Dar Es Salaam, once called Mzizima which means the healthy town is an old city dating as early as 1857. Mzizima’s history dates back to the time when the Barawa people started to settle and cultivate the area around Mbwa Maji, Magogoni, Mjimwema, Gezaulole and Kibonde Maji Mbagara. The city has seen some major changes from the influences of the Sultanates to the German and British. The name Dar Es Salaam means heaven of peace, a name chosen by Sultan Seyyid Majid of Zanzibar. The city started as a fishing village in the mid 19th cenataury before being turned to a port and trading centre. Despite having lost its status as official capital to Dodoma in 1973 Dar Es Salaam is still commercial capital of the country and it wields immense political and economical power. Although Dar is not at the top of the list of places to see for most visitors to Tanzania it certainly has its charm. Mixture of African, Asian and Muslim influences, picturesque harbour, beaches, chaotic markets, and historical buildings, it is all well worth experiencing. After a couple of days in Dar Es Salaam I decided to travel inland in direction of Udzungwa Mountains and Kilombero valley.
Dar Es Salaam and on the Roads of Tanzania