As you can see, Dar es Salaam is worth considering when you visit Tanzania. Before heading to Zanzibar or Arusha, carve out some time in your schedule to explore one of Tanzania’s biggest and most populated cities
Azania Lutheran Church
Originally built by German missionaries in Tanzania, the Azania Lutheran Church is an iconic structure located on Dar Es Salaam’s harbor front. From the cathedral, you’ll have easy access to other tourist attractions around town.
When you enter the church, someone will probably approach you and start to guide you around, even without your asking. If you’re alright with this, just let me show you around, and at the end, they might ask for a donation to the church.
You can go up to the top of the Azania Lutheran Church, and see the bell tower.
One of the most entertaining things to do in Dar Es Salaam is swim in the beautiful warm tropical Indian Ocean – but not right in Dar itself – there are a few locations that aren’t far that are much better (and cleaner).
Bongoyo Island is a small island off the coast of Dar that makes a fantastic day trip of lazying on the beach, snorkeling, and dining on fresh fried fish and chips.
Since becoming a marine reserve a few years ago, fees have severely increased, but it’s still worth it. Get to the island by taking a boat from The Slipway shopping center.
Tingatinga Art Center
Tanzanians have long been famous around Africa for their artwork (even on the streets of Dar). The modern movement of Tingatinga painting is one my my favorite styles of Tanzanian art.
An artistic movement that began with Edward Said Tingatinga, the style is characterized by extremely bright oil colors and cartoon imaginative figures.
The Tingatinga center is a rainbow of color and artistic inspiration. You can browse around and buy anything you see