The Mwenge Handicraft Centre

 

Sam Nujoma Road

 

This is a short distance from the Village Museum and is probably the best place for souvenirs and handicrafts from Tanzania, The Congo, Malawi and West Africa. There are many stalls packed with a variety of goods but none of them have a fixed price. The prices are negotiable and a concession has to be reached by shrewd bargaining. The famous Makonde carvers can be seen at work, pecking with their sharp chisels on the rare black ebony wood

 

 

African Art and Tanzanite Centre

 

Opposite ITV on the New Bagamoyo Road

The biggest selection of African Art in Dar es Salaam

Ebony carvings, textiles, stone sculptures, baskets, picture frames, wall hangings, masks and woodcarvings.

 

 

 

Cultural Centers

 

British Council – Corner of Ohio Street & Samora Avenue Alliance Francaise – Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road (Behind Las Vegas) Iranian Cultural Centre – Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road

 

Russian Tanzanian Cultural Centre – Sea View Road

 

 

Markets

 

The Kariakoo Market

To reach Kariakoo turn right into Uhuru Street at the Samora Machel Avenue Clock Tower. This is Dar es Salaam’s major and largest market. The name “Kariakoo”  is derived from the English word “‘carrier corps”. The area was given this name after carrier corps was billeted there after the British took over the city in 1916. The colourful concrete market rises above the low tin roofed Swahili houses laid down in a grid pattern. This is where people of all walks of life converge to purchase their necessities and goods that would not be found anywhere else, from fresh produce, poultry, fish, grains and assorted electronic equipment and hardware. It is well known that items unavailable elsewhere can always be found at Kariakoo. Herbs and spices are arranged in attractive displays whilst in the underground section fruit and vegetables brought from up country are piled in huge heaps

 

 

When going to the market do not wear jewelry, do not carry cameras or handbags, as pickpockets are known to operate in the market. Be vigilant and do not display large sums of money when paying for items.

 

 

The fish Market

On the way to the ferry is the new fish market; a busy vibrant market selling a variety of local freshly caught fish.  Fish, calamari and prawns are cooked at the market whilst you wait and a small selection of fresh vegetables is also available

 

The Shell Market

 

Adjacent to the new fish market is the shell market. Giant shells, colorful shells, dried fish skins and dried sea horses are for sale. Prices can be expensive so it is recommended that you bargain with the sellers

 

Museums

 

The National Museum

 

The National Museum was established in 1940 in a traditional Arab style building still standing behind the newer building that was erected in 1963. The Museum has excellent ethnographic, historical and archeological collections. The old photographs are particularly interesting. Traditional crafts items, traditional clothes and ornaments, musical instruments and accouterments are on display

 

Artifacts depicting Tanzanian history dating from the slave trade era to the post colonial period are housed in the museum. Fossils from Olduvai Gorge in the Northern circuit include those of the Zinjanthropus also referred to, as “Zinj” or “Nutcracker Man” – the first of the hominid remains ‘Australopithecus boisei’ discovered by Mary Leakey.

 

The Museum regularly hosts exhibitions. The coastal history is also represented by the glazed Chinese Porcelain pottery and  a wide range of copper coins from Kilwa.

 

The Village Museum

 

Located in the Mwenge area, it is about 9 km along Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road This Museum gives an overview of the main traditional dwellings whereby one can walk around more than a dozen traditional houses and see artists at work, view artifacts and other authentic cultural tools

 

 

Walks around Dar es Salaam

The Askari Monument

 

The Askari Monument can be found at the junction of the Samora and Azikiwe street. This is the site where the statues of Major Hermann Von Wissman (German explorer cum soldier and later Governor of German East Africa from 1895 to 1896), Bismark and Carl Peters can be found. These were demolished when the British occupied Dar es Salaam. The Askari Monument was unveiled in 1927 and was dedicated to the African troops and porters who lost their lives in the First World War

 

 

The Safari Start from Dar es Salaam

Outside Dar es Salaam

 Bagamoyo

 

75 km north of Dar es Salaam, on the coast opposite Zanzibar is the former capital of German East Africa, Bagamoyo. Possessing a good natural harbor ideal for sailing vessels and dhows, it was once the center of the notorious slave trade. It’s name is derived from the word bwagomo, which means “Here I throw down my heart”, reflecting the despair and desperation of the broken hearted captives whose voyage into the unknown began here

 

The present police station, near the beach front, was the first stone building in Bagamoyo. Originally an Arab residence it was at one time the old prison where slaves were herded through underground tunnels to waiting dhows. The city was also the starting point for the first European explorers on their way to search for the source of the Nile.

Livingstone, Stanley, Burton and Speke all passed through here. Livingston’s body was laid to rest here before being taken first to Zanzibar and then to England. The mission has a wonderful museum with a collection of photographs and momentous relating to Livingston and to German Colonial times.