Dar-es-Salaam City Centre – Part I

Greetings and Salutations πŸ˜ƒ.

I am stoked about today’s blog post because I’ll be letting you in on my adventures while I was in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, as I had earlier on mentioned in my previous post.

Dar-es-Salaam, formerly known as Mzizima, is an Arabic term meaning residence of peace. It is the largest city by population in East Africa. It was Tanzania’s capital city up until 1974 when it lost its status to Dodoma. However, it remains the focus of the permanent central government bureaucracy.

Their main modes of transport are dala dala (minibuses) and bajaji (tuktuks).

One Sunday afternoon, in the company of some Tanzanian friends, we set out to explore the city centre. We assembled atΒ Holiday InnΒ where we started capturing the city’s architectural works, from a restaurant at the rooftop.

Benjamin William Mkapa Pension Tower is the tall, white building on the right
Benjamin William Mkapa Pension Tower is the tall, white building on the right
Dar-es-Salaam cityscape
Dar-es-Salaam cityscape

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Soon after, we took to the streets of the town itself. It being a Sunday, there was not much activity going on since most people were probably off relaxing in their homesteads or somewhere far away from the city centre.

In comparison to my hometown Nairobi, there is a lot of freedom when it comes to taking pictures here. Nobody will try confiscate your camera or question your motives while you snap away. I was very skeptical at first, scared that police officers or city council officers would suddenly emerge from nowhere and arrest me for you see, this is very common back home.

A view of the Indian Ocean
A view of the Indian Ocean
Oranges are in season this time of the year
Oranges are in season this time of the year
The Photography community is slowly but surely growing :)
The Photography community is slowly but surely growing πŸ™‚
The ferry station at a distance. Here one can board a ferry to Zanzibar at a fee of tshs.30,000
The ferry station at a distance. Here one can board a ferry to Zanzibar at a fee of tshs.30,000

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The maasai community is quite big here. This little girl was all for fun and games but her father did not want any of it.  Oh to be a kid again πŸ˜„..
The maasai community is quite big here. This little girl was all for fun and games but her father did not want any of it.
Oh to be a kid again πŸ˜„..
A maasai guard manning a building
A maasai guard manning a building
Kids skating in the open streets. I found this remarkable since the same goes on in Nairobi on Sunday afternoons, at the Aga Khan walk parking lot in the CBD.
Kids skating in the open streets. I found this remarkable since the same goes on in Nairobi on Sunday afternoons, at the Aga Khan walk parking lot in the CBD.
Kodak moment  :)
Kodak moment πŸ™‚

We decided to wind up our day from yet another rooftop in Kariokoo market. Here, goods and commodities are sold at cut-price.

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This building reminded me of the upcoming UAP Towers in Upperhill, Nairobi
This building reminded me of the upcoming UAP Towers in Upperhill, Nairobi
Heel city :D
Heel city πŸ˜€

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Stay tuned for scenes from our next episodes :-D… Kwaheri kwa sasa ✨

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