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:
Lovely pictures 🙂
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.
Hope you find time for a visit later, Marcia 🙂
I definitely haven’t seen enough of Africa, that’s for sure! Thanks to your little snapshots Tanzania is now on the list!
It’s an easy country to visit, I think. Just have to have a bit of patience.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll get to Africa, Cathy, I’m sure 🙂
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. 🙂
I quite like the name Dar, too.
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.
Thanks for stopping by, Seana 🙂
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.
Sunsets in Africa always seem to be just stunning.
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.
Such a fascinating place!
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.
Agreed; Zanzibar was very dreamy.
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.
People make the best motives, don’t they…
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.
Thank you, Mary.
Seeing your photos I have just discovered a strong urge to experience Africa south of the Sahara
Completely different from the Northern African countries.
Beautiful photos, Sophie – especially the people! I would love to visit Africa some day!!
Hope you will 🙂
Great photos and love that sunset!