October 24 and 25th – Dar es Salaam

Just a bit of history on Tanzania and Dar es Salaam and then pics of our last glimpses of life in Tanzania.

In the late 1800’s Germany conquered the region that is now mainland Tanzania – they became part of German East Africa. After WWI it became a British mandate. British rule came to an end in 1961 after a relatively peaceful transition to independence. In 1954, Julius Nyrere had started a political party whose main objective was to gain independence for the mainland portion of Tanzania. He became Prime Minister after independence. Zanzibar became independent in 1963 and on April 26, 1964 the nation of Tanzania was formed – joining Zanzibar and the mainland.

Between independence and 1996, the main coastal city of Dar es Salaam was the country’s political capital. It remains Tanzania’s principal commercial city, principal port and is the main location of most government institutions. Dar’s population is just under 5 million. Since 1996, the official capital of Tanzania has been Dodoma,some government offices are located there.

View of Dar from the plane


Sights and people as we travelled on the major highway from the airport to city center where our hotel, Southern Sun, is located.









Visited the National Museum 2 blocks from our hotel.






2 thoughts on “October 24 and 25th – Dar es Salaam

  1. Margaret Skinner

    Great to see all kinds of babies with their moms. Wondering if the storks are cute and quiet. Noticed how tightly the hippos gather in the water – is this in an effort to keep cool?

  2. mariegorf Post author

    As the water evaporates the pools get smaller and more crowded – they want to stay cool and in deeper water so they just get closer and closer…. the rains come in mid November – so it can get really crowded by then as the smaller pools dry up and more and more hippos gather in the ones left – at night they go on land to eat and can wander around for miles but they remember where the deep pools are return around 6 am.


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