Dar es Salaam, the former capital city of Tanzania, is a bustling city full of life and has many activities for tourists. It’s the gateway to the southern safari circuit as well as the Zanzibar Island! Enjoy delicious Swahili food and don’t forget to check out Oyster Bay while you’re there!
If you’re in Dar Es Salaam, don’t forget to explore these most-visited historical places:
- The Askari Monument
The Askari Monument was built as a tribute to the African Askari soldiers who played their part in World War I. The Monument was also displayed in the Royal Academy of Arts for a short period before it was moved to Dar es Salaam. It’s a bronze monument of a soldier with a rifle in his hands and there are plates on all 4 sides of the pedestal that have memorial inscriptions and drawings.
- Old Boma
The Old Boma building is one of the oldest buildings in the city, built at the end of the 19th century by the then-sultan of Zanzibar, Majid bin Said. The construction was complete in 1867. The Old Boma is now the building used for Dar Es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage (DARCH). It contains a display of the architectural development of Dar es Salaam as well as a tourist guidance center. The Zanzibar-style door carved out of wood is an interesting sight!
- National Museum and House of Culture
The National Museum of Tanzania is home to one of the best displays of the evolution of man. It also represents the history of the slave trade. The museum also contains many African art pieces. Moreover, a short history of Tanzania is included in a section of the Museum! It’s a great place to visit if you want to explore the history and culture of Tanzania!
- Saint Joseph’s Cathedral
The Saint Joseph Cathedral was made by Germans at the end of the 19th century. To this day, services take place in the cathedral in Swahili and English so that foreigners can attend the service too. It’s located at the heart of Dar, where a lot of the hustle-bustle of the city takes place. The architecture of the Cathedral is pretty impressive!
- Azania Front Lutheran Church
The Azania Front Lutheran Church is a popular tourist attraction that was also constructed by the Germans at the end of the 19th century. The roof is made of red tiles and the walls are white, depicting the Bavarian theme that was popular at the time.
Bible study groups and other religious events take place at the church every now and then!
- Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Garden of Dar es Salaam was also built at the end of the 19th century. It’s a beautiful garden that contains rare and indigenous plant species. You can also spot the coco-de-mer tree here which is very rare! The Garden has its own parking and the staff at the Garden will show you around!
- The State House
The State House, also called Ikulu in Tanzania, was constructed during the early 20th century. It consists of a mixture of Arabian and African architecture and is a very impressive building. Although it’s not open to visitors because the Tanzanian President resides here, you can watch it from far and observe the architecture!
So, what are you waiting for? Visit these historical places in Dar es Salaam and have a great Tanzanian vacation!