Dar es Salaam by Instagram

2016-01-02T22:34:25+00:0010 April 2014|Tanzania, Travel photos|

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


Dar in the early morning haze:

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

In fact, these two were the most towering structures I spotted.

But as always, people are the most fascinating:


That, and the sunsets, of course:

I’m forever enthralled by Africa. How about you?

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  1. Muza-chan 10 April 2014 at 0918 - Reply

    Lovely pictures 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1114 - Reply

      Thanks, Muza-chan.

  2. Marcia 10 April 2014 at 1154 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1115 - Reply

      Hope you find time for a visit later, Marcia 🙂

  3. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo 10 April 2014 at 1423 - Reply

    I definitely haven’t seen enough of Africa, that’s for sure! Thanks to your little snapshots Tanzania is now on the list!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1115 - Reply

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

  4. Leigh 10 April 2014 at 1628 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1116 - Reply

      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 at 1909 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1117 - Reply

      You’ll get to Africa, Cathy, I’m sure 🙂

  6. budget jan 11 April 2014 at 0215 - Reply

    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. 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1118 - Reply

      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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1118 - Reply

      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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1119 - Reply

      Sunsets in Africa always seem to be just stunning.

  9. [email protected] 12 April 2014 at 0130 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1152 - Reply

      Thanks 🙂

  10. Veronica 12 April 2014 at 1336 - Reply

    Such a fascinating place!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1152 - Reply


  11. Sand In My Suitcase 12 April 2014 at 1958 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1153 - Reply

      Agreed; Zanzibar was very dreamy.

  12. Nancie 13 April 2014 at 0223 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1154 - Reply

      People make the best motives, don’t they…

  13. Mary {The World Is A Book} 13 April 2014 at 2008 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1154 - Reply

      Thank you, Mary.

  14. Mette 14 April 2014 at 1818 - Reply

    Seeing your photos I have just discovered a strong urge to experience Africa south of the Sahara

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1155 - Reply

      Completely different from the Northern African countries.

  15. Lisa Goodmurphy 15 April 2014 at 0313 - Reply

    Beautiful photos, Sophie – especially the people! I would love to visit Africa some day!!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1155 - Reply

      Hope you will 🙂

  16. Andrea 22 April 2014 at 2143 - Reply

    Great photos and love that sunset!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 April 2014 at 1156 - Reply

      Thanks, Andrea.

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