Welcome To Dar Es Salaam Tanzania
We are 9km south of Dar Es Salaam city centre. Dar es Salaam Tanzania’s biggest city is an important economic centre, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the region. Its name literally means “the haven of peace” in Arabic referring to its natural port which first attracted seafarers to this area.
Dar Es Salaam was previously called Mzizima, which in Kiswahili means “healthy town”. Dar as it is known has a population estimated to be more than 7 million people – but growing daily.
Many businesses and government offices are based in Dar Es Salaam as until the year 1974 Dar es Salaam was the capital of Tanzania.
History of Dar Es Salaam Tanzania
The city began to emerge in the middle of the 19th century, when sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar decided to build a new city close to Mzizima, a fishing village, and give it the name of Dar es Salaam. After the sultan’s death, the new Dar Es Salaam began to decline, but the city restored its former splendour thanks to the arrival of the German East Africa Company, which was engaged in the construction of the Central Railway Line.
The British occupied this territory during WWI and the country was then named Tanganyika, before attaining its independence in 1961 and, together with Zanzibar, merged to form Tanzania; with Dar Es Salaam as its capital.
Recently, Dar Es Salaam Tanzania has experienced a construction boom, especially with the erection of the Twin Towers – the tallest building in the country.
The climate is wet and dry tropical, with an average temperature of 28°C throughout the year. Within a normal year, there is the season of long rains and the season of short rains.