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Dar es Salaam is a lively, dusty African city.

Whilst not particularly beautiful to the eye it is vibrant and bustling with life. There are buzzing markets, colourful street stalls and an ever busy port.

Local culture of Dar es Salaam

In the harbour, huge steel cargo boats sit alongside wooden dhows with haphazard sails and produce spilling over the sides. Fishermen can be seen selling their day's catch on the seafront, or walking along the streets passing glittering high rise buildings on one side and peddlers roasting cassava on the other.

Cosmopolitan architecture

There is a mixture of German, British, Arabic and Indian architecture, with cosmopolitan people everywhere, but underlying it all, Dar is a true Swahili city.

People idle away the time chatting, the pace of life is relaxed and the residents are friendly and welcoming to visitors. It is easy to while away an afternoon here, before continuing your journey to Tanzania's parks and islands.

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