A Glimpse of Dar Es Salaam
Duration: 5 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 head to the National Museum where your guide will explain the fascinating history of Tanganyika/Tanzania, and the influences of Portugal, Germany and Britain as well as the impact of Arabia and the slave trade. You will also have a chance to visit the Village Museum which offers a closer look at life in the typical African village.
Continuing on, you will make your way to the University of Dar es Salaam for a brief glimpse at one of Tanzania's keystones in its development. From there, you will next travel 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. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to purchase a piece or two directly from the carver at reduced prices.
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.
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.