A Glimpse of Dar Es Salaam
Duration: 5 1/4 hours
Tour Code: DES-006
The colorful and bustling port city of Dar es Salaam holds an important place in the history and culture of Tanzania and East Africa. This tour affords visitors a look at the city's development as a business center and the rich culture of the Tanzanian people.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will first drive through the city center and toward Mnazi Moja Park where you can see a replica of the Uhuru Torch Monument. The original one was erected on Mt. Kilimanjaro to commemorate freedom from colonialism that came with independence.
Continuing on, you will make your way to the wonderful Mwenge Carvers' market where a variety of craftsmen can be found working on the spectacular ebony carvings that are found in many of the gift shops throughout the country. Using tools and skills passed down from generation to generation; the craftsmen carve a wide variety of curios, statues and models ranging from tiny Maasai figurines to huge wooden elephants. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to purchase a piece or two directly from the carver at reduced prices.
Next, you will visit Tinga Tinga. Tinga Tinga is a form of art unique to East Africa. Bright contrasting colors make for vibrant and interesting wall art and your tour includes a visit to this local gallery where you can learn about how the artwork is made and perhaps purchase one of these paintings as a reminder of your time in Dar es Salaam.
Travel back in time with a stop at the Village Museum. Here you will have have an opportunity to learn more about the culture of the 120 different indigenous tribes. See the different architectural styles and use of building materials, in addition to possibly eyeing artists working on some more traditional crafts.
Before heading back to the ship, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a more formal historical perspective at the National Museum. During your visit, see historical and archaeological items, among them Louis and Mary Leakey's finds from Olduvai Gorge. These human fossils displayed in the Hall of Man include the skull of the so-called Nutcracker Man. There is also a collection of tribal ornaments, headdresses, witchcraft paraphernalia and traditional musical instruments collected from various regions in Tanzania. (The museum is not air-conditioned.)
Please note: This tour includes a minimal amount of walking; however there are some uneven surfaces at the Mwenge Carver's market and Tinga Tinga. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Lightweight, casual clothing (shorts are not permitted); a hat; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.