DAR ES SALAAM
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest and busiest city. It is the country’s most important business and commercial hub and is situated right on the Indian Ocean. Dar es Salaam is the main port of call for most visitors, as it is an ideal location from which to access both the wilderness areas and the beaches of Tanzania and Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam is also the main gateway to the nature reserves of southern Tanzania, which include the Selous Game Reserve and the National Parks of Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa Mountains, Saadani and Kitulo.
Think about the coast of Zanzibar the world‘s most beautiful islands, only 20 minutes flight from Dar es Salaam, place to end the idyllic, Indian ocean spice archipelago that was once the sultanate of Zanzibar . The Zanzibar Archipelago includes the Island of Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia and Mnemba. All of these islands provide a slightly different atmosphere and varying levels of culture, history, activity and romance , With influence from Arabs traders, Portuguese fishermen, British pirates, Persians, Indians, Chinese, and of course Africans. Zanzibar is an artistic and culture metropolis of international reknown of UNESCO mark. Steeped in history, visible at every turn. The narrow streets of stone town known as Mji Mkongwe old part of Zanzibar city, its main city, are lined with well preserved palaces and mansions that are a blend of exotic architectural influence in rich array of colours.
The stone town of Zanzibar is an example of Swahili trading town, Zanzibar is popularly referred to as the – Spice Islands. Other excursions will include the old slave caves in Mangapwani, the prison island, ruins of what was the palace of the Sultan Said, the old slave market and many other historical places. Zanzibar Island is a destination in itself, however, adding a Zanzibar holiday to a safari in one of Tanzania’s National Parks parks makes for a truly memorable African holiday. It hard to imagine a more perfect place to catch your breath after a week or two safaris, before you return to reality.