by skyscrapers.

In fact, these two were the most towering structures in town:

But again, people are the best motives: these women on their to work…

…and this girl waiting for a boat:

Sunsets to rival that of Zanzibar:

32 Responses to “Dar es Salaam by Instagram”

  1. Muza-chan 10 April 2014 0918 #

    Lovely pictures :)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1114 #

      Thanks, Muza-chan.

  2. Marcia 10 April 2014 1154 #

    Goes without say, so am I, Sophie. Enthralled, that is. Had planned to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar last year but other things got in the way. Looking forward to seeing your photos of Zanzibar.
    Marcia recently posted..African Burial Ground National Monument, NYC

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1115 #

      Hope you find time for a visit later, Marcia :)

  3. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo 10 April 2014 1423 #

    I definitely haven’t seen enough of Africa, that’s for sure! Thanks to your little snapshots Tanzania is now on the list!
    Phoebe @ Lou Messugo recently posted..Medieval Festival – Knights Templar on the Côte d’Azur

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1115 #

      It’s an easy country to visit, I think. Just have to have a bit of patience.

  4. Leigh 10 April 2014 1628 #

    What I remember most of Dar are the flowers and birds and watching my back as I was carrying close to 10,000 dollars to various people who had run out of money on the Tour D’Afrique. I also remember the traffic as being horrific. It also stands out as the place where I first glimpsed the Indian Ocean.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1116 #

      Oh yes, the traffic was horrific (but, I must admit, creative at times). Just don’t go anywhere (by car) between 2 and 8 on weekdays in Dar.

  5. Cathy Sweeney 10 April 2014 1909 #

    I’ve never been anywhere in Africa — a shame! Love seeing your photos of Dar es Salaam. I didn’t know it was one of the world’s fastest growing cities. People are always interesting subjects, but I also like the diversity of the city scenes.
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..5 Favorite Highlights of Ferrara Italy

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1117 #

      You’ll get to Africa, Cathy, I’m sure :)

  6. budget jan 11 April 2014 0215 #

    I love that it’s nickname is Dar – makes me want to go there straight away. Dar sounds affectionate and seeing so many people call it that, it follows that it is a lovely place to visit. I hope you post some more on Dar. :)
    budget jan recently posted..Kampong Pluk A Fishing Village on Stilts

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1118 #

      I quite like the name Dar, too.

  7. Hello Sophie, I’ve never been to mainland Tanzania but count a visit to Zanzibar amongst the utter highlights of my travels pre-family. Enjoyed this little look around, and now off for a wander around your blog.
    Seana – Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel recently posted..Escape + Explore – Aussie Family Holiday Friday

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1118 #

      Thanks for stopping by, Seana :)

  8. My friends went to Tanzania in December. I still haven’t seen their photos, so I’m glad to see yours. I don’t think I had a very good idea of what it would look like. I like that first photo of the kids in the water and, of course, that magnificent sunset.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1119 #

      Sunsets in Africa always seem to be just stunning.

  9. Marisol@TravelingSolemates 12 April 2014 0130 #

    Hi Sophie. I enjoyed your images of Dar es Salaam, especially the people shots. I loved Tanzania but didn’t make it to Dar. It’s nice to have a glimpse of it through your images.
    Marisol@TravelingSolemates recently posted..South African Safari Experience

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1152 #

      Thanks :)

  10. Veronica 12 April 2014 1336 #

    Such a fascinating place!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1152 #

      :)

  11. Sand In My Suitcase 12 April 2014 1958 #

    We look forward to your posts on Zanzibar (since we spent 12 dreamy days there last year). Dar was just a flight stop-over for us. It’s a gritty city, we hear. But you’ve captured some great shots.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1153 #

      Agreed; Zanzibar was very dreamy.

  12. Nancie 13 April 2014 0223 #

    Beautiful shots, Sophie. The sunset is gorgeous, and I like the fisherman. He looks like he was pleased to have his photo taken. I was in Egypt in 2004, and loved it. I also visited Tunisia when I was a teenager, and found that to be fascinating. Thanks for showing me a glimpse of another fascinating destination. Glad to see you at Travel Photo Thursday.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1154 #

      People make the best motives, don’t they…

  13. Mary {The World Is A Book} 13 April 2014 2008 #

    I haven’t set foot in Africa yet but enjoyed these Zanzibar shots. I’ve seen some exotic photos but I like how you captured the people. Beautiful sunset photo.
    Mary {The World Is A Book} recently posted..The Wonders of Lower Antelope Canyon Arizona

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1154 #

      Thank you, Mary.

  14. Mette 14 April 2014 1818 #

    Seeing your photos I have just discovered a strong urge to experience Africa south of the Sahara
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1155 #

      Completely different from the Northern African countries.

  15. Lisa Goodmurphy 15 April 2014 0313 #

    Beautiful photos, Sophie – especially the people! I would love to visit Africa some day!!
    Lisa Goodmurphy recently posted..A Spring Break Volunteer Trip to Costa Rica

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1155 #

      Hope you will :)

  16. Andrea 22 April 2014 2143 #

    Great photos and love that sunset!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 1156 #

      Thanks, Andrea.

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